Category Archives: Imperialism

world-equality1 July 28

Back on Track: the Object of Third Worldism

In this article, I would like to delineate some problems with the current form of Third Worldist discourse and propose an alternative conceptualization meant to put Third Worldism back on its original track – that of revolutionary anti-imperialist politics. Doing so requires a self-criticism on the part of Third Worldists, who have generally understood (or […]

natural gas 2 July 22

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge is Really About Natural Gas

“It is very clear what it [Operation Protective Edge] is: a war driven by the hankering yet callous lust of the imperialist capital of a colonial state to expand its appropriation of Palestinian natural resources and profit at the severe expense of the Palestinian people.”

Boat Migrants Risk Everything for a New Life in Europe:  African asylum seekers rescued off boats and taken aboard an Italy navy ship, June 8, 2014. July 07

Clarifying some concepts of revolutionary struggle

By M. Esters and N. Brown In the course of discussions over the past several months, it is clear that a number of misconceptions about Maoism (Third Worldism) are being circulated by friend and foe alike. In an effort to clear up major confusion, this document will deal with some of the major concepts that […]

"The Marxist doctrine is omnipotent because it is true. It is comprehensive and harmonious, and provides men with an integral world outlook irreconcilable with any form of superstition, reaction, or defense of bourgeois oppression. " - Vladimir Lenin June 20

V.I. Lenin: Tasks of Revolutionary Army Contingents

[The following has been re-posted from the Marxist Internet Archive, and is, as always, for the purposes of education and discussion and does not imply endorsement on the part of the poster] 1. Independent military action. 2. Leadership of the mass. The contingents may be of any strength, beginning with two or three people. Theymust […]

child illegal June 17

No Child is Illegal, No Immigrant is a Criminal

It’s far too easy to be caught up in the theoretical squabbles between leftist groups on the internet. Everyday we take the same tired path often filled with self-important rhetoric and the sermons of the endless radical preachers often encountered. But what is the purpose? Hopefully to bring attention to our ’cause’ and the work […]

sayles quote June 08

“Parasitism Theory” and Blurring the Lines: A Reply to Mike Ely

Recently, Kasama Project (a post-Maoist organization) released a criticism[1] of what they termed “parasitism theory” (a misnomer for the analysis given by ourselves at Anti-Imperialism.com and other Maoist organizations) and what we term the theory of imperialism. The article, authored by Mike Ely, attempts to challenge much of what has been said regarding the labor […]

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A Quick Reply to Mike Ely

Mike Ely and myself share many commonalities. We desire a better world, understand this can only happen through socialism, and have confidence that such a socialism can only emerge via class struggle and revolution. Between these areas of unity, we have many differences, largely stemming from different analyses of class structure in modern society. In […]

human-rights-campaigning--008 June 02

“Let Them Eat Rights!” – Challenging the Discourse of Rights from the Left

“When you try a defendant for robbery, Honorable Judges, do you ask him how long he has been unemployed? Do you investigate his social context at all? You just send him to jail without further thought. You imprison the poor wretch who steals because he is hungry; but none of the hundreds who steal millions […]

workerelite_72web May 29

Review: The Worker Elite: Notes on the Labor Aristocracy

Review: The Worker Elite: Notes on the Labor Aristocracy The Worker Elite by Bromma, recently published by Kersplebledeb, is a must-read essay that offers a corrective lens to both normative First Worldism and ‘crude Third Worldism.’ While the book is lacking in a few areas, it offers a clear and concise argument which will likely […]

pc-1960-001 May 17

Points of Unity and Difference regarding Global People’s War

In two major articles already on anti-imperialism.com, we have defined in a preliminary way how we conceive of Global People’s War, and what we consider to be the basic role of revolutionaries in imperialist countries today. The theory of Global People’s War and what role First Worlders are to play in it of course needs […]

standupstruggleforward May 08

Pathology of Patriarchy: A Search for Clues at the Scene of the Crime

[The following has been reposted from Kersplebedeb and as always is for the purposes of discussion] “The great divide between humans and animals provided a standard by which to judge other people, both at home and elsewhere. If the essence of humanity was defined as consisting of a specific quality or set of qualities, such […]

Lin_biao_xiao April 27

Two Roads Defeated in the Cultural Revolution: Lin Biao’s Road

The following is the second part of a piece titled “Two Roads Defeated in the Cultural Revolution” by Prairie Fire of the Leading Light Communist Organization. In light of strong feelings some may have about the author and the organization they are a part of, let us make it clear that we at anti-imperialism.com also […]

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 […]

adaptwc1 (1) April 02

Capitalism and the Material Realities of People with Disabilities Today

Disability is socially constructed. You are marked as disabled by society when the category of people associated with your “abnormality” cannot access things the rest of society can readily access and take for granted. For example, people who are deaf are classified as disabled based on the fact that the majority of us can hear […]

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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What is the proletariat?

In Marxist theory and analysis, the proletariat is a social category that is a central topic of analysis and discussion. Nevertheless, confusion abounds among Marxists over what exactly the proletariat is. In fact, much to the consternation of many normative Marxists, RAIM has developed a line which unequivocally states that a majority of the workers […]

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 […]

636x460design_01 March 17

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 […]

behind-enemy-lines1 March 11

Behind Enemy Lines: Strategic Theory for Revolutionary Work in the Imperialist Core

Analysis of Classes, Trajectory of Worldwide Revolution, and the Problems of First Worldism As has been outlined in the work of various Third Worldists and those near it, the world is not as simple as the dogmatic ‘Marxist’ understanding of ‘workers vs. bosses.’ Moreover, the precise explanation of ‘who are our enemies, who are our […]

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 […]

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