Political Work

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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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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Guest, Study

Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is Our Shining Path for World Revolution

The following is a brief exposition of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and is part of a larger theoretical work outlining Marxist-Leninist-Maoist philosophy in the United States. It was compiled by Maosoleum Guest Writer Neftali, the author of “Notes on Mass Line, Communist Organization, and Revolution”, On Marxist Philosophy. and The Materialist Conception of History. Views here are thus those of Neftali, and do not necessarily represent the entire views of the writers of Maosoleum. If you would like to have a dialogue with the author on this piece please address Neftali in the comments below. NOTE: The section “Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is Our Shining Path for World Revolution” skips over two entire sections on Capital and the proletariat which the author still has in rough form.
-Stradacero

 

Marxism-Leninism-Maoism [MLM] is the banner of world revolution today, it is our guiding light which has synthesized past proletarian revolutionary experience in relation to guiding proletarian universal science of historical materialism. It is the most correct universal and scientific approach to making revolution. The banner of MLM marks three significant points of rupture and continuity in the practice of proletarian revolution in its scientific mode, they correspondingly adopt the name of significant figures which represent through merit of both theoretical elaboration and political work were able to capture essential features of the class struggle at their moments and raised the universal features to light for us. It takes upon itself in sequential order of history Marx, Lenin, and Mao. Each phase which took upon it new universal significance also took upon itself both a continuity and a rupture, hence Marxism transformed to Marxism-Leninism which correspondingly transformed to Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. They are at this stage in the course of development of revolutionary science and in relationship to the whole course of development and experience of proletarian revolution inseparable and packed as the meaningful name which is in essence the political line of world revolution.


ON MARXISM

"Marx and Engels are able to produce the most thoroughgoing radical critique of bourgeois political economy still in our possession and, moreover, give to the whole of the working class movement the ammunition to sink the bourgeois ideology that mystifies economy."

“Marx and Engels are able to produce the most thoroughgoing radical critique of bourgeois political economy still in our possession and, moreover, give to the whole of the working class movement the ammunition to sink the bourgeois ideology that mystifies economy.”


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New Communist Party (Liaison Committee)

Preliminary Statement of the NCP(LC) Regarding The Split With The NCP(OC)

This an official statement of the New Communist Party (Liaison Committee). We will publish more statements in the coming days.

On February 17th, our faction resigned its membership in the New Communist Party (Organizing Committee). Our resignations came with the sharpening of the line struggle in the OC to its sharpest point, in an attempt to resolve contradictions which we believe will not allow for the NCP(OC) to become a party. While we share unity on many matters and questions with the NCP(OC), the areas of our demarcation from them are fundamental and warrant a critical summation.
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Guest, Political Work

Report back on Solidarity Action with the Menard Correctional Center Hunger Strike

Guest post by St. Louis-area collaborator and comrade Ben Lind. Comments and questions are welcome in the comments section or at maosoleumblog@gmail.com.

 

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The Menard Correctional Center was built in 1878 and is the largest maximum security institution in the Illinois state prison system. Menard is grossly overcrowded and the prisoners suffer from all of the ills one would expect from too many people packed into old decaying buildings.

On the 15th of January a group of prisoners decided to press their common grievances by way of a hunger strike. Though reports vary, upwards of 21 prisoners began the strike and it seems that others have joined them. The response by corrections staff to the strike has included stripping the prisoners of clothing and personal possessions as well as reports of beatings and threats of forced feedings by medical staff – note forced feeding in this context is an extremely brutal punitive process in which a which a thick plastic tube is shoved down a fully conscious prisoner’s throat and then food is injected into the tube, a practice considered torture by the Tokyo Declaration of the World Medical Association since 1975.

In any case the prison authorities seem to be intent on greeting the prisoners demands with violent repression but the prisoners are also intent on holding firm.

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We comrades decided to organize an outside noise demo, and gathered around noon and one thing was absolutely clear to all of us, it was gonna be cold! It was 10F when I left home in the morning and was probably colder when we arrived in Menard.

The site of the prison itself is intimidating, located at the foot of some bluffs with only one access road running in front of the institution. Upon arrival we met up with comrades from other cities at a small picnic area on the edge of the prison grounds and marched to the front gate with music blaring from a portable sound-system powered by car battery and all the while loudly chanting our support for the hunger strikers. By coincidence we showed up at the same time as a shift change of the prison staff. We were treated to a parade of rubber necking Correctional Officers who laughed, pointed, took pictures,etc.  as they drove by. We marched through the parking lot in front of the prison until guards hustled out to warn us that we could not be on prison property. We lined up across the street from the prison, blasted music, chanted and beat on drums and pots so that the prisoners might hear that someone was there to support them. We carried 2 banners and stood high on a railway embankment so prisoners and staff would see them. Local Chester cops began filing into the parking lot across from us and they conferred with guards who were watching us and taking pictures. After we had been there about 30 minutes we decided to march back to cars and go home. We noticed that one of the Chester cop SUV’s had driven to where our cars were parked and the cops were taking down the plate numbers of our cars , probably to call them in and check for warrants. We stayed together in a group so no one could be picked off in isolation and when we got back to the cars the cop let us leave without bother.

We had a pretty good turnout all things considered and are hoping that a message was conveyed to the prisoners that folks outside the walls are aware of their hunger strike and moreover willing to act in solidarity with them. A new period of struggle has been initiated in the prison system of the United States, the world’s largest and by no means least brutal. The California prisoners hunger strike of 2013 marked a ramping up of this conflict. The hunger strike of the Menard prisoners represents the opening up of yet another front in what looks to be a long season of confrontation against the cruelly oppressive, racist Amerikan penal system.

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Oppose Blog Worship

Maosoleum and Red Banner (M-L-M) merge!

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The Red Banner MLM blog has made a decision to merge with Maosoleum, which means Maosoleum is now a collective effort.

With this move, we hope to centralize our efforts. While this means that there might be debate within Maosoleum, rather than a mostly even editorial line, this goes in line with the principles of hetereodoxy we established since the beginning.

While Red Banner MLM will still be available as an archive, all of the posts and comments from there have been moved into Maosoleum, and are now part of the Maosoleum archives. There might be some technical glitches in this process, so please bear with us while we fix those.

We hope this consolidation of efforts will lead both to an increase in the frequency of material and to an enrichment of the line questions addressed in the blog. We also hope it allows Maosoleum to emerge as a voice for USA based MLMs who are serious about engaging MLM politics on the internet, and addressing the questions of theory and practice as they emerge. The time has come for a vigorous and engaged MLM collectivity that sees the internet as a trench of combat – but also to those who falsely claim an adherence to MLM principles while upholding liberal practice and individualist idiosyncratic politics to meet a concerted challenge to the damage they do to MLM.

Thank you for reading us – and as always let us know if there is something you want to see addressed – and if you want to join us as a contributor!

Oppose Blog Worship!

Continue the struggle in the shinning trench of combat of the internets!

Arise ye wretched from your mothers basements!

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