Comments on Agriculture and Food in Crisis

Comments on Agriculture and Food in Crisis (2010, Monthly Review Press) ed. by Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar. (llco.org) In the period between 2006 and 2008, a world food crisis emerged. Agriculture and Food in Crisis (2010, Monthly Review Press) is an anthology of articles describing the causes and effects of this crisis. The collection …

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On patriarchy, coconuts, and feminism

On patriarchy, coconuts, and feminism (llco.org) First Worldism is a bag of dogmas that are uncritically accepted by most so-called revolutionaries today. In its most general form, First Worldism is the belief that there is a significant proletariat, a significant social base for revolution in the First World. It would be a mistake to think …

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Our General Line on the Environment

Our General Line on the Environment (llco.org) Capitalism, in its quest for profits, has led us to a point where there are several global environmental catastrophes on the horizon: global warming, dead zones in the oceans, mass extinctions, etc. Capitalism is the problem, not the solution to environmental problems. Capitalism is pushing the planet’s ecosystem …

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Thoughts on Stalin

Thoughts on Stalin (llco.org) Many revolutionaries still stumble on the question of Stalin. They just can’t get by the Stalin issue, even though Stalin is still revered in much of the world despite the best efforts of the bourgeoisie to tarnish him. Stalin is a controversial figure, even within our own movement. Yet we say …

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Simple questions by the numbers..

Simple questions by the numbers.. the majority in the United States: revolutionary or not? (llco.org) The median annual household income for 2006 was $48,201 (USD) according to the United States Census Bureau. (1) Per household member (including all working and non-working members above the age of 14) it was $26,036 (USD). (2) What is a …

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Americans, First Worlders waste food, Third Worlders starve

Americans, First Worlders waste food, Third Worlders starve (llco.org) Karl Marx described the proletariat as the dispossessed, as earning only enough to survive to the next day and having nothing to lose but its chains. However, this hardly describes the American, or the First World, working class. The First World working class doesn’t have chains …

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Comments on economism, right, and left errors

Comments on economism, right, and left errors (llco.org) “Dear Leading Light, What is does the error of “economism” refer to?” Leading Light replies: Thank you for writing. “Economism” is a term used to refer to a certain type of error. “Tailing” or “tailism” is another term often used for this error. Continuing rightist errors lead …

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Do Nothingism is counter-revolutionary

Do Nothingism is counter-revolutionary (llco.org) The world is a nightmare. Half of humanity lives and dies on less than 3 dollars a day. There are more people in India making 80 cents a day than even exist in the United States.. 22,000 children die due to poverty each and every day. Approximately 800 million people …

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Revisionism of the Cowardly Lion in the First World

Revisionism of the Cowardly Lion in the First World (llco.org) Do Nothingism is one of the biggest forms of revisionism. It is especially prevalent in the First World. Many people recognize that the system is a horror, yet they choose inactivity, surrender. A choice is made not to aid the struggle, not even at arm’s …

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Two questions on exploitation and sociological mobility

Two questions on exploitation and sociological mobility (llco.org) Someone recently asked: “I have two questions . I am honestly not trying to be flippant or provocative. 1. Does Leading Light theory ignore the possibility that First World workers are able to recognize the general trend of global capitalism, which will end up impoverishing all workers? …

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