Imperialism Study Series: The National Question

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.


The National Question: An introduction to leftist dialogue  on self-determination, intervention, and nationalism

Thursday, October 17, 2019 —7 to 9 p.m.

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

What role does nationalism play in political liberation? Do people have a right to self-determination? Is military intervention ever justified? This course frames these important questions with a series of specific examples from early anti-systemic movements in nineteenth century Europe, to the eve of the Sixth Pan-African Conference in 1974, to the election of Peru’s first indigenous president in 2006, and finally America today.

The other three modules in this study series include:

+ Is Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism? Sept. 19th, 2019: RSVP

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

+ Imperialism Today. October 30th, 2019: RSVP

  • October 17, 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?