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)

Notes towards an analysis of inter-sub-imperialist conflict in the Middle East and the role of Islamic fascism

For many years now, I have been interested in better understanding the rise of Islamic fascism/political Islam as a movement (political, social and military) and its ideology, and thinking about what a revolutionary perspective should be towards said movements/ideology. What appears below is not a well-developed position, but in fact a series of notes that… More Notes towards an analysis of inter-sub-imperialist conflict in the Middle East and the role of Islamic fascism

Bob Avakian’s “New Synthesis”: The Overlooked Importance of the Critique of Apriorism

One aspect of Bob Avakian’s “New Synthesis” that I briefly addressed in the first part of my critique was Lenny Wolff’s argument that Avakian’s “new synthesis” was a break from a form of apriorism that existed in the International Communist Movement (ICM). Wolff defined apriorism as, “imposing categories on the world, rather than drawing these concepts from… More Bob Avakian’s “New Synthesis”: The Overlooked Importance of the Critique of Apriorism

Book Review: Bromma’s “The Worker Elite: Notes on the “Labor Aristocracy””

In the past few years amongst some elements of the Far Left there has seemingly been a renewed interest in heterodox understandings of Marxist political economy, especially in regards to class formation in imperialist countries and its relationship to the oppressed countries. In particular, Zak Cope’s Divided World Divided Class, published by Kerspleledeb Books as… More Book Review: Bromma’s “The Worker Elite: Notes on the “Labor Aristocracy””

Com. Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe: Initial Response To Workers Dreadnought On Bob Avakian’s “New Synthesis”

I normally do not allow other people to post on this blog however, have made notable exceptions in the past. This post is one such exception as it directly relates to this blog and the opinions expressed here, and readers may be interested in it. Recently Com. Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe, Secretart of the Ceylon Communist… More Com. Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe: Initial Response To Workers Dreadnought On Bob Avakian’s “New Synthesis”

Bob Avakian’s “New Synthesis”: A Critique, Part 5

This is the fifth and final post in a series dedicated to Bob Avakian’s “new synthesis” as summarised by Lenny Wolff (readers can read the earlier posts here: 1, 2, 3 and 4). In this last post I will discuss probably the most important aspect of the “new synthesis” i.e. the strategic implications of the… More Bob Avakian’s “New Synthesis”: A Critique, Part 5

Bob Avakian’s “New Synthesis”: A Critique, Part 4

I would like to thank TB for the image. In the last few posts (Part 1, 2, and 3) I have addressed the philosophical aspects of the new synthesis and the political implications on the international situation. Indeed, I demonstrate that either Avakian has either repackaged theoretical insights put forward by earlier Marxists and claimed… More Bob Avakian’s “New Synthesis”: A Critique, Part 4