“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”

When We Ride On Our Enemies

by Kenny Lake (First published Sep 2017) When we ride on our enemies is the third part in the four-part series The Specter that Still Haunts. Part four will appear in kites #4. Originally written in 2015 and published in Uprising (which was a theoretical organ of Revolutionary Initiative’s), the whole series can be foundContinue reading “When We Ride On Our Enemies”

Malcolm X Didn’t Dish Out Free Bean Pies

Distinguishing Charity and Social Work from Revolutionary Strategy by Kenny Lake (December 2020) Click here for a printable PDF of this article. In the 1990s, aside from militant protests and a willingness to go head-to-head with riot police perhaps best exemplified in the 1999 protests that shut down the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle,Continue reading “Malcolm X Didn’t Dish Out Free Bean Pies”

Kick ’Em While They’re Down

Kites #3 Editorial By the kites Editorial Committee (December 2020) Click here for a printable PDF of this article. In the future, hopefully 2020 will go down in history as the year of squandered possibilities for revolutionary advance in the US. We say hopefully because the other possibility—2020 as the year when all the signsContinue reading “Kick ’Em While They’re Down”

Catching Fire

Participant Reflections on the Summer of Protest and Rebellion by a reader of kites The interviews in this article were conducted in the summer of 2020. Click here for a printable PDF of this article. Author’s note: As a reader of kites, I’ve been inspired by the guidance and leadership your journal provides to conductContinue reading “Catching Fire”

Theses on Capitalist Crisis and Class War

by José San Miguel First written December 2019 / updated+published September 2020 Click here for a printable PDF of this article. Preface I began the work of writRening out these positions over the course of 2018 and 2019. But these ideas, like all ideas, are social in their origin: they’re the outcome of significant effortContinue reading “Theses on Capitalist Crisis and Class War”

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