Revisiting value and exploitation

Revisiting value and exploitation (June, 2011) (llco.org) When her father died in 1883 Eleanor Marx wrote an article celebrating her father’s achievements. At the heart of these was “his theory of value, by which Marx explains the origin and the continued accumulation of capital in the hands of a, thereby, privileged class.” (1) What was …

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It’s still important to oppose book worship

It’s still important to oppose book worship (llco.org) Mao criticized and mocked those who had a metaphysical, dogmatic approach to books and knowledge: “Whatever is written in a book is right — such is still the mentality of culturally backward Chinese peasants. Strangely enough, within the Communist Party there are also people who always say …

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Solving the Gordian Knot

Solving the Gordian Knot, instruction on method and decisiveness (llco.org) According to legend, in the city of Telmissus, there was a massive knot looped again and again around the front of an oxcart. Rope over rope, the knot endlessly turned in on itself. It was said that the person who was able to untie the …

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Who and What are Trotsky-cons?

Who and What are Trotsky-cons? (llco.org) The term “Trotsky-con” has become part of the lexicon of populist paranoia in the First World. Despite its currency with red-baiters and anti-Semites, especially during the years of the Bush administration, the term does correctly refer to the  link between Trotskyism and a certain group of policy thinkers within …

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Hitler’s Beneficiaries (2005) by Gotz Aly reviewed

  Hitler’s Beneficiaries (2005) by Gotz Aly review (llco.org) Gotz Aly’s book Hitler’s Beneficiaries (2005) is a groundbreaking book. Aly breaks with the dogmatic view held by many myth-makers on the “left” that the German working class despised Hitler’s tyranny. It dispenses with the shared mythology found among almost all First Worldists, be they Trotskyist …

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The Anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution

The Anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution (llco.org) November 7th, 2010 is the 93rd anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution. Today we celebrate the great breakthrough of the first successful sustained victory of the proletariat. Prior to 1917, there had been other revolutions, but they were not able to successfully consolidate power. They were quickly defeated by …

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On healthcare and barefoot doctors

On healthcare and barefoot doctors (llco.org, npr.org) The following is an mainstream, bourgeois article from National Public Radio on socialist China’s barefoot doctors. The barefoot doctors were part of socialist China’s alternative approach to medicine. The program sought to provide basic health care to the Chinese masses. Under previous regimes, the vast majority in China …

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Twelve Principles of Leading Light Communist Leadership

Twelve Principles of Leading Light Communist Leadership (llco.org) Capitalism, Empire, has crushed the human spirit. It has created a society without virtue, a society of banality, mediocrity, cowardice, cruelty, greed. The Leading Light is guiding humanity out of the darkness. We wage total war against all suffering, all cruelty, all exploitation, all pain. We fight …

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Revolutionary science in command, not identity politics

Revolutionary science in command, not identity politics (llco.org) The true communist movement is guided by the Leading Light of revolutionary science. Marxism was the first synthesis that applied science to the task of total revolution, of reaching communism. Marxism-Leninism was the next breakthrough. Marxism-Leninism synthesized the universal lessons of the first wave of sustained proletarian …

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What is fascism?

What is fascism? from MIM (2002) (llco.org) Here MIM culls some of the defining characteristics of fascism from classic texts of the Third International: Dimitrov’s report to the 7th world congress of the COMINTERN (1) and Dutt’s “Fascism and Social Revolution.”(2) Applying these principles today, we can say that even though the imperialists have not …

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