labor aristocracy April 10

What is the Labor Aristocracy?

The following was prepared for academic publishing but has been released independently through Anti-imperialism.com to provide more common and widespread readership on this central question of the labor aristocracy. A PDF version has been prepared here:  What is the Labor Aristocracy. What is the Labor Aristocracy? By Zak Brown Introduction: The Necessary Material Conditions With the […]

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

An important question in revolutionary theory and practice is the question of violence. Indeed, one of the advancements of Maoism over social-democratic politics is the recognition that political power is always power guaranteed by means of the gun and not just cultural hegemony. From the social-democratic tradition we can see two main ways of resolving […]

michigan oil spill March 28

Lake Michigan Oil Spill: Capitalism and Nature

 Spill crews clean up oil along the beach of Lake Michigan at the BP Whiting Refinery The recent BP oil spill into Lake Michigan has spurred some thoughts on the issue of money within our contemporary social order. Precisely so because of how this event has seemed to stir popular intrigue into the social relationships […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

4545 March 14

On Patient Solidarity: Toward a New Patient’s Front

Oppression under capitalism takes many forms. It would be entirely incorrect and class reductionist to claim the only exercise of oppression in class society is that between the worker and capitalist. In fact, capitalism reproduces a host of repressive social relations including that of patriarchy, racism, homophobia, transphobia, national oppression etc. One generally under-examined oppressive apparatus is that […]

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 […]

leadership March 07

China: Socialism and Imperialism

“The working class must exercise leadership in everything.” This is the first of a multi-part series on China’s transition from socialism, to capitalism, and to its current state as a fledgling imperialist power. It is popular in certain Marxist circles today to uphold the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Communist Party as champions […]

(FILE) Manus Island Detention Centre March 03

Australia’s Genocidal Campaign Against People of the Pacific and Middle East

Last Friday (February 28), video was released showing the aftermath of an “incident” in which Australian forces on Manus Island, home to one of Australia’s concentration camps for asylum-seekers, apparently “lost control” of a local riot squad which then opened fire on the “detainees”, leaving at least one asylum-seeker dead and dozens wounded.[1][2]  This is […]

ukraine February 28

UPDATE: Russian Federation Invades Crimea, Plans For Separation Evident

2:45AM EST: Russian-aligned forces have occupied the two key airports in the Crimea region of Ukraine, AP reports. A separate group of gunmen seized the Crimean parliament, hoisting a Russian flag on its roof. It is unknown whether these are Ukrainian sympathizers, or special/advance forces of the Russian Federation. Both airports are reportedly still operating, […]

genderthing February 24

On the Social Construction of Sex (Part 1)

Bourgeois ideology has long presented us with a vulgar conception of gender which reduces the essence of what it “means” to be a man or woman to a rigid set of biological characteristics. Over the past few decades, a great deal of progress has been made in exposing this idea for what it is: a […]

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Inter-imperialist rivalry and civil strife in Ukraine

Does unrest drop from the sky? Most certainly not; like any other political phenomenon, the kind of civil unrest we can observe in Ukraine is a result of determinant economic, social and political factors which in convergence transform into open struggle, which cost the lives of 75 people so far. The main entry point for […]

ForkintheRoad February 20

Revolution or Retribution? Our goals and theirs

Recent activity on the left especially online has lead to several questions which need to be answered before we can proceed with any form of constructive theory. Among these questions include those which interrogate the very meaning behind our collective action as leftists and what we are really “after” so to speak. The most principal […]

water apartheid February 14

Israel and Palestine: a ‘Water Apartheid’

Gazan rescuers wade through the flooded streets after a heavy rain and the filtration system overflowed Understanding oppression means understanding the materiality of oppressive social relations. Meaning that oppression can be principally understood as a set of power relations which become coercive in the last instance. These relations are founded in material conditions and expressed […]

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Revolutionary Ecology Platform

This ‘Revolutionary Ecology Platform’ was originally published at Revolutionary Ecology as part of a larger critique of the Deep Ecology Platform. 1: The well-being and flourishing of human and non-human life are intimately related. The flourishing of non-human life is generally of direct and indirect utility to humans, and vice versa. 2: Richness and diversity of non-human […]

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Protests and unrest in Bosnia-Herzegovina

This Wednesday, after almost 20 years spent in misery and conflict, the working masses of Bosnia-Herzegovina have risen up to fight for their rights. This outburst of popular resistance was long-simmering because of the incredibly high rates of unemployment, high rates of poverty, and an unresponsive, unrepresentative bourgeois government. Workers have so far had to […]

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