Author Archives: RK Upadhya

Serve the People, Seize the Land: Prospects for Revolutionary Struggle Around Affordable Housing

The crisis around affordable housing in the United States resembles situations in rural areas of the Global South where land inequalities have fueled revolutionary anti-capitalist movements.     

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Imperialism and the Construction of Saudi Arabia

Western imperialism played a decisive role in shaping Middle Eastern politics and society by protecting the conservative monarchy of Saudi Arabia against left-wing revolutionaries in the 1950s and 1960s, and paving the way for Saudi elites to finance the rise of modern Islamic fundamentalism. … Continue reading

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A Brief History of US Imperialism and State Violence in Colombia

From the 1960s to the late 2000s, the United States government has played a decisive role in how the Colombian state has carried out its brutal war against left-wing dissidents and Colombian civil society. 

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The Political Economy of Revolutionary Struggle: Lessons from the Black Panthers

The way the Black Panther Party was influenced by its sources of funding should inform modern revolutionaries on the importance of being in control of productive assets, and taking seriously the basic Marxist arguments on how economic power informs socio-political power.  

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I Set Up A New, Parallel Blog

This site is now for lengthier essays and papers. I’ve set up an actual blog, Jnana Yuddha, that will run in parallel with this one, and will have consistent, shorter posts and blurbs.

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Biopolitics, Dual Power, and the Revolutionary Characteristics of “Serve the People” Programs

Prominent revolutionary movements typically follow the strategy of delivering immediate and concrete benefits to the masses, while simultaneously developing institutions parallel and opposed to those of capitalism.    

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A Critique of a Few Aspects of the International Socialist Organization’s Strategy

The ISO’s emphasis on recruitment, and the policy of getting involved in as many struggles as possible, severely limits the effectiveness of its members, as well as the potential impact the organization as a whole could be having on building class … Continue reading

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Police Violence and Capital Accumulation

Numerous communities across the United States are essentially occupied by state security forces, whose consistent acts of violence and dehumanization are underpinned by a logic of capital accumulation.

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The Communist Insurgents of 1970s Detroit, and Their Reading List

In stark contrast to the example set by revolutionaries in the ’60s and ’70s, radicals today focus far too much time and energy on studying old classical texts, instead of seeking out and engaging with more modern and contemporary analysis. 

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Oil Trains, Indigenous Insurgency, and the Disruption of Capitalist Logistics

There is huge potential for different communities in the Bay Area, the West Coast, and the First Nations to coordinate their ongoing disruption of the supply chain of the carbon economy.   

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