On the Critical Predation of China

Qiao Collective The Western left has largely fallen in line behind interventionist platitudes of “standing with the Chinese people, not the Chinese government.” But their cover of “principled critique” elides the fact that criticism does not exist in a vacuum. In this case, it is greasing the wheels for Western imperialist intervention under the auspices…

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…

A Manual to Defend the Revolution From Our Community

María Fernanda Barreto How to confront the paramilitary and mercenary invasion of Venezuela and local terrorist groups in our community. Dedication In the second part of this manual, I talk about the INVEDECOR method of the Venezuelan sociologist Carlos Lanz Rodríguez, a method that he taught me during the long days of study that we…

Nicaragua: Tangible Transformations

Carmen Parejo Rendón Nicaragua is a living example of the implementation of two antagonistic models: the neoliberal and the Sandinista. Nicaragua, a Central American country, is a living example of what we can call: the implementation of two antagonistic models. We are referring to the fact that, on the one hand, from 1990 to 2007,…

Africans Must Recognize the Difference Between Marxism and Scientific Socialism

Inem Richardson Kwame Nkrumah Science is important. The masses of African people, as oppressed people, must base our struggle for liberation on scientific knowledge and action. Just because Europeans claim science as their invention does not mean that science belongs to them or that African people ought to reject scientific truth. Our people have been…

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…

The Commune is a Historical Imperative: A Conversation with José ‘Yoda’ Solórzano

Cira Pascual MarquinaJosé Solórzano’s lean, two-meter-tall frame makes him a surprising person to be known as “Yoda.” He is one of the key militants of the Chavista collective La Minka, which is part of the continent-wide multi-disciplinary organization Comunidades Al Mando/Proyecto Nuestra América [Communities in Charge/Latin America Initiative]. Focusing on cultural and productive projects, Comunidades…

V.I. Lenin and W.E.B. Du Bois: Class Struggle and Civilization

Anthony Monteiro While the ruling elite is calling for a capitalist reset which could leave half the working class without jobs or adequate income, many leftists are proclaiming working class backwardness. “If a working-class left is to emerge it must attack the idea that the US working class is irredeemably backward.” The US left’s response…

Capitalism’s Coronavirus Catastrophe

Stephen Millies Philadelphia-area nurses are preparing to strike to demand safe conditions for patients and health-care workers. Wall Street’s war machine includes 11 aircraft carriers and 5,800 nuclear weapons. Yet the capitalist government in the United States is helpless to combat the latest coronavirus surge. Daily cases have soared to 180,000 with over a thousand…

New National Assembly and the Recovery of Venezuelan Families’ Income

Geronimo Paz Legislation to recover the family income should be one of the main priorities of the new patriotic, ethical and democratic national assembly to be elected on the next 6D. It is urgent to implement a set of strategic measures whose central purpose is to promote a sustained process of recovery of the purchasing…