Marxism-Leninism is the Greatest Threat to Imperialism’s Ideological Hegemony

Rainer Shea Why is Marxism-Leninism the greatest threat to U.S./NATO imperialism’s ideological domination over the masses? Because it provides a standard of comparison for our living standards. Because it gives us a sense of what our society would be like if we were to undergo a proletarian revolution and establish a workers democracy. At least…

The Crisis and the Venezuelan Working Class: A Conversation with Pedro Eusse

Cira Pascual Marquina Pedro Eusse joined the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) in 1979 when he was just 17 and working in a chicken factory. Now, Eusse is a member of the party’s political bureau and charged with coordinating worker and trade union issues. Eusse is also the General Coordinator of the Cruz Villegas Class-conscious…

Finally, Whose Land Is It?

Vladimir Acosta It is not that the earth is ours and that it belongs to us. It is that we all belong to the earth. From it we live, with its fruits we feed ourselves, from its lakes and rivers comes the water we need, with its wood and stones we build our houses, even…

Is Democracy an End or an Instrument?

Emir Sader The strategy of the left of the 21st century combines the democratic struggle of the masses with the radical democratization of the State and of all social, economic, political and cultural structures. For a long time, the left was accused of privileging the conquest of better living conditions for the population, rather than…

Neither Washington Nor Beijing?

Carlos Martinez A newcomer to politics would likely assume that members of the global left support the People’s Republic of China. It is after all led by a communist party, with Marxism as its guiding ideology. During the period since the Communist Party of China (CPC) came to power in 1949, the Chinese people have…

Foucault, Anti-Communism & the Global Theory Industry: A Reply to Critics

Gabriel Rockhill My article in The Philosophical Salon, “Foucault: The Faux Radical,” has been praised in certain circles for its political clarity, while in others it has generated some heated debate, as well as requests for further clarifications.[i] Its translation into Turkish sparked an exchange with Can Uğur, which synthesizes a number of the concerns…

For the German Left, This Is a Moment of Reckoning

Franziska Kleiner Protesters holding the flag of the Free German Youth. Photo: FDJ – Revolution und Sozialismus An annual socialist demonstration in Berlin was the target of police brutality. The left must unite against this unwarranted suppression and the practice of banning socialist organizations behind it Every year, a demonstration at the Socialist Memorial in…

For the Ruthless Abolition of the Caste System

Vijay Prashad and Brinda Karat Mallu Swarajyam (left) and other members of an armed squad during the Telangana armed struggle (1946-1951). Sunil Janah / Prajasakti Publishing House. Source: “One Hundred Years of the Communist Movement in India,” Tricontinental, September 1, 2020. An Interview with Brinda Karat, Politburo Member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) The…

Hugo Chávez and Maoism: A Conversation with Chris Gilbert

Cira Pascual Marquina Professor of political science at Venezuela’s Bolivarian University, Chris Gilbert is creator and co-host of Escuela de Cuadros, a Marxist educational program broadcast in Venezuelan public television and a participant in the Barcelona-based project Seminari Taifa. Gilbert’s articles have appeared in Rebelión, LaHaine, Monthly Review, and CounterPunch, and he has coauthored the…

Marx Didn’t Invent Socialism, Nor Did He Discover It

Steve Lalla Revered as the Father of Socialism, in popular conception Karl Marx (1818–1883) is the originator of socialist theory, the creator of a plan implemented thereafter by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and other socialist nations. He remains one of the most cited authors of all time, and his writings are endlessly scrutinized…