Class On Class: Capitalism Today - "Late 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 4: Capitalism Today - "Late Capitalism"
The primary dynamics of capitalist exploitation, accumulation, and expansion are essentially as they have been for more than a century. However, our era of “Late Capitalism” bears distinct features which should shape socialist strategy today.

The final Class takes up critical questions facing the movement, and a discussion of these readings is meant to help us develop strategy and organizational methods that respond to the capitalism of our time. Neoliberalism is a conscious political project of the capitalist class to eliminate legal, political, cultural, and physical barriers to expansion. Deregulation, privatization, and austerity are more than just bad ideas; they are key pillars of the modern social order. Social Reproduction Theory helps us understand the oppressions and alienation we experience and their relationship to capitalism. The perpetuation of capitalism requires a daily and generational renewal of a subordinate class; this is a burden offloaded onto particular sections of that class in the sphere of reproduction (the home). Lastly, the Right to The City allows us to theorize methods of resistance to the developers and financiers to whom the urban landscape — our gentrifying neighborhoods and disappearing common spaces — is a laboratory for commodifying every aspect of life; their neoliberal dream and our everyday nightmare.

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 3: Class Struggle & Political Struggle 
Thursday (10/18) from 7-9pm, United Teachers Los Angeles - 3303 Wilshire Blvd
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  • November 01, 2018 at 7pm to 9pm
  • United Teachers Los Angeles
    3303 Wilshire Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    United States
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  • Political Education

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