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Red Guards Austin – A Year Summation of the Life of a Militant Maoist Organization in the U.S. Central South

 

We received this summation of the Red Guards Austin collective and are publishing it with their permission. We are in fraternity with these comrades and think this is a contribution worth sharing, however the views expressed here are their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of maosoleum or of the Liaison Committee for a New Communist Party or any of its branches.

Prologue: The Liberalism of the Austin Left

2014 November

The earliest configuration of what was to become Red Guards Austin (RGA) was no more than three comrades who were gradually gravitating towards Maoism at various levels of development. We were still in the process of searching for an outlet for our revolutionary longing in the form of a preexisting “party.” Through careful study and consideration of both local and countrywide leftist groupings, we came to the conclusion that no such organization existed that could constitute a party, let alone one that had firm ideological anti-revisionism, mass work, and the clear participation and leadership of women and people of oppressed nations. We were adrift, leaning on our past experiences as anarchists, animal rights activists, and workers to help us develop into active communists. The first hurdle we faced was due in part to our class backgrounds: none of us had finished high school, let alone received a college education, unlike most of the white middle-class left we had encountered in Austin. We became revolutionary communists out of a dire need for revolution spurred on by our low social status and difficult economic conditions. We were quickly disillusioned by the pomp of local university leftist organizations and had experienced nothing but alienation from them in the past. Continue reading

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People's War

Veteran’s Day: Support our troops!

Support our troops! Happy Veteran’s Day!

Some articles of interest:
Question on the Indian Maoists – War is not a good thing, but it is an inevitable thing.
What is Protracted People’s War? – Revolutionary war is not the same as reactionary war.
Smedley Butler: Hero of the People – Veterans of imperialist war can come to the people.

People's Liberation Guerrilla Army in India

People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army in India

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Red and Internationalist May Day!

New Communist Party - Liaison Committee

 

Workers of the World Unite! Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism


Crises, wars, repression, oppression, unemployment, poverty!

Proletarians and oppressed people, let us unite and take the future in our hands!

Long live …. Revolution!

Imperialism continues crossing a deep economic crisis and unloading it on the proletarians and peoples of the world. They speak about recovery, but the only thing that recovers is the rush to profits, wealth and arms.

For the proletarians, poor peasants and other people’s masses in every country of the world, instead, we see unemployment, labor laws increasing precariousness, exploitation and slavery, misery, plunder of raw materials and energy resources, devastation of environment and territories. Youth without work are now the majority, in spite of their educational and cultural growth. New technologies are used to make more profits, intensify exploitation and the despotic command and control on labour and increase the destructive power of arms.

Against this situation proletarians and masses rise up, in…

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The Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People

What is Proletarian Feminism?

This is the first of a series of notes that will be relatively short, and by no means exhaustive, but are put forth as both a summation and intervention of the theoretical and practical context of gender liberation in general and proletarian feminist struggle in the particular, both within the context of the United States, and the global context – taking on the particularities of gender formation, as well the universal aspects of patriarchy.

Adavasi women with the Indian Maoists.

Adavasi women with the Indian Maoists.

Let us take opportunity in the annual remembrance on the International Working Women’s Day to raise a necessary definition in the ongoing development towards a Proletarian Feminist conception of gender liberation.

First, a necessary comment: while we do not mention trans women as separate subjects, when we say women in this article, we are including trans women as the issues we touch upon are common to all proletarian women, whether trans or cis, and while we recognize that cis women and trans women have differences, for example cis women and reproductive health choices, and trans women’s exclusion from women’s spaces or lack of access to hormones – we understand these differences as within the umbrella of women, as the subjects of oppression by patriarchy. We also recognize that the struggle against patriarchy is not solely a women’s issue, or a sexual or gender issue, and that gender is not a binary, nor is sex free of social and cultural construction. However, we will address this in subsequent notes and a series on Queer Maoism that has been almost two years in the making. Non-men, people who are neither women nor men, but still suffer patriarchal oppression, and thus for the purpose of this discussion are treated the same as women – both cis and trans – however, we want to keep the discussion centered on feminism as an expression of women’s politics whether cis or trans, not genderqueer struggle – which includes besides trans women and non-binary people, men, like trans men, whose experience of patriarchy is different from that of cis or trans women, and which has its own separate history from feminism, even if indeed proletarian feminism is queer struggle. This article has a narrower focus, but we feel these overlaps needed addressing for the sake of clarity and to make clear that we speak firmly for trans and genderqueer inclusion in feminism, and that trans women are women.

Proletarian feminism: more than just proletarian and feminist together

Proletarian feminism is the theoretical and practical development of the struggle against patriarchy from the perspective of the proletariat and revolutionary communist politics. Continue reading

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People's War

Veteran’s Day: Support our troops!

Support our troops! Happy Veteran’s Day!

Some articles of interest:
Question on the Indian Maoists – War is not a good thing, but it is an inevitable thing.
What is Protracted People’s War? – Revolutionary war is not the same as reactionary war.
Smedley Butler: Hero of the People – Veterans of imperialist war can come to the people.

People's Liberation Guerrilla Army in India

People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army in India

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New Communist Party (Liaison Committee)

International Working Women’s Day: RSCC and NCP(LC) Comrades Speak for Proletarian Feminism!

RSCC and NCP(LC) present at the IWWDC rally and march.

During International Working Women’s Day on March 8, 2014, the comrades of the Revolutionary Students Coordinating Committee – RSCC and the New Communist Party (Liaison Committee) – NCP(LC) gave speeches in the different events they participated in, speaking to necessity and reasons for proletarian feminism as the guiding theory on anti-patriarchal struggle, woman and queer liberation, and how the struggle against patriarchy must be a struggle against capitalism and the struggle against capitalism must be a struggle against patriarchy. Continue reading

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Political Work

New Year, New Struggle: RSCC Open Mic & Fundraiser

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Join members of the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee for a night of music and spoken word as we gather funds to continue our work next semester.

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What is Protracted People’s War?

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October 1, 1949 is the day of founding of the People’s Republic of China. On this day hundreds of millions of Chinese workers and peasants “rose up” to defeat the forces of reaction. The Chinese Revolution stands along with the Russian Revolution, as one of the single most important events to take place in human history. The example of Revolutionary China inspired the Black Panthers as well as our comrades waging People’s War in India, the Philippines, Peru and Nepal. This essay is in service to the memory of the Chinese Revolution. Taken as a whole, it represents the view of the Maosoleum collective.

No one barring the most chauvinistic Euro-Marxist dismisses Leninism and the Soviet Union out of hand for being solely applicable to the “Third World”. For all intents and purposes Russia in 1917 was a part of the “Third World”, with only 20% of the total population being in the industrial working class; 40% of that number working in large factories. The question then is posed why do many of the detractors of Maoism make this claim? Perhaps had Mao been from an “advanced capitalist nation” not only would Maoism been applicable to the First World but the Third World as well! This misunderstanding of Maoism is based on how Maoists make revolution, which is through Protracted People’s War and our view that it is universal. While we will discuss this erroneous view of Maoism one must also see an aspect of racism here as well. The dismissal of Maoism comes down ultimately to a fear that the First World Left has of actually learning something from Oppressed Peoples around the world. Sure our enlightened friends may know of Mao, perhaps even Kaypakkaya or even Gonzalo, but it is doubtful they have heard of Comrades Ganapathi, Azad or Kishenji. Let us discuss then what non-Maoists view then as the “correct” and universal method for making revolution, especially in the imperialist nations. The people’s army is a development of world historic relevance that has been copied even by the enemy, Mao is held in high regards amongst the U.S. military, even more so than Trotsky, who is also read.

On the October Road and the Distinction Between Leninism and Social-Democracy

The supposed “universal” method for revolution in the First World is actually the mechanical re-application of the Soviet method of revolution, namely the revolutionary insurrection;  or the so-called “October Road”. Prior to the 1917 Russian Revolution, and after the conclusion of the Paris Commune, Social-Democracy had emerged as a legalistic and open working class movement that had gained ground in parliaments all across Europe, their greatest success culminated in the creation of the first welfare state by Otto Von Bismark in Germany, who acted in response to pressure put on him by the Socialists. With the possibility of war on the horizon in Europe, the working class movement in Europe was faced with the consequences of decades of legalistic struggle under capitalism that came to a fever pitch at the Zimmerwald Conference in 1915. The Revolutionary faction known as the “Zimmerwald Left”, led by Vladimir Lenin, came out strongly against the opportunism of the time, which had instead of taking the position of opposing inter-imperialist war came out in support of their home countries under the guise of “revolutionary defencism”. Continue reading

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Unity in Struggle and Struggle in Unity | M-L-M Mayhem!

Interesting contribution from M-L-M Mayhem!

 

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“Finally, it needs to be said that all of this talk of “left unity” at the centres of capitalism is often used as a smokescreen to obscure the fact that the anti-capitalist organizations represent, unfortunately, a small population that is predominantly embedded amongst the petty-bourgeoisie: students, intellectuals, and privileged sections of the working class.  There are often calls for “unity” that, as aforementioned, are themselves sublimated instances of sectarianism––the desire of one organization to convince all other organizations to work in a space over-determined by its political line.  And these calls for unity are often accompanied by the a priori assumption that the reason the left is weak is because of this lack of unity amongst a relatively small population of activists.  Every demand to “rebuild the left” in the past two decades is based on this misguided assumption.”

Read the whole thing:
Unity in Struggle and Struggle in Unity | M-L-M Mayhem!
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Political Work

Market Socialism is Anti-Communism

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Those who call themselves Marxist can be as diverse in thinking as the many thousands of Christian denominations in this World. Somewhere along these lines one is bound to come across the word “Market Socialism“. Market Socialists tend to believe that the Nordic Countries and Titoite Yugoslavia have “proved socialism worked”(whatever this means) and for some of them that post-Mao China still(!) serves as a healthy socialist society. How one defines “work” is an entirely  different matter but for argument’s sake let us suppose the person also calls themselves a Communist. That this person desires a classless and stateless society and see’s socialism as a transitional stage for this. In other words they are in agreement with a Dictatorship of the Proletariat. But what is this?

Etienne Balibar, in his work On the Dictatorship of the Proletariat poses that very question:
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