Bolivarianism & Marxism: Commitment to the Impossible in Defense of Utopia

Jesús Santrich, W. T. Whitney, Jr. Translator’s introduction Colombian troops killed Jesús Santrich in Venezuela on May 17, 2021. Santrich was a leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and spokesperson for the FARC’s negotiating team during peace talks with the Colombian government that ended in 2016. In this essay from March of 2009,…

Decolonization and Communism

Nodrada “We have to give life to Indo-American socialism with our own reality, in our own language. Here is a mission worthy of a new generation.” — José Carlos Mariátegui, “Anniversary and Balance,” José Carlos Mariátegui: An Anthology¹ While the turn towards analyzing ongoing settler-colonialism has finally reached the mainstream of North American political discussions,…

Marx in This Pandemic Point

Farooque Chowdhury “And the first birthright of capital is equal exploitation of labor-power by all capitalists.” Marx thus describes a reality dominated by capital. Today, in this pandemic point, when death is sweeping away thousands of lives in countries, in India and Brazil, in cities, in New Delhi, Mumbai and Reo de Janeiro, when ordinary…

Dialectics of Hope

Yanis Iqbal The situation of the world is grim. Decades of neoliberalism – marked by the privatization of social life, deregulation of markets, increasing income inequality, labor flexploitation – has finally culminated in a politically regressive wave of right-wing resurgence. What we have now is “neoliberal fascism” – a new social formation in which the…

What Must a Young Communist Be

Ernesto Guevara On the occasion of the April 4 anniversary of the Young Communists League, Granma presents excerpts from a speech delivered by Ernest Che Guevara, October 20, 1962, during a commemoration of the integration of Cuba’s revolutionary youth organizations The Young Communist League must define itself with a single word: vanguard. You, comrades, must…

The Black Struggle, the Communist Movement, and the Role of Black Women

The editorial collective is excited to release the first in our new series of Liberation School Interviews. Through video and text, these interviews with leading militant scholars, organizers, and activists, discuss their research and activities, concepts and approaches, and more. This doesn’t imply that the PSL endorses or shares every viewpoint or idea expressed; it…