Category Archives: Theory

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Observations on Das Kapital and Its Method

Karl Marx’s research method in Capital has been equivocated by not only his predecessors, but also by Marx himself. The equivocation primarily arises from the absence of Marx’s own writing of the research method he employed in Capital. Marx did not expatiate upon his research method because Capital was written for the newly born industrial […]

Tensions Remain High At Israeli Gaza Border August 04

86.5% of Israelis Support Continued War: the Settler-Colonial Attitude

[Credit: Vox] A recent poll conducted by Mina Tzemach has some troubling revelations for everyone concerned with the recent Israeli offensive in Gaza (Operation Protective Edge). The poll, designed to guage public opinion of the ‘conflict’, found that 86.5% of Israelis opposed a ceasefire considering “Hamas has not surrendered” and “not all the tunnels have […]

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 […]

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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.”

part 2 July 17

Debunking Hayek’s Road to Serfdom: “Individualism and Collectivism” (Part 2)

Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 Chapter 3: Individualism and Collectivism The title of this chapter is in my own opinion quite a misnomer. In fact, Hayek spends as little time as possible truly outlining what he considers to be “collectivism” or “individualism” beyond a rudimentary appraisal in the first few pages. Most of […]

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 […]

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No Room for Patriotism in Capitalism-Imperialism-Colonialism

This article has been reposted here from the Southern California Young Communist League. Check out the original website. Every year people in the United States come together to celebrate the Fourth of July, this country’s independence from British rule, this country’s white men—and to a lesser extent white women—independence from British rule, this country’s occupying […]

line-in-the-snad June 26

Two Conceptions of the Mass Line

Recently I have come across a conceptual distinction between two methods of carrying out the mass line. The two formulations are: unite the advanced, win over the intermediate, isolate the backwards unite the advanced, bring up the intermediate, win over the backwards I feel this distinction is significant and has to be addressed, with the […]

hayek1 June 23

Debunking Hayek’s Road to Serfdom: “Socialism Means Slavery” (Part 1)

Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 Introduction The purpose of this multi-part series is to debunk the thesis put forward in F.A. Hayek’s seminal work The Road to Serfdom; wherein, he suggests that Western Civilization had been moving towards socialism and that this was ultimately a road to destruction and servitude. Much of what […]

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Trans People and the Dialectics of Sex and Gender: Against Radical and Liberal Feminism

This is a repost of an essay originally published on alyx.io. Introduction Here I propose a framework for a non-liberal, non-radical, and non-transmisogynistic feminism: a proletarian feminism. This work builds upon a materialist analysis of sex as a social construct (more available here), which is essential reading before you continue. For those unaware of dialectics […]

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 […]

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“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 […]

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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 […]

minimum wage May 26

Raising the Minimum Wage: Good or Bad?

Disclaimer: This article highlights an issue for Anti-Imperialism.com to which not all editors are in 100% agreement. The following is representative of one editor’s position. Usually most of what I write involves some abstract criticism or perhaps a more intense elaboration on a concept ‘not-so-familiar’ to the everyday person. However, with all the news surrounding recent efforts […]

nyse127 May 20

Money: The Root of All Evil

Introduction You work for it; you work with it. You need it to survive; you survive to need it. You’d steal for it; maybe, if the price was right you’d even kill for it. It commands armies, nations, and public policy; often times it means life or death (quite literally). It is both celebrated and […]

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 […]

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