Night School: Internationalism & Imperialism
March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
From the first moment Columbus set sail in the direction of the “New World,” to the ongoing Syrian Civil War, the entire history of the capitalist epoch has been defined by imperialist activity. Though associated with Europe’s industrial revolution, some have argued that capitalism would never have developed without imperialism. Marx himself wrote that capitalism “compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the bourgeois mode of production…. In one word, it creates a world after its own image.” In this discussion we will explore the complicated politics of imperialist conflict and discuss how only a new form of internationalism will allow us to move beyond this conflict to a world in which prosperity can be shared more broadly among everyone regardless of your country of origin.
- History: Neo-Colonialism, the last stage of imperialism (Introduction)
- Practice: Social Democracy at Home Requires Anti-Imperialism Abroad
- Theory: Global Capitalism as Imperialist Construct