What is RAIM?
The Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement (RAIM) is a collective of revolutionary communist organizers, activists, artists, and technical workers based in the imperialist countries.
Our aim is to build public opinion internationally in support of Third Worldism and People’s War, and to build and defend oppositional political cultures and independent institutions of the oppressed within “the belly of the beast” as part of world revolution. We want the complete dismantling of imperialism and the victory of the proletariat in revolution. Ultimately, we want communism – the end of all oppression and exploitation.
Where we differ from many other communist organizations is in our analysis of global class relations. We understand that a majority of people in the core imperialist countries are embourgeoisfied, receiving surplus value extracted from workers around the world, and having a mode of life that alienates them from the proletariat. We understand that this means most people in imperialist countries have a strong community of interests with imperialism. We thus hold that any communist organizing in the imperialist core must be based on a concrete assessment of “Who are our enemies? Who are our friends?” and how class dynamics have been shaped by imperialist parasitism. Additionally, we support national liberation of oppressed nations in tandem with a global dictatorship of the proletariat of oppressed nations as a means of dismantling imperialism, alongside the complete liquidation of settler states like the “united states” or “kanada” through the national liberation of internal colonies.
Points of Unity
RAIM upholds the following points of unity:
1) Revolution is the only way forward.
The entire history of class society has built a monumental network of oppression that cannot be eliminated without a revolution that overturns all organs of class power, puts them in the hands of the oppressed, and finally abolishes them along with the class they serve. Capitalism cannot, and will not, abolish itself; only revolution can abolish class society and, through the implementation of socialism, achieve a classless one.
2) Our struggle is against all systems of oppression.
The root cause of all forms of oppression found in the world today is capitalism. So our struggle against capitalism is necessarily one against all systems of oppression. We aim to attack and dismantle all forms of systemic oppression. Patriarchy (and its attendant heterosexism and transmisogyny), white supremacy, systemic disableism, and colonialism; even the vast system of oppression of animals by human society. Without a struggle that fights to destroy these systems of oppression for all oppressed peoples and beings, not only are arbitrarily selective in our struggle to end oppression, but we can never hope to defeat class society or capitalism.
3) We reject the legitimacy of settler-colonial nations.
We do not recognize the legitimacy of nations such as the united states, israel, australia, south afrika or kanada. These nations and their structures are the product of colonial projects which have abused, displaced, and murdered the Indigenous peoples for the benefit of the occupiers. These nations and their occupying populations have done more than any others to aid imperialism, especially in the modern era. They owe their entire existence to a parasitic relationship with the oppressed nations and the Indigenous peoples they dominate. Without the self-determination of captive nations, and the decolonization of the whole country, there can be no successful socialist revolution.
4) We reject the legitimacy of imperialist intervention.
Imperialist intervention is never legitimate, regardless of context or method. The imperialist states will use all tools at their disposal to dominate the oppressed nations, from foreign aid to armed occupation. We will always resist attempts by the imperialist core to exert itself over the oppressed Third World peoples, including their own internal colonies.
5) We reject all forms of opportunism.
We stand in opposition to all forms of opportunism (the short-sighted prioritizing of short-term reformist gains, which on a systemic level leads to liquidation of the revolutionary movement). We strive to create a movement which aims at the dismantlement of the capitalist system, not capitulation to it or cooperation with it. Therefore we will not tolerate any attempts at class collaboration, “toning down” our politics, or the renunciation of these points of unity.
6) We reject all forms of chauvinism
We stand in opposition to all forms of chauvinism. We believe firmly that one’s actions reflect their politics. We have absolutely no tolerance for misogyny (and its attendant heterosexism and transmisogyny), white supremacy, and disableism. We aim to be an organization which not only fights for oppressed people, but one which is safe for all oppressed people. If we cannot ensure that our organization is not an oppressive environment itself, we will be totally unable to fight the oppression of society at large. Chauvinism is to be combated individually by every one of us, and collectively, by our solidarity with the oppressed and our intolerance for all those who reproduce their oppression.
7) RAIM is a Third-Worldist organization.
Third-Worldism is essentially the analysis that the First World has economically, socially, and politically subordinated the Third World. We understand that we must “break up the colonial world” to liberate the Third World from the imperialist domination of the First. This is articulated through things like national liberation, collective self-reliance and cooperation between Third World nations, partisanship in solidarity with the Third World within the First World, and ultimately a kind of alter-globalization from a communist perspective, rather than the current capitalist form of globalization. We are of the opinion that if communism is the organization of the proletariat and its allies to abolish the bourgeoisie, and feminism is the organization of non-men and their allies to abolish “man” as a social stratum, then Third-Worldism is the organization of the Third World and its allies to abolish the First. Our role in this strategy is to share equally in the burden of making revolution and assisting in the liberation of both oppressed Third World nations and internal colonies trapped within the imperialist core; our goal is the decolonization of the colonial world, and the abolition of the First World.
For further information, consult our list of RAIM publications or our media cells, listed below.
What do we do?
Practically, RAIM exists as a collection of cells. These cells can be divided into two categories: on-the-ground cells and media-based cells. On-the-ground cells are involved in building public opinion in support of Third Worldism through practical work and agitation, working toward building independent institutions of the oppressed which challenge the material and cultural hegemony of the bourgeoisie, and building coalitions with other like-minded groups and individuals with worked-out line differences. Media cells are, as the name implies, primarily involved in media projects.
RAIM cells are somewhat independent and are responsible for making decisions for themselves without needing to wait for orders from a central command. All RAIM cells are, however, united around RAIM’s points of unity and Third Worldist line.
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Syracuse, New York
- Washington, D.C.
- Ottawa, Ontario
- Leicester, England
There are a million reasons to oppose capitalism-imperialism but only one solution: revolution. But revolutions do not just happen spontaneously. They require the dedicated efforts of an advanced element representing the proletariat. RAIM exists to push forward the subjective forces of socialism and communism. Yet what we are doing so far is only the beginning. And we need your help.
Through our various on-the-ground and media cells, RAIM provides a number of ways for people to get involved. We strongly encourage those who find agreement with our points of unity and are looking to do something to contact us.