• Curtis C
    yesterday
    [Moderator note: the following piece represents the views of a guest posting in the Open Threads section of the Kasama site, not of Kasama itself. This essay does not represent the views of K ...
  • mikeely
    yesterday
    I appreciate your detailed response, Curtis. Let me briefly return to your points: "These two tendencies are at odds with one another." This is not a correct statement. There are various revolutionary communist organizations and movements in the w
  • Curtis C
    2 days ago
    Quick comments in response to Mike: “’I also want to make some remarks about Curtis' views on tone and public polemics: "These two tendencies are at odds with one another yet have refrained from issuing polemics against one another. I find this to b
  • People2thePower
    3 days ago
    Well, there it is.
  • People2thePower
    4 days ago
    "It is good if we are attacked by the enemy, since it proves that we have drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves." Mao Zedong 1939 This post underscores a couple important things. Most obviously, it reminds us of the skills
  • Curtis C
    4 days ago
    From: DynamicFigment   As Leftists with much to say, sometimes we can get ahead of ourselves when explaining concepts to those who s ...
  • comradeabe
    4 days ago
    I'm going to apologize in advance for beginning this comment with a bit of hyperbole, but you know who else was historically opposed to the potential hegemony of US imperialism? Nazi Germany. My point is that you have presented a deeply flawed view
  • mikeely
    less than a minute ago
    To their credit, Otto, this is one of the points that the RCP/Canada makes. And in a certain sense, that also seems to be the point of the statement by the Revolutionary Internaitonalist Movement when they wrote: "Unfortunately, the rupture with m
  • Otto
    less than a minute ago
    I'm glad you cleared a few things up for me. "You can't be legalist, passive, cautious for thirty years, and then (one day) suddenly become a raging force. Life doesn't work that way. In other words, "preparation" includes training people in disdain
  • mikeely
    less than a minute ago
    I would like to unravel Otto's interesting comments and experiences -- which are not just about history but about how revolutionaries should approach things. He writes: "I hadn't really met RCP people when I first went to Lawrence KS about 1978 and
  • mikeely
    less than a minute ago
    "We Maoists sent representatives to the funeral of the SLA martyrs" I didn't know that and it surprises me. I hadn't really met RCP people when I first went to Lawrence KS about 1978 and I met a lot of Socialist Workers Party members who blasted me f
  • geoff
    1 week ago
    By Katerkate The last few years have not been kind to radicals. In the wake of the Occupy Movement, the Pacific Northwest has seen FBI raids on anarchist houses and comrades imprisoned for resisting gr ...
  • Otto
    1 week ago
    "We Maoists sent representatives to the funeral of the SLA martyrs" I didn't know that and it surprises me. I hadn't really met RCP people when I first went to Lawrence KS about 1978 and I met a lot of Socialist Workers Party members who blasted me f
  • mikeely
    1 week ago
    I also want to make some remarks about Curtis' views on tone and public polemics: "These two tendencies are at odds with one another yet have refrained from issuing polemics against one another. I find this to be a disservice to the revolutionary fo
  • mikeely
    1 week ago
    We Maoists sent representatives to the funeral of the SLA martyrs. That was rather controversial within the New Communist Movement -- where other currents were far more "social pacifist" (our description at the time), or at least considered those tak
  • mikeely
    1 week ago
    Well, chegitz, there is a difference between "where the terms come from" and what meaning is. the Maoist meaning was that the U.S. and the Soviet Union were the "first world" (i.e. the two superpowers). And the midlevel imperialists (their junior
  • mikeely
    1 week ago
    One of the ironies of the RCP-Canada's views is that they seem to blur the question at hand. Historically, the communist movement has engaged with two great experiences with the seizure of power: The Russian "October Road" of the Bolsheviks, and the
  • Otto
    1 week ago
    Before I answer your question I think I will read that last link you left from 1972. That is before I was seriously into Marxist politics. I admired the SLA which came out about then and at that time I wondered why the more legal CPs didn't do someth
  • mikeely
    1 week ago
    Otto, i'm not sure I understand your comment. It is true that the RCP,USA has supported the idea that socialist revolution (generally) involves peoples war. In particular their theoretical expectation is that revolution in the U.S. would be a vers

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