Aguirre, Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972)

by Brennen Ryan (thefounders.co) Werner Herzog’s 1972  Aguirre, Wrath of God is often correctly described as one of the greatest films ever made.  The German New Wave classic is largely unknown in the United States, where it is mostly only known to film lovers and to its cult following. Internationally, the film is more widely... Continue Reading →

Our Long March

By Brennen Ryan (leadinglightarmy.com) October 14, 1934, the Communist Party and its Red Army could no longer hold the Jiangxi Soviet. They were surrounded by the reactionary forces of the Goumindang. The enemy was slowly wearing down our forces. We would not lose today or tomorrow, but we would lose - unless something was done.... Continue Reading →

Empire “makes the old serve the new” in Ukraine

By Brennen Ryan (leadinglightarmy.com) Communists have long understood that art plays a role in the class struggle. Reactionary art serves the interests of the bourgeoisie and capitalism. Communist art serves the people and their efforts to make revolution. During the Maoist era in China, revolutionaries sought to reinterpret old art so that it would serve... Continue Reading →

Questions about Maoism and Leading Light Communism

featuring Brennen Ryan (leadinglightarmy.com) We recently received some questions about the relationship of Leading Light Communism to Maoism. 1. Is Leading Light's concept of the Third World is the same of chairman Mao? No. The Leading Light’s “Global Class Analysis” is totally different from Mao’s “Theory of Three Worlds.” Let’s look at the differences. Mao... Continue Reading →

Today, December 16th, is a day of heroes

by Brennen Ryan (leadinglightarmy.com) In one voice, we said “No!” We declared independence on March 26, 1971. Our hopes were answered on December 16, 1971. It was on this day that Bangladesh gained its formal victory. Today is the day that the genocide inflicted upon our brothers and sisters by the Pakistan and its imperialist... Continue Reading →

Dissent, science, and a healthy world: comments on Judith Shapiro’s Mao’s War Against Nature (2001) Part 2 of 2

by Brennen Ryan Some final thoughts (leading-light.co) Capitalism has proven itself unable of dealing with the growing environmental crisis. In order to reproduce itself, capitalism must maintain unsustainable production and consumption. It is the nature of capitalism to expand, to dominate more and more markets, to extend over greater and greater populations. This is the... Continue Reading →

Seas are Rising, Clouds and Waters Raging Part 8

by Brennen Ryan (leadinglightarmy.com) Chapter 8 The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Begins,  Maoist China from 1958 to May 16, 1966 Read Part 1 here:http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-ideology-part-1/ Part 2: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-2/ Part 3: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-3/ Part 4: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-4/ Part 5: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-5/ Part 6: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-6/ Part 7: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-7/ Part 8: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-8/ May 16th Circular Debates had been raging about the direction of Chinas culture since... Continue Reading →

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