Class On Class: Class Struggle & Political Struggle

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 3: Class Struggle & Political Struggle
The first two Classes outlined and analyzed the nature and mechanisms of exploitation under capitalism. Now, we necessarily ask: How do we free ourselves from this exploitation in an era of global capitalist hegemony? How does working class power manifest in a system where liberation requires nothing short of revolution? And how is that power wielded? The fight against the ruling class begins with the realization of class consciousness - achieved through both economic and political struggle - and the fight for true democracy and liberation is inextricably tied to the fight for dignity and control of the workplace. If the emancipation of the oppressed under capitalism can only be achieved through their own struggle, then the third Class explores the different tools at our disposal to combat this oppression: the union, the strike, and the political party - their strengths, their shortcomings, and their fallacies - in building class consciousness, directly confronting capital, and spreading the revolutionary spirit.

Module 1: Class Under Capitalism
Wednesday (9/20) from 7-9pm, United Teachers Los Angeles - 3303 Wilshire Blvd
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Module 2: Class Struggle & Political Struggle
Thursday (10/3) 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 18, 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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