Category Archives: History

Writings that look back into history.

Mandela’s South Africa and the Poverty of Liberal Narratives on Race and Equality

The liberal narratives around Nelson Mandela ought to be rejected, in favor of recognizing that a revolutionary redistribution of the means of production is what is needed to truly solve racial disparities.   Advertisements

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The Importance of Connecting With Existing Struggles–Lessons from Venezuelan History

One key lesson that modern revolutionaries can take from the experience of mid-century communist guerillas in Venezuela is the importance of connecting with existing struggles, rather than attempting to create a revolutionary vanguard organization from scratch.

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[Book Review] Revolutionary Iran: The History of the Islamic Republic (2013)

“Revolutionary Iran” gives a very good overview of modern Iranian history and the internal ideological struggles of the post-revolution elites–but lacks any real detail about the political economy or the class dynamics of post-revolution Iran.  

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“Adventurism” and Its Historical Failures

Insurrectionary attacks by small radical cells against the infrastructure and the elites of state and capital have typically failed at inspiring mass organizing and sustained revolutionary struggle.  

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Badass Women of the Anti-Colonial Movements

Women played a key role in the various anti-colonial movements that have resisted European hegemony since its very beginning.

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A Parallel Between Autonomous Marxism and Communization Theory

Both the autonomist tradition and communization theory argue that seizing the state–as orthodox socialists advocate–does little to attack the root problem of capitalism: that workers do not have direct say over the process of producing surplus value.

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Gandhi and the English Working Class

Gandhi and the Indian Independence movement was wildly popular among the toiling masses of 20th century England.

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