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A Cooperative Society or Barbarism

The overriding issue in the November 3 election is the future of American democracy, with all the life and death implications that has for the workers fighting for their basic needs. It will be virtually impossible for the millions of …

The Truth About Kenosha

On Sunday, August 23, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer. A Rally, Comrades! correspondent who participated in the uprising provides the following on-the-scene account: “I went to Kenosha the day after the …

Do Flint Lives Matter? $600 Million Settlement Says Not So Much

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Governor Gretchen Whitmer poke their chests out, announcing the compensation settlement for the disastrous Flint Water Crisis. While the court battle continues with suits against two engineering firms (Veolia along with Lockwood, Andrews & …

Defeat Trump: Demand that Government Meet Basic Needs

The massive, spontaneous uprising of 2020, in response to the police murder of George Floyd, was possibly the largest and broadest mass movement in American history. According to one poll, some 26 million people participated in the movement against police …

Inside: ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’

“Sufferings and Struggles, Hopes and Prospects” reports on life-or-death threats people face. Nearly 14 million children in the United States went hungry in June, 10 million more than in 2018. Three in ten Black families don’t have enough food for …

Sufferings and Struggles, Hopes and Prospects

Sixty-two percent of Americans agree that the U.S. government’s handling of the Coronavirus crisis is going badly. No community is untouched by the devastating pandemic. The havoc can be seen in the numbers suffering from the social and economic blows …

LA’s ‘Rust Belt’ Fights for Representation

Without voting for it, or wanting it, Assembly District 63 in the community of South East Los Angeles (known as SELA) has become a laboratory for testing how the ruling class shifts from a system that required human labor to …

The Elections and Beyond: The Outcome is Up to Us

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on April 28 to compel meat-processing plants like Tyson and Smithfield to remain open, despite thousands of their workers testing positive for COVID 19. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanded corporate immunity from …

Inside: An Epoch of Social Revolution

The events unfolding in the streets over police brutality and the COVID 19 crisis vividly express the crisis underway in the world. Its roots go to the tremendous upheaval in the economy. It is transforming from jobs-based industrial production to …

Immigration Struggle in Texas

The Texas-México border has once again become strategically key to the struggle of dispossessed workers on both sides of the border, over 150 years after plantation owners made Texas strategically key to their expansion of slavery by stealing one-third of …

Flint is Still Broken, Six Years Later

Dedicated to the memory of Laura Carter 57, Mary Watson 43, and Jasmine McBride 29 who succumbed to poisonous Flint MI water in 2019. Going on six years Flint residents are still sick. Still dying. Residents still lack affordable clean, …

Women’s Homelessness is a Crisis of Civilization

Note from editors: In 1910, an international conference of socialist women declared March 8th as International Working Women’s Day, in honor of the struggles of working-class women for equality and better lives. This idea grew after a Women’s Day was organized …

Inside: We Cannot Stay Still

In the middle of an election year, Donald Trump has been impeached. And acquitted. The impeachment and trial constituted a battleground in which the ruling class fought it out over how, in a world of instability and polarization, to advance …

From the Editors: Impeachment and Our Fight

Past impeachments show us that presidential impeachment is largely a struggle within the ruling class over the direction of the country, particularly in the economic sphere. In fact, the history of impeachments in America can be read as the political …

Inside: New Hope and Energy in 2020

From the streets of Paris to the ancient cities of Baghdad, Beirut and Jakarta, to Chile, through Bolivia and Colombia, to the Southwestern border towns and bayous of Louisiana, to the fire-blasted California neighborhoods, to the industrial cities of Flint, …

Striking a Blow Against Corporate Rule in 2020

America is increasingly heading into full-blown constitutional crisis. As impeachment hearings proceed, traditional processes of law and democracy are breaking down. Subpoenas are defied. The president tweets threats of civil war. Witnesses are threatened. The authority of Congress is denied. …

Inside: Rising Spirit of Unrest

The 2020 election process reflects how much the peoples of the world face common problems. Young people expressed this truth by organizing global events and protests to address fundamental climate and environmental changes. In “We Want Real Big Change,” we …

Revolutionary Politics in the Era of Dying Capitalism

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither …

Voter Suppression and the Battle for Democracy

Voting has long been proclaimed the hallmark of American democracy. At the same time, American history could be written as the history of voter suppression. From the beginning, elections have been a battleground in the struggle for defining the aims …

Citizens United and the Future of Democracy

The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United decision marked a turning point in the fascist merger of corporations and the State. It also marked the death knell of old, twentieth century-style Progressivism as a political alignment and ideology. There is …

The Reality of Fascism in America Today

Huge processes of fundamental change are underway in America and the world today. The American people are caught up in the wrenching that encompasses the economy, politics and society. When qualitatively new technology was introduced into economic production that made …

Where We Stand After the Elections

American elections have historically played an important role in the ebb and flow of the unfolding social struggle. On one hand, they have served as an indicator of the degree of the polarization in society, and as a gauge of …

Illuminating the Path to a New America

Editors Note: In this issue of Rally, Comrades! we are publishing the Political Resolution of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America, adopted by the delegates to its 9th Convention, held in Chicago, Illinois during June of this year. …

Inside: R – E – S – P – E – C – T

The soulful song of Aretha never rang truer than today. The American people just want to be able to contribute, provide for their families and participate in a society where every human being is valued. The reality is that America …

Winning the War to House Our People

In February 2018, US District Judge David O. Carter triggered a political crisis in Orange County, California. He ordered local officials to stop sweeping 700 homeless people from their encampments along the Santa Ana River, unless they were first able …

From the Editors: Reverend Edward Pinkney is Free!

A major victory has been achieved in the protracted battle in Benton Harbor, Michigan, against corporate dictatorship and for a government and society that operates in the interests of the people. After spending two and one-half years in prison on …

From the Editors: Peace is a Necessity of Life

The world is rife with polarization, conflict, and war. Efforts by a ruling class to maintain its hold on private property, both at home and globally, are accelerating. Around the globe, deepening economic and political polarization defines our time. In …

Inside: Make History

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We …

Defend Reverend Edward Pinkney

Reverend Edward Pinkney has had 30 months of his life stolen. Reverend Pinkney is in prison because of his resistance to the dismantling of democracy and the emerging naked corporate rule in Michigan. Pinkney was convicted of bogus charges related …

After the Elections: Which Way Forward?

It’s over. But it’s not. When the election campaigns began more than a year ago, over half of the people said they thought the country was going in the wrong direction. Today seventy-five per cent of the people say the …

Inside: Fight for a New America Underway

“In this election, with this time, we’re going to have to pick one or the other. It’s kind of like picking chairs on the titanic. I’d rather have other options.”   “Neither one of them are watching out for us. They …

Still Searching for Redress: Millions Seek New Vision

The participation of broad sections of the new class in the 2016 Sanders Democratic Party primary election campaign created an important opportunity for the development of its consciousness. The class achieves its political independence in a series of partial and …

What Happens in Michigan Won’t Stay in Michigan

History is being made in Flint, Michigan. The national corporate media finally (after two years) decided to cover an unprecedented catastrophe – the poisoning of a city of 100,000 people. As sick children, infants, and their families graced the covers …

The Poisoning of Flint: A Public Health Crisis

The poisoning of Flint water and the water cut-offs in Detroit are public health disasters. Both are a result of a failing economic system and a State apparatus, which is stripping all avenues of democratic governmental responsibility, through the dictatorial …

Inside: Finding Common Cause

The growing political polarization in America is being expressed in the elections. Increased dangers and growing opportunities are developing in the midst of the irresolvable economic crisis of capitalism. In the face of the fascist program of the ruling class, …

Hold Government Accountable to End Homelessness

Homelessness in America is the clearest sign that a new class of workers has been created as a result of their displacement by automated production. It is living, visible proof that there is a section of the population for which …

Inside: Elections Unmask Crisis

America is in turmoil. If the electoral process underway does nothing else, it has unmasked a deep economic crisis, which is fast becoming a political crisis. Everything is polarizing based on changes in the economy. Throughout society people’s lives are …

The Corporate State Takeover of Georgia Public Schools

Education “reform” is running rampant throughout the country and especially in Georgia. Yes, the public education system needs improvement, but these “reforms” are designed to destroy public education. We must demand national funding to guarantee equal, quality education for every …

The European Union and the Fall of Social Democracy

Social Democracy originated as a political ideology with the goal of establishing “democratic socialism,” through reformist and gradualist methods. Social Democracy in Europe, as it developed in the post-WW II era, advocates reforming rather than replacing capitalism, through regulation of the economy, support …

Inside: Our Right to What We Need

In the U.S. today, a growing movement is taking shape that is increasingly demanding that government agencies and elected officials take responsibility for the welfare of the people. At its center are those struggling for clean and affordable water, for food, housing, public education and …

From the Editors: Flint – Water is a Human Right

The poisoning of the people of Flint, Michigan—especially the children—with lead and other toxins in the drinking water is just the latest ugly example that shows that this corporate ruling class is unfit to rule. Lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain …

Inside: History is on Our Side

The polls have been telling us for some time now that the American people do not believe that the country is headed in the right direction. There is a sense that something is fundamentally wrong and that revolutionary solutions are …

Analysis of Forces: Indispensable to Revolutionary Strategy

In every quantitative stage of development the ruling class creates its own opposition that serves as a means of controlling the working class. The ruling class attempts to corral and dissipate the inevitable upsurges, while at the same time using …

21st Century Fascism

The fundamental characteristic of fascism is corporate economic power merged with the political power of the State. Fascism in Germany and Italy during the 1930s was politically imposed as a reactionary alternative to bourgeois democracy. Fascism today has objectively arisen …

Defend the Leaders of Our Class

The Rev. Edward Pinkney, courageous and heroic fighter for the working class of Benton Harbor, Michigan was unjustly convicted on absolutely no evidence and sentenced to prison, possibly for as much as 10 years. He has now been transferred hundreds …

Inside: Abolish Private Property – Build a New Society

Homelessness – being without a home, without shelter – is not simply a temporary hard time, or a symptom of individual failing. It is indisputable proof that the capitalist economic system cannot provide for the needs of the people, and …

Defend the Leaders of Our Class

The Rev. Edward Pinkney, courageous and heroic fighter for the working class of Benton Harbor, Michigan has been unjustly convicted and sentenced to prison, possibly for as much as 10 years. This attack on the movement and its leaders in …

Reconstruct Society on a New Basis

A recent survey by the Brookings Institution found 42% of the American people believe that capitalism is either “not working too well” or “not working at all.” It also found that 44% believed that capitalism and the free market system …

A World to Win

Any approach to planning, whether it is a corporation, a military unit or an organization, has to start off with an estimate of the entire situation. Once we understand what we are facing we are then able to talk in …

Detroit: One Year a Slave

“An emergency manager is like a man coming into your house. He takes your checkbook, he takes your credit cards, he lives in your house and he sleeps in your bed with your wife. He tells you it’s still your …

The Objectivity of Fascism Today

The State is an instrument of force in the hands of the ruling class. Its basic purpose is to protect and further the political and economic interests of the ruling class. This includes doing whatever is necessary at a given …

The Culture of Fascism and the Role of History

Fascism was imposed in Italy and Germany, but it is arising objectively, and stage by stage, in America. First comes the qualitative or objective side. By objective, we mean that which arises independent of our will or consciousness. Driven by …

Inside: Our Children and the Future of Humanity

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” – Thomas Paine, 1776 Every society has always recognized that its well-being is ultimately tied to the well-being of its children. Yet, in …

Political Power in America and the Role of the South

Politics in America is about power. It is about how a class asserts its supremacy. It is about how a class maintains and defends its power as a ruling class in order to exercise its domination over an exploited and …

The Rise of Fascism and Social Revolution in America

Most Americans think fascism is something foreign, occurring in Europe decades ago, and that it “can’t happen here.” In fact, the opposite is true. Today, epochal changes in the way things are produced are opening the door to the rise …

Inside: World Situation Sets Stage for Struggle

The current escalating situation be-tween North Korea and the U.S. — initiated by U.S. provocations — has been moved out of the headlines, replaced by other events. Yet, the deteriorating world economic situation and the intensifying struggle for markets are …

US Political Realignments Rooted in Global Transformation

The goal of the U.S. is to dominate the world economically and politically in an era of history in which qualitatively new means of production are destroying all previous economic and social relations and laying the foundation for struggle on …

Democracy: A Revolutionary Cause

The American people have a long history of fighting for the ideal of democracy, of rule by “we the people.” When they kicked off the chains of monarchy in the Revolutionary War and found in the Civil War to end …

Michigan: Race and the Drive to Dismantle Democracy

Michigan was once a behemoth power house of industrial production. Detroit (the Big Three automakers), Flint (General Motors) and Benton Harbor (Whirlpool), for example, symbolized this massive expansion with the auto industry at its heart. From the 1930’s thru the …

Inside: The Elections and Our Actual Tasks

What now? The elections are over, and after corporate America has spent over 6 billion dollars on the presi-dential elections alone, and after the candidates have offered us their truncated visions of “forward” (with more of the same, only more …

Unity of Dispossessed only Weapon as Fascist Culture Gains Ground

The anti-immigration drumbeat that has been led by nativist gangs and neo-nazi vigilante-type groups is contributing to the building of a fascist culture that criminalizes a whole people and renders their lives as practically worthless. We are now seeing the …

The Meaning of Trayvon Martin

In any assessment it is critical to examine the underlying process that gives rise to certain events, taking history into account. Any fascist movement in America has to proceed from the most violent elements of our national history. History shows …

Impose Peace on the War Makers

Tens of thousands of people from around the country and the world are gathering in Chicago in May of 2012 to protest the murderous policies of NATO, the graphic tyranny of the G8 and its member powers, and to speak …

Benton Harbor, Michigan: ground Zero for the Future

In times of immense social conflict, there comes a moment — and a place — that becomes Ground Zero for the future. Such was Flint, Michigan, with the historic sit-down strike in 1937. Such was Selma, Alabama, in 1965, when …

Understanding Power and the Role of the State

The upsurge of social struggle around the world heralds a developing revolutionary process rooted in a fundamental change in the economy. It begins to raise the possibility of reorganizing society on a new framework. This challenges leaders to confront the …

Consciousness of Society’s Ills Fuels U.S. Upsurges

Over the last couple of years, numerous objective factors have combined to effect a quantitative change in the struggle. These factors include the developing economic depression, the intervention by the state in the economy on behalf of the corporations, the …

Historical Shifts and the Danger of War

The overwhelming aspect in the world situation today is the shifting of economic power from one area of the world to another. It is very difficult to select the essential element that shifts power from one country to another. We …

Michigan: Front Line in the Fight for Democracy

The latest round of the destruction of society is reflected graphically in the battles in the states over the budget cuts and the attacks on public workers, particularly in the Rust Belt states – Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and …

LRNA Draft Political Resolution

We are living in revolutionary times. Ideas and institutions, ripped from their social foundations, are not yet rooted in something new. There is a growing core of the population whose interests can no longer be addressed except by addressing the …

From the Editors: Middle East Upheaval Signals New Era

Global capitalism in the age of electronics and the attendant neoliberal policies have created a huge and widening gap between wealth and poverty across the world. Repression of all opposition to neocolonial states whose political systems serve global capitalism has …

Inside: Rising Discontent Demands a New World

For the first time ever, for over two weeks the U.S. government was shut down. As the political crisis played out, federal employees were furloughed, threats were made to cut off the food stamp program, and speculators went wild reaping …

Detroit: City on the Edge of Forever

“So goes Detroit, so goes America.” Detroit faces economic, social and political catastrophe. Detroit’s root problem is a changing economy, with capitalism completing all stages of development, and in transition to a new social system. History of the City Modern …

The New Class, a New Form of Racism, and the Police State

The American people are becoming more and more aware that jobs are not coming back. The first waves of mass layoffs and permanent layoffs began in the 1980s, first affecting industrial workers and then reverberating through the service economy, now …

A New Stage of a Powerful Social Movement Arises

In our assessment of the Trayvon Martin situation we noted that we are seeing the beginnings of a new stage of a powerful spontaneous movement. It is an inevitable social response to oppression. The “Moral Monday” movement in North Carolina is …

Corporations and State Merging to Save Private Property

As the majority of humanity strives to change the economic system to align with the revolution in the means of production that is eliminating labor, the ruling or capitalist class is maneuvering to make sure it holds on to its …

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The age-old vision of a world without scarcity, without exploitation, class domination, organized violence, and stultifying labor has been the dream of millenia. The new completely socialized labor-eliminating means of production ... sets the basis for its realization. Now human history can begin, the light of the individual shining in the full brightness of liberated life, that can only be realized within true equality and cooperation: communism, a cooperative society.

'Without Vision, the People Perish'
Rally, Comrades ! May/June 2011

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Rally, Comrades! is the political paper of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. If you are one of the thousands of revolutionaries around the country looking for a perspective on the problems we face today, and for a political strategy to achieve the goal of a world free from exploitation and poverty, then Rally, Comrades! is for you.

Rally, Comrades! examines and analyzes the real problems of the revolutionary movement, and draws political conclusions for the tasks of revolutionaries at each stage of the revolutionary process. We reach out to revolutionaries wherever they may be to engage in debate and discussion, and to provide a forum for these discussions. Rally, Comrades! provides a strategic outlook for revolutionaries by indicating and illuminating the line of march of the revolutionary process.

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