Marxism and African Liberation

Walter Rodney In 1980, Walter Rodney was assassinated by a car bomb in Georgetown, Guyana. He gave this speech at Queen’s College, New York, in 1975. The transcript is taken from Yes to Marxism!, People’s Progressive Party, Georgetown, Guyana, 1986. First of all, we must understand the background for this kind of debate. When one is asked to…

Walter Rodney’s Lost Book: One Hundred Years of Development in Africa

Leo Zelig One of the most astonishing books that Walter Rodney – the Guyanese revolutionary and historian – ever wrote was published several years after he was assassinated on 13 June 1980. The story of this book and how it came to be published is almost as remarkable as the life of the revolutionary himself….

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,…

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…

Vive La Commune! The Paris Commune 150 Years Later

Richard Becker The Paris Commune took place 150 years ago this year in France. It was one of the most earth-shaking events in history up to that point, and it’s one that continues to have an impact even today. Marx said about it a few years afterwards that it was the most slandered event in…