We would like to thank everyone who made this essay possible, whether that was through proofreading, editing, providing suggestions, giving reading recommendations, or simply talking with us about politics and strategy. In particular, we would like to thank our friends and comrades Mattie Boyd, Sophia Burns, Brendan Campisi, Charles H., Tim Horras, John-Paul Keblinski, Morgan […]
So What Do We Do?
←Return to index This essay is not about “debunking” the political and historical analysis of U.S. MLs or Marxism-Leninism more broadly. Instead, it is one contribution towards a critique of MLism as a trend in the U.S. We still identify the need for an organization to bind various elements of the class and articulate a […]
The Sect System
←Return to index In the previous three sections, we (1) evaluated the practice of U.S. MLism (2) argued that its organizational forms are based on a dogmatic reading of the Bolshevik Party and (3) argued that “correct line” without mass organizing is illusory. Having explored what the ML trend is, we have to ask “why” […]
Dogmatism and “Line”
←Return to index As Marxists (and avid students of Lenin), we have a generally more favorable view of ML “political line” than that of social democracy or anarchism. By “political line”, we mean the ML theoretical framework and historical analysis, such as its conception of the State, view on national oppression, appraisal of which countries […]
Party Of An Old Type
←Return to index “Polly Parks, once associated with the magazine Theoretical Review, maintains, ‘I don’t think there is such a thing as the Leninist party.’ She argues that activists in the party-building movement were fixated only on ‘the nature of how the Bolsheviks operated in a revolutionary situation in Russia.’ Val Moghadam, a former leader […]
←Return to index In the United States today, there exists a political trend which describes itself as Marxist-Leninist. This trend is organized as a loose constellation, orbiting around organizations such as the Workers World Party (WWP) and the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), and to a lesser extent the Freedom Road Socialist Organization-Fight Back […]
Preface: A Left Wind Rises!
←Return to index For the first time since the collapse of the New Communist Movement, socialism is again on the rise in the United States. New radicals, particularly from Occupy and #BlackLivesMatter, are for the first time articulating political expression and increasingly becoming critical of capitalism, white supremacy, and militarism. A self-professed socialist gained thousands […]
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