Saudi Arabia supporting Kurds

(leading-light.co) Saudi Arabia has recently issued statements supporting an independent Kurdistan: “Saudi supports the establishment of a state of Kurdistan A legitimate right of the Kurdish nation to live in peace” [sic] This change of policy occurs in the context of the United State’s increased support for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The People’s Protection... 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 →

Understanding the Kurdish resistance in Syria

by Brennen Ryan (leading-light.co) Very recently, an alliance of Kurdish forces and their allies has fought off an Islamic State offensive. Kobane, Syria was the focal point of the battle. The Islamic state is a horribly reactionary force that has been encouraged and supported by the imperialists, often through back channels. The Islamic State makes... Continue Reading →

Serve the people truth or fiction?

by Brennen Ryan (leading-light.co) In recent discussion, we contrasted science versus apolegetics in dealing with history. Stalin was used as an example. A familiar voice objected to our discussion. He roars: “There is nothing original in noting the USSR’s initial support of Israel as primarily geo-political. Of course it was a mistake, but hindsight is... Continue Reading →

Lin Biao as barometer

by Brennen Ryan (leading-light.co) The question of Lin Biao is not simply a question of whether Mao’s appointed successor attempted a coup or not. It is not simply as issue of adding or subtracting another head to the pantheon of revolutionary heroes. Two approaches confront each other in the question of Lin Biao. On the... Continue Reading →

Comments on Soviet Women, Traditionalism, Revisionism

by Brennen Ryan (thefounders.co) These comments are a reaction to Gail Warshofsky Lapidus’ “Women in Soviet Society: Equality, Development, and Social Change.” Much of Lapidus’ essay covers the same ground as these other  works Wendy Goldman’s Women at the Gates, Sheila Fritzpatrick’s Everyday Stalinism, and Hiroaki Kuromiya’s Stalin’s Industrial Revolution.  What is refreshing about these... Continue Reading →

Seas are rising, Clouds and Waters Raging

by Brennen Ryan (leadinglightarmy.com) Chapter 1 The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Begins,  Maoist China from 1958 to May 16, 1966  by Leading Light Commander PF 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/ Introduction  One of the problems that communists have... Continue Reading →

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