Category Archives: Culture

index April 06

“The Lumpenproletariat and the Revolutionary Youth Movement” by B. Franklin

What follows is an influential piece from Bruce Franklin, first published in Red Papers 2, 1969, re-posted here for its historical and theoretical value. As always, Anti-Imperialism.com re-posts articles for the purpose of education and discussion and does not necessarily denote agreement with the piece in question. The first major Black rebellions since 1943 broke […]

brecht-speech-to-doctor March 30

Epistemology, behavioral violence and systemic violence

Note: in this article, I will generally have to deal with statistics. I don’t aim to reduce life to cold numbers, but alas this is necessary in order to have a grasp on the magnitude of systemic violence suffered by people today. An important question in revolutionary theory and practice is the question of violence. […]

understanding-patriarchy-bell-hooks1 March 23

“Understanding Patriarchy” by bell hooks

This piece was written by bell hooks, and was originally posted here. All work is that of the original author and has been reposted for education and discussion. Reposting does not imply full endorsement or affiliation on the part of Anti-Imperialism.com, its editors or contributors, or the Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement. Patriarchy is the single most […]

international-womens-day--001 March 08

Celebrating and Understanding International Women’s Day

Nowadays, many celebrations born out of political struggle have been made sterile by the existing cultural hegemony. The capitalist class is able to appropriate radical ideas, concepts and history, and co-opt them by changing their meaning. International Women’s Day is no exception. What’s the history of International Women’s Day? Stuttgart, 18-24 August 1907. 884 delegates […]

che-3 February 05

Debunking the “CHE GUEVARA WAS RACIST!” Lie

Issue #1 in a series of articles correcting misinformation on El Che _ “The life of Che is an inspiration to all human beings who cherish freedom. We will always honour his memory.” — Nelson Mandela, while visiting Cuba in 1991 {1} _ One of the favorite libelous smears by right-wing hacks is that Argentine […]

racial-segregation-detroit1 January 01

Imperialism and the integration of oppressed nations: some comments

“White workers belong to a totally different world than that of Black workers, They are caught up in a totally different economic, political, and social reality, and on the basis of this distinct reality, the pigs of the power structure and treacherous labor leaders find it very easy to manipulate them with Babylonian racism, This […]

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Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave

[Spoiler warning] 12 Years a Slave is an acclaimed film about the real-life story of Solomon Northup, a freeman living in upstate New York with his family, who in 1841 was abducted, sold into slavery, and put to work on a plantation in Louisiana. Aesthetically the film is well made. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays […]

settlers December 06

The North Amerikan Nation: Some Initial Thoughts

One of the most important components of contemporary class analysis, particularly  in the United States, is the existence of the White settler-nation: the settler-colonial nation of Europeans which occupies the Americas and composes what we consider Amerika and from which Whiteness springs forth. In specific, this understanding and the subsequent analysis/conclusions is part of what […]

peking November 24

Politics is in Command of Economics, Revolution is in Command of Production

We often reference to putting “politics-in-command” and contrast this policy with those we find revisionist. But what exactly does this mean and how does it relate to the revolutionary science? Here we hope to shed some light on this critical issue. Originally found in Peking Review No. 30 published in July of 1969 the following is an analysis […]

bela-lugosi-as-dracula1 November 03

The materialist analysis of capital

In the vulgar economics department, the word capital is lightly thrown around as a synonymous of the Maoist concept of the instruments of labor; that is, every factor utilized in a productive process that isn’t labor. According to this tale, capital and labor, by being so simplistically defined, have a transhistorical character; they have always […]

People's_commune_kitchen October 06

The Wage Grade System – The Breeding Ground of Revisionism

This is an article taken from marxistphilosophy.org and penned by someone under the pseudonym of “A Fictitious Old Man”, explaining the impact of the wage-grade system on socialist construction in China, the rise of privileged positions in the Chinese Communist Party and the dangers of adopting foreign models of socialist construction uncritically. In dealing with […]

paddy-clarke-dedication1 October 04

An Irish schoolboy in Dublin, 1968

Anti-Imperialism.com dedicates this excerpt from “Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha”, by Roddy Doyle, to Võ Nguyên Giáp. “The News was boring but sometimes I watched it properly, all of it. I thought that the Americans were fighting gorillas in Vietnam; that was what it sounded like. But it didn’t make any other kind of sense. The […]

during-the-economic-downturn-saks-inc-hired-fairey-to-attract-consumers September 20

#YOLO, Petty-bourgeois Culture, And Communist Morality

A new axiomatic phrase is making the rounds in the hollows of Amerikan culture. ‘YOLO,’ abbreviated for ‘you only live once,’ is meant to capture the attitude of freewheeling youth. Used to justify sometimes risky pleasure-seeking, YOLO enthusiastically expresses the individualistic hedonism prevalent within petty-bourgeois circles. One does, in fact, only live once. For communists, […]

1000x1000 September 16

Song Review: ‘The Decline,’ NOFX, 1999

Growing up in middle Amerika, punk rock made a huge impact on my teenage years. Like many who grew up on punk rock during its resurgence in the 90′s and early 2000s, the mostly irreverent 1994 Punk in Drublic was one of my favorite albums. Another NOFX album left a lasting impression on me. ‘The […]

gba August 19

Movie Review: God Bless America

God Bless America (2011) 105 minutes Rated R Amerikan culture is a product of the decadence of imperialism, shallow and vapid. Hate radio, reality TV, gossip websites and superficial social media filter through the social consciousness.  They in turn are reflected by the character of Amerikans themselves, known around the world as ignorant and arrogant. […]

westernleftism August 13

Behind the Mask of Western Leftism

One important aspect of Maoism (Third Worldism) is bringing up the conditions of the international proletariat on a global scale. It is easy for those in the privileged Western world, even on the self-described Left, to narrow their vision to its own national borders, to be concerned with “our” so-called workers. It is the nature […]

Gramsci_1922 July 22

What is class hegemony?

Black Panther liberation school, a main instrument of counter-hegemony in African-American communities. Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement. This idea cannot be insisted upon too strongly at a time when the fashionable preaching of opportunism goes hand in hand with an infatuation for the narrowest forms of practical activity. – Vladimir Lenin, […]

logo May 24

New Film, Red Ant Dream, Documents Maoist Struggle in India

A new independent documentary, Red Ant Dream, chronicles the recent struggle by India’s Maoist. From the looks of the trailers, it may be fairly interesting.

malcolm_x_little May 19

On the Thinking, Legacy, and Example of Malcolm X

Being that today is Malcolm X’s birthday, I thought it was incumbent upon me to share these reflections. First and foremost, I think it’s necessary that I explain why I, as a “white man,” a euro-amerikan, feel such a profound reverence for Malcolm, someone who said to be a “black militant” and accused of being […]

Akala May 09

‘In the Red’ The Molotov; Akala/Fire in the Booth

Political analyses aside, these videos serve as examples of creativity and professionalism applied to agitation. While substance is important, so is form. Anti-imperialists should strive to convey revolutionary politics in forms which effectively capture attention. h/t to Sukant Chandan of Sons of Malcolm for first posting this live set by British hip hop artist Akala: This […]

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