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.
In the third course we necessarily ask: How do we free ourselves from this exploitation in an era of global capitalist hegemony? How does working class power manifest in a system where liberation requires nothing short of revolution? And how is that power wielded? The fight against the ruling class begins with the realization of class consciousness – achieved through both economic and political struggle – and the fight for true democracy and liberation is inextricably tied to the fight for dignity and control of the workplace. If the emancipation of the oppressed under capitalism can only be achieved through their own struggle, then the third Class explores the different tools at our disposal to combat this oppression: the union, the strike, and the political party – their strengths, their shortcomings, and their fallacies – in building class consciousness, directly confronting capital, and spreading the revolutionary spirit.
All attendees are encouraged, but not required, to read the associated module texts in our class reader which can be found here.
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.