Two nights ago Brazil suffered the tragic loss of more than 200 years of work collecting, studying and presenting the history of the country and its many peoples. A fire engulfed the National Museum, home to more than 20 million artifacts, including a 12,000 year-old human skull, the oldest human remains found in Brazil. The […]

[The following chapter is excerpted from Politico-Economic Problems of Capitalism (1968), by Eugen Varga, entitled “The Labor Aristocracy after the Second World War” whose content is self-explanatory. Included are our notes to the piece, meant to re-align and expand the conception of the labor aristocracy presented here, which suffers from several key defects, notably those of distance […]

There is a widespread distrust, if not outright hostility, towards the federal government in the United States today. It can be seen in the increasing popularity of the Tea Party Movement, the rapid growth of armed patriot militias, and heard in the daily political discourse of ordinary Americans. It should come as no surprise that […]

[This interview was sourced from Ideological Fightback. Re-posting is for educational purposes and does not imply endorsement of affiliation. Generally speaking, the USSR during the authors lifetime was not socialist. This is because it was no longer part of the movement for proletarian revolution. Instead it was led by a ruling class which eventually dismantled against the will of the […]

November 7th marks is 95th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Led by the Bolshevik Party, the Russian Revolution was the first clearly proletarian revolution in which state power was seized, reactionaries vanquished, and socialism built among the hardships of civil conflict and imperialist aggression. Though the history of the Soviet Union, which the Russian Revolution founded, was […]

The following document, referred to as The Shengwulian Manifesto, was published in 1968 by the Hunan Provincial Revolutionary Great Alliance Committee, and was part of the far-left of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Much of the actual document may be lost on those with little background in Chinese history. Likewise, something is likely lost in translation as well. But to summarize, […]

On September 11th, 1973, democratically-elected Chilean president, Salvador Allende, was violently overthrown by a CIA orchestrated coup. Bombs struck the presidential palace, tanks rolled through the streets, and the massacre began. The nine-eleven of Chile was underway. Salvador Allende, convinced he would be assassinated, instead took his own life as his home was being bombarded. […]

Bourgeois history is typified by its appreciation of particulars.   In turn it rejects larger narratives regarding fundamental social relations.  The effect of this is obscuring unflattering trends in the history of the capitalist world-system and particular dominant countries therein. Though highly accessible, Scott Reynolds Nelson’s Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry: The Untold Story of an American Legend adds […]

We have long promoted and distributed certain works of J. Sakai as essential reading for revolutionary anti-imperialists, especially Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat.   Its uncompromising look at Amerikan history as one of oppression of captive nations is a sharp contrast to the left patriotism of Howard Zinn, as a previous review by […]

Immanuel Wallerstein, speaking in the video at the Progress Paradox Conference, is a founder of the ‘world-systems analysis’ school of thought. World-systems analysis is an attempt to offer a historical materialist summary of the 20th century and highlight potential possibilities for future revolutionary struggle. Wallerstein’s recent text, World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction, will be part of […]

Crown Prince of the Black Order Revolutionary Organization details the meaning and history of Black August and Bloody September and encourages conscious prisoners to rise up and participate in a work stoppage and demonstration on September 9th. MIM-Prisons originally published this article.  Salute comrade, today we stand on this crest of time as we reach through the recess of […]

Conclusion: Humanity vs CIA Terrorism In reviewing the history and scope of CIA terrorism, it may be tempting to fall back into a kind of persistent conspiratorialism, either rejecting outright the notion that such a group could be so lethal and influential or succumbing to paranoid helplessness in the face of what seems like insurmountable […]

The CIA Today: Drone Warfare, Destabilization and the New Scramble for Africa One of the CIA’s most well-known ongoing operation is the coordination of bombings by unmanned drones. These high-tech terrorist operations, sometimes coordinated directly with the US military, are carried out remotely from far away sites like the Pentagon, the public headquarters of the […]

Nacro-Terrorism for Uncle Sam According to US law, the CIA budget is subject to legislative approval. In order to bypass the scrutiny and effort of such procedure, the CIA has been known to seek additional funds through narcotics trafficking. The CIA’s status as narco-terrrorists began early in its existence according to researcher Paul Berez, “[I]n […]

CIA Terrorism, Dirty Wars and Destabilization in Latin America during the 1980’s One of the hallmarks of terrorism is the use of violence against civilians. The CIA network, to defend and extend the dominant order, has used violence against civilians in countries around the world. A notable example is the dirty wars carried out in […]

Attempts by the US to ‘rollback’ peoples’ democratic gains against capital did not end. After World War II the subsequent years became known as the Cold War, but could better be described as a Third World War: one waged by capital (through the CIA, conventional military means, propaganda, NSSs, etc) against Third World people and anyone perceived as a threat at the systemic level.

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?

It is not hyperbole to describe the CIA network, which includes the interests it serves and those through which it operates, as the world’s most wide-spread, sophisticated and well-funded terrorist network today. Particularly, the CIA promotes violence and other tactics internationally as part of efforts to sway opinion in ways that enshrine policies favorable to the commercial interests of the United States and its allies. The CIA could be described as a US-centered terrorist group in service to capital.

Islam’s roots and early significance lie in the changing conditions of 7th and 8th century Arabia. Not united by a single ethnic-religious formation prior to its development, through its pronouncements on religion, social and legal philosophy, early Islam sought and succeeded in creating a trans-tribal authority and source of identity through which later Arab and Middle Eastern empires could be built. Early Islam’s significance is that it was the guiding philosophy under which a series of large, precedent tributary socio-political orders were organized.

Samir Amin, an Egyptian-born Marxist associated with world-systems, dependency and unequal exchange theories, has described pre-modern history as the transition from communal societies to tributary ones, the latter of which have “witnessed the crystallization of social power in a statist-ideological-metaphysical form.” Under a tributary system, taxes and other fees collected by agents of a central power and the dominance of the social-religious-state power over economic affairs distinguishes it from later system of capitalism, which was defined in regards to the ascendancy of economic actors over metaphysical political power. (Amin 14) In the Arabian peninsula and outward, Islam provided the ideological basis under which power was assigned within such a tributary society.

The Qu’ran, the sacred text of Islam and its most important document, provides both a history of the region and lays down social and legal mores for future, ‘righteous’ rule. Unlike philosophical doctrines such as Confucianism, which grew out of a China’s Warring States period and resulted from the practice of previous large-scale tributary societies, Islam rose out of a period in which many religious-social doctrines and groups existed yet absent one doctrine’s hegemony. In this manner, Islam was part of an effort to fuse the loose patchwork of existing ethnic, religious, economic and tribal groups into a single Muslim identity and allegiance, incorporating all into a single tributary society. Continue reading

Zinn's deceptively titled "A People's History" hinges on First World and White chauvinism. Even its cover is a nod and wink to "left-wing" Amerikan patriotism.

“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