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The DSA Los Angeles Political Education Committee is proud to present The 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 is comprised of four individual yet interconnected modules — each featuring a selection of readings and discussion questions, as well as a presentation followed by opportunity to discuss, dissect & debate these concepts. 

Our first module, Class Under Capitalism, will lay a foundation for the entire Class on Class—readings have been selected to introduce and reintroduce members to what we mean when we talk about “relations of production,” why socialists focus on the working class, and why our collective liberation necessarily requires that we go beyond mitigating the harms endemic to capitalism and dismantle the capitalist system entirely.

All attendees are encouraged , but not required, to read the associated module texts in our class reader which can be found here. For each module, we’ve identified a primary text to focus on, along with additional supplementary materials that highlight the main themes of the class.​

  • Primary
    • What Keeps Capitalism Going? by Michael A. Lebowitz (p. 14 of reader)
  • Supplemental 
    • “Why Do Socialists Talk So Much About Workers?” with Vivek Chibber (video)
    • The Communist Manifesto: Ch. 1 by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (p. 06 of reader)
    • Why the Proletariat? by Hal Draper (p. 19 of reader)

If this is your first time reading Marx, Luxemburg, Bhattacharya & others—join us! And if you’re already well-acquainted—welcome back. The potential for socialism is greater than it has been in decades & this is part of our work together.

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