Class On Class: Class Under Capitalism

DSA-LA’s Political Education Committee is proud to present a Class on Class. This study series examines a selection of foundational concepts and inquiries, with the goal of more deeply grounding our collective struggle in rigorous socialist analysis.

The Class on Class is comprised of four distinct modules which conceptually build on one another. Each module features a selection of readings and initial discussion questions, as well as an in-person component where a short presentation is followed by ample opportunity to discuss, dissect, and debate these concepts in facilitated group conversations.

So, if this is your first time reading Marx, Luxemburg, Bhattacharya and others — we welcome you! If you’re already well-acquainted with these concepts — welcome back. Today, the potential to build a new socialist society in our time is greater than it has been in decades, and this is part of our work together.

Click here to read the full syllabus, and click here to download the Class On Class reader.

Module 1: Class Under Capitalism
Capitalism is not the inevitable, natural organization of society — but this reality is too often obscured by capitalism's near total victory over all aspects of our lives. As individuals, we often feel powerless in the face of a ruthlessly entrenched world system built to dehumanize us, extract value from us, and discard us. Yet, dismantling capitalism and building a different society — a radically democratic society structured around human need, dignity, and freedom — is possible, and it’s our shared obligation to do so. As socialists, a material analysis of the current conditions of society and power (along the lines of class, race, gender, origin, ability, and more) is critical to defining and manifesting a winning strategy, and ultimately building the world we envision.

This first module seeks to lay a foundation for the entire Class on Class — readings have been selected to introduce and reintroduce members to what we mean when we talk about “relations of production,” why socialists focus on the working class, and why our collective liberation necessarily requires that we go beyond mitigating the harms endemic to capitalism and dismantle the capitalist system entirely.

Module 2: Surplus Value & Exploitation
Wednesday (10/3) from 7-9pm, Location TBD
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Module 3: Class Struggle & Political Struggle
Thursday (10/18) from 7-9pm, Location TBD
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Module 4: Capitalism Today - "Late Capitalism"
Thursday (11/1) from 7-9pm, Location TBD
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  • September 20, 2018 at 7pm to 9pm
  • United Teachers Los Angeles
    3303 Wilshire Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    United States
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  • Political Education Committee

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