charlie hebdo January 15

Charlie Hebdo: Free Speech for Whom and to Say What?

Introduction In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Western media has wasted no time tooting its own horn regarding the value of “free speech” in our liberal societies. But what should we think about this defense of “free speech”? No doubt, the massacre at Charlie Hebdo which left 12 dead and dozens more wounded […]

south-korea-labor-protest-2009-11-7-3-40-14 January 12

Neoliberalism in South Korea: Financial Crisis, Fascism, and the rise of Precarious Work

By J. Sul Introduction The number of atypical, part-time and dispatch laborers (also known as precarious workers) has drastically increased in South Korea after the financial crisis of 1997 [1]. To overcome the economic crisis, the South Korean government received financial aid from the International Monetary Fund at the cost of restructuring its national business […]

castro January 03

On Violence in the Revolutionary Movement

  Violence has always been an integral part of the successful revolutionary movements on some level or another, this is undeniable. From the 26th of July Movement to the Bolsheviks, we have been looking at a continuous history of struggle which has been incredibly violent in its successes as well as its failures. However, our […]

reactionary language January 02

On Reactionary Language and Why We Should Oppose It

By Z. Merriam The use of reactionary language amongst upstart communists (and sometimes even veterans of the communist program) is a recurring problem which begs to be addressed. One may be conversing with a comrade, engaging in a meaningful conversation with them, and then all of the sudden, you might hear them use a slur. […]

1214 December 30

Not All Lives Matter, So Stop Pretending

Introduction Antonio Martin, 18, was shot dead by police Tuesday night during an altercation at a gas station only miles away from Ferguson, Missouri; the city where unarmed Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead by (legally absolved) Officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown. Tamir Rice. Eric Gardner. Antonio Martin. The list goes on. Indeed, the victims […]

united progressive party December 24

The Limit of Liberal Democracy in South Korea

Protesters rally around the United Progressive Party, signs express sadness at the “death of democracy” in S. Korea South Korea is in a political conundrum now. For the first time since the establishment of Constitutional Court of Korea, a political party is disbanded because of its “hidden” socialist agenda behind their official manifesto. The United […]

thumbnail December 20

The Eroticisation of Gender

This article is a follow-up of sorts to Trans People and the Dialectics of Sex and Gender: Against Radical and Liberal Feminism. The cause of so much confusion over the nature of gender is that gender is a construct of unparalleled proximity. Gender is a construct of the private home, of the confines of the […]

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man December 18

What Ferguson Taught Me

The following is a review of the events in Ferguson, Missouri by a communist ally observing from the UK. The views expressed are solely those of the author and have been published here to provoke thought and discussion.  By N. Volginn Introduction On Saturday, August 9th 2014, an armed hooligan of colonial power, Officer Darren […]

revolution1 December 14

How can revolution happen in the US?

By Nick Brown Against Abstract Explanations, Metaphysics, Arrogance, and Platitudes Most explanations of what it would take for revolution to occur in the US are horribly inadequate. Generally, they propose a static notion of the requirements for revolution: typically the creation of a revolutionary party or initiation of a people’s war. In the first instance, […]

mikebrownferguson November 27

Ferguson, Missouri: Rioting is a Virtue

New York City Atlanta, Georgia Ferguson, Missouri Letting Darren Wilson go free was a declaration of war. War against every person of color in the United States. War against every victim of police violence. War against all poor and working people whose communities have become ghettos of state repression and murder without consequence. Now Officer Wilson […]

jmp2 November 19

Protracted People’s War is not Universal Part 2: The Death of Marxism

Summary of my points: 1. Protracted People’s War is not Universal. 2. Speculating on universal revolutionary strategy hurts the project of revolution. 3. Developing new theories of revolution requires us to challenge theoretical continuities, investigate, and ask new questions. 4. Asking new questions does not absolve the project of revolution; its a prerequisite to the project […]

PR_Challenge Patriarchy_comrades November 17

Patriarchy is not Secondary: Rethinking Gender Oppression

Introduction Unlike the stiff and boring Marxism which exist primarily on campus and the internet, feminism is actually becoming cool again. Now, feminism itself invokes all sorts of imagery from every conceivable position on the Left and all manner of terrible outcry from the Right. However, when I say Feminism I am not referring to […]

Maoist guerrillas in India October 22

Why Third World Revolution is Necessary for Global Revolution

There are two theories of how world revolution will emerge in the 21st century: the theory that the Western proletariat will have to seize control of Western nations in order to spread socialism to the Global South (also known as the Third World), and the theory that the Global South will first have to be […]

PPW October 21

Protracted People’s War is not Universal: Criticizing JMP and the Maoist Strategy

Introduction First, congratulations to JMP (internet moniker of Joshua Moufawad-Paul) for the release of his book, The Communist Necessity, which has received widespread praise from readers. Hopefully the book does well to popularize a communist politic within activist circles. As with all dialogue and engagements we hope to promote civil discussion and above all mutual […]

Struggle_session_poster_1 October 08

Rethinking Self-Criticism: What Does it Mean Today?

an infamous “struggle session” underway  Introduction and Method As readers comb through tendencies and currents of Marxism, the system of thoughts known as ‘Maoism’ always catches an eye. Perhaps because of its historical connotation with guerrilla movements, people’s wars, popular armies, and the like. Perhaps because of its conflation with a more (albeit ‘totalitarian’) simplistic […]

book-store September 24

The Facade of a ‘War on Terror’

On September 11, 2001, the world changed. When the twin towers came crumbling down on live TV in front of millions of people, the American psyche was shaken to its core. 3000 people died on that day in what is undoubtedly the worst act of terrorism to ever occur on US soil. Almost immediately, George […]

seize_the_means_of_production_by_party9999999-d4jr8rs September 16

On Productive Force

One of many reasons dialectical materialism is deemed incomprehensible is because it formulates concepts based on relationality. Due to that unique philosophical nature, the interpretation of the concepts which disregards their relationality has been contributing to the ambiguity of dialectical materialism. However, the ambiguity is the least harm the misinterpretation causes. The interpretation disregarding the […]

clark4-800x555 September 11

Never Forget 9/11: Who are we remembering?

I can remember the morning quite vividly. Walking into our kitchen after school, I saw my mother crying with her face against the table and the television on. I asked my mother why she was crying and she responded, “Terrorists attacked us!” This puzzled me because I could not understand why tourists would attack anyone. […]

Pyramid-of-Capitalism-e1331670725967 September 02

Debunking Hayek’s Road to Serfdom: Economic Planning and “Totalitarianism” (Part 3)

Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 Chapter 6: Planning and the Rule of Law As the title would suggest, Hayek begins chapter six by promoting what he refers to as the ‘Rule of Law’. While many legal and political interpretations exist of the ‘Rule of Law’, Hayek importantly draws distinction between his version of […]

10647273_704087803016740_1170528968_o August 29

World Revolution 2: the Return to a Global Revolutionary Strategy Based on the Experience of the 20th Century

This work, written by the Russian neo-Marxist Alexander Tarasov, originally from scepsis.net (http://scepsis.net/eng/articles/id_10.php), explains some problems with the Soviet strategy in relation to world revolution (albeit coming from a negative appraisal of the USSR), clarifying the distinction between First and Third World characterized by exploiting nations and exploiter nations, the dependence of the First World […]

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