Communists in convention: What our mission is and isn’t

“Communists in convention: What our mission is and isn’t” first appeared on on July 1, 2014. Read it on

Below is a section of the keynote to the Communist Party USA 30th National Convention, June 13-15, 2014. It was delivered on the convention’s opening day by outgoing National Chair Sam Webb. The newly elected national chair is John Bachtell, who previously served as Illinois organizer for the party. We will feature other sections of the keynote in the coming weeks. – Editors

Good afternoon everybody, and a special good afternoon to our international guests. Thank you so much for coming.

Want a better world? Get on board with the new labor movement

“Want a better world? Get on board with the new labor movement” first appeared on on May 21, 2014. Read it on

Social change, and especially deep-going social change in a progressive, left and socialist direction doesn’t just “happen.” It requires, first of all, real, active, and politically far-seeing social movements on the ground.

And the labor movement — energized, growing, membership-driven, and class and democratic minded — is an essential cornerstone of those social movements.

Convention Discussion: Taking care of the future in the movement of the present

“The Nature, Role, and Work of the Communist Party” first appeared on on April 10, 2014. Read it on

Submitted for discussion by the National Board of the Communist Party

The two old bards of the socialist movement  wrote in the Communist Manifesto,

“The Communists fight for the attainment of the immediate aims, for the enforcement of the momentary interests of the working class; but in the movement of the present, they also represent and take care of the future of that movement.

Sounds good and seems easy enough to do. Right?


Not only is it a difficult needle to thread, but it also is something that, once done, isn’t necessarily good for all time. In fact, the thread has to be re-threaded as conditions of struggle change, and as we know only too well, conditions change constantly, sometimes in qualitative (big) ways.

Ukraine, U.S. and Putin; who’s the bully?

“Ukraine, U.S. and Putin; who’s the bully?” first appeared on on April 9, 2014. Read it on

If the world breathed a sigh of relief when the Cold War wound down in the late 1980s, it started trembling as U.S.-Russia relations took a dangerous turn over Ukraine and Crimea. This is a very troubling development. If it continues in the present direction, the result will be damaging on a range of issues – nuclear weapons proliferation and elimination, Iran, Syria, terrorism, climate change, and domestic politics in the two countries, to mention a few.

If you listen only to the mainstream media and both Republican and Democratic politicians you get the impression that the perpetrator of this sharply negative turn is the power-hungry Putin, and that the trigger was Russia’s heavy hand in the Crimea.

Discusión de la Convención: Hacia un Partido Comunista moderno y maduro apropiado para Estados Unidos en el siglo 21

Dado que vivimos en una época de improductividad económica, una creciente presión por la supervivencia del ser humano, el cambio de sensibilidad y de pensamiento de la gente, el comienzo de la ofensiva contra el capital corporativo a un nivel nacional y global y el continuo reagrupamiento del movimiento comunista a un nivel teórico y práctico, no es sorprendente que las características, la naturaleza y el papel del Partido Comunista de Estados Unidos en el siglo 21 sean un tema de discusión mientras avanzamos hacía nuestra 30ava Convención en Chicago.