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Reimagine America

It’s become a common sentiment that 2020 has been a disaster. What do we learn from it, and how do we move forward? We must guarantee that the fight to resolve the pandemic, end the killings by police, end homelessness …

Inside: ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’

“Sufferings and Struggles, Hopes and Prospects” reports on life-or-death threats people face. Nearly 14 million children in the United States went hungry in June, 10 million more than in 2018. Three in ten Black families don’t have enough food for …

Sufferings and Struggles, Hopes and Prospects

Sixty-two percent of Americans agree that the U.S. government’s handling of the Coronavirus crisis is going badly. No community is untouched by the devastating pandemic. The havoc can be seen in the numbers suffering from the social and economic blows …

Remembering Who We Are in the Heart of the Pandemic

“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 …

What the uprising reveals about fascism and the military

Millions of us have made it clear that we don’t believe the American people become safer the more police there are.  In fact, a core message of the 2020 Rebellion that erupted after the murder of George Floyd is that …

Something New is in Our Grasp

Millions of Americans and people worldwide are revolted by the cold-blooded murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and organizing and speaking out in a myriad of ways. Preceding Floyd’s murder, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was shot to death in her …

Inside: An Epoch of Social Revolution

The events unfolding in the streets over police brutality and the COVID 19 crisis vividly express the crisis underway in the world. Its roots go to the tremendous upheaval in the economy. It is transforming from jobs-based industrial production to …

Louisiana: Land of Beauty and Crisis

Southern Louisiana, alongside the great Mississippi River, is where, from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico, a vast delta widens out, coursed with bayous, swamps, wetlands, and marshes. It is a land of ‘gators and crawdads, Spanish moss and …

Pandemic: The Empire Has No Clothes

Why is it that, when the numbers of unemployed were soaring past 30 million, the stock market went up? Why was it that, as milk was being poured into the gutters, and fresh fruit and vegetables were being plowed under, …

Coronavirus Crisis: Human Worth is the Only Priority

We keep hearing that life won’t be the same, even after the worst is over. The picture painted of that future usually goes like this: Get prepared for more poverty, more austerity, and life stalked by sickness and death. Our …

May Day: The Cause of the Workers is the Hope of the World

In 1891, revolutionaries from various countries voted to celebrate May 1st as International Workers’ Day.  The date honored the May 1, 1886, Chicago march and general strike for an 8-hour workday, which was attacked with police brutality and murder.  Revolutionaries …

Inside: We Cannot Stay Still

In the middle of an election year, Donald Trump has been impeached. And acquitted. The impeachment and trial constituted a battleground in which the ruling class fought it out over how, in a world of instability and polarization, to advance …

From the Editors: Impeachment and Our Fight

Past impeachments show us that presidential impeachment is largely a struggle within the ruling class over the direction of the country, particularly in the economic sphere. In fact, the history of impeachments in America can be read as the political …

Epochal Change Brings Forth New Leadership

The country is seeing the beginnings of new revolutionary forces developing, especially in recent years. Alamance County in North Carolina, with a long history of struggle dating back before the Revolutionary War, is once again a sign of the times. …

New Year, New Class, New Vision

Though the dates vary from deep winter to mid spring (and in some African countries, fall), every part of the world celebrates the coming of the New Year. We shoot off fireworks, accompany them with noisemakers, hold parades, make toasts …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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