Imperialism Study Series: Is Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism?

DSA-LA’s Political Education Committee is proud to present Imperialism: A Study Series. Borrowing the structure from last year’s highly successful Class on Class, and building on key concepts introduced therein, this series examines the relationship between imperialism and capitalism as articulated by leftists thinkers from the 19th century through today.

Imperialism: A Study Series is comprised of four modules, each distinct but expanding on the content provided by the others. Each module features a selection of readings and initial discussion questions, as well as an in-person class component where a short presentation is followed by ample opportunity to discuss, dissect, and debate concepts covered in facilitated group conversations.

We hope that this series is welcoming to those curious about socialism and the historic, systemic violation of equality between proletarians around the world. Political education should not just act as a doorway to united class struggle, but a site to return to again and again for guidance in our organizing. Whether this is your first or fortieth time reading Lenin, we invite you to join us in conversation to understand, critique, and ultimately end imperial power relations.


Is Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism?: The trajectory of British capitalism and leftist debate on pre-WWII theories of imperialism 

Thursday, September 19, 2019 — 7 to 9 p.m.

United Teachers Los Angeles / 3303 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Written during World War I, Lenin’s landmark text, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, became a central reference point for twentieth century debates on the nature of imperialism. Core to Lenin’s thesis was an assertion that capitalism became capitalist imperialism when fundamental characteristics of capitalism changed. With attention to historical context, this module is designed to introduce readers to these initial terms of debate, raise questions around the trajectory of British capitalist imperialism, and ensure consideration of the ideologies of imperialism—including the imposition of a racial social classification of the world population.

The other three modules in this study series include:

+ America’s Ascent as an Imperial Power. Oct. 2nd, 2019: RSVP

+ The National Question. October 17th, 2019: RSVP

+ Imperialism Today. October 30th, 2019: RSVP

  • September 19, 2019 at 7pm to 9pm
  • UTLA
    3303 Wilshire Blvd
    Los Angeles , CA 90010
    United States
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  • DSA-LA Political Education Committee

Will you come?