Sometimes it feels as if I’m the only Maoist left in America. I know that isn’t really true. I know of one other Marxist-Leninist in the whole town of Wichita and I don’t see him very often, if ever.
I used to follow the Kasama Project. They broke away from the Revolution Communist Party. That party was already getting too dogmatic. Their great leader Bob Avakian is their main theoretician. But Kasama broke away from the great leader approach while Bob and his RCP went even further to the “have you seen the truth” (The Watchtower method) or religious style promotion of politics and leadership.
Meanwhile Kasama collapsed. They simply gave up. They no longer do anything.
Over the last two decades we had the people’s war in Peru and Nepal. The guerrilla movement in Peru collapsed, after 1992. Only a small group is left. The Guerrillas in Nepal won an end to the monarchy, but they ended up in a bourgeois democracy. The Maoist had won the fist election, but now they represent a little over 10 percent of the seats in the Nepal congress. A splinter group has broken away to build back the revolution, but they seem stuck. There is a small county in Nepal that has been taken over by the more revolutionary faction called Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (नेपाल कम्युनिष्ट पार्टी - माओवादी), or CPN-M, led by Bikram Chand. Maybe he will expand out in the future and the revolution will have potential. But right now, he and his party seem stuck. There is also some territory run by the Communist Party of the Philippines and its military wing the New People's Army.
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) / भारत की कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी (माओवादी) is the only real Maoist party with any real territory it operates in or controls. Efforts in Bhutan and other places in Asia just haven’t done well.
I will continue to write and edit Otto’s War Room. I will continue to work with any revolutionary organization that I am able to work with. There is a Kansas City Revolutionary Collective (KCRC). I may hook up with them and see what we can do as they are only a four hour drive from my home here. I may work with some other groups around here as well.
Probably the only real bright spot on the international scene right now is the Communist Party of India (Maoist). They seem to be hanging on and are actually doing well. As in the article before this one and the one after it, I plan to keep supporting the Indian Maoists. They are a bright spot in an otherwise very depressing world. So maybe things will change in a few years. We can only wait to see. And we can support Maoists where ever they are. And we can keep up the hope for a better world.