‘First World problems,’ the First World petty-bourgeoisie, and the elephant in the room for the ‘revolutionary left’

Technically speaking, the First World petty-bourgeoisie includes all people whose wage income includes surplus value. Its existence is an elephant in the room for much of the nominal left. But for everyone else, it is common knowledge. Recently for example, a meme called ‘First World Problems’ was created which epitomized and gave voice to its […]

What is Net-Exploitation?

The term “net-exploitation” refers to the manner in which high-wage workers benefit through exchange with low wage workers. At minimum, net-exploitation happens when a given wage exceeds the value of labor, i.e., when the wage derived from a given hour’s worth of labor can purchase on the market more than the socially average product of […]

Leningrad and the Solitude of an Internationalist

The following is an excerpt from a recent essay by Andre Vltchek , originally published by Z Net. In it, Vltchek looks into various questions, notably those revolving around hegemonic post-Cold War reactionary rhetoric and internationalist identity. As always, reposting here does not imply endorse or affiliation. “No one is forgotten and nothing is forgotten”. That is what is engraved […]

Make October a Month of Anti-Imperialist Resistance

Depending on where you are, October marks the beginning of Autumn or Spring, in which the old dies with the receding sun or new life awakens after the cold of Winter. There could be no better metaphor for our goal: that of destroying an old world structured along the lines of capitalist-imperialism and germinating a […]

Spanish Maoists call for a reassessment of the Lin Biao incident

Responding to a recent statement by Italian, India, and Afghan groups calling for a new international conference of Maoist organizations, the Spanish group Gran Marcha Hacia el Comunismo (Long March Towards Communism) declared their support while offering a few suggestions on topics to discuss, including the “question of Lin Biao and the reasons for his […]

Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara: a rebel against Soviet political economy

The following article by Helen Yaffe was sourced from the Marxist Internet Archive. Reposting here is for critical discussion and does not imply endorsement or affiliation. In January 1962 Guevara told colleagues in Cuba’s Ministry of Industries (MININD): ‘In no way am I saying that financial autonomy of the enterprise with moral incentives, as it is established in the […]

Problems with First Worldism

First Worldism is a long-standing trend within ‘left-wing’ politics which preferences or exaggerates the role of First World workers to the effect of considering them friends or allies of revolution. First Worldism is a problem of class analysis. It sees the First World lifestyle not as a parasitic one involving the circulation of superprofits extracted […]

Three things all allies of revolution can and must do

Every second of every day, social forces and agents of imperialism are in play, working to reproduce this catastrophic system. The question then becomes, what are you doing tonight? Three things that supporters of anti-imperialist revolution can and must do include the following: developing individual skills and capabilities, and creating personnel situations amenable to contributing […]

Understanding and Changing: A discussion with Zak Cope, author of ‘Divided World, Divided Class,’ on the stratification of labour under global capitalism

Zak Cope is the author of Divided World Divided Class: Global Political Economy and the Stratification of Labour Under Capitalism, which was just published this past August by Kersplebedeb Press as part of their recently launched Kalikot series. The book “charts the history of the ‘labour aristocracy’ in the capitalist world system, from its roots […]

A Critique of Rashid’s Black Liberation in the 21st Century

This article was originally posted at MIM-Prisons and is part of a continuing debate around the line and practice of the recently formed New Afrikan Black Panther Party- Prison Chapter. This is a response to an article titled “Black Liberation in the 21st Century: A Revolutionary Reassessment of Black Nationalism,” by the New Afrikan Black Panther Party […]

Cultural Imperialism Triggers Global Protests Against U.S.

Tens of thousands of people in dozens of cities and slums across Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and parts of Europe and Australia have demonstrated in recent days in response to a film made in the United $tates attacking the Prophet Muhammad. Protests primarily targeted U.$. embassies and other symbols of imperialism including an […]

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Monthly Review Publishes Missing Chapter from Baran and Sweezy’s ‘Monopoly Capitalism’

The July-August 2012 issue of Monthly Review Magazine featured a missing chapter from the book Monopoly Capital: An Essay on the American Economic and Social Order, published in 1966 by Monthly Review Press. The book was published following the death of Paul Baran in 1964, whom along with co-author Paul Sweezy spent over two years of […]

March for a Martyr: In Memory of Ricardo Falcón

Ricardo Falcón was a promising leader who organized students and community members during the Chicano/a movement. He was a popular activist in Colorado committed to social justice. In August of 1972, he was murdered in Orogrande, New Mexico while traveling to a meeting held in El Paso, Texas. He was shot and killed by a […]

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In Memory of 9-11-1973

On September 11th, 1973, democratically-elected Chilean president, Salvador Allende, was violently overthrown by a CIA orchestrated coup. Bombs struck the presidential palace, tanks rolled through the streets, and the massacre began. The nine-eleven of Chile was underway. Salvador Allende, convinced he would be assassinated, instead took his own life as his home was being bombarded. […]

Slavoj Žižek: A “Radical” Apologist for Imperialism

The following article by Karlo Mikhail and originally published in the Platypus Journal challenges common notions that Slavoj Žižek presents a particularly radical critique of capitalist-imperialism. While we are reposting this for the purpose of discussion and critical review, doing so in no manner implies endorsement or affiliation. The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek has a reputation for lashing out […]

Book Review: “Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry”

Bourgeois history is typified by its appreciation of particulars.   In turn it rejects larger narratives regarding fundamental social relations.  The effect of this is obscuring unflattering trends in the history of the capitalist world-system and particular dominant countries therein. Though highly accessible, Scott Reynolds Nelson’s Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry: The Untold Story of an American Legend adds […]

Manufacturing Dissent: The Truth about Syria

Manufacturing Dissent: The Truth About Syria is a recent documentary by Lizzie Phelan and Mostafa Afzalzadeh which uncovers manipulation by mainstream media and US officials in the pursuit of regime change in Syria. As revolutionary anti-imperialists our duty is to support a global united front against US-led imperialism and oppose all its various schemes.  From the […]

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J. Sakai Audio Interview with KPFT Pacifica Radio

We have long promoted and distributed certain works of J. Sakai as essential reading for revolutionary anti-imperialists, especially Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat.   Its uncompromising look at Amerikan history as one of oppression of captive nations is a sharp contrast to the left patriotism of Howard Zinn, as a previous review by […]

Prince Kapone: “The Revolution is Dead, Long Live the Revolution”

‘The Revolution is Dead, Long Live the Revolution,’ Prince Kapone featuring La Nena and La Java A3 Vida From the album “Prince Kapone Presents… The Revolution Is Dead, Long Live The Revolution (Live From Habana).”

Immanuel Wallerstein at the Progress Paradox Conference

Immanuel Wallerstein, speaking in the video at the Progress Paradox Conference, is a founder of the ‘world-systems analysis’ school of thought. World-systems analysis is an attempt to offer a historical materialist summary of the 20th century and highlight potential possibilities for future revolutionary struggle. Wallerstein’s recent text, World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction, will be part of […]

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