We are the Communist Party of Maine. We are affiliated with the Communist Party USA. We struggle for socialism and democracy and against capitalism and fascism. Capitalism creates the economic, social, cultural and environmental crises that are killing us. More and more people understand this. Socialism is more urgently needed today than ever before!

The Communist Party of Maine aims to work with others to advance the interests of all people who desire a better world through collective struggle and organization: A world where the environment is protected, where peace and nuclear disarmament reign, where the working class majority thrives, where Black lives matter, and where women and children are safe from predatory political and interpersonal violence, where Animal Rights are recognized and respected. In a word, a socialist world. 

Editorial, 1/02/2021

Confronting and Ending the US Blockade against Cuba, by Tom Whitney

The U.S. economic blockade against Cuba receives little mention in U. S. news reports. Cuba’s Foreign Ministry every year prepares a report for the United Nations on the blockade’s adverse effects.  The most recent report overflows with evidence of harm visited upon the Cuban people and damage done to the island’s economy and economic development. Its authors refer to “the longest-lasting trade embargo in modern history.”   

It’s lasted for 60 years. That’s long: five more 60-year chunks of time go back to the era of the Puritans’ arrival in Boston. Meanwhile, “Cuba bashing is like ordering pizza; …  cheap and easy and everyone likes you for it” – in the words of Cuba analyst and lawyer José Pertierra. 

Here we try to account for the blockade’s long life and propose a new approach toward ending it. 

Anti-blockade activists have generally operated on the assumption that if public and elected officials actually understood the horrors of the blockade, they would come together and finish it off. The blockade, it’s been variously pointed out, is illegal, cruel, immoral, bad for U.S. businesses wanting to sell to Cuba, bad for potential U.S. importers, bad for U.S. tourists, and bad for U.S. fans of Cuban culture, music, and sports. Yet no large, sustained protest movement has materialized.

Fundamentally, it seems, blockade opponents have never confronted the reality of powerful forces mobilized against them. Masters of the blockade, with the machinery of government at their disposal, enjoy free rein. Well-crafted blockade regulations are in force. And the resistance movement is small; its leadership, divided.  

Too many dedicated activists apparently rely on what looks like magical thinking, the assumption that if something ought to happen, it will happen. It’s a fantasy politics which New York Times columnist Ross Douthat (December 13) characterizes as “dreampolitik.” Currently, for example, Trump die-hards insist, despite the facts, that he won the presidency and that President-elect Biden has socialist leanings or enables socialists or communists.

Two other factors are crucial. One: many members of the public, sympathetic though they may be, are not yet prepared to weigh in on ending the blockade. Tending to associate social radicalism with societal destabilization, they hold Cuba at arm’s length.

Another is the legacy of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act which, among other nefarious provisions, gives Congress sole responsibility for changing blockade regulations, specifically for closing it down.

There are those who say that, because the blockade hasn’t worked to cause regime change, it must go. They don’t realize that the blockade is programmed to last exactly as long as the revolutionary government lasts. “But you must “keep the foot on the snake, don’t let up.” That was New Jersey congressman Robert Torricelli’s advice in 1992 as he introduced new blockade legislation.   

The foundational purpose of the blockade has been to inflict suffering and distress upon the Cuban people and that way prod them into overthrowing their government. The blockade serves as one of many U.S. tools for protecting global capitalism and maintaining U.S. hegemony abroad. And there is bonus value. Its existence cements the loyalty of the Cuban, Venezuelan, and Nicaraguan exile communities to rightwing candidates in U.S. elections.

Nothing has emerged to induce the U.S. government to stop what it is doing, either because of new strategizing on its part or in reaction to what the opposition has done. We require a new way of resisting. Struggle against the blockade takes place now as a single issue, walled off from other good causes. It’s a side show in the three-ring circus of U.S. politics.

However, if efforts to end the blockade were included in a multi-faceted program of progressive change, and if the fight proceeded on those terms, then the odds of finishing off the blockade would surely improve. An anti-capitalist or left-leaning political party would be leading the charge. The blockade, after all, exists to shore up capitalism. 

Packaging a demand in class-struggle wrapping did the trick in bringing about universally available healthcare. Following World War II every industrialized capitalist country in the world, except one, established some kind of care system for all people. A socialist political party, labor party, or strong union movement was operating in all such countries, except the United States. That’s the one country that does not allow for universally available healthcare.  Its labor unions are weak and there’s no socialist party competing in elections.

Venezuela Elections: A Key Victory for Anti Imperialist Movement in Latin America, by Alison Bodine

The people of Venezuela have dealt another decisive blow against U.S. domination in Latin America. On December 6, 2020, more than 6.2 million Venezuelans voted for a new National Assembly in what was Venezuela’s 25 election in the 21 years since the Bolivarian revolution began. Despite being under massive pressure from the U.S.-led war onContinue reading “Venezuela Elections: A Key Victory for Anti Imperialist Movement in Latin America, by Alison Bodine”

In Parting Blow, Trump Administration Hits Again at Cuba, by Tom Whitney

589 words In a stunning announcement on January 11, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo communicated that “The State Department has designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to terrorists.” This additional U.S. insult to Cuba occurs with only a week remainingContinue reading “In Parting Blow, Trump Administration Hits Again at Cuba, by Tom Whitney”

A socialist response to the pandemic: People first, by Gordon McWilliams

From People’s World, December 11, 2020 As the United States experiences a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to look at how other countries have combated this virus and have basically returned to their normal lives, so that we can adapt based on what policies do, and do not, work. Cuba, an islandContinue reading “A socialist response to the pandemic: People first, by Gordon McWilliams”

Ban the bomb becomes law, by Henry Lowendorf

December 16, 2020 Arguably the first step in half a century to eliminate nuclear weapons, the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) makes it internationally illegal to “develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess, or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.” At the United Nations in 2017, 122 countries, none ofContinue reading “Ban the bomb becomes law, by Henry Lowendorf”

All the Cannons Will Silently Rust: The Fifty-Second Tricontinental Newsletter (2020)

December 24th, 2020 Dear friends, Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. Our year has been eclipsed by the pandemic, the rush of a virus paralysing societies across the world. Some governments offered smarter, more scientific, and humane approaches to the pandemic; many (but not all) of these have been governments withContinue reading “All the Cannons Will Silently Rust: The Fifty-Second Tricontinental Newsletter (2020)”

Communist-led coalition sweeps local body elections in the southern Indian State of Kerala

Posted Dec 22, 2020 by Peoples Dispatch The communist-led coalition in the State of Kerala in India has swept the local body polls that were held between December 8 and 14. In the results that were announced on Wednesday, December 16, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which is in powerContinue reading “Communist-led coalition sweeps local body elections in the southern Indian State of Kerala”

‘Manifesto for the Future’ from the International Week of Struggle Against Imperialism

From the Anti Imperialist Week Imperialism is putting our communities, our environment, and our planet at risk with actions of war, environmental destruction, and attacks on our rights. As people’s movements and organizations, we come together to stand up against imperialism and all the ways it manifests in our countries, in our territories, and ourContinue reading “‘Manifesto for the Future’ from the International Week of Struggle Against Imperialism”


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