Before Stonewall: Queer liberation’s Communist Party roots / by C. J. Atkins

Harry Hay in the 1930s, photographed by LeRoy Robbins / San Francisco Public Library | ‘Vote Communist’ poster, 1928 / CPUSA Archives | Mattachine Society demonstrators. / AP The modern movement for queer liberation—or gay liberation to use the as-yet less inclusive terminology of the 1960s and ’70s—wouldn’t exist without the Communist Party USA. ThatContinue reading “Before Stonewall: Queer liberation’s Communist Party roots / by C. J. Atkins”

New website celebrates the legacy of Marxist economist and activist Art Perlo / Special to the People’s World

Visit the “Art Perlo Presente” site at: https://artperlo.net/ NEW HAVEN, Conn.—An exciting website was launched this week carrying forward the legacy of lifelong activist and Marxist economist Art Perlo, making available his decades of contributions to the struggle for “People, Peace, and Planet before Profits.” The project is designed to guide, inform, and inspire grassroots organizersContinue reading “New website celebrates the legacy of Marxist economist and activist Art Perlo / Special to the People’s World”

The Long Shadow of Racial Fascism / by Alberto Toscano

October 28, 2020 In the wake of the 2016 election, public intellectuals latched onto the new administration’s organic and ideological links with the alt- and far right. But a mass civic insurgency against racial terror—and the federal government’s authoritarian response—has pushed hitherto cloistered academic debates about fascism into the mainstream, with Peter E. Gordon, Samuel Moyn, and Sarah Churchwell takingContinue reading “The Long Shadow of Racial Fascism / by Alberto Toscano”

Communist Youth League of China marks centenary year / by Zhang Yi

Medical workers from Wuhan, Hubei province, pose for a group photo at the makeshift hospital in the Shanghai New International Expo Center on Wednesday. The medics, mostly young people, were sent to Shanghai to help in the battle against its latest COVID-19 outbreak. ZHU XINGXIN/CHINA DAILY Cradle of young progressives still serves to inspire today’s generationContinue reading “Communist Youth League of China marks centenary year / by Zhang Yi”

Commentary: Toward building a “New World” / by Victor Wallis

Climate March Vancouver | Photo: greeneconomycoalition.org/Flickr The aspiration to “build a new world within the shell of the old” has a long history. It is typically associated with the traditions of cooperativism and anarchism. But it is also part of the socialist/communist tradition, as articulated by Marx himself. Marx characterized communist society, in Capital, as theContinue reading “Commentary: Toward building a “New World” / by Victor Wallis”

Lenin’s ‘The State and Revolution’ / by Louise O’Shea

If they do me in, I ask you to publish my notebook: Marxism on the State (it got left behind in Stockholm). It’s bound in a blue cover… There are a number of remarks and notes… I believe it to be important. So wrote Lenin with characteristic modesty in July 1917. He was referring to what laterContinue reading “Lenin’s ‘The State and Revolution’ / by Louise O’Shea”

Lenin’s legacy: Working class leadership in the fight for democracy / by Joe Sims

Russia Beyond/Getty Images Lenin walks around the world. . .The sun sets like a scar,Between the darkness and the dawn,There rises a red star. —Langston Hughes The world is a better place because of V. I. Lenin. An outstanding 20th-century working-class leader and revolutionary, he helped change history. The revolution in St. Petersburg, which LeninContinue reading “Lenin’s legacy: Working class leadership in the fight for democracy / by Joe Sims”

Imperialism is the Arsonist: Marxism’s Contribution to Ecological Literatures and Struggles / by Derek Wall

Marxism’s contributions to ecological literature and struggles is a rich and contradictory field of discussion. Marxism in diverse ways has fed into environmental struggles and broader ecological politics. Broadly, I would argue that there has been a deepening appreciation of the ecological themes in the work of Marx and Engels in recent decades. Most significantly,Continue reading “Imperialism is the Arsonist: Marxism’s Contribution to Ecological Literatures and Struggles / by Derek Wall”

On states and classes in conflict: The central dynamic of capitalism and transition to socialism / by Charles McKelvey

In my last commentary of April 1, I reviewed a March 26 Webinar, “Clarifying the Struggle for Socialism: Uses and Misuses of Marx’s Capital,” sponsored by the International Manifesto Group.  My commentary included a summary of the presentation of Radhika Desai, convener of the International Manifesto Group and Director of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group,Continue reading “On states and classes in conflict: The central dynamic of capitalism and transition to socialism / by Charles McKelvey”