In Memoriam: Jorge Palacios (November 3, 1926 – May 5, 2014)

On September 11, I had written a post about the 1973 coup in Chile. At the time I had mentioned that I had not yet read Jorge Palacios’ Chile: An Attempt at a “Historic Compromise.” While writing that article I was struck by how little Palacios was mentioned in any capacity after 1984 in Maoist … More In Memoriam: Jorge Palacios (November 3, 1926 – May 5, 2014)

Book Review: Stanley B. Ryerson – The Founding of Canada

Stanley B. Ryerson’s The Founding of Canada: Beginnings to 1815 is a book that, despite its flaws, I wish I had read 15 years ago when I first became an activist in Canada. The book should be regarded as necessary reading for anyone interested in having a concrete grasp of Canadian history and how that history … More Book Review: Stanley B. Ryerson – The Founding of Canada

In Memoriam: Salvador Allende (26 June 1908 – 11 September 1973) and the thousands of Chileans who were killed and tortured by the US-backed Military Junta

Today, September 11th, marks the 42nd anniversary of the US-backed military coup that removed Salvador Allende, the democratically-elected president of Chile, and his Unidad Popular government from power. Unidad Popular or Popular Unity was a coalition of parties of the Center-Left and the Left (the Socialist Party, the Communist Party, and the Radical Party) that won the … More In Memoriam: Salvador Allende (26 June 1908 – 11 September 1973) and the thousands of Chileans who were killed and tortured by the US-backed Military Junta

Book Review: Santiago Carrillo’s “Eurocommunism and the State”

Santiago Carrillo, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Spain, articulates in Eurocommunism and the State (1977) the reasoning behind the Eurocommunist strategy for communist parties in advanced imperialist countries (it ought to be noted from the outset that the “Euro” in Eurocommunism unnecessarily narrowed its geographic and political scope and did not reflective its popularity amongst non-European parties like the Japanese … More Book Review: Santiago Carrillo’s “Eurocommunism and the State”

Historical Fragment: “Minutes of Mao’s Conversation with a Yugoslavian Communist Union Delegation, Beijing”

The “non-revisionist” comrades of the Internet e-journal, The Other Aspect, published by some Indian comrades, have recently posted an interesting transcript of a presentation given by Mao to a Yugoslavian Communist Union delegation about the Comintern, Titoism and Stalin. Although the transcript is undated, it is surmised that this meeting occurred 15 and 28 September, 1956. Mao … More Historical Fragment: “Minutes of Mao’s Conversation with a Yugoslavian Communist Union Delegation, Beijing”

Reading Lists: Canadian Social Formation and the Crisis in Marxism

So in my last post, I uploaded a paper that I had written whilst I was a member of my previous organisation. I had said that in a following post I would talk more about the communism I was more in favour of and the theoretical bases for my shift away from Maoism. I, however, … More Reading Lists: Canadian Social Formation and the Crisis in Marxism

Historical Fragment: Flyer by Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) that Initiated the People’s War

On February 13th, 1996 the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) distributed the flyer reproduced below to announce the initiation of the people’s war in Nepal. In the subsequent 10 years the party would be able to capture over 80% of the countryside and win over the majority of the people. It had established dual power … More Historical Fragment: Flyer by Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) that Initiated the People’s War