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
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The following is a new pamphlet on class struggle unionism from the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization. It helps give the lay of the land in the labor movement in the U.S. today and gives some particular guidance to communists intending to organize in the trade unions.
Build a Fighting Workers Movement
A pamphlet by the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Posted in FRSO, Labor Movement, Political Economy, Theory, U.S. Oppressed Nations and Nationalities, Women's Liberation
Tagged AFL-CIO, Andy Stern, Change to Win, Class Struggle Unionism, crisis, Employee Free Choice Act, FRSO, James Hoffa, John Sweeney, LGBT liberation, Mass Line, militant minority, national question, SEIU, Solidarity Center, Teamsters, UAW, UNITE-HERE, Women's Liberation
This is the first of a series of reading notes. I intend to begin by working my way through Mao’s book, Five Essays on Philosophy. Some of this will expand upon material I’ve touched on in my article, Some Points on Stalin (and Mao). This post will include my reading notes for On Practice. The rest will be forthcoming as time goes on. I’m doing this for two reasons: (1.) To help popularize and aid in the study of Marxism-Leninism in general and in the thought of Mao Zedong in particular, and (2.) to help sharpen my own thinking and raise my own theoretical level and understanding. I should add, finally, that in this and all of the other reading notes, this reflects a work in progress in my own study, and therefore, comments and Marxist criticism is encouraged.
Five Essays on Philosophy
- On Practice
- On Contradiction
- On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People
- Speech at the Chinese Communist Party’s National Conference on Propaganda Work
- Where do Correct Ideas Come From?
Reading Notes on Mao Zedong’s “On Practice“
Members of the Black Panther Party studying Mao's Little Red Book
On Practice is Mao Zedong’s main text on Marxist epistemology, that is, on the Marxist theory of knowledge. In it he examines from a Marxist point of view the problem of how people learn, how their consciousness develops, and how correct theory is developed through practice. It was written along with On Contradiction to challenge dogmatism and subjectivism in the Chinese Communist Party and to help encourage a scientific outlook. We should look at it and study it as revolutionaries struggling to advance mass movements and popular struggles toward revolution, and with the understanding that to do this we must raise the level of consciousness and understand of the masses as we fight along side them. Continue reading
The following is a summation of the RNC protest from Fight Back! News Service. I have posted a lot of other material on the RNC protests and my readers should check that out as well.
Jess Sundin marching on day 4 of the RNC
Fight Back News Service has posted a podcast of Jess Sundin, a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization and one of the leading organizers of the Sept. 1 and Sept. 4 anti-war demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Sundin speaks on the lessons that can be learned from the protests at the RNC.
Sundin, along with other RNC protest organizers spoke at a Sept. 20 community discussion in Minneapolis, Minnesota hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Click here to hear the podcast:
Lessons from the RNC protests
Jess Sundin, September 20, 2008
I’ve been reflecting more on the need to build a mass movement to defeat John McCain and stop the reactionary Republican agenda of racism and war. Mostly, I’ve been thinking about this in terms of the The Stop the War! Stop McCain! working group of Students for a Democratic Society, which is an important initiative from radical youth and students in that direction.
Hearing John McCain talk about 100 years of war in Iraq, watching him spit his racist and reactionary venom, reminds me of something Mao Zedong, the leader of the Chinese revolution, once said.
Now U.S. imperialism is quite powerful, but in reality it isn’t. It is very weak politically because it is divorced from the masses of the people and is disliked by everybody and by the American people too. In appearance it is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of, it is a paper tiger. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain… When we say U.S. imperialism is a paper tiger, we are speaking in terms of strategy. Regarding it as a whole, we must despise it. But regarding each part, we must take it seriously. It has claws and fangs… Strategically, we must utterly despise U.S. imperialism. Tactically, we must take it seriously. In struggling against it, we must take each battle, each encounter, seriously. At present, the United States is powerful, but when looked at in a broader perspective, as a whole and from a long-term viewpoint, it has no popular support, its policies are disliked by the people, because it oppresses and exploits them. For this reason, the tiger is doomed. Therefore, it is nothing to be afraid of and can be despised. But today the United States still has strength, turning out more than 100 million tons of steel a year and hitting out everywhere. That is why we must continue to wage struggles against it, fight it with all our might and wrest one position after another from it. And that takes time… It seems that the countries of the Americas, Asia and Africa will have to go on quarrelling with the United States till the very end, till the paper tiger is destroyed by the wind and the rain.
U.S. Imperialism is a Paper Tiger
I think we have a lot to learn from what Mao says here about the strategy and tactics of dealing with paper tigers.
Unfortunately there is very often on the Left an abstentionist view put forward, a view that the problem is systemic and the voting makes no difference. This view argues that we should put forward a principled opposition to electoral poltiics. I don’t agree. Continue reading
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Electoral Politics, FRSO, Imperialism, Student Movements, Students for a Democratic Society, Theory
Tagged Barack Obama, Fight Back!, Imperialism, Iraq, John McCain, Mao, Mass Line, national oppression, political economy, Sarah Palin, strategy and tactics
I’ve posted extensively on political economy and the current financial crisis. This video (below) is particularly interesting given some of the advanced demands coming from those that oppose the bailout (see No Bailout for Billionaires!). A lot of progressive demands are being put forward to deal with the financial crisis.
Some of the key demands are:
- a moratorium on forclosures, evictions and rent hikes
- more government assistance to low-income people
- criminal prosecution of banking, finance, insurance and all other executives whose companies have benefited from the foreclosure crisis
- creation and funding of jobs programs throughout the country to eliminate unemployment
- an immediate end to the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan.
I want to draw particular attention to the last demand on the list, and we need to look at all of this from a class struggle perspective. Continue reading
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Imperialism, Political Economy
Tagged Afghanistan, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, crisis, Imperialism, Iraq, Lenin, Mao, Mass Line, political economy, theory, video