Imperialism Study Series: Imperialism Today

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.


Imperialism Today: An investigation of study series concepts through contemporary case studies.

*Tuesday, October 29, 2019* —7 to 9 p.m. (*note that this date has been updated*)

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

This final module invites comrades to apply study series concepts to specific contemporary situations and investigate their correspondence. How does our understanding of national sovereignty, dispossession through debt, global financialization, and the triumph of neoliberalism inform our conception of imperialism today? Do conventional models of imperialism match contemporary reality—and if not, how do ongoing offenses against Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the periphery of the Eurozone challenge conventional theories? Importantly, how does our understanding of the contemporary nature and expressions of imperialism inform our anti-imperialist politics? 

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

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

  • October 29, 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?