“The Untold Successes of the German Democratic Republic” – at The People’s Forum

At the end of March 2023, we were invi­ted by The People’s Forum in New York City to discuss the history of the German Demo­cra­tic Repu­blic (GDR) and its endu­ring rele­vance for progres­sive move­ments today. In the two-session semi­nar, we covered the histo­ri­cal context in which the GDR was foun­ded, the charac­ter of its plan­ned economy, the func­tio­ning of its socia­list demo­cracy, and the signi­fi­cance of prole­ta­rian internationalism.


The recor­dings of parts 1 — 4 can be found below.

Part 1: Why talk about the German Democratic Republic & Socialism? 

Part 2: Planned economy in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

Part 3: Socialist democracy in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

Part 4: Proletarian internationalism