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The Road to Power and the Beach Beneath

by Avery Minnelli and El Levin The Marxist Center (MC) is a small but growing trend on the U.S. socialist left. Although we do not boast the membership numbers of DSA nor any significant base in the working class, we have made what we hope is a valuable intervention on the left. Against the sects […]

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Once more, unto the breach…

A 2019 Introduction to “Where’s the Winter Palace?” In late 2017, we began drafting what would become “Where’s the Winter Palace? On the Marxist-Leninist Trend in the United States” (WTWP). Its release launched this blog exactly one year ago today. In the past year, we have learned a lot through our political work and studies. […]

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How Many Tendencies?

by Jean Allen This is in response to Sophia Burns’ article, “The US Left Has Only Four Tendencies”. In it, Burns makes an argument that’s been popping up more and more in the last two years, and one I generally agree with: that the geopolitical splits which defined US socialist politics during the Cold War […]

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The US Left Has Only Four Tendencies

by Sophia Burns Objectively, most inherited tendency divisions are obsolete. For instance, your evaluation of the USSR (and its rivals) mattered 50 years ago, because the right line could get you Soviet or Chinese money (with strings attached). Today, the USSR is not a live issue with practical implications, and the PRC no longer funds […]

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Organizational Materialism: Considerations on Contemporary Leftism

by Jean Allen The wake of Occupy Wall Street brought with it a series of new Leftist parties and politicians aiming to turn anti-capitalist sentiment into electoral victories.  These politicians have been, in turn, opposed and supported by a variety of journals and activist groups, in many cases regardless of the stated ideology of the […]

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It’s All About That Base: A Dossier on the Base-Building Trend

Edited by D.B. Cooper This packet was originally compiled by D.B. Cooper for distribution to local Socialist Party membership as a primer on base building and the Marxist Center.  It was then shared with the rest of the Marxist Center, and the editor has graciously permitted us to republish it here.  A full PDF of […]

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Where does the Marxist Center stand? Answering aspersions

by Tim Horras* (Originally published September 2017) *It should be noted that, while this document attempts to sum up some key points of our trend’s practice, it is not the definitive word on any of these matters, which would need to be fully discussed within a programmatic framework. Any faults, mistakes, or omissions are solely […]

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Acknowledgements

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 […]

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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 […]