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Being a Revolutionary Today

Those of us in the fight for the basic needs of survival – food, clean water, housing, health care, education and peaceful communities – battle every day. We need to be aware of the most important things on the battlefield …

Organized Crime and the Mexican State

Editors’ note: The writer is a friend of the League in Mexico, who has written and published extensively on the subject of Mexican organized crime and the authoritarian State in Mexico.  There are few places on the planet where organized …

End of Bribery, Dawn of Class Unity

As the technological revolution continues to rip industrial capitalism apart, it is also creating the possibility of uniting a growing new class of workers displaced and excluded from production.  Computer-assisted systems are entering production everywhere, fueling an eruption of global …

From the Editors: Who is Donald Trump?

There is probably no other question foremost in the minds of the American people. Trump has seen to that. So is he just the master show-man, reality TV celebrity gone political? Is he crazy? Or is there a method in …

Inside: Strategy, Vision and the Way Forward

The election and actions of Donald Trump have given rise to a broad debate about the future of our country. The millions who are marching and speaking out in defense of their basic right to survival are demanding that the …

Class Unity Decisive in Fight for New Society

As the workers awaken to the truth of their conditions, the necessity for unity is becoming a decisive factor in the struggle for a new society. Unity seems to be an apparent and obvious thing. The old sayings say as …

What Time Is It?

We need to talk. Do you know what time it is? We have just been through a wrenching election in which many questions were raised about the times we are in, and about the direction we need to go, from …

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 …

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 …

Abundance is Possible for All

Human labor is being pushed out of the market by the more efficient, more productive, labor-less electronic means of production. Robots and computers make possible the production of abundance that can be enjoyed by everyone, but only if these new productive …

Standing Rock and the Priority of Public Good

Across the United States a large movement is growing to protect water as our most basic, precious and needed natural resource. Water is essential to maintaining human life. The struggle being led by the Standing Rock Sioux has become the latest international banner to highlight the growing water struggles of the people against the powers of the corporate …

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 …

Political Crisis Today Like No Other in American History

Today, the political party system is in crisis. A fundamental shift in the economy, brought on by technology that no longer requires human labor, has caused the elimination of millions of jobs, leaving the workers desperately searching for the necessities …

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 …

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 …

Global Capitalism and World War

Global capitalism is in a state of renewed chaos several years after the global financial crisis that wreaked havoc on the peoples of the world. Many consequences of that crisis are still very much with us, as the global capitalists, …

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, …

Which Way for the American Working Class?

In the 2016 elections, the idea of socialism has been embraced by many people. Recent polls report that 31% of Americans “react positively” to the word socialism; among 18 to 29-year olds, almost half view socialism favorably and only 47% …

From the Editors: The Meaning of the Elections

Ninety-five million American workers are permanently unemployed, according to a recent Harris poll. They are no longer included as being a part of the work force. In a wage-based economic system, a worker with no job means no money. No …

The Tasks of Revolution and the Mission of the LRNA

In order to be effective, revolutionary organizations must constantly step back, assess and examine the environment and conditions within which they work. From this examination they must develop a strategic overview, that directs them in the overall class struggle to …

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 …

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 American People are for Unity

Many different definitions of racism exist, which conform to different political and ideological ideas, or to points of view that certain people want to put forth. However, to be a racist is to take a conscious position, to think something …

From the Editors: First They Came for Michigan

The state of Michigan provides ample proof that the capitalist class is not fit to rule. Fascist rule is replacing all vestiges of democracy in many cities and towns throughout the state. Over the past ten years of state appointed …

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 …

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 …

Take the Strategic Offensive

The dictionary defines strategy as “the art or science of the planning and conduct of a war,” and also as “a particular long-term plan for success, especially in business or politics.” The working class cannot win the developing class struggle in America …

The Global Economy in the Epoch of Electronics

There persists among the people a great sense of unease, of anxiety and even anger, as if we all know deep down that we are a house built on shifting sands, and our times are characterized by instability, polarization, unrest …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Nelson Peery: American Revolutionary June 22, 1923-September 6, 2015

At particular moments, history creates possibilities for humanity to progress toward its liberation. But those possibilities can become reality only if masses of people recognize them and act on them. In such periods, outstanding individuals who understand what history has …

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 …

The U.S. Corporate State and the Danger of World War

World capitalist powers have “gifted” humanity with two world wars in the twentieth century. The goal was to re-divide the world and its resources among those powers. Part of the design was to destroy the USSR, which presented a main …

Vision and Our Strategic Path

Throughout history the development of humanity’s tools beyond the subsistence stage has created the material basis for class exploitation. These class relations, exploiter to exploited, have been enforced by violence and war. People have dreamed of an end to the …

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 …

New Politics Emerging in Chicago

Politics, a concentrated expression of economics, is the struggle for political power.  Elections are a narrow stage on which part of this struggle takes place. Chicagoans had a rare opportunity to see this up close when challenger Jésus (Chuy) Garcia …

Impulses Toward Third Party Opens Way for New Ideas

The motion toward a third party is part of the splitting, wrecking, and destruction that we call polarization. This third party motion is arising on the basis of the destruction of the capitalist system and the battle to reorganize society …

From the Editors: The Pursuit of Happiness

“When it can be said by any country in the world, my people are happy, neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them, my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars, the aged are not in …

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 …

The Meaning of the Crisis in Ukraine

We should first set the parameters of how to properly discuss this kind of a question. It isn’t as if Ukraine exists independently of the rest of the world, or the situation in Ukraine exists independently. The first thing we …

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 …

A Communist Class Needs a Communist Party

All of society is entering the most profound transformation in history. This transformation will forever separate humanity from the predatory natural laws of the animal kingdom. However, history shows us that while the objective conditions exist, it is human beings …

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 …

Abolish Private Property – Transform Society

The new electronic, automated technology is shaking the very foundations of society. It is creating untold misery for billions, as obscene wealth is accumulated in a few private hands. As their wealth grows, simultaneously a new class of workers, that …

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

Unite the Revolutionaries, Unite the Class In light of the outbreaks in various suburban areas and smaller cities around police violence, this report continues the League s examination of where the new class is in its development, objectively and subjectively. …

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 …

Making Private Property Public

When an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production can no longer provide the basic necessities of life for the vast majority of society, then that society must eliminate private property so society can advance …

The Fight Against Police Violence is a Fight for a New Society

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are taking to the streets demanding an end to the rising murderous militarized police state. One of the demonstrators’ chants, which points to the source of the problem is, “The whole damn system is guilty.” …

The Violence of Capitalism in Chicago

At least 16 people were killed and 82 suffered gunshot wounds during last year’s July the 4th holiday weekend in Chicago, according to a newspaper report. Five people were shot by the police, two fatally. It was one of the …

Standing in the Way: Private Property

Thousands of families in Detroit go without running water in their homes – but corporations get nearly unrestricted access to this natural resource in order to maximize their profits. Public education in the U.S. is being destroyed – again, so …

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 …

Implications of the War on Syria and Iraq

The U.S. is in competition with other nations, and with Russia and China in particular, for markets and resources. It is also trying to reduce Russia and China to the status of vassals, so they cannot threaten the U.S. drive …

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 …

Unite on Common Economic Interests

Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa. Kelly Thomas in Fullerton. Manuel Diaz in Anaheim. James Boyd in Albuquerque. Mike Brown in Ferguson. These are but a few. Latino, Black, white. The police have killed hundreds more across the country. Men, women, even …

Standing in the Way: Private Property

Thousands of families in Detroit go without running water in their homes – but corporations get nearly unrestricted access to this natural resource in order to maximize their profits. Public education in the U.S. is being destroyed – again, so …

On Strategy

What is the League’s strategy? In general, the League’s strategy is to rely on the spontaneous movement, which is the objective movement of the working class for food, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities of life. This is because the …

Independent Politics in the Fall Elections

The U.S. economy continues to teeter on the edge, as we enter the fall election campaign. The transition to automation and robotic production has made the capitalist organization of economic life fundamentally unsustainable. As employment shrinks and wages decline, 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, …

Program of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America

The United States of America — indeed the entire world — is in the throes of epochal economic revolution. Transformation from electro-mechanical industry requiring human labor to operate gigantic means of industrial production to digitally controlled production requiring little or no human …

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 …

Understand the World, Make History

Revolutionaries need to understand the world in order to change it. We have to understand the laws of change and development that define what’s possible. The content of our time lies in an electronic revolution that makes possible advanced economic …

Inside: Our Struggle is Universal

The articles in our May/June issue of Rally, Comrades!examine the revolutionary impact of the microchip. For the first time in human history human labor is being removed from the production process, making it possible for us to heal the devastation …

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 …

Photo of Protest

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.

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

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