About us

kites is a journal of communist theory and strategy for revolution focused on North America. It emerged in 2020 from the initiative of two organizations: Revolutionary Initiative (RI) in Canada and the Organization of Communist Revolutionaries (OCR) in the US. Its Editorial Committee is composed of a few communist revolutionaries from across North America, and operates as an independent entity.

What binds us is a common love, hate, and humility: love for the people, hate for the present order and those who preside over it, and the humility to subject ourselves to the long process of figuring out how to make revolution. Spiritual bond aside, we share the perspective that revolutionary civil war is necessary to overthrow the rule of capitalism-imperialism; a dictatorship of the proletariat must be established thereafter to prevent the restoration of capitalism; socialist society must be a transition, driven by class struggle, towards the ultimate goal of communism on a world scale; and a vanguard party is necessary to lead the revolution and the socialist transition period and unite all who can be united at each step of the process. Rather than rest content to declare our allegiance to a set of established principles, we created kites to address the challenges before revolutionaries today, develop communist theory in new directions while staying grounded in the achievements of the past, and work towards the constitution of a new communist party.

For more on kites and the organizations who helped initiate it, see the following:

“The Contraband of Revolutionary Theory: Introducing KITES, A Journal of Communist Theory and Strategy for Revolution in North America” (Opening editorial to kites #1, January 2020)

Revolutionary Initiative (RI)

 

 

The Organization of Communist Revolutionaries (OCR)OCRTemp2
The OCR was formed in 2017 as a handful of revolutionaries with experience in previous communist organizations came together to sum up past experiences, initiate mass work among the proletariat, and revitalize revolutionary strategy.