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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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Issue #1 in a series of articles correcting misinformation on El Che _ “The life of Che is an inspiration to all human beings who cherish freedom. We will always honour his memory.” — Nelson Mandela, while visiting Cuba in 1991 {1} _ One of the favorite libelous smears by right-wing hacks is that Argentine […]

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By Nikolai Brown In a crass yet frank admission, Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers said the company’s new cancer drug, Nexavar, is not “for Indians,” but “for western patients who can afford it.” The statement came in the wake of a recent ruling by an Indian court that certain life-saving drugs could be produced and distributed […]

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Our recent release, The Weapon of Theory: A Maoist (Third Worldist) Reader, is now available both in print and as a free PDF. Next to Zak Cope’s Divided World, Divided Class: Global Political Economy and the Stratification of Labour Under Capitalism, The Weapon of Theory aims to be the definitive overview of the Marxist analysis […]

By Freya B. Marx’s theory of price has been a contentious subject over the history of Marxist political economy. Controversy over Marx’s formulation on “prices of production” has led many to try to “fix” what are perceived to be failures in Marx’s theory (often producing absurd and incoherent conclusions), or to simply abandon Marxist value […]

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One of the most commonly-heard terms in the bourgeois economics departments is “productivity.” The vulgar economists of course define “productivity” as the price of output relative to the price of input. So capital has its “productivity” and labor has its “productivity,” and each is rewarded accordingly, or so they say. As Marxists however, we really […]

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First and foremost let’s begin by recognizing the historical importance of anarchism as a broad political philosophy. While anarchism is fundamentally flawed in many ways most anarchists can be seen as allies in the struggle against monopoly capital. The contradiction between anarchists and communist forces on the ground can be characterized as non-antagonistic, a contradiction […]

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By Klaas V. Let’s start with a simple definition from Wikipedia: “The Hubbert peak theory says that for any given geographical area, from an individual oil-producing region to the planet as a whole, the rate of petroleum production tends to follow a bell-shaped curve. It is one of the primary theories on peak oil.” In […]

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On the new Dialectics online radio show, Glenn Spaguolo spoke with Nikolai Brown about the history of colonization in Hawai’i, a recent FOIA request which revealed US meddling in New Caledonia, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Next week, Gregory C. Lewis from All Power to the Positive joins to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Zapatista […]

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Photo taken after the Sabra Massacre Saturday, January 11th, saw the passing of one of the most notorious war criminals in world history: Ariel Sharon. The former Israeli defense minister (1981-83), prime minister (2001-06) and military commander oversaw some of the most horrific atrocities committed against a civilian population in the contemporary era. The Kahan […]

Class analysis is a central component of Marxist thinking. Knowing who our enemies and friends are is imperative if we communists are to move forward into the 21st century. An important aspect of class analysis is the question of exploitation. Exploitation is a condition in which value is extracted from a class of people — […]

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Intrinsic to the revolutionary experience of Communism has been the tool of social investigation and its broad application throughout the tenure of socialists. In Lenin’s 1902 pamphlet What is to be Done? we see some of the first concrete evidence of social investigation performed as Lenin details his analysis of the Russian political climate and what […]

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“White workers belong to a totally different world than that of Black workers, They are caught up in a totally different economic, political, and social reality, and on the basis of this distinct reality, the pigs of the power structure and treacherous labor leaders find it very easy to manipulate them with Babylonian racism, This […]

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By Nikolai Brown [Spoiler warning] 12 Years a Slave is an acclaimed film about the real-life story of Solomon Northup, a freeman living in upstate New York with his family, who in 1841 was abducted, sold into slavery, and put to work on a plantation in Louisiana. Aesthetically the film is well made. Actor Chiwetel […]

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The notion of power is one which has existed throughout the history of class society. The features of power and the motion of its development has meant exhausting study in the field of philosophy and social theory; being the subject of immense investigation early in the tradition of metaphysics and later up until the current […]

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Last Saturday, December 14, US Senator and former GOP presidential candidate John McCain arrived in Kiev to meet with Ukrainian opposition leaders. The meeting comes during a tumultuous period for Ukrainian politics  as hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered over the past weeks to express blatant discontent with current President Viktor Yanukovych and […]