In Aotearoa/NZ in 2013, revolutionary socialism seems impossible. Many believe that exploitation, ecological destruction, and greed are inevitable; as Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek puts it, “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.”
Capitalism is ‘hegemonic,’ dominant throughout society, even in the ideas of people who want to see social change. In this context the theory of ideological hegemony, developed by Antonio Gramsci in the early 20th century, still has relevance nearly a century later.
Antonio Gramsci was an Italian revolutionary socialist who lived from 1891 to 1937, and became active in socialist politics from 1916. Along with VI Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg and others, Gramsci broke with the Second International – at that time the dominant international organisation of socialists.
So there you have it. Letters raging against capitalism are taken down because, you know …. capitalist property rights. Nobody even considered I spent hours on translating and making sense of the letters so the rest of the world could read it too, before it was published in the Guardian.
Capitalists take the valuable commodities they create, sell them, and give some value back to the workers. It can’t be all the value the workers created, though, or then the capitalist would have no money.
11:00 am - The National Question and how to approach it is of vital importance for Marxists. Lenin and the Bolshevik Party’s policy in the Russian Empire (which Lenin described as a “prison house of nations”) allowed them to earn the trust and support of the many nationalities that had lived under the yoke of Tsarism for centuries.
Alex Grant from Fightback (Canada) will lead off the discussion, an issue which is just as important today as it was in 1917.
(We will break for lunch from 1:30pm to 2:30pm)
2:30 pm - Who was Stalin? What was Stalinism? What is genuine socialism? How did Stalin come to personify the bureaucratization of the Soviet Union? What role did he play in the Bolshevik Party prior to the revolution and what conditions led to the phenomenon now known as Stalinism?
On the 60th anniversary of Stalin’s death, Alan Woods, editor of Marxist.com (In Defence of Marxism) and the leading theoretician of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT) is working on a reissue of Trotsky’s biography, which will include new, never-before published material Trotsky intended for inclusion in this book, found in the Trotsky archives at Harvard. Alan will lead off the discussion on Stalin.
This event is open to the public. We will be asking a $10 donation to cover the cost of the event.
“The term “illegal immigrant” was first used in 1939 as a slur by the British toward Jews who were fleeing the Nazis and entering Palestine without authorization. Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel aptly said that “no human being is illegal.”—
Another blog that Red Wedge will be launching in the new year comes from editor Adam Turl and will be titled Evicted Art Blog. In this “preview post,” Adam puts forth that something in art has to be destroyed in order to save it
"Oh God said to Abraham, ‘Kill me a son’ / Abe says,…
As part of our effort to create a nexus for the reformation of a radical political art — and art informed by radical politics — we are compiling a semi-regular round-up of articles/postings for our intrepid readers as part of our editors’ blog. This first week’s round-up comes from editors Adam…
A group of Neo-Nazis have set their sights on a North Dakota Town in the U.S. Native Americans and other activists have formed a protest to speak out against this organized act of terrorizing non-white communities, and Indigenous peoples of the Dakotas in particular.
Native American activists and UnityND have released a statement “Caravan leaves at 1:30 pm central to Leith, ND.” The rally at 3 pm Sunday, September 22nd is “to prevent white supremacists from terrorizing” North Dakota. The statement issues by the group says the rally is “because our children deserve a life without bigots.”
The Neo-Nazis targeted the community of Leith because it is a mostly “white” county. But the hate group has plans to disintegrate the Leith “into an all-white enclave.”
Neo-Nazi Jeff Schoep said that this is not just about moving somewhere, but taking over all local offices to form an overtly white supremacist government. ”We have every intention of legally assuming control of the local government.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center, said that the group in question, the U.S. National Socialist Movement, is the biggest Neo-Nazi group in the United States.
On Sept. 16, the New York Police Department violently arrested six student protesters outside of a fundraiser attended by David Petraeus, former general and CIA Director who presided over the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations, as well as the CIA’s secret drone wars. The loud, peaceful protest was obstructed by police barricades and forced into the streets before being attacked. Several students were punched, thrown face-first into the pavement during the arrests.
A group of supporters immediately went to the 20th Precinct where the students were being held, remaining for hours outside in solidarity and showing the police that the protesters were not alone. Supporters were there again when the students were arraigned in court nearly 24 hours later on a range of false charges.
There is now a determined campaign from students, faculty and other antiwar activists to have the charges dropped against the “CUNY 6” and to redouble the campaign against Petraeus. The ANSWER Coalition joins with this campaign, calling on all its supporters to show their solidarity as well.
Despite his record as a war criminal, Petraeus has been hired as a Visiting Professor at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College. In response, students, faculty and anti-war activists formed the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY. The committee is demanding that CUNY, a historically working class public institution, fire Petraeus because of his war crimes. They note that his presence is part of a larger effort to build sympathy for U.S. militarism among the student body.
Drop all charges on the CUNY 6! Fire Petraeus and arrest him for war crimes!
But what happens when the raw materials are extracted and labor is exploited within a territory dispersed over the entire globe? when the riches of the whole earth are depleted and used to feed a gigantic industrial machine in the imperialist’s home?
The people of the world, that is, must seize power from the small ruling circle and expropriate the expropriators, pull them down from their pinnacle and make them equals, and distribute the fruits of our labor that have been denied us in some equitable way. we know that the machinery to accomplish these tasks exists and we want access to it.
The stage of history is set for such a transformation: the technological and administrative base of socialism exists. When the people seize the means of production and all social institutions, then there will be a qualitative leap and a change in the organization of society.