From the Archives

Much of the work of View­point has revolved around pre­sent­ing trans­la­tions of sig­nif­i­cant texts from inter­na­tional tra­di­tions of rev­o­lu­tion­ary the­ory. This is not acci­den­tal; we are con­vinced that to meet the chal­lenge of under­stand­ing the present we have to look beyond nar­rowly con­ceived polit­i­cal or national tra­di­tions. How­ever, we have come to real­ize that this work of expand­ing the tool­box also has to begin closer to home. Indeed, much of the Amer­i­can rad­i­cal tra­di­tion seems just as for­eign and for­got­ten to us today, and a wealth of mate­rial in Eng­lish has been sim­ply aban­doned to the archives. Yet it is impos­si­ble to under­stand the con­tem­po­rary prob­lems of polit­i­cal prac­tice with­out revis­it­ing the his­tory of the Amer­i­can Left, in the spirit of crit­i­cal and non-sec­tar­ian rein­ven­tion.

Lynching: A Weapon of National Oppression (1932)

Lynching: A Weapon of National Oppression (1932)

Lynch­ing: A Weapon of National Oppres­sion reminds us of an ear­lier gen­er­a­tion of rad­i­cals who disiden­ti­fied with lib­eral cap­i­tal­ist democ­racy and Amer­i­can excep­tion­al­ism to envi­sion an end to impe­rial dom­i­na­tion and eco­nomic exploita­tion. The pam­phlet and the multi-racial strug­gles against legal lynch­ing that inspired it are impor­tant tools as we heed renewed calls for black self-deter­mi­na­tion amidst a global reasser­tion of fas­cism and lynch law.

Cuba Libre (1960)

Cuba Libre (1960)

On July 21st, 1960, LeRoi Jones, later known as Amiri Baraka, vis­ited Cuba with a remark­able group of eleven intel­lec­tu­als and activists, includ­ing Robert Williams, Harold Cruse, John Hen­rik Clarke, and Sarah Wright.

Young Patriots at the United Front Against Fascism Conference (1969)

Young Patriots at the United Front Against Fascism Conference (1969)

The YPO was a Chicago-based group of poor, white, and rev­o­lu­tion­ary south­ern trans­plants, who played a cru­cial role in found­ing the orig­i­nal 1969 Rain­bow Coali­tion, a ground­break­ing alliance ini­ti­ated by the Illi­nois chap­ter of the Black Pan­ther Party. But on what grounds could the Patri­ots see them­selves as specif­i­cally white rev­o­lu­tion­ary nation­al­ists?

Greetings to Our Militant Vietnamese Brothers

Greetings to Our Militant Vietnamese Brothers

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.

Only Connect

Only Connect

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.