“It is only in participating in the revolution that women can work for their liberation.”

An interview with Coni Ledesma of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Editorial Introduction from kites The Philippine revolution has an exemplary record of women’s leadership and participation. In 53 years of protracted people’s war, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army have swam against the tide of semi-feudal socialContinue reading ““It is only in participating in the revolution that women can work for their liberation.””

Tin Man Maoism

A Summation of the MRP by Tyler and an exchange with Kenny Lake In response to our call for summations,1 kites received a summation of the “Maoist Revolutionary Party” (MRP), a short-lived organization in Philadelphia in 2019–20, from Tyler. While this summation offers some insights into the arrogance and lack of revolutionary principles that ledContinue reading “Tin Man Maoism”

“Banish Pessimism and Defeatism”

An Interview with Umberto Corti of the Central Committee of the (new) Italian Communist Party Part 2 of On Granite Conviction: Revolutionary Communism in Italy Today Editorial Introduction from kites In April 2021, the kites Editorial Committee conducted this interview with comrade Umberto Corti of the (new) Italian Communist Party ((n)PCI). The (n)PCI was establishedContinue reading ““Banish Pessimism and Defeatism””

“There Are More Things in Heaven and Earth…Than Are Dreamt of in Your Philosophy”

Issue #5-6 Editorial1 by the kites Editorial Committee This special double-issue of kites contains the results of social investigations carried out by kites readers in the summer of 2021 in a few regions across the US and a dozen cities and regions across Canada. While these results are only initial, they cover a wide swathContinue reading ““There Are More Things in Heaven and Earth…Than Are Dreamt of in Your Philosophy””

Revolution has vanished, replaced with fantasies of dual power, counterpower, “base areas,” abolition, and other “bottom-up” bourgeois-democratic illusions

By Kenny Lake For all their aversion to collective discipline and democratic centralism, for all their anti-vanguardism, for all their donning of dogmatic ideologies and petty sectarian bickering, it’s striking how firmly united most Leftists under the age of 35 in the US are on the notion that passing out free food, doing community gardens,Continue reading “Revolution has vanished, replaced with fantasies of dual power, counterpower, “base areas,” abolition, and other “bottom-up” bourgeois-democratic illusions”

Lessons from Beyond the Grave

A Case Study of Opportunism and a Summation of Efforts by Renters Together in Lawrence, Kansas by Akio (Written March 2021) kites received the following from a reader in Lawrence, Kansas in response to Welcome to Splitsvillle. Population: Every Leftist Organization of the Last Decade—A Call for Summations, not Subtweet Recriminations. Author’s Preface Communists can’t succeedContinue reading “Lessons from Beyond the Grave”

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

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 Recriminations”

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 comings 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”

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”