Category Archives: History

'Stalin casts his vote in first Soviet election', 17 December 1937. April 14

Democratic Legitimacy and the Soviet Union: Why Gorbachev Was Wrong

The following does not represent the views of all editors/staff or Anti-imperialism.com as a whole. This piece has been posted with the expressed permission of the original author who is the owner of all material here. The piece has been published with the hope of stirring discussion on the issue of democracy and the legacy […]

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. […]

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“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 […]

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A critique of Albert Meltzer: Exposé of the vanguard party

In 4 paragraphs and 376 words from the book “Anarchism – Arguments For & Against”, the anarcho-communist theoritician Albert Meltzer, following a long tradition of anarchist shallowness of critique, tried to take down the Marxist concept of the vanguard. He made the following arguments: The vanguard party was conjured by Lenin in a country where […]

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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 […]

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Bayer CEO: ‘We don’t make medicine for poor Indians’

In a crass yet frank admission, Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers said the company’s new cancer drug, Nexavar, is not “for Indians,” but “for western patients who can afford it.” The statement came in the wake of a recent ruling by an Indian court that certain life-saving drugs could be produced and distributed at 97% of […]

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Glenn Spagnuolo on Dialectics with Nikolai Brown

On the new Dialectics online radio show, Glenn Spaguolo spoke with Nikolai Brown about the history of colonization in Hawai’i, a recent FOIA request which revealed US meddling in New Caledonia, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Next week, Gregory C. Lewis from All Power to the Positive joins to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Zapatista […]

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On Ariel Sharon: the atrocity of imperialism

Photo taken after the Sabra Massacre Saturday, January 11th, saw the passing of one of the most notorious war criminals in world history: Ariel Sharon. The former Israeli defense minister (1981-83), prime minister (2001-06) and military commander oversaw some of the most horrific atrocities committed against a civilian population in the contemporary era. The Kahan […]

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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 […]

october_21 December 26

On power: postmodernism and marxist analysis

The notion of power is one which has existed throughout the history of class society. The features of power and the motion of its development has meant exhausting study in the field of philosophy and social theory; being the subject of immense investigation early in the tradition of metaphysics and later up until the current […]

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 […]

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Long Live the Revolutionary Spirit of Lin Biao!

Lin Biao, a prominent leftist of the Chinese Revolution, was born on December 5th, 1907. A graduate of Whampoa Military Academy, then headed up by Chiang Kai-shek, Lin defected to the Red Army following the 1927 split between the Communists and Kuomintang and became known as one of the CCP’s most effective and efficient field commanders. At the […]

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 […]

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Towards a concrete analysis of the DPRK

The issue of describing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is one which has concerned all matter of political organizations for quite sometime; a topic which the non-Communist left and wide array of would-be political economists have greatly pursued. Here we hope to investigate the class character of the DPRK with a great deal of […]

MassMobilization November 15

Notes on Mass Line, Communist Organization, and Revolution

Here at Anti-imperialism we enjoy sharing what we view as ‘correct’ or at least constructive thought on relevant issues. The following article was written by Neftali, a guest writer at Maosoleum, and Marxist-Leninist-Maoist author who has written for distinguished platforms such as Signal Fire. His work, shared here, elaborates on the practice of the Mass Line in context of […]

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Toward a Concrete Class Analysis of the United States

As Samir Amin aptly notes in his critique of Hardt and Negri’s Empire, in periods of unrest and confusion following the defeat of revolutionary movements, there is a tendency for theories to emerge which lend legitimacy to that unrest and confusion, and which actually portray the resulting opportunism as a viable form of struggle [1]. Amin […]

1969_Days-of-Rage (1) October 28

SDS and Youth Liberation: A Review of SDS (1973) by Kirkpatrick Sale (Introduction)

SDS and Youth Liberation: A Review of SDS (1973) by Kirkpatrick Sale Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, was the preeminent radical student-based organization among the white sector of the US Left in the 1960s. It lasted from 1960 to 1969, when it collapsed from factional fighting that led to the birth of the […]

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The powers and authorized functions of the village soviet in the Soviet Union

From the “Decree of the VTZIK of January 1, 1931, published in the Collection of Laws and Regulations, No. II, Part I of March 26, 1931″. The powers and authorized functions of the village soviet in the USSR are elaborately set forth in the decree of the Central Executive Committee of January 1, 1931, of […]

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