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 see the following articles signed by the kites editorial committee:

The Contraband of Revolutionary Theory
Nothing is Hard in This World if You Dare to Scale the Heights
Defund, Abolish…but what about Overthrow?
Kick ‘Em While They’re Down
A call for communist social investigation a year after the summer of rebellion
Welcome to Splitsvillle. Population: Every Leftist Organization of the Last Decade—A Call for Summations, not Subtweet Recriminations
Chairman Gonzalo’s Legacy of Steadfast Revolutionary Principle and Strategic Innovations
Abolish Grifterism
There Are More Things in Heaven and Earth…Than Are Dreamt of in Your Philosophy”