Sunday, June 20, 2021
By Steve Otto
Most weeks I look in The (Sunday) Wichita Eagle for article ideas. Many weeks I find nothing. But there are weeks when I find plenty to write about. Today I discovered a whole page of ideas. They were all written from a conservative point of view.
To start with we had Mike Pompeo, who is now...uh...well, nothing. He wrote an entire article and the best part of it is when he admitted that The New York Times called him "worst Secretary of State in history." And they were right. His article is called Don't back down in our fight for American values. In this, he intends to fight against the progressive left and he never plans to wear down. That's not surprising. This country is full of really bad ideas and he is a major proponent of such bad ideas. What he refers to as American values are actually bullying other nations (AKA imperialism) and the worshiping of really rich people, mostly $millionaires and $billionaires here in this country (AKA capitalism).
In this fight, which he is determined to carry out, he wrote:
"Our resistance to the Left's socialism and the woke cancel culture is a worthy fight, especially as they try to cancel us."
What he is telling us is nothing new. From Richard Nixon, to Ronald Reagan and now to the gone but not forgotten Donald Trump, I have had a full life-time of struggling against these ass holes and I'm sure they will never stop trying to poison the minds of the young.
I'm also sure that Pompeo does not just include democratic socialists and real Marxist when he uses the word "socialism." He uses a lot of terms that I hear being used by members of the right all the time, such as cancel culture. Most right-wingers make no distinction between President Joe Biden, Former President Barack Obama and the real socialists of this country. Most of us on the left do not consider centrists such as Biden, to be leftist and definitely not socialist. (at this point I am also including democratic socialists as socialists mainly because they call themselves that and the claim to want real socialism, unlike most Democrats and liberals who embrace capitalism.) He is also write that we on the left want to cancel him and his achievements. Again from his own writing:
the most exceptional nation the world
has ever known, and we can never give an inch. Especially now that the Biden
Administration is actively undoing the good work we did." America
At times he is right. Many Democrats and others in office, are trying to cancel the damage he and his former boss, Trump, have made. I also know that Biden will not cancel some of the worst actions of former president Trump. For example he does not plan to cancel the crippling sanctions on Venezuela (the topic of another of The Wichita Eagle article, "Maduro has only himself to blame in Venezuela").
Those sanctions are crippling his economy and that hurts EVERYONE living there. Those kind of sanctions are cruel, unnecessary and this country uses them to try and bully foreign leaders into submission. These sanctions are used all over the world and are the most damaging to poor third world, underdeveloped countries. Not all of this countries enemies are socialist, but our leaders and pro-imperialist and pro-capitalist legislators (which is most of them today and until a few years ago was nearly ALL of them over the past 30 years). For example Trump put almost complete sanctions on Iran, which is Islamic, but not really socialist.
One advantage our pro-capitalist leaders love about sanctioning Venezuela is that they can say to the socialists of this country; "see what happens when you chose socialism. The economy is a mess and we can all blames socialism." They like to say that about Cuba. But I have been to Cuba and my experience has taught me to know better. The country functions well and the main problems they have, economically, is that the US has sanctioned them to death. They even ban US citizens from traveling there. The Pastors for Peace(IFCO) group that I went with got around that ban by flying out of Mexico.
And that brings me to a letter to the editor someone wrote about Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to Guatemala. It wasn't the opinion of the letter writer that got my attention. I used to follow the Revolutionary movements in Guatemala, the guerrillas known as URNG. That was an umbrella group that included four basic armies, The Guatemalan Army of the Poor, The Guatemalan Party of Labour, The Organization of People in Arms and The Rebel Armed Forces. As with guerillas in other Latin American countries, they excepted a cease fire in 1996 and a program that allow them to function as a political party. The fighting from some of these groups began in 1960. But little has been gained since the end of the war. Guatemala today is a very poor basket case of a nation. As is the situation in El Salvador, the poverty in these nations is extreme and with no real way to struggle politically, many people take part in violent gangs.
For the people living in these countries there is a sense of hopelessness. And so many come to the US hoping to have some kind of a future. The real solution to the poverty in those countries is to develop some kind of industry and the development of a living wage. Trump simply tried to build a wall and focused on keeping these poor people out. Conservatives like to call these people illegal and blame them for breaking the law. They also like to blame Democrats for their lack of enthusiasm in keep illegals out. But in reality the Democrats do little more than just ignore those people.
For the last century the US has developed a kind of Apartheid like system. People living above the Mexican border (US and Canada) live as first world people. People below that border live as third world people and most live in extreme poverty. The US has never made any real effort to change that, in fact they have worked to keep those people as poor and underdeveloped as possible.
To my knowledge there are no US elected politicians who have spoken in favor of serious development to get those people out of the desperate poverty they live in. That has to be part of the solution and at present it is not even being discussed.
So we on the left must continue to fight for a better tomorrow. I don't see that as anti-American values. Anti-capitalism—YES! Anti-imperialism—YES! We don't need to be arrogant. We can value living in harmony with each other.
he was a representative for the
4th district of Congress, head of the CIA and Secretary of State.
he was a representative for the
 To understand my contempt for capitalism see: Facebook won't print it – but the question remains – would I really kill for the revolution?
Socialism does not offend me and it should not offend anyone accept the greedy trolls of the capitalist right
Friday, June 18, 2021
India- INSPITE OF 54 YEARS SINCE NAXALBARI UPRISING THE PARTY AND MOVEMENT REMAINS SCATTERED AND SPLINTERED
By Harsh Thakor
Why inspite of 54 years since Naxalbari uprising today the party and revolutionary movement remains splintered-Harsh Thakor?
In spite of 54 years since the epic Naxalbari uprising and formation of the Communist Party India (Marxist-Leninist) (CPI (ML) the movement is hardly moving in the direction to re-organise the party.
A series of conflicting and opportunist trends and theoretical weaknesses are crippling the development of an organised movement. This is disheartening when fascism of the Hindutva variety has reached a height as never before.
Firstly, there is still lack
of clarity on the aspect of the principal contradiction and the main mode of
production. A protracted people’s war concept has not been devised in
accordance or with respect to the unique characteristics of
The Maoist trend in spite of immortal sacrifices fails to evaluate subjective factors prevailing or rectify practice of leading or working within mass organisations. Even if removing necessity of upholding Maoism in practice mass organisations are still treated like front organisations, without being awarded sufficient democratic identity. After the recent action of killing of 22 Jawans launched in Bastar in April I got a most insightful response from Comrade Nimol Mazumdar .
“A. tactically they took the operation in the wrong time. When there is a large mass movement going on in one part of the country, which is largely peaceful, this kind of action can give the government legitimacy to frame and violently overthrow the protest. These actions could have also given the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a lifeline in the state elections. Even if we don't think that BJP can be defeated through electoral means, one should not give them undue advantage in the electoral arena. But thankfully none of the above two incidents have happened yet.
‘B. Even in regards to protracted war, we must look back at exactly what dividends the tactical counter offensive campaigns (tcoc) are paying to the Maoists. Are their mass bases increasing? Are they infiltrating through the army ranks? Are they opening more liberated zones? I don't think any of these things are happening. “
C. “The Maoists have shrunk a
lot in the last decade, they have lost a large chunk of their space in the east
D. “Their have been many intellectuals and cadres of the party who have been arrested. The party had failed to launch even a successful mass movement against those arrests. All this shows their weakness in grabbing the issues at hand.”
E. “In a war, killings can happen, but we must have a propaganda wing strong enough to make waves through the masses and justify the actions. The Maoists presently lack that. Thus this yearly tcoc is going in vein every year. People are forgetting every year's action within a couple of months.”
Although doing serious mass
work in urban areas and playing a major role in publishing
literature unfortunately the Rahul Foundation Communist League of India group,
staunchly defends its classification of India as a capitalist
society and refuses to even support democratic struggles of the landed
peasantry in Punjab terming, them as demands of the 'Kulaks' and antagonistic
to the rural landless labour. It had a similar stand to the rallies of Adivasis
in Maharashtra and all-India morcha of farmers in
The other Communist League of
India faction CLI (RC) group places more emphasis on revolutionary mass work
rather than propaganda but because of wrong theoretical understanding on mode
of production cannot play an overall positive role. The most positive tendency
of the CLI off the Ramnath section in
The trend that has destroyed
the very citadel or foundation of Naxalbari and acting most against
the revolutionary mass line today is the CPI (ML) Red Star group. No doubt it
is a progressive organisation in it’s own right and well-meaning and
flashed its pages of journal Red Star, morally against neo-fascism. However Red
Star group has resorted to complete open party functioning and dismantled the
centralist or Bolshevised structure of the party. Under influence of its
erroneous evaluation of
The CPI (ML) led by Viswam
The most progressive sections
in the non-maoist camp are the CPI (ML) New Democracy, the PCC-CPI (ML) and the
CPRCI (ML). Quantitatively New Democracy group is the largest and taking the
biggest initiative in the country to oppose the rising neo-fascism in
The mantle of the legacy of principled struggle against open banner of the party was carried on by the CCRI that later merged into the CPRCI (ML). Today the most correct approach towards principled re-organisation outside the boundary of the Maoist camp is by the Communist Party Re-Organisation Center of India (ML).
Party Re-Organisation Centre of India (Marxist-Leninist)
or CPRCI(ML) is theoretically the soundest organisation,
particularly on practice in elections upholding that active political campaign
is the correct tactic today and not that of 'active boycott' or
'participation'. In it’s view subjective conditions do not prevail today to
undertake armed struggle with the state of the party weak and
splintered. It still has the largest following and most qualitative practice of
mass line in states of work like
Quoting Comrade Hindol Mazumdar “When it comes to CPRCI(ML) I can guess many of their comrades are at Tikri Border, however their silence even after almost a year of protest is very strange. Given a chance, I'd like to participate and work with them to understand where the problem is taking place. In my opinion, the secret party organization makes sense. But your party shouldn't be so secret that the prospective cadres do not even know the party's name! That will only act as a hindrance. It can also be understood as your inability at taking the job of party building seriously. Even a secret party organization should come out with their analysis, with their propaganda, with their campaign, posters etc regularly, that is the only way we can assess their stance, only way we can say whether the party is veering towards economism/left wing infantile behaviors.”
“Almost no open activity that is their biggest drawback. Mass organizations cannot be the be all and end all to revolutionary politics.”
“I think they are missing someone like Harbhajan Sohi. I have only known him from your articles, but I think some of their leadership must get involved with party building in a national scale full time.”
Today there is
a trend in the movement which openly projects the party banner to the masses
and emphasise importance of mass organisations. It is linked to groups
participating in the Parliament without sufficient development of the vanguard
party. Such groups participate on party plane in mass fronts which weaken the
democratic identity of the mass organisations. Often in the past this trend
disrupted the essence of unity of revolutionary mass organisations. In recent
crucial factor for setback in the majority of the groups was adopting tactics
of participating in parliamentary elections without the establishment of the
re-organised vanguard party. This is what led to CPI (ML) Liberation group
turning reformist, Red Star virtually out of the communist revolutionary camp
and Kanu Sanyal's Class Struggle group on its periphery. Without the adequate
laison participation broke the backbone of the components of the revolutionary
stream who entered into a series of formal or unofficial alliances with
bourgeois parliamentary or revisionist parties. Such embracing of parliament
blunted their class struggles from sharpening and made them more and more a
part of the parliamentary process like the Orthodox official left parties.
Often such groups in their propoganda morally stated that
The most progressive
contribution by any intellectual has been by Anand Teltumbde who is synthesis
the dalit or caste question with the Marxist Movement. In that light the
writings of Comrade Vir Sathidar were too very progressive. Even Comrade
Ajith(Murali) has made a great contribution in his analysis of Brahmanical fascism.
Teltumbde very boldly expressed his grievances of mechanical understating of
Indian situation and wishing to copy the Chinese experience in toto. He
expressed how much still infection of old Charu Mazumdar line still persists
and how the caste question is still grossly neglected. In
A most progressive happening in the last 25 years has been the regularity of the publication of "Aspects of India’s Economy” of the Research Unit for Political economy which has in most classical or dialectical Leninist depth defined the neo-fascist economic policies of the ruling parties and nefarious designs o break the very back of their struggles. No journal has so illustratively analysed the semi-feudal nature of Indian economy.
Authors like Amit
Bhattacharya have done great historical research work in books like ‘Storming
the Gates to Heaven’ , but given one-sided glory only to the Maoists and
praised or covered no other trend. Arundhati Roy, even in
if not Marxist has crystallised sparkle of Naxalbari in the age of neo-fascism,
as very few have done. Bernard De Mello wth remarkable consistency has given
Naxalbari the cutting edge, in spite of aberrations of failing to understand
semi-feudal nature of
I also credit fronts like Bhagat Singh Chatra Morcha of Uttar Pradesh in initiating ‘Go to Village Campaigns’, educating peasants on the aspects of agrarian revolution and fascistic social order. It has with Inquilabi Chtra Morcha undertaken many a cycle rally condemning saffron and Brahmanical fascism.
To me the
understanding of the contribution of the Cultural Revolution in
I feel there is a glaring weakness in taking Naxalbari politics to the working class or, working as political fractions. There has been no development of the Chinese thesis of capturing the cities from the countryside, with such vast penetration of mechanisation. A proper self-criticism has not been made of why working class struggles were defeated in Kanoria Jute Mills, Nellimarla rice mill or even setback in Chattisgarh mines or displaced textile workers in Mumbai. A strategy has not been developed of capturing the Unions from below or building democratic structures from underneath.
When the fascist forces are
tightening their grip to their greatest height and the tentacles of
globalisation sharpening day by day the capacity of the revolutionary forces to
organise is diminishing day by day. Revolutionaries have to innovate methods of
struggle which can overcome the obstacles or traverse the barriers. Even if
recognising or upholding the Leninist vanguard party concept it must not be
done mechanically and work must be done to build it from below. A classical
Leninist party to me is not the order of the day. It’s urgent to develop the
Leninist or Maoist party to incorporate more revolutionary democratic elements
and integrate with more mass movements at large. One cannot blindly emulate the
Soviet or Chinese experience. Emphasis must be placed on building the party
from below and not from above. For the Trade Union movement the writings of Antonio Gramisci have considerable relevance.
Intellectuals must analyse a forum whereby principled ideological struggles of
communist revolutionaries could take place. The method of working as fractions
within yellow Trade Unions and capturing bourgeois unions is a very complex
subject with the great changes that have taken place in urban areas.
Revolutionaries have to imbibe lessons from Shankar Guha Nyugi in organising
mine workers in Chattisgarh. The most common trend was the detachment of the
proletarian politics and economist approach by groups all over
Theoretically the groups have to not mechanically copy the Chinese path of Protracted People's War. Today the revolutionaries can take abject advantage of the crisis of economic fascist crisis. The resurgence of peasant movement against suicides and for remunerative prices must be exploited to its full potential. Revolutionaries still have to formulate new strategies of organising the peasantry with the immense infiltration of imperialism and MNC's in agriculture. New strategies or methods have also to be devised on the urban front with the vastly different methods of production prevalent today which completely divide workers. The last named has a most critical insight on how the pure orthodox vanguard party concept has to be further enriched.
 Karl Marx, VI Lenin, (Владимир Ленин), Mao Tse-tung (毛泽东)
 Leon Trotsky (Лев Троцкий).
 Joseph Stalin, (Иосиф Виссарионович Сталин/ იოსებ ბესარიონის ძე სტალინი).
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
By Steve Otto
So recently I had problems with Facebook and my posting of opinions they did not like. Here is what I wanted to say:
"There are some $millionaires and $billionaires who I believe deserve to be dragged out in the street and shot in the face. Yes, that was done to a lot of people under the Communist Party of Kampuchea (AKA CPK or known by many as the Khmer Rouge, a name they got from Prince Norodom Sihanouk, of Kampuchea)."
The CPK did kill a lot of people and they were far less picky than I would be, if I had the authority to do that. I would have been very careful who I offed. They no doubt killed some innocent people. But a point I like to make is that not ALL those people killed were innocent. Some deserved what they got.
I don't know if I would ever really do that. But I do know there are those who really deserve it. For example, there are the Koch Brothers, David and Charles. Then there is our very own "working class hero" Former President Donald Trump. And I know there are plenty others.
There are many Maoist, especially those who profess to be followers of Chairman Gonzalo, who firmly believe in that kind of revenge. And to some extent I believe Chairman Gonzalo actually did such things.
So while I can't express such views on Facebook, I can post them here. Again, I'm not sure if I could really carry out such a bloody edict. I've never seen an actual "people's war." Some conservatives have warned that a lot of us "paper Maoists" may not be able to really stomach such war fare. Maybe not. And maybe we will not know until we face such an event.
In the mean time, I can only fantasize what I really want to do to the bourgeoisie of the US. Whether or not I have the stomach for it, those ass holes really do deserve it.
Monday, June 14, 2021
By Steve OttoNothing brings to light the impact of imperialism better than the G7 Summit. A group of seven countries get together to set the agenda for world politics. The G7 are a group of empire builders who run the world economy. They include the US, the worlds main imperialist power, the United Kingdom and Germany, the other two major imperialist powers of Europe.
Altogether, the G7 includes
Among the issues discussed this year, according to The New York Times:
Here we see Biden asserting his imperialist leadership to rule the world by setting the various agendas.
And what kind of challenges? It is obvious that nothing nor
no one dare challenge the rule of capitalism or its twin, imperialism. The two
work together to make sure the world is safe for the so called "free
market," which is actually the right of $millionaires and $billionaires to
rule over the rest of us. That is also the right of large US and European
corporations to rule the world unencumbered. Those who dare stand up to the
small but powerful group will be labeled as terrorists and assassinated using
drones and other types of weapons now used by the
Here we see the cooperation between the
So here is an example of super powers meddling in the affairs of a smaller, weaker country.
The all important "photo op."
Yes Putin is an evil man, but he is a rival super power. He
is also not as powerful as his rivals in the
More and more, the western press learns "its
place." They are being tamed to know when not to rock the boat or ask embarrassing
questions. Not long ago
And that is the whole point of this article. We see an arrogant side to the world's most powerful imperialist countries.
Pix by BBC.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
By Steve Otto
I said, I probably would not do that, I was fantasizing, But they took my comment down and deleted it.
Then I complained that they did that and they deleted the complain and they suspended me for 24 hours. Sucks once again, Facebook can do what they want and their is nothing I can do.
More and more I really hate Facebook. And anyone who works on their censorship board is no more than a punk for the system. They are cheats and liars for the bourgeois system. I hate them passionately. I am going to look for another place to post things. Facebook is nothing more than a piece of shit and lackeys for the bourgeoisie.
Pix from Reason Magazine.
Monday, May 31, 2021
International Declaration: Kaypakkaya is a break with the bourgeois line and the birth of the proletarian line!
As the imperialist-capitalist system continues to crud, it maintains its parasitic colonialism around the world with blood, tears and pus oozing through all its pores. The economic-political crisis and the wars at the regional level are exacerbating the conflicts between the imperialists and further exacerbating the fight for greater division. The direct consequence of this situation are unjust wars, increased poverty, millions of so-called refugees, the growth of reactionary and fascist organisations and the spread of government violence. While on one side of the picture we are facing is this brutal order of exploitation and its consequences, on the other are the masses of people, the revolutionaries and the communists, who are fighting against all this reaction and barbarism and who are resisting all forms of aggression.
That is why the counterrevolutionary wave we are facing does not intimidate us. We know that when the masses carry a revolutionary political conscience and act in accordance with this conscience, the imperialists and their lackeys will be seen to be nothing more than 'paper tigers'. Time and again the history of the class struggle has shown that when the masses rise up with revolutionary conscience, there is no force that can resist it. In the historical context in which we find ourselves, this is precisely why ideological clarity and practical audacity are more necessary than ever. The masses need political organisations and practical guidance, endowed with this clarity.
On the 48th anniversary of the assassination of Comrade İbrahim KAYPAKKAYA, we see once again how important it is to understand, capture and be inspired by the orientation of communist leaders, who have made historic progress in their lives. Comrades like İbrahim KAYPAKKAYA and other similar communists reflect not only the values of a country, but also values shared by the international proletariat and are part of our common history. Precisely for this reason, their teachings, their ideological positions and their political-practical audacity are considered part of the collective memory of the Communists. In our persistent struggles, they continue their historical role as guides.
The history of the class struggle can only be made with bold political and practical steps. Achieving a resistance or a contradiction and an alternative to the obvious, to the accepted, against the prevailing, the conventional, the taught thoughts and prejudices, the dogmas and the status quo is only possible, when we tear apart the "clothing" that the system of exploitation and plunder has "put" us in such a way that there is not the slightest shred of cloth left over us. If we carry the slightest piece of the system, it is difficult and, in the end, impossible to make a radical break with the system. It would mean that, in one way or another, we would join the existing system on an ideological or practical level. The fact that capitulation to the bourgeoisie - despite the high prices paid, in the various regions of the world, from the past to the present - continues to take place is proof of this. As an antidote to such ideological positions, comrade İbrahim KAYPAKKAYA existed as an embodiment of total rejection of the given system. Their teaching and guidance have not ceased.
In all parts of the world there have been many revolutionaries and communists, each of whom has contributed significantly to the struggle for revolution and communism. Some of the various revolutionaries and communists who dedicated their lives to the struggle for revolution and for socialism, and who laid the bricks of the world revolution with their work, blood and soul, have assumed a special position with their historical ruptures, their political audacity and their ideological clarity. "Breaking the ice and opening the way," they have assumed the role of north star. These personalities, who emerged at the most critical moments in the history of the class struggle, built the future in the moments they lived through. And despite all the contrary efforts of his class enemies, his thoughts became and remain guiding, also as they are raised by the next generations. Comrade İbrahim KAYPAKKAYA, in his short life in the history of class struggle, was the bearer of such a mission.
Like all other revolutionary and communist leaders, Comrade İbrahim KAYPAKKAYA is a direct product of the class struggle. Through participation in all areas in which the class struggle of the country in which he lived deepened, he made the dialectical epistemology of "practice-theory-practice" the fundamental basis for the emergence of the ideological-political-organizational framework of the TKP/ML. At the same time, he thoroughly investigated international class struggles and ideological conflicts and built his thinking step by step based on all these issues. He became the representative of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism in Turkey.
İbrahim KAYPAKKAYA is the resurgence of the persistent class struggle in Turkey based on Marxist principles. First and foremost, he is the ideological rupture and a rebirth. Because it differed intellectually and practically from all the petty-bourgeois, opportunistic, revisionist and parliamentary attitudes, which until then trafficked on behalf of the proletariat and the oppressed workers and claimed to act on their behalf. In this sense, he made breaks of principle. It is a rebirth, because not only did it distinguish itself from its predecessors and those that existed then, but it simultaneously built the path of true liberation from the proletariat and oppressed workers. In Turkey, it was he who drew the Red Flag, which was to fly in the calloused, destructive and building hands of the most revolutionary class, the proletariat, and hoisted in the bastions of the bourgeoisie.
İbrahim KAYPAKKAYA was a great scholar of the socio-political revolution in Turkey and of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, the newest stage, which was reached in the historical progress of Marxism-Leninism through Comrade Mao. He achieved this through the theoretical, political and organizational line proposed by him. He took a historic step by pointing out the need for a leading and leading force in Turkey. He connected the inevitable flow of history and the dialectic of this flow with the point to which Comrade Mao has taken Marxism and concretized the path of revolution as The People's War. With the guidance of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution he formed the Party. Comrade KAYPAKKAYA developed a ruthless struggle against those understandings that took the theoretical products and accumulations of theoretical socialism in the form of a set of dogmatic or absolute formulations. While standing true to the roots of theoretical socialism, he developed enormous connections with these roots, connected the past with the present, and represents the litmus sign for the conquest of the future.
It is therefore - as it was yesterday, also today - a torch of the international proletariat, which is marching forward on the path of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. We have the honour of being the successors of this red torch of communism and the ideological clarity of Comrade İbrahim KAYPAKKAYA, his political and practical courage continue to guide us also on the 48th anniversary of his assassination.
- Communist chief İbrahim KAYPAKKAYA is immortal!
- Long live proletarian internationalism!
- Glory to the victory of the people's war!
- Glory to Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!
Communist Party of Turkey / Marxist-Leninist
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Communist Party of Brazil (Red Faction)
Red Flag Committee – FRG
Serving the people – Communist League of Norway
Committee for the Reconstitution of the Communist Party USA
Communist Party of Ecuador – Red Sun
Construction Committee of the Maoist Communist Party of Galicia
Communist Workers' Union (MLM) – Colombia