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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, …

Children at Center of Chicago Teachers Strike

The last thing teachers want to do is not to be in the classroom with their students. The Chicago teachers and school support staff went out on strike in October for more than better pay for themselves. They demanded that …

New Class, New Awareness for Puerto Rico

The “Ricky, Renuncia” (“Ricky, Resign”) movement was the umbrella that gave voice to over a third of Puerto Rico’s population, who took to the streets this past summer and forced governor Ricardo “Ricky” Roselló Nevares to resign. They rose up …

World Polarization, Destruction and Transformation

Editor’s Note: This article is the first of two adapted from the October 2019 Political Report by the Central Committee of the LRNA. We are witnessing the exponential advance of the electronic revolution and its impact on the economy. We …

We Celebrate the Life of Comrade Bob Brown

We celebrate the life and contribution of comrade Bob Brown, who passed away on November 8, 2019. Bob was a fighter for his class, the working class. He was a union organizer for many years, and when electronic, robotic production …

Fighting for Our Lives in the 2020 Elections

The future of humanity and the survival of the planet depend on what we do. A massive movement to impeach the President has arisen, and not just for a phone call to Ukraine. For sure, collusion, obstruction, corruption, and bald-faced …

Women Take on Profit-Driven Health Care

The rising motion of working-class women today is not just resisting oppression and exploitation but is on a path to break the chains that bind us to outmoded social and economic structures and relations. The necessity for universal, equitable healthcare …

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 …

From the Editors: We Want Real Big Change

The specter of global mass extinction confronts all of humanity. Young people, who are seeing clearly now that they face an imperiled future, are leading a massive global movement to demand that the world community take a stand against a …

Fighting for Our Lives in the 2020 Elections

The future of humanity and the survival of the planet depend on what we do. A movement to impeach the President has arisen, and not just for a phone call to Ukraine. For sure, collusion, obstruction, corruption, and bald-faced lying …

Fight Against Fascism, Fight for Immigrants

Our government’s vicious repression of migrants and the movement against it are both becoming more intense, making immigration a focal point of the 2020 election. Meanwhile, an upsurge is also underway in the movements over housing, health care, education, and …

New Film on Common Roots of Problems

The most conscious leaders of the movement against immigrant repression understand that the government wants to keep the resistance confined within community and ethnic limits, so they are taking their message beyond that. One example is by organizing viewings of …

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 …

Advances in Economy Call for Revolutionary Change

Labor-replacing automated technology is rapidly advancing, transforming and restructuring the jobs-based economy. These rapid advances in the economy are accelerating the growth of a new class of workers – those millions who are being driven to the fringes of the …

Inside: Partial Measures Will Not Do

During the Democratic presidential debates for the 2020 elections, many of the candidates spoke about the skyrocketing housing costs, resulting in a glaring increase in the number of homeless families. This is most starkly seen in the coastal cities of …

Storms, Floods, and Fires Threaten Pursuit of Happiness

In the last two decades, there have been strong and destructive weather patterns occurring in the United States and worldwide. The fires in California, and the flooding in the Midwest and on the East Coast, show our environment is changing …

From the Editors: Cause and Solution

El Paso is a bellwether of the heightening crisis that is engulfing our society today. On August 3, an assassin armed with a weapon of war and a manifesto killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. That …

Demands for Basic Needs and the Electoral Process

Editors’ Note: The following is an abridged version of the March 2019 Political Report on the Midterm Elections, from the Central Committee of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. This report was written before over 25 candidates entered …

The Green New Deal, Framing Socialism and the 2020 Elections

The outcome of the 2018 Congressional elections was the entry of new progressive congressional representatives and the introduction of the Green New Deal (GND). While the primary objectives of the GND are climate change and renewable energy, the proposal also …

Preparation for Historic Revolutionary Change

Millions of people are struggling against the State apparatus for the basic necessities of life. The underlying motion of these struggles is toward the distribution of the necessaries of life according to need, not according to money. The political and …

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 …

From The Editors: What They Say and What They Mean

As high-tech globalization destroys the economic basis of industrial capitalism, the global political relations serving that system are also being disrupted. Increasingly aggressive U.S. policies on trade and “national security” have been accompanied by an escalation of diplomatic threats and …

Thinking Anew About Today’s Revolutionary Situation

In 1862 Abraham Lincoln, in his Second Annual Message, stated “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 …

Outlaw Corporate Landlords and Make Housing Free

A national epidemic of evictions, homelessness, and housing insecurity is spreading to every region of the country. Its scale can no longer be dismissed or hidden. In California, for example, over half of renters pay over one third of their …

From the Editors: Change in Thinking is Key to Our Future

Millions of people are starting to engage in an effort to reform our society. Success depends on understanding under what conditions reform can be achieved. America is a very special place. It is so big and so rich that the …

Juneteenth 2019: ‘Bottom Rail on Top this Time!’

During the U.S. Civil War, a formerly enslaved African American Union soldier, upon seeing his former “master” with other captured Confederate soldiers said, “Hello, massa, bottom rail on top this time.” The Civil War was a revolution that ended with …

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 Coming Crash

In his 2019 State of the Union message, President Donald J. Trump boasted, “We have the hottest economy in the world.” Careful what you wish for. This was exactly the same outlook in 2007, on the precipice of what came …

The Fight for Healthcare for All

There have been over 70 unsuccessful attempts to repeal “Obamacare’ – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – including 2 trips to the US Supreme Court. Trump and the Republicans, upon capturing the presidency, felt they needed to repeal the ACA …

Inside: New Social Force Can Win a World of Abundance

As the ruling class attempts to impose fascism to maintain the system of private property that is the source of their power and wealth, a strong and diverse social force is rising up to oppose them. This new class of …

The Meaning of Venezuela

The U.S. and world ruling class have their hands full with Venezuela. Venezuela is by no means a weak nation, isolated from the world. It sits on the largest proven oil reserves in the world, and it is one of …

Peace – A Life or Death Question

Why is the U.S. now threatening to invade Venezuela and to go to war against Iran? The first thing we have to do, is understand the context for what is happening in the world today. Basically speaking, that context begins …

Strategy and the Political Center of Gravity Today

To focus on everything is to focus on nothing. The function of strategy is to determine the direction of delivering the main blow towards achieving a desired end or goal. Tactics are part of strategy, subordinate to it and facilitating …

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 …

Take Up the Vision of a New America!

A group of scientists will be giving United Nations’ leaders a New Year’s gift that some may want to give back. Investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed reports that an analysis, prepared for the U.N.’s 2019 “Global Sustainable Development Report,” will warn …

Inside: Every Beginning Means Something is Ending

In a New Year’s resolution, “a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life.” With the various Migrant Caravans, thousands of Central Americans collectively resolved to improve their lives …

Race and Class in a Time of Epochal Change

With the beginning of the new year of 2019, African Americans in particlar and indeed the American masses as a whole, are facing a grim uncertain future. A recent study by the Third Way found that 62% of jobs today …

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 …

What is Winning and Losing in the Midterm Elections?

The debate around the midterm elections opened up the discussion about how to resolve the problems of the vast majority of the American people. About 44 million people have no health insurance, and another 38 million have inadequate health insurance. …

Inside: A Time When We Can Create History

The nomination and appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a slap in the face to women, who are faulted for not coming forward to report instances of sexual assault. His appointment is also a part of the …

From the Editors: Ten Years After the Financial Meltdown

Recently much is being written about the ten-year anniversary of the financial meltdown, commonly referred to as the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Most of what is being written defines the Great Recession as the financial crisis caused by the collapse …

The Rising Movement Today

The leap in the economy, from industrial production to electronic production, is forcing millions of workers out of jobs, destroying the standard of living they thought was guaranteed to them. The capitalist system is untenable. America’s workers are abandoned and …

Crossing the Nodal Line

We look at events in the world as a process. The current quantitative stage of development simply can go no further, and transformation is upon us. People who are careful politicians have some idea of a “nodal line,” wherein things …

Nationalization: Meeting the Demands for Life

Millions of people have taken to the streets in the U.S. in response to their growing poverty and to end the growing violence. Due to labor-replacing technology, people are losing their jobs, and they end up working part-time, if working …

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 …

Teachers Fight Forward

The “Red State Revolt,” as the uprising of teachers has been described, shows the clash between new and old, as the U.S. moves further into crisis. Early in February, West Virginia teachers organized dramatic work stoppages. The revolt spread rapidly …

Revolutionary Work in 21st Century Elections

The United States and the entire world are in an epoch of social revolution. The worldwide transition from industrial production based on human labor to laborless production based on digital technology is already well advanced. This economic revolution has caused …

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 …

Women Leading the FIght in the Interests of All Society

Women are leaders in today’s most active motions for a new society. They are fighting for health care, housing, water, the earth, better wages, quality public education, against sexual violence and harassment, assault weapons corporations, police murder of unarmed people and …

Electoral Politics: Key Arena for Rising Movement

Millions of Americans are becoming politically active. As the economic crisis deepens, more and more families are unable to put food on their table and keep roofs over their heads. They are compelled to enter the electoral arena to fight …

Fight for the Children

Across the country, the American people have expressed their revulsion at the barbar- ic practice of tearing children from their parents’ at the border, and sending the children to “baby jails” or shipped to faraway cities. Even though the order …

The Fight for Water is a Fight for a New Society

Ignoring clear evidence that the crisis is continuing, Governor Rick Snyder announced on April 6, 2018, that Michigan would close the four remaining centers where Flint residents had been picking up life-sustaining bottled water. Because of the poisoning of Flint’s …

How Can We Make A Difference?

In Sacramento, California, thousands rallied in protest against the police killing of an unarmed young black man, Stephon Clark. In Washington, D.C., teenage survivors of the country’s most recent mass shooting confronted members of Congress and demanded to know why …

Inside: A Higher Purpose, a Transformative Vision

Tens of thousands of teachers in antiunion “right-to-work” states are walking out on strike, demanding living wages and affordable healthcare from state governments. Millions are rising up in protest against the growing culture of violence across the country, whether it …

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 …

Youth Take the Lead Against Violence in America

The massacre that occurred February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has unleashed a youth-led national movement against violence across America. On March 14, the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shootings, more than a million students …

Revolution and the Tasks of Revolutionaries

What is revolution? There are various conceptions of how revolution comes about. One is that revolution comes about because people believe in or want a revolution. If we just try hard enough or are ideologically firm enough we can bring …

The LRNA: Giving Voice to the Vision of a New World

The process of change is difficult and complex. In a world whose history is of revolutions, today’s revolution is unique and qualitative. It is not flames of social discontent. It is a qualitative leap to a new world. Robotic and …

Rising Global New Class Demands a New World

A new class of workers is growing within the global economy. Its class position is defined by the development of qualitatively new means of production, that are abolishing its economic connection to capitalist society. The new means of production are creating …

Inside: A Revolutionary Patriotism

The robots are not coming. They are already here. The world as we have known it is being transformed by a revolutionary electronic technology that is producing incredible abundance, even as it eliminates human labor by the millions. A process …

‘Whose Water? Our Water!’

The corporate drive to own and/or control the public’s water, and the resulting poisoning, shutoffs and rising cost of water, aredrawing communities across the country into a life or death struggle for access to clean and affordable water. This scattered, …

Battling Old Ideas with the New

While making a new world possible, the electronic revolution is rapidly eliminating the value of labor and destroying the basis for the capitalist system. Since the corporate ruling class desperately wants to maintain control, it is doing everything it can …

Reform and Revolution

The defining characteristic of capitalism is that the owners of capital exploit human labor to produce commodities that the workers must then purchase with their wages in order to live. Labor-replacing technologies completely shatter that relationship. Neither robots nor permanently …

We Have a New World to Win

“Imagine all the people sharing all the world” “Imagine” by John Lennon, 1971 Imagine a world where all of humankind is free from want. Imagine a world without wars. Imagine a world free of disease and environmental destruction. Imagine a …

Inside: Humanity Faces Two Paths

The corporate State and the system of private property stand in the way of humanity’s creating an economic system that conforms to the new conditions and for the common good. Humanity faces two paths: Either a society based on fascism …

Can People Change Their Thinking?

We began the New Year 2017 with a question: “What Time Is It?” We answered that question by showing how we are in a qualitatively new time, a new epoch that has been initiated by a new technology, new tools …

Politics and the New Class: Revolution or Ruin

A technological revolution is rapidly developing on the basis of digital computers, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and related technologies. This revolution is growing in power exponentially, and is moving toward eliminating the need for labor in production. Most profoundly, it is …

Healthcare: From Private to Public

Nowhere is the chaos and insecurity of a society in transition felt more universally than in healthcare. Two distinct classes with opposing interests are facing off in a struggle that will determine the future role of healthcare in our society. …

Inside: Blowing in the Wind

A storm is coming. We can track its approach, but even as we are caught up in its vortex, there is no amount of defense, of protecting, of shoring up, of sandbagging that can shield us from the cataclysm. The …

Our Class Needs to Know the Truth

Our Class Needs to Know the Truth The revolutionary period we are in is real and profound. Nothing less than the fate of the planet is at stake. Can we expect to effect change without thoroughly understanding the battlefield we …

Homelessness: Sign of a Broken System

The past two years have revealed a shocking rise in homelessness in virtually every corner of the nation. Los Angeles County homelessness rose 23% in 2017. New York City moved 38,000 people from shelters into permanent housing in 2015, but …

From the Editors: Charlottesville – No Going Back

As we go to press, the battle lines have been drawn. There is no going back. Both during, and after Charlottesville, we see a tremendous outpouring — a passionate, intense striving for social unity — that is making a clear break …

Denied a Future, Young Workers Have a World To Win

Maria Fernandes held down three jobs, working over 87 hours each week, split between three New Jersey Dunkin’ Donuts locations. “She worked so much, that landlady Amelia Resende sometimes went two weeks without seeing Fernandes…” NBC reported. “Five or six …

Public Education – The Dream or the Nightmare

As schools open this fall across the United States, tens of thousands of students, parents, and educators are demanding Sanctuary Cities Schools as safe zones for undocumented students, to be free of ICE, Border Patrol, and police persecution. The ongoing …

From the Editors: “First Do No Harm”

Health care in America is a matter of life and death. It is a fundamental necessity of life itself. Without it your very life is in jeopardy. That is why the vast majority of the American people – the working …

Inside: The Truth Shall Set Us Free

The truth that science uncovers for us is more than just the facts. It is about the underlying causes of history, especially these times in which we find ourselves. People know that something is very wrong, but why? The ruling …

Revolution in Technology Makes Revolution in Society inevitable

The capitalist ruling class and their advisors at elite universities and corporate foundations are feeling uneasy about rising joblessness during this period of massive investment in new technology. Various explanations for this contradiction have been offered. In his book, Capital …

Corporate Money Aims to Control the Rising Movement

The capitalist class has always used the age-old tactic of divide and conquer based on race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, religion, and more to divide the working class. In order to contain, divert and control the independent aspirations of the workers, …

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 …

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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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