Category Archives: Theory

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

karl_marx_heads August 20

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 […]

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.”

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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