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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Teachers’ Uprising – A Fight for Everyone’s Future

The teachers’ uprising sweeping the country is a fight for the future, not only for our children, but for the well being of all of society . Mobilizing the human mind, the greatest productive power that exists, is essential to solve …

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 …

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 …

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 …

‘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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Next Steps in the Fight for Housing as a Human Right

For almost two centuries during the period of the growth of industrial capitalism, workers frequently faced housing shortages, because working class housing was generally less profitable for builders than housing for the ruling classes. Housing crises tended to come and …

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 …

From the Editors: An Epoch of Social Revolution

Ours is a time of social upheaval, of a growing groundswell surging up from below, bent on both resisting and resolving the crisis of our time. This movement is precipitated by the introduction into human history of the hitherto unthinkable …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

From Communism to Communism

Today, we see that the leap to labor-less production and the consequent shrinking of the division of labor is creating a growing inability to distribute the needs of life with money, the equalizer of all labor. Whether we like it …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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.” …

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 …

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 …

Talking Communism: Rally Comrades! Annual Subscription Drive

The Rally Comrades! annual subscription drive begins this month on November 15 and runs through December 15. If you are already a subscriber, renew your subscription now. If you are not a subscriber, become one today. Also, you can send …

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 …

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 …

Our Time Demands a Cooperative Society

In this, our time, we are witness to changes that take our breath away.  And while it is a time of great challenges, it is also a time of great opportunity to put forward a vision of a cooperative society …

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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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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