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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 …

The End of Money

In a capitalist system, second only to the laws of nature, money drives the world around us. In our society, money is real world power, and a small capitalist class holds more of that power every day, while the working …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

“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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Knowing the World

Dialectical and historical materialism teaches us that history, historical development, and social motion, are, like anything, completely knowable. We learn from its study that whatever we may currently not know we can with time and study come to know more …

NAFTA and the Politics of Transformation

Corporations are creating educational systems that meet the goals of the 21st Century’s high-tech global capitalism. They only need a few highly educated workers. They intend to educate fewer people more, while educating far more people less. They work through …

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 …

Sustaining Mother Earth: Abundance Beyond Capitalism

We face an unparalleled ecological crisis, a crisis bound up with the destructive waste characteristic of capitalism. All societies, from the earliest ways in which humans lived together to modern capitalism, have been organized around their tools. In early communism, …

A New World View: What the Future Holds

If we as revolutionaries understand that dialectical and historical materialism, that is, the science of how and why things change, is an application to the real world, we see a reflection of how things really are.  Thus we get an …

Only a Cooperative Society Can End Hunger

“More than a billion people suffer from chronic malnutrition. . . . More than thirty million people die of malnutrition and starvation every year – nearly 100,000 every day.” – Global Policy Forum, “World Food and Hunger”.

The Objectivity of Fascism Today

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

The Culture of Fascism and the Role of History

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

Why the League of Revolutionaries for a New America?

The League of Revolutionaries for a New America is an organization of revolutionaries that describes the current state of human society as entering an epoch of social revolution. One aspect of this epoch is illustrated by widespread poverty at one …

The Rise of Fascism and Social Revolution in America

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

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 …

Doomed by Technology or Promise of a Bright Future?

It is increasingly clear to many that we must build a movement to put political power in the hands of humanity and take it away from corporations. Knowing that the shape of our future depends on how we form our …

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 …

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 …

The Future of Property

Webster’s Dictionary defines property as: a) something owned or possessed b) a piece of real estate c) the exclusive right to possess, to enjoy, and dispose of a thing d) something to which a person or business has a legal …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Elections 2012: Fight for the Demands of the Dispossessed

“You cannot have this enormous income disparity — You’re going to slice the country down the middle. It’s not going to hold.” –  Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stone, March 29, 2012. As the 2012 elections campaign heats up, the country is …

Organization Determines Everything

A world economic revolution has made world political revolution inevitable. The question is: What kind of revolution will it be? Organizations are created to answer that question. Building an organization to guarantee that the struggle will be in the interests …

Impose Peace on the War Makers

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

A World Beyond Private Property

What do we mean when we use the term “private property”’ in our current capitalist system? We aren’t referring to people’s personal possessions — homes, clothes, cars, etc — especially the necessities of life. We mean that the institutions and …

Causality and Human Will

Preparing for what lies ahead is one of the most important things that revolutionaries face today. There have been many organizations in the history of America that were overtaken by events and simply fell apart because they were not prepared …

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 …

Editorial: Woven with a Common Thread

Property, race, electronics, laborless production – and revolution. Everything is related, everything is connected. It is a complex, difficult path we tread, yet how we understand the world and what we do determines the outcome. “Causality and Human Will” illuminates …

A Future Without Jobs: What is the Solution?

Automation and robotics are becoming hot topics. Some writers, like Martin Ford and Marshall Brain, recognize the impact these technologies have on jobs and employment, while others deny that these technologies lead to massive unemployment and insist that technology will …

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 …

Revolution is the Only Answer for New Proletariat

The protests and uprisings sweeping the globe are firing the imaginations of millions of people fighting for a new world. Although the history, ideologies and immediate aims of the various social motions differ from place to place, what ties them …

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 …

Dig Deep into the Struggle, Spread Vision of a New Society

This historical moment is producing tens of thousands of revolutionaries. They are people from all walks of life who have a growing understanding that the economic system is responsible for the suffering of these times, and a recognition that their …

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, …

Instability in Time of Epochal Change

“May you live in interesting times.” Blessing or curse – or both?  The instability and insecurity of the current historical moment is making all of society – the owners of its vast wealth as well as those who must work …

Debt as a Class Weapon

Government debt is the number one excuse for cutting spending on essential goods, services and infrastructure. The recent political manipulation of public opinion over increasing the U.S. government debt ceiling had a calculated conclusion. All the squabbling politicians – whether …

The Leap: New Ideas are Key

Human beings make history in a certain time and place. Today, objectively, revolution has taken place in the base of society as the instruments of laborless production are bringing about a qualitative leap in human history. Robots are displacing human …

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 …

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 …

On History’s Shoulders

Comrades, this meeting marks some 43 years of struggle for a revolutionary party that would be a continuation of the best in American history – a party worthy of the American people. It has been a long and difficult journey …

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 …

Consciousness of Class Interests Decisive to U.S. Budget Battles

The maturing global economic crisis is intensifying, now measured by its increasingly destructive impact on the budgets of U.S. states and local governments. The massive layoffs across America that began in the fall of 2008 and continue, combined with nearly …

Without Vision, The People Perish

Without vision, the people perish: many have repeated this wise saying, recognizing its truth. The age-old vision of a world without scarcity, one that has evolved beyond the need for exploitation, class domination, organized violence, and stultifying labor has been …

The Leap: Qualitative, Epochal, Transformative

Humanity, and our American society, are poised on the edge of history, and the burning question of our time is, which way forward? What is the content of our time? How can we explain, how do we understand the disruption, …

The Draft 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 …

Inside: New Conditions Call for New Forms of Organization

With the foundation of their wealth and power crumbling before their eyes, the capitalist class finds itself historically on the defensive. They have conquered the world and there is nowhere for the system to expand. Labor-replacing technology is destroying the …

Inside: Rising Discontent Demands a New World

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

Foreclosures: Reasons, Results, Remedy

There are 124 million year-round housing units in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. About 52 million homes have mortgages. By the third quarter of 2009, nearly one of every 10 homeowners with mortgages was at least …

Global Shifts: The Middle East in U.S. Geopolitical Strategy

The current worldwide financial and economic crisis that started in the U.S. reflects the turmoil global capitalism has been in since 2008. Previously, the U.S. had been able to export the crises generated by capitalist production relations to other countries, …

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

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

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

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

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