“The bourgeoisie, which naturally assumes the leadership at the start of every national movement, says that support for all national aspirations is practical. However, the proletariat’s policy in the national question (as in all others) supports the bourgeoisie only in a certain direction, but it never coincides with the bourgeoisie’s policy. The working class supports the bourgeoisie only in order to secure national peace (which the bourgeoisie cannot bring about completely and which can be achieved only with complete democracy), in order to secure equal rights and to create the best conditions for the class struggle. Therefore, it is in opposition to the practicality of the bourgeoisie that the proletarians advance their principles in the national question; they always give the bourgeoisie only conditional support.”
–Vladimir Lenin, “The Right of Nations to Self-Determination” (1914)
“Evidently imperialism has not failed to notice the radicalisation of the Nationalist Movement, and to focus its attention on the force causing this radicalisation. Imperialism recognises its most dangerous and determined enemy in the working class. Its tactics in the present situation, as hinted by the Viceroy, are to point out to the Nationalist bourgeoisie the dangerousness of the situation, and ask their co-operation in meeting the common danger.”
-MN Roy, “The Indian Bourgeoisie and the National Revolution” (1929)
“I call upon the workers, peasants, revolutionary intellectuals, enlightened elements of the bourgeoisie, and other enlightened personages of all colours in the world, white, black, yellow, brown, etc., to unite to oppose the racial discrimination enacted by U.S. imperialism and to support the American Negroes in their struggle against racial discrimination. In the final analysis, a national struggle is a question of class struggle…at present, it is the handful of imperialists, headed by the United States, and their supporters, the reactionaries in different countries, who are carrying out oppression, aggression and intimidation against the overwhelming majority of the nations and peoples of the world. They are the minority, and we are the majority. “
–Mao Tse-Tung, “Oppose Racial Discrimination by U.S Imperialism” (1963)
“The essence of neo-colonialism is that the State which is subject to it is, in theory, independent and has all the outward trappings of international sovereignty. In reality its economic system and thus its political policy is directed from outside…Neo-colonialism is also the worst form of imperialism. For those who practise it, it means power without responsibility and for those who suffer from it, it means exploitation without redress…Neo-colonialism, like colonialism, is an attempt to export the social conflicts of the capitalist countries. The temporary success of this policy can be seen in the ever widening gap between the richer and the poorer nations of the world.”
–Kwame Nkrumah, “Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of Imperialism” (1965)
I want to sincerely apologize for the lack of gender diversity, I did this post a bit rushed and I went straight off the top of my head and I am a guy–so that patriarchy came out swinging. Once again, I will be sure not to make another post that is so hyper-masculine, again.
By Jon Reynolds
The original article is from 2011, from systemiccapital.com via Jeffery Dean]
|4,000 US troops occupy Corpus Christi, Texas; 18461846, Mexico: US President Polk leads a national sentiment of “manifest destiny“, designed to expand federal rule from the east to west coast, including territory already occupied by natives.He offers to buy land from Mexico, but Mexico refuses. Texas, owned by Mexico, seeks US residents to “settle” there and “help grow the population”. However, these “settlers” eventually grow dissatisfied with Mexican rule and form a rebellion, thus beginning the Mexican-American War.As a result, the US gains control of Colorado, Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and New Mexico.|
1961, Iraq: Abdel Karim Kassem, leader of Iraq, threatens western oil interests, causing the US and Britain to begin arming Kurdish rebels in the country. In 1963, Kassem is forced out of power, put on trial, and eventually shot to death. By 1968, Saddam Hussein takes power in the country, backed by the CIA.
—It is perhaps too easy to look at US foreign policy by the standards of the post-9/11 world, forgetting all that happened before. Without an accurate understanding of the past, we’ll always be doomed to repeat it in the future.… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …
Six propagandistic terms used by the media that every American needs to know about – Our wars? “Humanitarian”. Our enemies? “Militants” and “Terrorists”. Our news? Sourced by anonymous “Officials”. The American media is Orwell’s worst nightmare
A brief history of George W. Obama – Has the same US President been in office for the last 11+ years? The following timeline covers key events between 2001-2012
Eight bullshit misconceptions about the renewed US invasion of Iraq – The odds are high that you believe at least one of the lies mentioned here peddled as truth by US news networks
Blaming the rise of ISIS on religion neglects the major role of US imperialism – When an American is beheaded, we blame it all on freedom-envious religious zealots instead of our blowback-inducing foreign policy
US foreign policy is laying the groundwork for WWIII, and only Americans can stop the process – The odds are stacked against Americans seeking to free their country from asylum escapees, but the fight is worth it
The problem wasn’t Bush and the Republicans, and it isn’t Obama and the Democrats – Far too much attention is spent attacking figureheads who will one day be out of office instead of the actual system and the system’s ideology
The “crisis” in Ukraine coincidentally serves the interests of US corporations – Conveniently, the US-backed “crisis” in Ukraine has also served as an excuse to push European NATO members into boosting their defense budgets
The United States of Predator Drones – From Afghanistan to Yemen, from Yemen to Mexico, from Mexico to your back yard, drone use has drastically expanded and shows no signs of slowing downAmerica’s Global Neocon War – Bush-era neocons are still very much directing foreign policy in the United States, ultimately aiming for conflict with Russia and ChinaWhy the War on Terror guarantees more terrorism and perpetual warfare – This self-perpetuating War on Terror — War OF Terror — may outlive all those reading these words today
Democrats merge with GOP, form War Party – Bush helped Republicans justify needless war, Obama has helped Democrats; now, there is no mainstream anti-war party
The Bush administration laid the foundation for the Obama administration’s crimes – Republicans and Democrats are working in harmony to create a truly horrifying and pervasive monster – one that grows bigger and more brutal with each passing election
The Sinking of the Cheonan – South Korea blames the North for sinking a warship in 2010, giving the US a reason to extend its military presence in the region
A boy named Adam – Largely thanks to a complicit corporate-state news media, the story of a US teenager executed without trial by the government has largely gone under the radar
Rethinking the “non-aggression principle” – Do non-human animals lose the “right” to experience life merely on the basis of their species?
A ‘capitulation of power’, ‘weak’, ‘towards…revolution’ and ‘end the occupation’ “NOW!” Wholly encompasses the self-proclaimed “dialectic materialist”, and her worldview (more on that later), Leila Khaled.
Employing both brevity and breadth, Khaled, has become the icon for Palestinian liberation–and an unabashed Marxist. Claiming that “Palestine for me is Paradise. Religions talk about paradise. For me, Palestine is paradise. It deserves our sacrifices” displaying upfront, her words and actions as a visceral embodiment of the same “dialectics” she espouses. Moreover, going back to her words in the beginning, she describes the entirety of negotiations between Israel and Palestine as “weak” and that Palestine is negotiating from a position of powerlessness instead–calling for revolution to end the occupation, as a showing of “dialectics”, because of her contradictory positions, in that, most would see negotiations as progress but not Khaled. Generally her positions, and her being, are seen as revolutionary but dangerous, groundbreaking but problematic, as a symbol of liberation but also as a “terrorist” but all too characteristic of herself–Khaled is solely committed to Palestinian emancipation, a true sign of a revolutionary.
Born in Haifa, a large northern Israeli city, forcibly joining 6 million other Palestinians in a diaspora of biblical proportions, 4 years after her birth. Settling in Lebanon, ending up in Amman, Jordan today, her family joins the Arab National Movement, where in 1967 the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is born. Khaled’s indignation, pre-1967, could not be contained, persuading a Marxist-Leninist group to train her in revolutionary warfare which will–end up as her ‘theory’ and ‘praxis’ for liberation.
Still she was among thousands of refugees who held contempt for the settler-colonial regime, Israel. However in 1969, her name goes down in heroic infamy.
First, in 1969, she along with a comrade of hers hijacked a plane flying to Tel Aviv, forcing it to fly into Damascus, as tactic to free 2 prisoners held by Israel–TWA flight 840 was stolen for the two Israelis on-board as an exchange for the jailed Palestinians. Then again, in 1970, before the brutal crackdown on Palestinian fighters, known as “Black September”, Khaled hijacked another plane but this time it was flying out of EI AI (a well-guarded Israeli airport). Regarded, mildly, as a “success” it led to the freeing of many Palestinian prisoners in Europe but like before, Khaled, was captured by the authorities and her partner, Patrick Arguello, was killed by Israeli guards.
These two events, marred in infamy, lead to the proliferation of the name: Leila Khaled, as the poster-child for resistance.
After 1970, her name no longer appeared daily on news reels, newspaper headlines but her legend had cemented, still apart of the PFLP she has become the voice for revolutionary warfare, socialist revolution and anti-imperialism, in the Middle East. A solid revolutionary by any standards.
Midst the perpetual demonization, Khaled, has posited various ‘controversial’ standpoints, including: her relegation of women’s oppression to the bottom of the symbolic ladder of oppression, as well as, not being an over-zealous advocate for Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) and, most well-known, for her adamant stance on armed struggle as necessary for liberation.
“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
Revolutionaries see her either: as a mere nationalist provocateur of violence or a true Marxist (Maoist) revolutionary. The latter being most accurate, her life-long commitment to Palestinian liberation, even superseding its importance over other oppression(s) (i.e. the woman question, etc), risking her life on multiple occasions and her contempt with the process of negotiating for “peace” (an example of “combating liberalism”), are simple criterion for a great revolutionary.
Leila Khaled, consistently defamed, labeled a “terrorist”, as “violent” and oft overshadowed, is the among greatest embodiment of the Palestinian struggle. A sound “dialectic materialist”, opposed to Pan-Arabism, always advocating for a one-state solution–the creation (read: return) of a democratic Palestine for all Arabs–regardless of religious affiliation or familial lineage.
Her life, her image and, in essence, her being is one of bravery, tenacity and revolution, therefore solidarity with Leila Khaled is absolutely unquestionable.
Although, in 2014, Palestinians are still not free; the inspiration that Khaled’s words, action and history provide gives me incredible optimism that our fighters will be free–one day, soon.
History, studied near and far–from academics to “proletarian buffs”, yet it is still widely under used and misunderstood. However, that is not the purpose of this post. As a revolutionary understanding history well is just as, if not, more important than both theory and praxis because it is the umbrella guiding the development of both. In order to develop our theory and praxis to its highest stage–a firm grasp of history is a prerequisite.
History is about development, contradiction and, controversially for me, about people. For the next week I will be writing about certain revolutionary people throughout history. If we are truly committing ourselves to global revolution then it is important to understand the people who have paved the way for us to think, work and organize within the framework today. This is controversial because many people see the focus on people as diluting movement history in favor of “Great Man” worship. I however believe that people are genius and questionable, brave and cowardly, leaders and followers, people are the greatest example of dialectics and so incredibly important to the understanding of accurate historical accounts.
So for people/groups/organizations to make this list I have some criteria that must be followed, diligently.
- Beginning with an overall understanding that history and these people/groups are NOT absolute–nothing is and pending what research I do, or what others may do as well, we can and will come to different conclusions because of our intents, biases and etc.
- To qualify for the list they must be committed to life-long, systemic, change
- As well as, actively fighting for said changes; through writing, organizing, etc.
- NOT REQUIRED; preference will be given to revolutionaries belonging to oppressed nations (relative to their own standards, of course) and still fighting an oppressive system
- List will emphasize people/groups that are Non-Western (U.S.A or Western Europe), as well as, uplifting the voices and movements of people of color, women, LGBTQIA and non-binary/gender nonconforming revolutionaries; not required but highly recommended
Will include people such as:
- Ella Baker
- Antonio Gramsci
- Kwame Ture
- Amilcar Cabral
- Thomas Sankara
- Joseph Stalin
- Lakshmi Sehgal
- Blanca Canales
- Ana Maria
- Michael Collins
- Leila Khaled
- Among (hopefully) many more!
And with groups/organizations such as:
- the Naxalites
- Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)
- Khmer Rouge
- New People’s Army
- Kurdistan Workers’ Party
- Weather Underground
- Young Lords
- Zapatistas National Liberation Army
Stay posted y’all, the first post will be up by tomorrow! Please keep sharing and have a great night!
Two officers, murdered in cold blood, the assailant takes his own life and shot his ex-partner–as well. According to these sources, Ismaaiyl Brinsely, was seeking revenge for the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. His Instagram was loaded with violent, anti-cop rhetoric. It is a tragedy to see these two cops killed but more light needs to be shed on the murder of this man’s girlfriend, she was innocent–the police are not.
Let me clarify, these two police officers, may have been innocent–individually–but as a force, system and organization, they are far from it. Police historically have been utilized as slave catchers, strike breakers and “status quo” defenders. Since slavery was a system that built the United States, today, those who enforce its continuation are inherently protecting a system created for profit and racism. Passing down this lineage to today, the police protect contemporaneous white supremacy and ruling-class power. As revolutionaries, we have two lines we can follow, one that sees cops as an enemy to oppressed nations and the working class or as belonging to those classes in turn must be organized. It is the latter, donning a badge and the blue uniform, civilians go from people with working class tendencies–to becoming servants for oppression and protecting the Empire–from within.
A revolutionary stance on the pig-power structure has to call for complete abolition, not for reforms or accountability.
Before continuing, going back to the police that were murdered in New York, how should these murders be viewed? As tragic midst the pinnacle of a burgeoning movement, it is horrible these men lost their lives and we should grieve for them and their family but their lives are not more important than the hundreds of Black/Latin@ people murdered by the police every year. That is not negotiable. This individual violence is abhorrent and needs to be checked, but do not associate this with any movements against police violence.
Violence is erroneous–when done individually and unstrategically–but it is even more erroneous to believe that revolution is going to occur without a struggle, a people’s war. Nonviolence is a tactic, much like rallies, protests, speak-outs, etc, but they cannot be expected to bring an end to our current system. This requires seizing all means of production (a post for another day), that will effectively bring an end to the rule of the white-supremacist, sexist, homo/Trans*phobic capitalist class.
A revolution, accompanied by revolutionary warfare, is struggling against a system not individuals. There are people who are complicit, intertwined and protecting said system, but individually seeking them out is harmful to revolutionary movements. It prepares, the military, the police and all those invested in maintaining the posterity of the United States for war–that we are not ready for, yet. It takes time, building, education and training before we can holistically fight the system.
We lost two cops, it is not anymore sad than any one else who lost their lives to violence, they serve a system and died, we fight a system and die as well. It is the parallelism embedded in all movement for liberation. A call for violent revolution must be critically analyzed but understood that there is no mourning the loss of one of our soldiers by a system that cares so little for us, therefore–deserves no respect.
It is our duty to not let this movement die, we must radicalize more people, encourage militancy and begin preparation for the revolution because that is our only hope for a new system–for the people, it will take just as much love, compassion and empathy as it will building for the organized, militant revolutionary overhaul of this system.
J. Cole, a rapper and songwriter, from Fayetteville, North Carolina. On December 9th he released his 3rd LP, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, much to the surprise of many when he announced it. Although, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, is only his 3rd major release–he is a veteran–of the rap game. With an array of mix-tapes, and a semi-unprolific underground career, he broke out in 2010 with the release of his highly anticipated mix-tape–Friday Night Lights. Well-known among the mix-tape circuit, with features on many notable tracks including: “A Star is Born”, “Beautiful Bliss”, and “All I want is you”, by Jay-Z, Wale and Miguel–respectively. In 2011, after much anticipation and hard work, Cole World: Sideline Story is released to mixed reviews, sparking the burgeoning career of the–blunt, transplanted Southern MC with an insatiable appetite. After 2 more LPs’ and many other mix-tapes we arrive at this current album–2014 Forest Hills Drive.
J. Cole in 13-tracks shows the emotional rawness, and maturity, after almost 6 ‘significant’ years in the game. He begins the album with the “Intro”, a song he released a video before the album came out, which typical of a J. Cole album, lays out the theme of the entire album to come; in this case being love, happiness and freedom. Delving straight into “January 28th” a lyrically verbose track, flexing his muscles and inevitably claiming his throne at the top of the rap game.
Next we have “Wet Dreamz”, the pinnacle of Cole’s refined storytelling, poignancy and conceptual framework within this album, following Cole’s earlier years–his ‘virgin years’–and his sojourn to link up with this cutie in his class. He eloquently shows his bravado and false sense of confidence positing “I wrote back and said “[O]f course I had sex before // Knowing I was frontin’ I said // I was like a pro baby // Knowing I was stuntin”–resonating heavily. Without spoiling the end, this story does not cease to disappoint.
Moreover, following his prototype since days of the Come Up, he opens his album with an evocative, pathos laced, introduction setting the stage for his fieriest lyrics, “January 28th”, “Wet Dreamz”, “03′ Adolescence” and “Fire Squad”, in essence, leaving the middle filled with ’empty’ content and ending with the revival of his introductory themes. This was most evident in his past LP, Born Sinner. However his instrumentals were definitely a step in the right direction, albeit many tracks were tinged with borderline “over-experimentation”–leaving them undesired. Most prevalent on “G.O.M.D”, on the contrary, beats that were spectacular included: “Fire Squad” and “No Role Modelz”, especially for their move away from the over-saturation of ‘boom-bap’ beats and the diversity of sonic appeals. In sum, I wish that J. Cole used more than his, notoriously well-done, piano led beats, I know he shines well on less-aggressive sounds, laced with strings, keys and horns, but it would have been nice to hear him on more sounds like, “Mr. Nice Watch”, or “Chaining Day”, or (a real throwback) “Split You Up.”
His best LP to this day, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, does not disappoint, in comparison. However, as a stand-alone album, I have a few suggestions. First, this CD was clearly his most politically charged in light of–the tragedy continuing in Ferguson, MO–and his public outcry, but why was he so subversive in his lyrically content in regards to that issue? Clearly the themes he outlines from the beginning, love, happiness and freedom, have a alternate meaning but his album was very covert about these references (I am not advocating for ‘more’ or ‘less’ political references, just urging Cole to be more explicit). Second, the abundance of singing was too much for me. He is not a bad singer, but he isn’t that good either, this was his best effort rapping, in terms of lyrics, flow and sincerity, why not continue it? Lastly, as many have stated this was his most personal and powerful album to-date but the layout and flow of the entire album was exactly the same as all his other LPs’, come on Cole I know you can do better than that.
Overall though the ‘pros’ far out weighing the ‘cons’, making for a highly replayable album, far from a classic but clearly showing the artistic and emotional growth of Jermaine Cole.
Overall Rating: 8/10
Replay Value: 8/10
What else I have been listening to: Welcome to Fazoland by G Herbo aka Lil’ Herb; 6 God by Drake; and anticipating the Bobby Schmurda release.
I know what the naysayers will say already, “stop being so sensitive, it is just a joke” or “no one is being serious,” yet I find this not funny.
Some background, Daquan is a stereotypical “black” name (wholly representing black men) and has become the feeding ground for unleashing many racist misconceptions of black men, juxtaposed with white girls/women lashing out her parents and to defend Daquan and his actions.
It is disgraceful. It is problematic. But worst of all it is downplaying the struggles black men face in our racist country. Yet many will say this is an example of a positive “stereotype”:
As if to say that a black man’s worth only boils down to a good “stroke game” or selling dope.
Politically speaking, there is a “war on Black America” and as an outsider (Indian dude), I see the relentless oppression that black people face on a daily. From fears of police murderers, to being locked up at a 3X higher rate than whites for minor offenses, to be denied a job for the color of your skin, to being evicted at astronomical rates and then finally being told that it is their fault for their conditions and to pull themselves up by their “bootstraps.” When it is clear that the “bootstraps” have not even begun to be laced.
One commonality for those who continue disseminate these posts is that: their is no discrimination. White, black and brown everyone seems interested in prolonging the life of this fad. Not say that anyone who posts one of these pictures believes the content but it is seemingly very indicative of the normalized perceptions of black men today. Still, behind every single one of these Daquan posts, is an underlying (needed) point of discussion. Why do some people “trap?” What causes people to fall into the “street life?” There isn’t a universalized answer but certain themes appear, including but not limited to, wages, necessity and lack of options.
Oppression and it’s extensive inter-webs, encompass everything that may lead to why “trapping” is necessary. To break it down simply, systemically we live in an anti-black society that not only enslaved them but now seems intent on making immense profits off of their backs (see: prison-industrial complex). From slavery to the convict-lease system to the era of “Jim Crow” and now the time of Mass Incarceration, black folks never seem to catch a break, so through all that it what role do wages, necessity and lack of options play? Certainly, since black folks are some of the lowest paid in this country, money becomes a necessity because of a lack of options, so a great deal of “criminal” actions such as stealing, hustling or dealing, have to occur because due to our current wage system under capitalism making it impossible to get ahead, unless you’re at the top, every penny is indispensable. Therefore, when every bit of money accumulated becomes necessary and even when no matter how hard you work money doesn’t seem to add up, selling drugs seems like a viable option.
This is not to say that is why everyone who sells or moves drugs do it because they have to but just some reasons based on what I have learned from many folks, predominately in the black community.
I think it is very important to realize that black men are already very negatively portrayed in this country, so why then is it important that we continue to add fuel to this fire?
With endless talks of the “post-racial” society we live in counterpoised with a black man being murdered by the police every twenty-eight hours, or black women being evicted from their homes at the same rate black men are sent to prison in mass, it is hard to see why saying something like this is funny:
It’s shameful, racist and yet these simple pictures are doing everything they are supposed to, keep the masses distracted from the actual deadly struggles that many communities face to this day. The strategy is to euphemize every major issue till’ everyone forgets what the actual problems are.
Instead help be apart of the solution, let’s destroy Daquan and build together for the total liberation of all our people.
A legend passed a few days ago, a legend whom I had heard of but knew nothing of. Maya Angelou was a giant, residing 30-minutes from my home in Greensboro, passing early on May, 29th, in Winston-Salem, NC. For a moment this morning we all became unified (Twitter and Facebook worlds), her passing was mourned by millions of people tweeting quotes, posting pictures and discussing their encounters with the humble giant. Yet I was silent this day.
All I could muster was a Retweet (RT) of a quote that resonated with me but that was it. Yet even my most apolitical friends and social media people had something to say but not I. I was never taught who Maya Angelou was or what she did, until she passed, but I had innumerable opportunities to learn, choosing not to take them, I do feel a bit of regret today. She came to my school to speak but I turned down the chance to see her, for whatever reason, but that is not my main form of regret instead it is I chose not to learn about her because she wasn’t a black man.
I like to think of myself as not only an avid reader of black liberation struggles but also a feminist ally. Yet I know the life, politics, works and anything else of Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King but none of Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer or even Maya Angelou. At the root of this problem is misogyny -Yes I do consider myself misogynistic- but fighting it every single day.
Unconsciously I know that I have a belief that these black men were the ‘heroes’ of the Civil Rights and Black Liberation movement, yet, as a Historian (in-training) I know this to be false, if it weren’t for black women the CRM wouldn’t have been nearly as successful. Albeit, I know I am not the only one who has made mistakes like this but as a leftist, claiming to uplift all oppressed peoples, I of all people should have known better.
So, when she passed away I found out more about her than I still do of many of heroines of the movement. She was a Pan-African, who supported the liberation of Mumia Abu-Jamal, friends with Malcolm X and Fidel Castro, she used her poetry and oratory to uplift, oppressed peoples of this nation. She was a humble giant, dedicated, lovable but never too serious. She had a past that some would consider ‘unholy’ or which tarnished her reputation, she was a sex worker, but not to me. She was one of the greatest to ever write but she was all but forgotten until her untimely passing.
Her revolutionary teachings made black boys feel like kings, and black women as queens. She was unequivocally herself, she knew no bounds but that is a good thing.
So today that I honor her life and presence, I have to look back in shame at my overtly sexist mind to see that this women inspired millions with her words, touch. laugh and smile and she deserves to rest in peace and power.
Whether she registered a million voters or none, whether she was a sex worker or not, whether she was black nationalist or not, we all can rejoice in these simple words: she was one hundred percent herself.