|IMPERIALISM, THE HIGHEST STAGE OF CAPITALISM: Class 1|
|READINGA. Anti-imperialist Struggle is Key to Liberation, Leon Trotsky
B. Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, Sections I- VII [66 pages]
IMPERIALISM, THE HIGHEST STAGE OF CAPITALISM: Class 2
B. Lenin, “Imperialism and the Split in Socialism“, in Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism [13 pages]
C. Lenin, “The Revolutionary Proletariat and the Right of Nations to Self–Determination“, Collected Works, Vol. 21 [8 pages]
D. Lenin, “Report of the Commission on the National and the Colonial Questions [to the Second Congress of the Communist International]”, Collected Works, Vol. 31[6 pages]
- Why does Lenin describe imperialist capitalism as “parasitic” and “decaying“?
- What does Lenin mean when he defines imperialism as “capitalism in transition, or, more precisely, as moribund capitalism”?
- What was Kautsky’s theory of “ultra-imperialism”? What was Lenin’s criticism of it?
- “Imperialism has the tendency to create privileged sections … among the workers, and to detach them from the broad masses of the proletariat.” (Lenin; b, 105) Whyand how does this occur?
- Why is the labour aristocracy the “principal prop of the Second International, and in our days, the principal social (not military) prop of the bourgeoisie”? (Lenin; b,31)
- Why does Lenin say that “a ‘bourgeois labour party’ is inevitable and typical in all imperialist countries“? (Lenin; c, 132–133) In the U.S., which lacks a Labor Party, what role does the Democratic Party play in regard to imperialism?
- Why does the emergence of imperialism mean that socialists “must link the revolutionary struggle for socialism with a revolutionary program on the national question“? (Lenin; d, 408)
- What does the right of nations to self-determination mean? Why do Marxists defend this right?