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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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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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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Americans have less than 1,000 dollars to their name?

Americans have less than 1,000 dollars to their name? (llco.org) A recent Esquire article reports: “In a recent survey, 56 percent of Americans said they have less than $1,000 in their checking and savings accounts combined, Forbes reports. Nearly a quarter (24.8 percent) have less than $100 to their name. Meanwhile, 38 percent said they …

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A First World revolutionary social base?

Are there any groups in the First World with revolutionary potential at all? (llco.org) “Dear Leading Light, Are there any groups in the First World with revolutionary potential at all? I understand that most First World workers possess none.  Are some sweatshop employees, so-called “illegal” Mexican workers, and possibly some prisoners groups in the First …

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The Slum within the Global Countryside

The Slum within the Global  Countryside: Reflections inspired by Mike Davis’ Planet of Slums (llco.org) “The brutal tectonics of neoliberal globalization since 1978 are analogous to the catastrophic process that shaped a ‘Third World’ in the first place, during the era of late-Victorian imperialism (1870-1900). At the end of the nineteenth century, the forcible incorporation …

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Equality and Global Alignments

Equality and Global Alignments (llco.org) “To tell the workers in the handful of rich countries where life is easier, thanks to imperialist pillage, that they must be afraid of ‘too great’ impoverishment, is counter-revolutionary. It is the reverse that they should be told. The labour aristocracy that is afraid of sacrifices, afraid of ‘too great’ …

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New world, new challenges, new science

New world, new challenges, new science (llco.org) In 1965, as wars of liberation waged around the world, Lin Biao wrote of the great divide between the global city versus the global countryside, the rich countries versus the poor countries, the First World versus the Third World. This continues to be the principal contradiction today. Lin …

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