Exploratory thinking on economic stagnation, non-traditional labor and points of strategic engagement

“Exploratory thinking on economic stagnation, non-traditional labor and points of strategic engagement” first appeared on PoliticalAffairs.net on May 28, 2014. Read it on PoliticalAffairs.net.

This article is based on a report to the National Board of the Communist Party USA.

Several months ago Lawrence Summers, a major economic thinker in establishment circles and leading operative in the Clinton and Obama administrations, in a short speech to the International Monetary Research Conference made some startling observations:

“We have all agreed,” Summers said, “… that a remarkable job was done in containing the 2007-2008 crisis; that an event that (was) worse than the fall of 1929 and the winter of 1930, ended up in a way that bears very little resemblance to the Great Depression.”

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 PeoplesWorld.org on May 21, 2014. Read it on PeoplesWorld.org.

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 CPUSA.org on April 10, 2014. Read it on CPUSA.org.

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  PoliticalAffairs.net on April 9, 2014. Read it on PoliticalAffairs.net.

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.

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