On this Fourth of July 1964 when White America celebrates its Declaration of Independence from foreign domination one hundred and eighty-eight years ago, we of the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM) congratulate the Vietnamese Front of National Liberation for their inspiring victories against U.S. imperialism in South Vietnam and thereby declare Our Independence from the policies of the U.S. government abroad and at home.
When the call is made to free Harlem, New York, to free 12th Street here in Detroit and all the other 12th streets around the country, send for me.
The question is how to develop, today in Chile, an anti-capitalist left, not dogmatic or sectarian or electioneering or opportunistic, able to debate a political program of clear rupture, but also helping in the short term to develop the unitary action, on the social and political front, which is useful for strengthening popular movements.
Specifying the relationship between the logical and historical dimensions of capitalism is one of the most controversial problems in Marxist theory, and one about which I am very uncertain. Can we claim that gender oppression is a necessary feature of capitalism and, if so, at what level of abstraction can we make that claim?
It once was common practice for radical journals to solicit feedback from their readers. It anchored theoretical developments and pointed to new areas of inquiry. As Viewpoint expands its work, we hope our readers can help us revive the practice here.
If precarity is in fact rising and the conditions of the working class have radically changed, then we simply cannot re-apply the same inherited political strategies, but have to find new ones.
Whereas the traditional, teleological narrative would see “maturity” as putting all eggs in the one party’s basket, then, Spanish movements hedged their bets, creating an ecology of alternatives that, by balancing each other, increase the possibility of social control.
As one of the most important French editors and publishers of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, François Maspero helped shape an entire intellectual terrain.
We’ll be hosting a panel on “Social Reproduction,” the theme of our next issue, at Left Forum at the City University of New York, in New York City, from May 29-May 31st. Come watch us and many others this weekend.
C.L.R. James linked the self-activity of the proletariat in the industrialized countries with the self-activity of the proletariat in the colonized countries.
Outsiders must find ways to act without disrupting the integrity of the struggle of those on the inside, such that different struggles become linked together without erasing their real differences.