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Radical Philosophy in “They Live” (1988)–Frantz Fanon, Colonialism, and Violent Liberation

The movie “They Live” is most often analyzed as a movie about consumerism.  But much more interesting is the aspects of anti-colonial militancy and the philosophies of the Algerian revolutionary Frantz Fanon that emerge in the film.   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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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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Capitalist Imperialism: Mainstream Economics Edition

Three recently released economics papers come amusingly close to validating typical Marxist arguments about the dynamics of global capitalism and its imperialist nature. 

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