Category Archives: revolution

Julia Lovell: “Maoism marches on: The revolutionary idea that still shapes the world”

“The west has assumed that Maoism, like Soviet communism, has been left in the dust: no European rebels these days carry a Little Red Book. But the ideology is resurgent in China and remains hugely influential elsewhere.”

Marilyn La Jeunesse: “The History of Las Soldaderas, the Women Who Made the Mexican Revolution Possible”

“For the revolutionaries, the war was an opportunity to overthrow the outdated class system put in place by the Spanish elite. These revolutionaries saw it as a time for Mexico to reward the people who worked the land, not the other way around: a war for the mestizos; a war for the indigenous; and a war for the poor. But neither side could have endured for nearly 10 years without the dedication of Las Soldaderas.”

lundimatin: “The gilets jaunes: An ultimatum”

‘On Saturday, March 16, will converge on Paris Act XVIII of the yellow vests, under the slogan “Ultimatum: all France in Paris!”, the demonstration of “popular neighborhoods” against police violence and the” march of the century” for the climate, that is to say, almost all of the questions that the current power is unfit to answer. All the questions that exceed it, and which are the very urgency of the present. All the reasons we have to take our destiny out of its hands.’

Loren Balhorn: “The World Revolution That Wasn’t”

“The Comintern was founded on this day in 1919 to carry revolution around the world. We are only now recovering from the legacy of its failure.”

Mohammed Elnaiem: “Did Kongolese Catholicism Lead to Slave Revolutions?”

“The legacy of Kimpa Vita, a Kongolese woman Catholic mystic, was felt from the U.S. to Haiti.”

Livia Gershon: “Did Black Rebellion Win the Civil War?”

“Historians are giving credence to W.E.B. DuBois’s assertion that enslaved workers coordinated a general strike, which helped end the Civil War.”

“Letter of Solidarity and Support for Zapatista Resistance and Autonomy”

“We, intellectuals, academics, artists, activists and others in solidarity … condemn the ongoing campaign of disinformation, lies, and slander directed against the Zapatistas.  For us, and for many others around the world, the Zapatista struggle is a key referent for resistance, dignity, integrity and political creativity.”

Ines Schwerdtner: “One, Two, Many Rosa Luxemburgs”

“On the 100th anniversary of her murder, Rosa Luxemburg’s incredible life provides us with a model — not necessarily of what to do, but of how to do it.”

Void Network: ‘Signs of the times/Images from the future: Thoughts on the “yellow vests” and the revolt in France.’

“the question faced by the politicized minorities that still raise red and black flags remains: can we participate in something that exceeds us, in struggles that pose the problem of organization and justice on the level of a historical stake, to find ourselves next to people that we do not agree nor identify with, to risk, to err, to be disappointed? If the answer is negative, we can verbalize about revolution, but we will not be one of its productive vectors.”

Andrew W.M. Smith: “The Gilets Jaunes Protest: A Grand Refusal in an Age of Commuter Democracy”

‘Commentary on French protests, both in France and especially outside it, quickly become a search for historical comparisons, feeding a narrative of repetitive crises which satisfies some broad cultural assumption about “Frenchness.”’