national liberation

To Young Political Workers - Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh's address to young political workers, written one month before his execution. Notable is his warning that national liberation could result in simply the replacement of the raj by the new national bourgeoisie.

Letter on anti-Zionism (2014)

Critique of anti-Zionism by the Italian communist journal Il Lato Cattivo.

"Letter on anti-Zionism" (2014)

Critique of anti-Zionism by the Italian communist journal Il Lato Cattivo.

The 'Workerist-Populist' Debate in South Africa in the 1980s

Fosatu founding congress

In the 1980s there was a bitter debate in the anti-apartheid struggle between 'workerists' and 'populists'. This short piece compiled by Warren McGregor, first published at Zabalaza, gives a useful overview of that debate,

Fanon’s Dialectic of Experience

Fanon’s Dialectic of Experience

Ato Sekyi-Otu's Fanon’s Dialectic of Experience invites us to see Fanon as a dramatist enacting a movement of experience—the drama of social agents in the colonial context and its aftermath.

Fanon: The Postcolonial Imagination

Fanon: The postcolonial imagination

This book is an excellent introduction to the ideas and legacy of Fanon. Gibson explores Fanon as a truly complex character in the context of his time and beyond. He argues that for Fanon, theory has a practical task to help change the world. Thus Fanon’s “untidy dialectic,” Gibson contends, is a philosophy of liberation that includes cultural and historical issues and visions of a future society. In a profoundly political sense, Gibson asks us to reevaluate Fanon’s contribution as a critic of modernity and reassess in a new light notions of consciousness, humanism, and social change.

The general strike and Irish independence

The 1918 general strike

Interesting article by John Dorney on the syndicalist tactic of the general strike and its relationship with the struggle for Irish independence in the early 20th century.

‘Rough and ready work’: The Special Infantry Corps

Free State troops take prisoners

Article by John Dorney telling the story of the Special Infantry Corps, a military unit set up during the civil war of 1922-3 to suppress agrarian agitation and strikes.

Zimbabwe – crawling between imperialist masters

Mugabe and Xi meeting

The removal of Mugabe means only that the ruling elite will seek new imperialist links to solve the economic mess the country is in. Zimbabwe demonstrates for the nth time that "national liberation" in the epoch of imperialism means liberation only for the indigenous bourgeoisie linked to the world order of capitalism.

The colonial question: an initial balance‑sheet

1957 article by the International Communist Party, published in 'Il Programma Comunista', author anonymous.