“Imperialism, the Eve of the Socialist Revolution of the Proletariat” is Chapter 9 of Political Economy: A Beginner’s Course, a classic Marxist-Leninist textbook by Soviet economist A. Leontiev from the late 1930s. This textbook provides one of the best introductions to Marxist political economy, and this chapter in particular provides an outstanding introduction to the Leninist theory of imperialism. (click here for a PDF of the entire textbook or buy a copy!)
The following is the contribution to the 18th International Communist Seminar by Josh Sykes, Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
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Freedom Road Socialist Organization has a rich history of work among youth and students. Many of the veteran cadres of our organization were active with the youth of the Black Panther Party, Brown Berets and the Students for a Democratic Society of the 1960s, the Revolutionary Student Brigades in the 1970s, or the Progressive Student Network in the 1980s. Others worked on campuses to organize against South African Apartheid, in the historic Jesse Jackson campaign, or in solidarity with the Central American revolutionary movements. Many also organized Asian American and Pilipino (1) students, or worked in mostly oppressed nationality student formations like the Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM) in New York. Today, students and youth in Freedom Road continue to do mass student organizing, mainly in the new Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) formed in 2006.
Posted in FRSO, Student Movements, Theory
Tagged Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, crisis, FRSO, FRSO Student Commission, ivaw, Josh Sykes, national oppression, New Communist Movement, political economy, Student Movements, Students for a Democratic Society
The following article is from Études Marxistes, n°84, October-December 2008 and is being reposted here from the website of the Workers Party of Belgium
by Jo Cottenier and Henri Houben
It’s likely that September 2008 will continue to ring in our minds in the same way that September 2001 does. After the attacks on the Twin Towers, America went to war. After the recent financial crisis on Wall Street, the warrior is knocked out. After September’s tidal wave, Americans are worrying and wondering: what does the future hold? Two million families have lost their homes. Savings, jobs and pension benefits are all in danger. Purchasing power was already under pressure, will it get even worse?
The following is from the website of the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS):
Salient points about the international situation
For the 3rd Congress of BAYAN USA
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, ILPS International Coordinating Committee
Beloved compatriots and friends,
We, the International Coordinating Committee and the entirety of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), convey militant greetings of anti-imperialist solidarity to ILPS member-organization BAYAN-USA, to its leadership, its member-organizations and all the delegates to its Third Congress.
We congratulate all of you for your accumulated and current political and organizational accomplishments in the service of the Filipino communities in the USA and the entire Filipino people who are struggling for national liberation and democracy against US imperialism and the exploiting classes of big compradors and landlords in the Philippines.
We take this opportunity to express best wishes to the Filipino women who are participating in this congress and are all set to hold tomorrow the founding assembly of Gabriela-USA. This consolidation of women’s organizations is a further strengthening of the BAYAN-USA and the national democratic movement of Filipinos in the US.
My assignment is to present to you the international situation. Within the time allotted, I can give you some salient points. We can further discuss these in the open forum.
Posted in Philippines, Political Economy
Tagged BAYAN USA, Class Struggle, Filipino Americans, Gabriela-USA, ILPS, Imperialism, Jose Maria Sison, Maoist Thought, Philippines, political economy
Kosta Harlan from Chapel Hill, North Carolina explains the roots of the current economic crisis.
The following is from Fight Back! News:
Asheville, NC - Around 25 student activists and organizers from seven cities throughout the southeast came to Asheville, North Carolina, April 4, for a conference called “The Crisis of Imperialism and Building a Revolutionary Movement.” This regional student conference was hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Posted in FRSO, Imperialism, Political Economy, Student Movements
Tagged Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Asheville, FRSO, Imperialism, Josh Sykes, Kosta Harlan, Mass Line, North Carolina, political economy, Student Movements, Students for a Democratic Society
The following article is by Michael Parenti:
After the overthrow of communist governments in Eastern Europe, capitalism was paraded as the indomitable system that brings prosperity and democracy, the system that would prevail unto the end of history.
The present economic crisis, however, has convinced even some prominent free-marketeers that something is gravely amiss. Truth be told, capitalism has yet to come to terms with several historical forces that cause it endless trouble: democracy, prosperity, and capitalism itself, the very entities that capitalist rulers claim to be fostering.
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The following review of FRSO’s Build a Fighting Workers Movement (also here at the Marxist-Leninist) is from Fight Back! News Service:
Review: Build a Fighting Workers Movement
A review of the pamphlet Build a Fighting Workers Movement by the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization
By Joe Iosbaker
This past Dec. 5, 250 workers occupied the Republic Windows and Doors factory on Goose Island in Chicago. They had been told a few days earlier that the company was closing and that there would be no severance pay, or even payment of wages or sick or vacation pay owed them. Their protest, targeting their company and the Bank of America, became a national symbol of working people’s anger at the rich and powerful. “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” they chanted as their story was reported across the world.
Now over three months later, there has been no wave of labor action in the U.S. to follow up this spectacular beginning. Why? Aren’t millions of workers just as angry? Don’t they want to strike blows against the billionaires on Wall Street?
Posted in Books, FRSO, Labor Movement
Tagged Andy Stern, Bank of America, Class Struggle Unionism, crisis, Fight Back!, FRSO, Joe Iosbaker, militant minority, political economy, Republic Windows and Doors, SEIU, Trade Unions, UAW, William Z. Foster
The following is form Fight Back! News:
Massive Job Losses Show Economy Sliding Into a Depression
650,000 More Jobs Lost in February
By Adam Price
San José, CA – On March 6, the Labor Department reported that the economy lost 650,000 more jobs in February. The report also said that the number of jobs lost in December and January was revised upwards by 150,000. This brought the total job losses since the recession began to 4.4 million, more than half lost in the last four months alone. The total number of jobs has shrunk by 3.2% since the recession began, the most in more than 50 years.