Welcome to Splitsvillle. Population: Every Leftist Organization of the Last Decade—A Call for Summations, not Subtweet Rrecriminations

The past decade has seen a rapid growth in new and a few previously existing Leftist organizations across North America, matched almost tit for tat by splits within and the dissolution of said Leftist organizations. A number of the larger, crusty old Leftist organizations have fallen apart after decades of doing the same thing overContinue reading “Welcome to Splitsvillle. Population: Every Leftist Organization of the Last Decade—A Call for Summations, not Subtweet Rrecriminations”

Picking the Ripest Fruit for Harvesting a Revolutionary People

by Kenny Lake (Written in 2015) Picking the Ripest Fruit for Harvesting a Revolutionary People is the fourth and final part in the series The Specter that Still Haunts: Locating a Revolutionary Class Within Contemporary Capitalism-Imperialism, and will appear in print in kites #4. Originally written in 2015 and published at revolutionary-initiative.com, this piece wasContinue reading “Picking the Ripest Fruit for Harvesting a Revolutionary People”

The Tinderbox and the Tourniquet

Voices from Baltimore in the Wake of the 2015 Rebellion and Bourgeois State Intervention by Kilmor In the summer of 2018, a mixture of communists and those interested in walking the revolutionary road traveled from a handful of cities across North America to meet in downtown Baltimore, Maryland for an intensive three-day social investigation intoContinue reading “The Tinderbox and the Tourniquet”

A call for communist social investigation a year after the summer of rebellion

Issue #4 Editorial By the kites Editorial Committee (April 2021) Opportunities missed, claimed, and coming Over the past year and change, a rapid succession of crises have gripped North America. The pandemic has brought premature death to over half a million people and the agonizing pain of losing loved ones to so many more. AllContinue reading “A call for communist social investigation a year after the summer of rebellion”

From Postmodernist Nonsense to Plain Proletarian English: A Translation Guide

Some readers of kites, particularly class-conscious proletarians in North America and our international audience, may be confused when they encounter the terminology and slogans used by postmodernist activists and academics in the US and Canada that are alien to their life experience and to common sense. In order to assist such readers in making senseContinue reading “From Postmodernist Nonsense to Plain Proletarian English: A Translation Guide”

Against the Tide of Counter-Revolution

An Interview with Comrade Kiran (Mohan Baidya), General Secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal (Revolutionary Maoist) The following interview will appear in kites #4, which is due out sometime in late spring of 2021. Editorial Introduction In the 1990s, when the ruling classes were proclaiming the permanent victory of capitalism-imperialism in all corners ofContinue reading “Against the Tide of Counter-Revolution”

“Like we’re fighting for our lives…”

An Interview by Kersplebedeb with Kenny Lake and Amil K. from the kites Editorial Committee KERSPLEBEDEB: What is kites? Who produces it? Kenny Lake: kites published its first issue in January 2020, aiming to fill the need for communist theory and strategy for revolution in North America, and to do so in a way thatContinue reading ““Like we’re fighting for our lives…””

Drawing Blood: A Guide to Communist Agitation

Click on cover image for printable PDF of this manual from OCR. During his struggle with the economists (those Marxists who restricted their political work to struggles over the immediate conditions of exploitation at the factory), Lenin, in his seminal work What Is to Be Done?, wrote: A basic condition for the necessary expansion ofContinue reading “Drawing Blood: A Guide to Communist Agitation”

Looking Back to Face Forward

The Role of Summation in the Revolutionary Process The great helmsman of the Chinese Communist Revolution, Mao Zedong, elaborated a four-step method for guiding revolutionary practice: 1. Make a plan.2. Carry out the plan.3. Sum up the experience.4. Make a new plan. This didn’t just spring from the grand intellect of Mao, but was forgedContinue reading “Looking Back to Face Forward”

A Revolutionary People Requires a Revolutionary Literature

kites is a theoretical and strategic collaboration among communist revolutionary organizations and individuals throughout North America. This journal unites us in the project of cultivating a revolutionary people across North America that sees the urgency of overthrowing capitalism-imperialism and in struggling for a communist future. To all those who share this fundamental aspiration with us,Continue reading “A Revolutionary People Requires a Revolutionary Literature”