3 comments on “Why Communism? An Explanation of the Political Views of the Revolutionary Cascadian Communist Movement

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  2. [Some thoughts from a fellow comrade in Amerikkkan occupied Coast Salish lands a.k.a. Cascadia.]

    In general, this foundational statement by the comrades of the Revolutionary Cascadian Commnuist Movement is a big shot in the arm for revolutionary forces within the belly of the beast. Some of my intial thoughts on strengthening this statement follow below:

    Terms like “systems of oppression” are more based on things like postmodernist-based privilege theory, but it is good enough. At this point, it is okay for what we have going on here on the West Coast with our decolonizer, gender liberationist, and other anarchist comrades.

    The part on Marxism could use some work. It’s important to emphasize in Marxism core concepts like the Marxist Labor Theory of Value, exploitation (as distinct from the more catch-all term “oppression”) the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, and the lower (socialism) and higher (achieving the “4 Alls”) stages of communism.

    A quick and dirty study guide to help sharpen up the section on Marxism:

    “Critique of the Gotha Programme”

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1875/gotha/ch01.htm

    “The Class Struggles in France”

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1850/class-struggles-france/index.htm

    “The Materialist Analyisis of Capital”

    http://anti-imperialism.com/2013/11/03/the-materialist-analysis-of-capital/

    “The Materialist Conception of History”

    http://maosoleum.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/the-materialist-conception-of-history-neftali/

    I agree with comrade Nick Brown’s bracketing of “Third Worldism” after “Maoism” at this point. A reassertion of the Leninist consequences of imperialism on class structure in the core countries within newer MLM forces makes “Maoism (Third Worldism)” a “transitional package” that can be used interchangebly with “Maoism” at this point. Maoist parties in the core countries with an essentially anti-Leninist, First Worldist line are in permanent decline at this point. Nobody in the MTW camp needs to pretend that MTW is some kind of “fourth sword” rather than just a reassertion of Leninism in the Global North that’s been far overdue.

    The statement doesn’t really go into the substance of Maoism as a science. What is primary about Maoism is the necessity to continue the revolution under socialism, to dislodge a “New Bourgeoisie” that arises within the proletarian state and continue the momentum towards full communism.

    Another quick and dirty study guide, but this time for the Maoism / Third Worldism section:

    “Imperialism and the Split in Socialism”

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/oct/x01.htm

    “Decision of the Central Committee of the
    Chinese Communist Party Concerning the
    Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution”

    http://92644389.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/8/7/12875181/decision_of_the_central_committee_of_the_2.pdf

    “Whither China”

    http://anti-imperialism.com/2012/10/17/whither-china-1968/

    The call for creating a Dual Power situation within this document is key to communist work, but it should be fleshed out a bit more to elucidate concrete practice. The concept of “Mass Line” comes into play here.

    Some things to read up on that would aid in this effort:

    “The Dual Power”

    https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/apr/09.htm

    “From here to autonomy: Mexico’s Zapatistas
    combine local administration and national
    politics”

    http://www.uml.edu/centers/CIC/Research/Tilly_Research/Mexico/Kennedy-Tilly-Zap%20autonomy-ProgPlan-02.26.06.pdf

    “Election Begs Question of the Road to Dual Power in New Afrika”

    http://prisoncensorship.info/news/all/US/1679/

    [Gregory C. Lewis has a good follow-up comment to this article here on A-I.com:

    http://anti-imperialism.com/2013/07/26/mimp-lumumba-election-begs-question-of-road-to-dual-power-in-new-afrika/#comments ]

    “Notes on Mass Line, Communist Organization, and Revolution”

    http://maosoleum.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/notes-on-mass-line-communist-organization-and-revolution/

    “Dear RAIM, What to Do in the First World?”

    http://anti-imperialism.com/2013/07/01/dear-raim-what-to-do-in-the-first-world/

    Of course, many of these articles are based on much thicker works that we also need to study. However, this can provide a decent shortcut for us to hone in on the revolutionary science that guides our communist practice. It can also help clarify what some of these terms mean for comrades newer to revolutionary communism.

    -Jacob Brown

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