This is the introduction from a pamphlet that historicizes the emergence of Maoism within the context of the Chinese revolutionary experience. The full PDF is available for download here: bloom-and-contend_chino
This pamphlet was expanded into a book that was published by PM Press, which you can buy here: “Maoism and the Chinese Revolution: A Critical Introduction”
Who are our enemies? Who are our friends?
This is a question of the first importance for the revolution.
–Mao Tse-tung, Analysis of the Classes in Chinese Society, 1926
The Chinese revolutionary experience comprised one of the great world-historical revolutions of the 20th century. It spanned the overthrow of the dynastic system that had governed China for over 2,000 years; years of rapid modernization that saw the growth anarchist and communist politics in East Asia; two decades of mobile rural warfare, leading to the triumph of a state socialist project; and finally, to a series of internal upheavals and external conflicts that brought the country to the brink of civil war, and culminated in the emergence of the capitalist dreadnought which now stands to shape the course of the 21st century. One fruit of this rich historical experience is Maoism.
Continue reading Bloom and Contend: A Critique of Maoism
On a rainy Sunday afternoon in early September, some of us in Philadelphia came together to reflect on the trauma that we experienced at the hands of the state. Most of us knew each other at this meeting–some from this summer’s turbulent streets protests during the various Occupy ICE encampments, the Anti-Blue Lives Matter march, solidarity actions with the prison strike, and other less public events.
Continue reading Solidarity and Healing in the Movement: On the Need for Radical Care
The following text consists of excerpts from Robert Taber’s “War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare.”
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The following timeline and analysis traces the first month of activity at #OccupyICEPHL.
Continue reading Occupation, Revolt, Power: The 1st Month of #OccupyICEPHL
A report on the situation at #OccupyICEPHL, where “in the shadow of the obscene monument to power that is Philly city hall, a majority Black coalition of unhoused folks add their voices in opposition to the mayor and the city and in defense of immigrants.”
Continue reading The Movement is Not Ours, It’s Everybody’s
Some of us have been reading and discussing the following texts, which grapple with questions raised by Marxist-feminism. The texts provide the basic conceptual tools for beginning to theorize the gender/sex system in its relation to the capitalist mode of production and overall system of social reproduction. We believe that any movement for a classless society needs to engage with the gendered division of labor (waged and unwaged) on both practical and theoretical levels.
“We Seek Full Equality for Women” by Claudia Jones
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On November 2nd, Philadelphia Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduced legislation to further regulate corner stores and restaurants — specifically to introduce new restrictions and reinforce existing restrictions on these stores. The bill has passed through City Council and has now been signed by Mayor Jim Kenney as of December 20th. The contents of the bill can be viewed on the city’s website, here.
Continue reading Philly’s War on Papi Stores and the Limits of Liberalism
By Bonny Wells
Right wing militias have been part of the US political landscape since at least the 1980s. The ideology that guides them, a combination of patriotism, capitalism, religious fervor, and white supremacy, has also been attributed to “lone wolf” attacks like the Oklahoma City bombing and the massacre in Waco, Texas (Kimmel and Ferber, 2000).
Continue reading Whose Land Are We Fighting For? A Critique of Leftist Attempts to Engage the “White Working Class”