Class On Class: Surplus Value & Exploitation

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 2: Surplus Value & Exploitation
As workers, we survive by selling our time and our labor to the capitalist class. This second module is designed to deepen our understanding of this exchange between capital and labor—the exchange upon which capitalistic production, or the wage system, is founded.

Examining and discussing these concepts together will strengthen our ability to more effectively communicate (and thereby advance) our collective class interests by articulating precisely how and why the relationship between labor and capital is an antagonistic, exploitative one. We’ll investigate how value is created and extracted from workers, why unemployment serves capitalist interests, why capitalism cannot avoid periodic crises, and more.

Module 1: Class Under Capitalism
Wednesday (9/20) from 7-9pm, United Teachers Los Angeles - 3303 Wilshire Blvd
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Module 3: Class Struggle & Political Struggle
Thursday (10/18) from 7-9pm, United Teachers Los Angeles - 3303 Wilshire Blvd
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Module 4: Capitalism Today - "Late Capitalism" 
Thursday (11/1) from 7-9pm, Location TBD
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  • October 03, 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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