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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 …

Revolutionary Change in America

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart, I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars. I am the red man driven from the land, I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek – And finding only the same …

Demonized and Deported, Both Parties Blame Immigrants

“There are an estimated 232 million international migrants and 740 million internal migrants in the world.” — World Migration Report, 2015 Unprecedented numbers of unemployed are forced to migrate from the countryside into their country’s festering slums, or across borders …

Public Education and the State

Students, teachers, and entire communities are in ferment across the U.S, Canada and Mexico, defending their human right to education. Battles for public education commonly recognize that there is no place for private profit in a public service. Aided and …

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, …

New Class Demands Distribution According to Need

The introduction of labor-replacing technology is giving rise to a whole new class of workers, rendered superfluous to a system which no longer needs their ability to work. This is a new proletariat, a global new class drawn from almost …

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 …

Texas: Dispatches from the Front

The capitalists say that in 2016 everything is going to get better. Even with the crisis in oil production, they say everything will be “okay.” Here in Texas, they are saying we will have yet another boom, saying it is …

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 …

Jovencidio – Capitalism’s War on Youth is War on Society

“Jovencidio” – Mexico’s term for genocidal state attacks on youth – also describes what is happening today in the U.S. Jovencidio is an entry point for capitalism to attack society at large. On both sides of the border, the State …

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 …

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 …

The Fight for a New Vision of Education

Electronic, computer-based technology engenders the new laborless production that is grinding through industry after industry, permanently eliminating jobs. Many of the jobs that remain, that have not yet been automated, are the contingent, disposable, temporary, part-time workers, also popularly described …

Homelessness: Front Line in the Fight for Class Unity

The destruction of the capitalist economy is eliminating the economic and social privileges historically extended to a large section of the American working class. The hitherto unknown breadth of equality of poverty is creating the basis for real class unity …

Inside: We Have Been Naught We Shall Be All

Come, I will make the continent indissoluble, I will make the most splendid race the sun ever shone upon, I will make divine magnetic lands, With the love of comrades, With the life-long love of comrades. – Walt Whitman, “For …

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 …

Strategy and Political Power in America: The Role of the South

The question for revolutionaries today is, how does the introduction of robotics affect the question of political power? And what are the strategy and tactics for today? From slave-labor to wage-labor to laborless production, and the rise of a new …

Break with the Past, Prepare for the Future

Editors’ Note:  The following opening remarks, written by Nelson Peery, were prepared for a national LRNA meeting held in September 2015. First of all, comrades, what is a revolution? It is the process of reconstructing a social and political superstructure …

On Syndicalism: An Interview with Nelson Peery

Editors Note: This interview was conducted by the League of Revolutionary Black Workers Media Project in July 2015. First of all, syndicalism was the foundation of the trade union movement. As unions consolidated, they were syndicates. In Europe they were …

Women and the Fate of Society

There is a struggle breaking out, and women are on its front lines. This struggle is a response to extreme polarities of wealth and poverty and to aggravated divisions based on “race” and “gender,” realities world capitalism has wrought. Women …

Water: It Belongs to All of Us

In 2014 the City of Detroit began shutting off water services at 59,000 addresses where low-income residents lived, whose water and sewer bills were delinquent. A political struggle exploded, rallying around the concept that “water is a human right, no …

Inside: The Front Line: The Battle for the Basics of Life

There is a profound disruption taking place n the economic foundation of society itself. A consequence of the new electronic tools of production is that fundamentally the economy is becoming increasingly “laborless.” The result is that the ruling class is …

Living on the Edge in Silicon Valley

In 2005 San Jose, California replaced Detroit, Michigan as the 10th largest city in the United States. This shift was symbolic of the passing of the old industrial manufacturing center of the Rust Belt by the ascendancy of the high-technology …

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 …

Healthcare: It’s All of Us or None of Us

Medicare and Medicaid were passed 50 years ago this summer. Today, there is massive restructuring of healthcare going on in America. It is aimed at maintaining existing property and power relationships but is taking place at a very different time …

From the Editors: May Day, Rallying Cry for a New World

May Day, celebrated the world over as International’s Workers Day, has its roots right here in the United States. The United States of the 1880s, with the Civil War less than two decades behind it, was a time of Robber …

Mass Migration in the Age of Electronics

The rapid extension of automated production around the world is creating a new global class of proletarians with no possessions and no means of making a living. Its formation is increasingly characterized by mass migrations on an unprecedented scale. As …

Inside: Epochal change requires struggle for political power

Politics is the struggle for political power. The increasing economic and social destruction and polarization in capitalist society today is the result of productive labor being replaced by the robot and the computer. The economic relationship between the workers and …

The Fight for the Planet is a Fight for the People

Last September, in an outpouring that far exceeded expectations, 400,000 people turned out for the People’s Climate March in New York City, joined by thousands of solidarity events worldwide. At the front marched indigenous peoples and other frontline communities most …

Workers of all Generations are One Class

Today there are four basic generations of workers in American society and culture. They are each born of historical periods and their lives are shaped by the demands and limitations placed upon them during their respective given times. These generations living today …

From the Editors: Women at the Forefront of Leading the Struggles

March 8th is recognized the world over as International Women’s Day. So too, it is commemorated as International Working Women’s Day. That history cannot and must not be lost. International Working Women’s day serves as a commemoration and reminder of the …

The Way Forward: Unite Our Class

“The Way Forward: Unite Our Class” has been temporarily taken down to undergo revisions. In light of the outbreaks around police violence in various suburban areas and smaller cities, this report continues the League’s examination of where the new class …

Inside: Seize This Historic Moment

The articles in this issue concentrate on the need for revolutionaries to provide political clarity in this historical moment. Rapidly changing conditions are forcing larger numbers of the American people into motion. New ideas are emerging, while old ideas persist. …

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 …

General Gordon Baker Jr.: Evolution of a Revolutionary

Editors’ Note: The first part of this article was published in the September/October 2014 issue of Rally, Comrades! Born September 6, 1941, General G. Baker Jr.’s politics of protest began in the late 1950s and continued until his death, May …

Inside: The Dispossessed – Political Center of Gravity

Globalization and the shift from electro-mechanical to electronic production means of production have created a new class of proletarians. It is a new section of the working class, a new quality within it. Increasingly driven out of the relationship between …

Los Angeles Rebellions: Turning Points of Revolution

The Watts Rebellion in 1965 and the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992 mark major advances in the revolutionary process, with repercussions throughout the United States. Each occurred as one stage of history was ending and a new stage beginning. The …

Inside: The Future is Up to Us

Unconsciously or consciously, in small or big ways, history is the record of human activity. We make our own history. Not in just any old way, but as part of a whole, in the thoughts and actions of all. Often, …

General Gordon Baker Jr.: Evolution of a Revolutionary

General Gordon Baker Jr. of Detroit is one of the most significant 20th century revolutionaries.  On Sunday May 18, 2014 he passed away. As a founding member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, the Communist Labor Party, and the …

Winning a World Without Homelessness

The current battle over the future of the historic Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) shelter marks the end of an era. As every old approach to homelessness fails, we enter a time of great danger for the homeless themselves and …

From the Editors: These Children are Our Children

There are aspects that are terribly old and frighteningly new concerning the most recent crisis along the Mexican American border. After years of ramping up deportations and militarization and a constant deluge of anti-immigrant propaganda, the American government is now …

Inside: Abolish Private Property

Eighty-five of the world’s richest billionaires possess more wealth (over one trillion dollars) than 3.5 billion of the planet’s poorest population, according to the January 2014  report by Oxfam International, “Working for the Few.”  As a consequence, over one billion …

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 …

International Woman’s Day 2014: Women’s Revolutionary Role

International Woman’s Day serves as an excellent opportunity to celebrate the continuing and historic contributions of outstanding women in every field of human life. It also offers an opportunity to consider the roles played by women in general within society. …

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 …

Edging Toward a New Stage of Consciousness

The sole role of revolutionaries is propaganda – the raising of the political consciousness of the working class.  Revolutionaries shape propaganda using a scientific understanding of the situation on the one hand, and a thorough knowledge of the thinking of …

A New Vision of Work

Work in its broadest sense is mental or physical effort in order to achieve a purpose or result.  Within capitalism, however, work has become synonymous with activity on a job, that is, to labor for wages, with surplus value kept …

Corporate Control Devastates Public Education

Public schools are being shut down all over America. Washington D.C. plans to shutter 15 more schools on top of the 28 already closed. Chicago claims the city has a $1 billion deficit, so it intends to close 49 schools …

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 …

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 …

From the Editors: Immigration: No One is Illegal

The issue of the undocumented immigrant today has to be seen in the context of globalization and capitalism in the age of electronics. The flow of poorer workers to richer countries is an objective part of that process. One out …

May Day 2013

May Day! This is the day when politically conscious workers of the world put forth their demands and demonstrate their strength and international solidarity. May Day 2013 finds the workers faced with new, historic opportunities and with grave and growing …

Carpe Diem

On behalf of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America, the Editorial Board of Rally, Comrades! commemorates the life and revolutionary contribution of Sheridan Talbott, comrade, teacher, loving husband and father. Born in 1944, Sheridan Talbott grew up in …

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: American Dream Betrayed

In 2008, President Obama ignited the compassionate soul of the American people who dared to hope and dream with him that he could bring us a betterworld for all. Although the four years of his Presidency have shown his superb …

The Emancipation Proclamation

America celebrated the 150th year of the Emancipation Proclamation with wide-spread debate on the historical foundation and sig-nificance of the Declaration. The debate is important. At its root lies understanding the role of Lincoln who, proscribed by his oath of …

Social Insurance Must Serve All the People

There has been a heart felt yearning for a just system of health care for most of the 20th century. The 21st century holds a vision for a health care delivery system where everyone has access to equal, quality, comprehensive …

Latino and Black Unity

One of the important outcomes of the presidential elections was the emergence of Black and Latino objective unity. This Black and Latino unity was not a conscious effort. That is, Latinos and Blacks did not say “Let’s unite and vote …

International Women’s Day– March 8, 2013

The seeds of the battle for the emancipation of women were sown in the fight for the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of millions held in bondage. Women like Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were the face of …

Communism and Cooperatives

As the economy collapses there has been a growing motion in sections of the housing and antipoverty movements to embrace cooperatives — community land trusts, housing co-ops, urban farming, and cooperative enterprises. Each of these is a powerful expression of …

The Chicago Teachers Union Strike – The Politics of Power

The battle for public education broke out in Chicago, the epicenter of corporate-led education reform. It broke out in the Rust Belt, in the city historically a center of the labor movement, completely dominated by the Democratic Party. A manifestation …

Inside: The Ice is Beginning to Break

Over the past several years, particularly since the beginning of the 2008 global financial crisis, the protests and struggles of the peoples of the world have set the world on fire as they fight back against the misery and suffering …

Race and the New Class

Ideological currents do not emerge from the ether, supernatural forces, or the inequities of the human heart. They are born out of and develop along the lines of the productive relations of any given society. In order to gain widespread …

After the Elections: Class interests to the Fore

The 2012 elections are over. The $6 billion has been spent, the defeated candidates have gone back to their offices and board rooms to lick their wounds, and the victorious are parceling out all those campaign promises to their friends …

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 …

The Rising Brutality of the State Against Women

New forms of violence have emerged, and in some countries advances toward equality and freedom from violence previously made by women have been eroded or are under attack… On a global scale women are being assaulted, raped, and even killed.” …

Death to Slavery: Ending the Myth of Race in the United States

Today, African Americans as a group are overrepresented in almost every social and health problem facing the American people. At the same time, the growing equality of unemployment and poverty is making possible a new class unity across racial or …

Jobs and the Elections

As the political campaign intensifies so does the efforts of the major candidates to not talk about the central issue by talking all around it. That central issue is a program dealing with the economic destruction caused by the ongoing …

In This Issue: Globalization and its Discontents

In May of this year tens of thousands of revolutionaries from across the country gathered in Chicago during the convening of the “Group of 8” (G8) at Camp David, representing the world’s leading economic powers, and the North Atlantic Treaty …

Public Housing, Politics and the Need for New Strategies

At this time, some 5.4 million families living in HUD-subsidized housing are in grave danger. HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) currently assists the residents of public housing, project-based Section 8 housing, tenant-based Section 8 voucher holders, and …

Save Humanity, Save the Earth

Two interrelated global crises confront us in this intense epoch. Exponentially accelerated technological development has pushed the inherent contradiction of capitalist to its limit and created an polarization of wealth and power, manifesting itself in broad declines in the standard …

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 …

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 …

New Form of Racism Emerging

We are entering a vast social revolution. Every aspect of American life is being torn apart and something new is being created. America is not going to be recognizable in another 20 years. Change in social motion is difficult to …

20th Anniversary of the L.A. Rebellion

Understanding the 1992 Los Angeles uprising helps explain today’s America of the Great Recession and mounting poverty for people of all colors.  “It was a race riot,” insisted the government and mainstream media, “sparked by a few rogue cops abusing …

The Day That Makes Twenty Years

When talking about the 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion, probably 90% of the American people would immediately reply that it was caused by the not-guilty verdict rendered in favor of the Los Angeles police who were video-taped beating Rodney King. Such …

Future Turns on What We Do Now

We live in a time when a fundamental antagonism is destroying the very basis of society. Our economic system depends on the exploitation of human labor. Laborless production therefore means that for the first time since our founding as a …

Third Party: Breaking the Ties That Bind

The U.S. two-party system that has protected the economy is in crisis and in the beginning stages of self-destruction. The capitalist class knows that it can no longer rule in the old ways. From the state budget battles to 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 …

Editorial: To Awaken as if from a Dream

Changes in the way a society produces the wherewithal of its existence inevitably provoke a battle to reorganize society around those new means of production. New forces arise as the old order crumbles, and fighting for their existence helps to …

Revolution in Health Care Demands Revolutionary Vision

The crisis in health care shows the inability of capitalism to function as a viable economic system. The crisis is conditioned by the development of electronic forces of production. Revolutionary change in the way goods and services are produced, including …

Arab Uprisings and Global Capitalism

Editors’ note: The following article by a Middle East analyst in the LRNA is based on travel in the region, and interviews with those who were active in the Egyptian uprising. The Arab world and the Middle East generally have …

Public Banks and Class Politics

The 2008 world financial meltdown and Wall Street bank bailouts have put the nationalization of banks back on the political agenda in America for the first time in 100 years. There have been calls to nationalize failing Wall Street banks, …

Revolutionary Work Must Address Political Nature of Struggle

Multi-billionaire Warren Buffet’s frank statement that there’s class war going on and that “it’s my class … that’s making war, and we’re winning,” reflects his more charitable approach to protecting his billions. As the industrial system grew in the United …

Editorial: Battle to Change the World

Half of all humanity lives on less than ten dollars a day, while the richest one per cent own half of the world’s wealth. Colossal debt? No money to meet the needs of society? Five hundred of the world’s multi-national …

Public Education: What Are We Up Against?

Over the last two years corporations have launched a strategy to reorganize the American government. Together with their political allies they have bailed out giant banks with trillions in taxpayer’s money and lowered taxes on corporations and rich individuals, forcing …

Lessons from American Populism

The closing decades of the nineteenth century gave America the most radical and formative political movement of its entire post-Civil War history. Populism was the social response to consolidation of political rule by huge industrial and financial corporations after America’s …

Understanding Racism

To understand an ideology such as racism we need to understand the forces in society that demanded its existence. Everything in human society is based on a material foundation. The material foundation of a society is the economy. Agricultural economics …

Revolutionary Work Today

It’s been clear for a while that something’s broken in the economy and society. Millions in the United States – and billions worldwide – are seeing the last shreds of economic well-being and hope torn to pieces. Where, many have …

Seizing the Future : LRNA Holds 7th National Convention

Comrades and Friends, We stand here today celebrating the success of the seventh Convention of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. Eighteen years ago marked the beginning of the LRNA. We understood then that the revolutionary movement was …

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Photo by Cynthia Cuza

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.

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