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Maoism

Debates on the Philippine Left

An article on the contemporary history of the Philippine communist left dominated by the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist (MLM) group Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF). The article details the split in the communist left between the Reaffirmist (RA) camp and the Rejectionist (RJ) camp and the violent purges the CPP-NPA-NDF committed on their own members. Note as well that “Armando Liwanag” is a nom de guerre of Jose Maria “Joma” Sision.

The Great Left Divide

A brief history of the "Reaffirmist" and "Rejectionist" factions of the Philippine left which emerged from a schism in the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Capitalism under the Red Banner: Seventy Years of the People's Republic of China

Seventy years ago, on 1 October 1949, the People's Republic of China was proclaimed by Mao. Here we reproduce an article which originally appeared in Communist Review 8 (January 1990), published by the ICT (or IBRP as it was then) in the aftermath of the suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests.

A Prol-Kult Bricolage

Class Struggle in China

The role of China in the imperialist pecking order has been covered many times on our website (leftcom.org). Here we deal with China’s evolution from a largely agrarian society to an industrial powerhouse which has also created the world’s largest working class – and what comes with that is, of course, simmering class conflict.

Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic - Maurice Meisner

Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic - Maurice Meisner.

Fantastic in-depth critical history of the failure of China's 'transition to socialism', analysing the degree to which it lived up to its egalitarian rhetoric as it navigated the uneasy relationships between democracy and bureaucracy, socialism and capitalism.

Workers of all Identities, Unite!

For the past few years, but particularly in the aftermath of the 2016 US Presidential election, the theme of identity politics has dominated political discourse on both the left and the right. Countless books, articles, blogs and comments have been written on the subject, but we ourselves have dealt with it only in passing.

Putting it all on Red - The Michael Laski Story

A tale of gambling, violence and betrayal in 60s America. Starring a romantic rebel hounded by his inner demons.

Review: ‘Revolution in the Air’ by Max Elbaum - Loren Goldner

Loren Goldner reviews Max Elbaum's 'Revolution in the Air', and in the process critically examines Maoist and Third Worldist politics.