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Message to the workers of Louisiana

By Sam MarcyIf you are one of the million or so workers in Louisiana, you may be thinking of voting for David Duke in Saturday's gubernatorial election. As a worker, you have much to think about these days. Almost everybody agrees these are hard times. Some people say that the depression now hitting this country began ten years ago in Louisiana. As a worker, you are concerned with your own livelihood and standard of living. If you have a family or dependents, you surely are concerned about them. Hawks' resignation from Duke staff You have probably heard that Bob Hawks, the state…

CPI Recognition of LPR and DPR

By Center for Political InnovationThe Government and People of the Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic, The Center for Political Innovation and all its members congratulate you on your recognition of sovereignty and independence from Ukraine by the Russian Federation. We extend our fullest support for your struggle against oppression and occupation following the US-NATO supported Euromaidan of 2014. We continue to oppose the existence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an alliance formed to counter the influence and interests of the USSR, a country which has not existed since 1991. The Center for Political Innovation condemns the US government’s support and funding…

The Masses Are The Water: Understanding the Failure of Late-Marcyism

By Caleb T. MaupinThe Party for Socialism and Liberation, Workers World Party, Struggle – La Lucha, the Communist Workers League and the New Orleans Workers Group all trace their roots back to the political brilliance of one man. However, his tactics and methods were not perfect and were specifically designed for a period very different from our own. It is urgent in our time for revolutionaries to get “Out of the Movement, To the Masses!” The December 20th, 2021 issue of Struggle – La Lucha, the publication of one of Workers World Party’s (WWP) many splinter groups contains the following tragic and almost…

We are the city-building tendency

By Caleb T. MaupinSINCE THE 2008–09 FINANCIAL MELTDOWN, interest in socialism, communism, anarchism, and various anti-capitalist theories have been widespread among the U.S. public. However, this has not manifested itself in a revival of the labor movement or the enactment of social-democratic reforms. Austerity and the march toward a low-wage police state have continued. Regime-change wars and interventions by the Pentagon have continued with even less organized resistance than prior to the financial crash. The various Marxist-Leninist sects, whose leadership are veterans of the 1960s and 70s political upsurge, remain more isolated than ever. While vague social-democratic concepts about “free healthcare” and “tax…

Fusion City: The Scientific Socialist Response to the Climate and Energy Crises

By D.A.Humans interact with our environment in a fundamentally different way from all other species: we are the only species on Earth capable of achieving a deeper understanding of our world through scientific discovery; and from these discoveries, we are able to transform and utilize the resources available to us. Nothing in nature is static, but as humans, our means of sustaining life—and the means of all human achievement above the subsistence level—has a much more rapid rate of change compared to that of other animals. These concepts are fundamental to scientific socialism. As Friedrich Engels wrote in Dialectics of Nature:1…

Proletarians and Communists

By Karl MarxIn what relation do the Communists stand to the proletarians as a whole? The Communists do not form a separate party opposed to the other working-class parties. They have no interests separate and apart from those of the proletariat as a whole. They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own, by which to shape and mould the proletarian movement. The Communists are distinguished from the other working-class parties by this only: 1. In the national struggles of the proletarians of the different countries, they point out and bring to the front the common interests of the entire…

Marx’s Letter to Abraham Lincoln

By Karl MarxSir, We congratulate the American people upon your re-election by a large majority. If resistance to the Slave Power was the reserved watchword of your first election, the triumphant war cry of your re-election is Death to Slavery. From the commencement of the titanic American strife the workingmen of Europe felt instinctively that the star-spangled banner carried the destiny of their class. The contest for the territories which opened the dire epopee, was it not to decide whether the virgin soil of immense tracts should be wedded to the labor of the emigrant or prostituted by the tramp of the…

The Parable of the Water Tank

By Edward BellamyThere was a certain very dry land, the people whereof were in sore need of water. And they did nothing but seek after water from morning until night, and many perished because they could not find it. Howbeit, there were certain men in that land who were more crafty and diligent than the rest, and these had gathered stores of water where others could find none, and these men were called capitalists. And it came to pass that the people of the land came unto the capitalists and prayed them that they would give them of the water they had…

Meet The Communists

By Elizabeth Gurley FlynnEvery day, everywhere, Communists are news around the world--in China, France, Korea, Brazil, Italy, Belgium, and of course in the Soviet Union. Names of famous Communist leaders have become familiar headlines--Stalin, Tito, Duclos, Thorez, Mao Tse-tung, Togliatti, Pollitt, Dimitroff, Buck, Haldane, Prestes, Blas Roca, Gallacher, Pasionaria. Stories about them are history in the making. Communists are News Luis Carlos Prestes, leader of the Brazilian Communists, released from a Brazilian prison into which he had been thrown by the Vargas dictatorship, becomes a Senator. The Italian Communist Party, which fought Mussolini from the underground for at quarter of a century, now has 1,708,000…

Crisis of Petty Bourgeois Radicalism

By Gus HallAs the molecules in steel becomes agitated it results in a red hot metal. Through this process the steel becomes tempered and purified. As the metal heats up bubbles appear on the surface, and in short order many of them disappear. Social and political movements in a sense develop in similar ways. When the social molecules become agitated it results in mass upheavals, the waves of radicalization. Class contradictions and relations sharpen up. This propels the revolutionary process. It results in new levels of mass class and socialists consciousness. There is a speedy growth of movements and organizations. They also…

Capitalism Plus Dope Equals Genocide (Black Panther Party)

By Michael Cetewayo TaborI. The Problem. Recently in the Black colony of Harlem a 12 year old Black boy was murdered by an overdose of heroin. Less than two weeks later a 15 year old Black girl met the same tragic fate. During the year 1969 in New York City alone there were over 900 deaths resulting from drug addiction. Of these 210 were youths ranging in age from 12 to 19. Of the over 900 dead, the overwhelming majority were Black and Puerto Rican. It is estimated that there are at least 25,000 youths addicted to narcotics in New York City -…

Mao Zedong: Talk on Questions of Philosophy

By Mao ZedongIt is only when there is class struggle that there can be philosophy. It is a waste of time to discuss epistemology apart from practice. The comrades who study philosophy should go down to the countryside. They should go down this winter or next spring to participate in the class struggle. Those whose health is not good should go too. Going down won’t kill people. All they’ll do is catch a cold, and if they just put on a few extra suits of clothes it’ll be all right. The way they go about it in the universities at present is…

Imperialism and the Split in Socialism

By Vladimir LeninIs there any connection between imperialism and the monstrous and disgusting victory opportunism (in the form of social-chauvinism) has gained over the labour movement in Europe? This is the fundamental question of modern socialism. And having in our Party literature fully established, first, the imperialist character of our era and of the present war[1] , and, second, the inseparable historical connection between social-chauvinism and opportunism, as well as the intrinsic similarity of their political ideology, we can and must proceed to analyse this fundamental question. We have to begin with as precise and full a definition of imperialism as possible.…

Bill Epton’s Speech to the Court

By Bill EptonI would like to address a few remarks to this court and its government. You have judged me "guilty" and have labeled me a "criminal" and also "dangerous." I have been found "guilty" by a "jury of my peers." On this I will have more to say later. Now – let me examine what I have been found "guilty" of doing and saying: I have been found "guilty" of agitating against the conditions that my people are forced to live under in New York and all over the country. I have been found "guilty" of protesting the murder – yes,…

Stalin, voice of the party, breaks with Trotsky

By Anna Louise StrongThe Rubber-Stamp Secretary Versus the Fiery Idealist. Sidelights on the Russian Revolution Before the death of the father of the Revolution—now its patron saint—two figures stood at the focus of the world’s attention: Lenin and Trotsky. Since then the figure of Stalin has grown to commanding proportions. Now it is Stalin and Trotsky who dominate the Russian scene. And, as the years go by, they have come to dominate in vividly contrasting ways. Stalin is undisputed “boss” to-day. He rules through his commanding position as General Secretary of the dominant party, and from that post influences the appointment chairmen of…

Anti-War Speech in Canton, Ohio

By Eugene DebsComrades, friends and fellow-workers, for this very cordial greeting, this very hearty reception, I thank you all with the fullest appreciation of your interest in and your devotion to the cause for which I am to speak to you this afternoon. To speak for labor; to plead the cause of the men and women and children who toil; to serve the working class, has always been to me a high privilege; a duty of love. I have just returned from a visit over yonder, where three of our most loyal comrades are paying the penalty for their devotion to the…

Lenin’s Letter to American Workers

By Vladimir LeninComrades! A Russian Bolshevik who took part in the 1905 Revolution, and who lived in your country for many years afterwards, has offered to convey my letter to you. I have accepted his proposal all the more gladly because just at the present time the American revolutionary workers have to play an exceptionally important role as uncompromising enemies of American imperialism—the freshest, strongest and latest in joining in the world-wide slaughter of nations for the division of capitalist profits. At this very moment, the American multimillionaires, these modern slaveowners have turned an exceptionally tragic page in the bloody history of…

A Century for the Common Man

By Henry WallaceMadam Chairman, and you who have spoken so eloquently tonight, and you who represent 33 different nations on this particular occasion; and I wish especially to recognize those who are representing the 14 nations from Latin America: I want to say to all -- all who in a formal or an informal way represent most if not all of the free people -- free peoples of the world who are met here tonight, that we are meeting in the interests of the millions of all the nations who have freedom in their souls. To my mind, this meeting has just…