Native Blood: The Myth of Thanksgiving

Every schoolchild in the U.S. has been taught that the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony invited the local Indians to a major harvest feast after surviving their first bitter year in New England. But the real history of Thanksgiving is a story of the murder of indigenous people and the theft of their land by European colonialists–and of the ruthless ways of capitalism.

BY MIKE ELY

Imperialism? – Understanding US military maneuvers in the South China Sea

The role of the nation-state and its ruling cabinet in committing nations to war is changing due to globalization. Lenin’s famous pamphlet on “Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism” was written almost a century ago, in 1916…It has been indispensable reading for a century…But it’s hard to understand the recent conflicts in the Middle East in terms of inter-imperialist competition.

BY GARY LEUPP

The heroic deed: myth and revolution

“Despite the dogmas and inquisitions that an embrace of myths can encourage in radical movements, it is impossible to imagine politics without them. There is a material existence to myths that rationalist theories of “false consciousness” don’t recognize. The myths, symbols and rituals of radicalism remain a part of how we remember our past, imagine our future, forge a common bond of solidarity so that we know how to live and how to die for the communist ideal.”

By DOUG ENAA GREENE

How do communists party?

“Communist praxis consists of the strategic expansion of voluntary cooperation that abolishes the present division of labor, (creating a new and emancipatory division of labor) with an eye on the communist horizon.”

By JOSEPH G. RAMSEY

A world fit for living: For sustainable socialism

“Embarking on a communist road in the former United States means, for us, a promise of building a society based on an ethos of togetherness, where we share the earth’s resources to work, play, dance, and make art. And we must build this society in a way that ensures that future generations can inhabit a planet with a more balanced ecosystem allowing for even greater collective abundance.”

By NAT WINN

On blood-tags and white-washing

“The point after all is not merely to end oppressive speech, but the oppressive (and exploitative) system itself, which is a matter of existing social conditions and institutions, of power, policies, and practices.”

By JOSEPH G. RAMSEY