Socialists put the working class at the center of their political vision. But why, exactly?

Vivek Chibber, Professor of Sociology at New York University and the author of Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital, answers this question here, as well as capitalism's inability "to deliver the goods" for workers, who exactly workers are, the precarity of work today, and the problems with the twenty-first century labor movement. Chibber is in discussion with Jason Jacobin's Farbman.

This is the first episode of The ABCs of Socialism, a four-part series taking up some of today's common questions asked about socialism.

Each of those questions is also a chapter in The ABCs of Socialism, which was produced by Bhaskar Sunkara and the editors of Jacobin, and published by Verso Books. You can buy the book here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2219-the-abcs-of-socialism

The sessions are recorded at the Verso loft in Brooklyn, New York, in front of a live audience.