From India: Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, Basic Course

From India: Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, Basic Course

[See also Marxism-Leninism-Maoism: Study Notes, another overview of the development of revolutionary theory by the Indian movement – Ed.]


 1.    Introduction

2.    What is Marxism-Leninism Maoism

3.    Socio-economic Conditions Leading to the Birth of Marxism

4.    Early Life of Marx and Engels Until They Became Marxists

5.    The Three Sources of Marxism

6.    The Basic Foundations of Marxist Philosophy – Dialectical and Historical Materialism

7.    Struggle Against Utopian Socialism and the Establishment of Scientific Socialism

8.    Marxist Political Economy

9.    Marxism Fuses Its Links with the Working Class

10.  The Lessons of the Paris Commune

11.  Spread of Marxism and Rise of Opportunism

12.  Marxism in Russia – Early Life of Lenin

13.  Lenin and the Proletarian Party of a New Type

14.  Russian Bourgeois Revolution of 1905 – Development of Proletarian Tactics

15.  World War I – Opportunism v/s Revolutionary Tactics

16.  Lenin’s Analysis of Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism

17.  The Great October Socialist Revolution

18.  The Formation of the Third International

19.  The National and Colonial Question

20.  Early Life and Revolutionary Contributions of Stalin upto the 1917 Revolution

21.  Socialist Construction – the Russian Experience

22.  Fight against Trotskyism and Other Opportunist Trends

23.  Tactics During World War II

24.  Mao’s Early Years

25.  Mao’s Fight Against Right and ‘Left’ Lines and Victory of the Chinese Revolution

26.  The Path of Revolution for the Colonies and Semi-Colonies

27.  Mao on Philosophy

28.  Mao on The Party

29.  Socialist Construction – The Chinese Experience

30.  The Great Debate – Mao’s Fight Against Kruschev’s Modern Revisionism

31.  The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

32.  After The Death of Mao Continue reading “From India: Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, Basic Course”

The Four Categories of Contradictions

The Four Categories of Contradictions

How should revolutionaries engage with the various contradictions operating in the world?

[From M-L-M Mayhem.]

Recently, a close comrade of mine was recounting a story where he told a younger activist that, although he supported Tamil self-determination he did not whole-heartedly support the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) because their cultural-nationalist project resulted in the liquidation of numerous leftist Tamil groups (such as supporters of the Ceylon Communist Party (Maoist)).  Unfortunately, the younger activist misunderstood the critique, taking it to mean that my comrade was somehow anti-Tamil self-determination and was incapable of understanding what he was trying to argue.  Conversely, when many of us leftists argue that we support, for example, Hezbollah’s resistance to Israeli imperialism we are often misunderstood as supporting Hezbollah’s political project itself when this is often not the case.

Oft-times many of us still have difficulties thinking through these problems: we understand that imperialism is wrong but we also understand that certain groups also veiled as anti-imperialist possess a political dimension that we, as people against oppression, cannot rightly support.  I want to suggest that the trick of understanding how to understand these problems, however, lies in understanding the four major categories of contradictions that determine the structure of global capitalism.  And so, in my typically blaise manner, I have attempted to simplify and describe these categories.

1.  Contradictions between imperialisms

Although the imperialists want you to believe that every “democratic” country is united in a war against barbarous “terrorism” there is not that much unity.  The favourite corporations of each national market are still competing, especially in this rush to export as much capital into the recently reconquered peripheries.  Blair might have shaken hands with Bush back during the War of Terror glory days, but behind those smiles were neo-colonial considerations that made the handshake more an “enemy-of-my-enemy” kind of thing.  While the other imperialist countries currently have to kiss the ass of the most powerful imperialist country––and the latter is happy that it controls the IMF and WTO––it is not like they’re all BFFs who have sleep overs and text each other every day.

Both World Wars also demonstrated this contradiction category, the realignment of imperialist power happening in both post-war periods: the first much more clearly than the second, but it was the second that assured America’s ascendance as the primary global imperialist power.

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40 years of Philippine Society and Revolution

An interview with Comrade Jose Maria Sison (Amado Guerrero), by Ang Bayan.

It has been 40 years since the Central Publishing House of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) first published Philippine Society and Revolution (PSR). In the past 40 years, PSR has served as the CPP’s principal reference and guide in laying down the basic principles of the two-stage revolution in the Philippines based on the analysis of concrete conditions of the semicolonial and semifeudal system. To commemorate the anniversary of PSR and reaffirm the principles it laid down, Ang Bayan decided to interview Comrade Jose Ma. Sison who, as CPP founding chair Amado Guerrero, was the principal author of the PSR.

1. Can you relate to our readers certain historical facts about PSR? When did you start writing it? Who were involved in the research and writing? When was it first published and in what form? To your knowledge, how many times has the book been printed?

Jose Maria Sison (JMS): I wrote it soon after the launching of the people’s war and on the eve of the First Quarter Storm of 1970. I started writing and finished it in the third quarter of 1969. Some comrades in the EC/CC like Charlie del Rosario and Monico Atienza brought me the reference materials that I needed. When I finished the rough draft around August 1969, I gave it to Julie de Lima and other individuals and the members of the Central Committee to gather their suggestions and comments. Continue reading “40 years of Philippine Society and Revolution”