Reflections on Cuba’s Black Radical History, Revolutionary Health, and Grassroots Media

30 April 2021 —

Semassa Boko and Jeanette Charles

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/z1mknIkBGUA/maxresdefault.jpgIt is vitally necessary to bridge the gap in knowledge and dismantle US misinformation campaigns against Cuba’s realities for international English-speaking audiences.

We wanted to reach a young audience in the United States that is not typically exposed to engaging and in-depth stories about Latin America and US policy in the region.”

“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.” — Frantz Fanon[i]

Radicals, revolutionaries, and freedom fighters committed to imagining and building new societies must demonstrate a willingness to experiment with our strategies. Media, education, healthcare, and governance policies are important arenas where movements and masses materialize political visions. The Black Radical tradition on the continent and in the Diaspora provides strong references in this regard. Cuba is a critical example.

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Academic Marxism will never provide the answers needed to free workers

17 April 2021 — theplanningmotivedotcom

This article was inspired by a debate on the Academia website around a conciliatory piece by Fred Mosely. This piece and most of the comments show that Academic Marxism plays the same role as the Young Hegelians did in Marx’s day. They treat Marxism as a theoretical science not a practical science geared towards action. As capitalism lurches from crisis to crisis they are content to debate each other and render Marx more profound, and through so doing, all they reveal is their irrelevance.

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The Historical Challenges Facing the Socialist Movement

26 March, 2021 — Monthly Review Press

by  and 

István Mészáros

Translation of Introduction to the Latin American Edition of a Beyond Capital

Preface to the English Edition

On February 16, 2015, István Mészáros sent me a letter addressing the history of the Latin American Spanish edition of Beyond Capital and its reception by President Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, along with a narrative of the origins of his close friendship with Chávez. In that letter, he explained that Vadell Hermanos, the publisher of the Spanish edition, had “asked me to write a special Introduction for the Latin American edition in Spanish, and I completed this special introduction—nearly 10,000 words, not published in English—in January 2000.” The entire book incorporating this special introduction was published by Vadell Hermanos in 2001, followed by the Brazilian Portuguese translation in 2002.

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Labour time is the visible hand guiding production and consumption

8 March 2021 — theplanningmotivedotcom

A tribute to the International Communists 1930s Theses

This article reviews the thesis presented by the Group of International Communists, titled the Fundamental Principles of Communist Production and Distribution. It was written in 1930, when Stalin, donning the mantle of the Russian Revolution and having anointed himself as chief revolutionary, was crushing debate within the European left and disorientating the movement to honour his informal pact with imperialism. This is a valuable document. One of the few oppositional documents of its time, and one that needs a current airing.

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The only thing worse than predicting the future is being trapped by the past

25 February 2021 — theplanningmotivedotcom

This article was provoked by a comment Michael Roberts made in his most recent posting Titled Mission Impossible. The comment is presented in full below as is the link to the post. His comment is not exceptional, it is part and parcel of the 20th Century tradition loosely described as Marxist-Leninist- Trotskyist. By workers government, this article understands such a category to represent the dictatorship of the proletariat, that is after workers have successfully conquered state power and subdued the capitalist class and their agents. It is not interpreted as a government where workers are in office while the parties of the capitalist class are in opposition, in other words “parliamentary cretinism”. The proposals outlined below therefore takes place after the revolution, not before it. Finally, instead of using terms such as nationalizing the top 100, or 500 or 2000 transnational corporations, the term used is, “nationalizing of the commanding heights of the economy”.

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Marx Didn’t Invent Socialism, Nor Did He Discover It

9 December 2020 — Internationalist 360°

Steve Lalla

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Revered as the Father of Socialism, in popular conception Karl Marx (1818–1883) is the originator of socialist theory, the creator of a plan implemented thereafter by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and other socialist nations. He remains one of the most cited authors of all time, and his writings are endlessly scrutinized and analyzed. Was he standing on the shoulders of giants?

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Friedrich Engels at 200: A Revolutionary Historian

23 November 2020 — History Workshop

28 November 2020 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Friedrich Engels. The German revolutionary philosopher made pathbreaking and profound contributions to modern social and political theory, playing a critical role in the forging and development of classical Marxism.  The renewed relevance of many of his ideas in our crisis-ridden world of late capitalism, where profits come before people and the planet, are rightly foregrounded by those marking the #Engels200 commemoration.

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Alexandra Kollontai: The Struggle for Proletarian Feminism and for Women in the Party

16 August 2020 — Internationalist 360°

Jodi Dean

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a two-part article based on a talk the author gave at the People’s Forum in July 2020. This first part focuses on Kollontai’s struggle for proletarian feminism against bourgeois feminism as well as her struggle to center gender equality within the party’s platform. Part two, which we will release next week, focuses on her work articulating intimacy, solidarity, and love as crucial components of the communist movement.

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Cuba and the complex relationship between the individual and the collective

30 July 2020 — MRonline

El Carro de la Revolución, by painter and engraver Alfredo Sosabravo, portrays the history of the Cuban people on the road to independence and sovereignty. Photo: Abel Rojas

Originally published: Granma English by Karima Oliva Bello (July 23, 2020)

Just recently, the 59th anniversary of Fidel’s quintessential words to Cuban intellectuals was commemorated. One passage in the speech is particularly noteworthy. Fidel said, and I quote:

The Revolution… must act in such a way that the entire gamut of artists and intellectuals who are not genuinely revolutionary, find that within the Revolution they have an arena in which to work and to create; and that their creative spirit, even if they are not revolutionary writers or artists, has the opportunity and freedom to be expressed. That is, within the Revolution.

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