Nine Days in Northern Ireland

Red Fenian

On July 6, 2013, while on vacation in Belfast, in the northern six counties of British-occupied Ireland, I visited a female political prisoner for her birthday and wound up arrested under Section 41(b) of the 2000 UK Terrorism Act, not knowing when or if I’d ever get out.

The prisoner was held in Hydebank jail on suspicion of trying to assassinate two police officers in May. Though we were allotted two hours to visit, the administration stopped the meeting short and escorted me to the visitors area. There they arrested me.

I was in complete shock. My first thought was “I’m fxcked.” The Police Service of Northern Ireland confiscated my phone, camera and other belongings. I was handcuffed and taken to the parking lot, where I was put in a car with three PSNI officers.

One male officer sat in the back with me and asked my name. After screaming…

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Summation of Our First year

What is now Portland Maoist Group and Mass Action Rose City started about one and a half years ago. From our initial formation as a group and our ensuing operations we have had many enlightening experiences. Below you will find a summation of our first year of organizing, self-criticism and lessons we’ve learned from our experience.

When we first began to organize as a group, we reached out to several Marxist-Leninist- Maoist (MLM) organizations across the country for advice. We were told by members of these organizations that forming a mass org was a good starting point. Before we even had a name, we had a small group of people together and decided to hand out donations of clothing and basic essentials to houseless people in our area. We had no clear plan of what we were doing, and we did not carry out the proper amount of investigation before…

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Socialism capitalism and population

Paul Cockshott's Blog

We are now approaching a social revolution in which the economic foundations of monogamy as they have existed hitherto will disappear just as surely as those of its complement-prostitution. Monogamy arose from the concentration of considerable wealth in the hands of a single individuals man-and from the need to bequeath this wealth to the children of that man and of no other. For this purpose, the monogamy of the woman was required, not that of the man, so this monogamy of the woman did not in any way interfere with open or concealed polygamy on the part of the man. But by transforming by far the greater portion, at any rate, of permanent, heritable wealth – the means of production – into social property, the coming social revolution will reduce to a minimum all this anxiety about bequeathing and inheriting. Having arisen from economic causes, will monogamy then disappear when…

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On the Mass Line and How it is Mangled

Red Midwest

For over twenty years our Party has carried on mass work every day, and for the past dozen years it has talked about the mass line every day. We have always maintained that the revolution must rely on the masses of the people, on everybody’s taking a hand, and have opposed relying merely on a few persons issuing orders. The mass line, however, is still not being thoroughly carried out in the work of some comrades; they still rely solely on a handful of people working in solitude. One reason is that, whatever they do, they are always reluctant to explain it to the people they lead and that they do not understand why or how to give play to the initiative and creative energy of those they lead. Subjectively, they too want everyone to take a hand in the work, but they do not let other people know what…

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Statement on the Queen City MLM Collective

Queen City Maoist Collective

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On February 2nd, 2017, we are excited to announce the formation of the Queen City Maoist Collective. We believe that as a revolutionary organization, we are guided by the scientific principles of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.

MLM is a higher stage of Marxism-Leninism. It is necessary as the objective conditions in the US call for application of the mass line, criticism and self-criticism. Marxism-Leninism has become outdated as a revolutionary science, fundamentally, because it has not been held accountable to the masses, the people who are necessary to make revolution. Most importantly, MLMs see that class struggle must continue under socialism and that the end goal of communism is the most important part of our struggle.

Some of our members are former candidate cadre with Workers World Party, and we have fully broken with this organization. We saw that there was no worth in trying to remain in the party and slowly…

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Trump not German chancellor circa 1933

Paul Cockshott's Blog

I do not think that the comparison with Germany in 1933 is helpful.

In terms of class, Trump is not a trumped up corporal but a bonafide member of the super-rich. If there is any historical comparison to be made it is with populist members of the Roman senatorial order like the Gracchi or Ceasar. In terms of nation, what we are dealing with here is not a second rank imperialist power aiming to be the top imperialist power, but the already top imperialist power. The politics of the German government in the 1930s were the outcome of an already long existing imperialist strategy going back many decades(see Fischer). The USA is the super power with  only two rivals, Russia and China both of which are  inferior to it in military power. Neither is able to threaten it. The long term strategy of the US bourgeois state has…

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How can Red Political Power Exist in Saint Louis in 2017? — Progressive Youth Organization – STL

2016 was a radically transformative year for Saint Louis, the State of Missouri, the United States, and the world. Locally, we saw deepening of contradictions across the board. We saw the continued police war on the masses of working class people of this city, particularly Black people. In the depths of winter, the police and […]

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