On the 17th, among the last round of commuted sentences and presidential pardons, Chelsea Manning has had her sentence officially commuted and will be released May 17th of this year. As well, resistance hero Oscar Lopez Rivera (one of the leaders of the FALN of Puerto Rico) has also had his sentence commuted, in a […]
[The following is an article from the Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons, a cell of the former Maoist Internationalist Movement in the united $tates, dealing with the topic of the so-called “Prison Industrial Complex” as it is commonly discussed on the Left. What is most valuable in this article—as well as those articles it […]
By J. Alexander & Sarah E. In the aftermath of one of the largest union strikes in recent amerikan memory, the First Worldist left is enthusiastic in their support for what they see as the militancy of the working class. They defend the strike as a resurgence of proletarian labor struggles in the united states, […]
By Nikolai Volginn Another young black man has been murdered by police on America’s streets. On Monday, February 8th, David Joseph, who was only seventeen years old was shot and killed by officer Geoffrey Freeman in Austin, the State Capital of Texas. Joseph was confirmed to be unarmed and, what’s more, naked, posing no threat […]
The west is horrified at the refusal of the DPRK to halt its nuclear program; the overall success of the country in the face of overwhelming sanctions has proven disturbing to the world who had predicted the country’s collapse “at any moment” for over two decades now. Though it seems this will not be the fate […]
A judicial pig recently ordered the force feeding of federal prisoners who protesting inhumane conditions in KKKalifornian prisons: “[A] federal judge gave the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) permission to force-feed some of the inmates who are still participating in a hunger strike, 45 days after it began. Prisoners across a number of the state’s […]
The history of the United States is far from idyllic. Yet today, US history is viewed positively by those of a variety of political and philosophical persuasions. More surprisingly, this position taken up by many on the Amerikan left. How is this accomplished, and why? What underlies a ‘left-wing patriotic’ view of history, and what are the effects and larger ramifications of such a view? Conversely, what is a radical interpretation of history and what does it entail? What do these differe historical analyses tell us about the past, and why is the latter so important for future revolutionary struggles?
Why We Fight (Eugene Jarecki, 2005) is a documentary which questions from an Amerikan perspective the motives and intent of the US’s recent invasions and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the film, war mainly serves to strengthen the power of and enrich the ‘military-industrial complex,’ a term coined by former US president Dwight. […]
“A People’s History of the United States,” by Howard Zinn, is acclaimed within and without Amerikan academia and ‘left-wing’ circles as a hallmark of narrative history. It is required reading in many university History Departments and widely recommended by ‘progressives’ and ‘radicals’ of various shades and stripes. Beyond these accolades however, lies a narrative “of the American people,” not one of those perennially trampled beneath their weight. A “People’s History,” far from being subversive, is a hallmark of typical Amerikan, First World and White chauvinism in ‘leftist’ dressing. Zinn’s work serves much of the First World fake ‘left’ well precisely by obscuring the role of conquest, national oppression and imperialism in the development of the US.
One preeminent example is Zinn’s mountainous four paragraphs of “A People’s History of the United States” dedicated to the internment of Japan-descended people living on the western coast of the US during World War II:
“In one of its policies, the United States came close to direct duplication of Fascism. This was in its treatment of the Japan-Americans living on the West Coast. After the Pearl Harbor attacks, anti-Japanese hysteria spread in the government. One congressman said: ‘I’m for catching every Japanese in America, Alaska and Hawaii now and putting them in concentration camps…Damn them! Let’s get rid of them!’ Continue reading
On July 1st, 2011, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Tripoli for a massive rally in support of Muammar al-Gaddafi and the Libyan government. The rallies come in the wake of all-around attacks by Western imperialists and their lackey regimes in the Middle East against the north African country’s social and political institutions. Since […]
The myth of the all-powerful richest 1% While it is true that the ruling class of ultra-rich are the ultimate enemy of the world’s people, the fact that they are the current “ruling class” does not magically keep them in power- nor does it mean that they are solely responsible for maintaining their rule. If […]