• Don Hamerquist Reviews “The Communist Necessity”

    Perhaps I shouldn’t find significance in the short subtitle for JMP’s Communist Necessity essay,  prolegomena to any future radical theory – but I do. The simple meaning of ‘prolegomena’ is prefatory remarks, but there is a more specific reference that is closer to what JMP intends. Kant’s Prolegomena to the Critique of Pure Reason was presented as the necessary basis for any future metaphysics that could lay claim to being scientific. Similarly, JMP offers this essay as the necessary ‘scientific’ basis for “any future radical theory”. He may only claim to have provided some elements of this ...........READ MORE

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  • Our Commitment Is to Our Communities: David Gilbert Interviewed by Bob Feldman

    Our Commitment Is to Our Communities
    Mass Incarceration, Political Prisoners, and Building a Movement for Community-Based Justice

    David Gilbert Interviewed by Bob Feldman

    PRICE: $4.95
    ISBN: 978-1-894946-65-0
    PAGE COUNT: 29
    SIZE: 5.5 x 8.5
    FORMAT: Saddle-stitched pamphlet

    In the 2014 Certain Days calendar, political prisoner David Gilbert wrote that the “War on Crime” which began in the early 1970s was in fact a conscious government counterinsurgency strategy to decimate and disrupt Black and other people of color communities across the United States.

    In this pamphlet, interviewed by Bob Feldman, David uses this observation as his starting point to discuss the ...........READ MORE

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  • Toronto and Montreal Book Launches of The Communist Necessity

    Join J. Moufawad-Paul on September 25 in Toronto or (and!) September 28 in Montreal, where he will be presenting his recent book, The Communist Necessity.

    A sleek and punchy treatise about the problems of social movementism and the need for a “new return” to a revolutionary communist tradition, The Communist Necessity is a philosophical intervention that forces the reader to think through the problems presented by contemporary capitalism that are not answered by mainstream left-wing theories of organization and strategy inherited from the anti-globalization movement.

    According to Robert Biel, author of The Entropy of Capitalism, Moufawad-Paul’s book is ...........READ MORE

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  • Windi Earthworm on Queer Corps

    Windi Earthworm was an institution of the radical anglo left in 1980s Montreal. A crossdressing openly gay street musician who took it upon himself to educate the public about the Vancouver 5, the genocide of Indigenous peoples, the destruction of nature, and the miseries of life under capitalism, Windi was a frequent performer at benefits put on by the scene. Indeed, generally he was by far the most popular act.

    Windi was diagnosed HIV+ in the mid-eighties, and had moved to the countryside by 1986 – and when his health started to noticeably deteriorate, he left Quebec for the West ...........READ MORE

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  • Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat from Mayflower to Modern

    The fourth edition of J. Sakai’s Settlers is now out and available, copies shipping to wherever you may be.

    i felt a lot of apprehension working on this book — Settlers is literally the book (or the first in the trilogy of books) that changed my life, and pretty much defined for me what revolutionary writing should look like. Plus, the previous edition was so incredibly beautiful, pictures on every page, really graphically stunning. So if i could have avoided having to work on a new edition, and could have just stuck to selling the old one, i would have. ...........READ MORE

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  • Denmark reacts to Turning Money into Rebellion

    Turning Money into Rebellion, recently released by PM Press and Kersplebedeb, has received much attention in Denmark. Telling “the unlikely story of Denmark’s revolutionary bank robbers”, the book focuses on the exploits of the so-called Blekingegade Group, a circle of antiimperialist Marxists responsible for a series of robberies stretching from 1972 to 1988. All of the money acquired in the often spectacular heists was transferred to Third World liberation movements, in particular the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

    The Danish interest in Turning Money into Rebellion comes as no surprise. The actions of the Blekingegade Group ...........READ MORE

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  • Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine salutes the Black struggle in the US: The empire will fall from within

    In light of the police murder of the martyr Michael Brown and the ongoing struggle in Ferguson, Missouri, in the United States, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine salutes and stands firmly with the ongoing struggle of Black people and all oppressed communities in the United States.

    Comrade Khaled Barakat said in an interview with the PFLP media outlets that “Police brutality, oppression and murder against Black people in the U.S., and against Latinos, Arabs and Muslims, people of color and poor people, has never been merely ‘mistakes’ or ‘violations of individual rights’ but rather are part and ...........READ MORE

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    If you want to stay up to date with what Kersplebedeb Publishing is working on, where we are tabling, or what news we think you should be paying attention to – please take a moment and let us know to keep you on the mailing list.

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  • When Race Burns Class: Settlers Revisited (An Interview with J. Sakai)

    EC:   In the early eighties you wrote Settlers: Mythology of the White Proletariat, a book which had a major impact on many North American anti-imperialists. How did this book come about, and what was so new about its way of looking at things?

    JS: Settlers  completely came about by accident, not design. And what was so “new” about it was that it wasn’t “inspiring” propaganda, but took up the experience of colonial workers to question how class really worked. It wasn’t about race, but about class. Although people still have a hard time getting used to that – it isn’t ...........READ MORE

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  • A Moment of Silence by Emmanuel Ortiz

    Hear Emmanuel Ortiz read this poem

    Before I begin this poem, I’d like to ask you to join me in a moment of silence in honor of those who died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001. I would also like to ask you to offer up a moment of silence for all of those who have been harassed, imprisoned, disappeared, tortured, raped, or killed in retaliation for those strikes, for the victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, in the U.S., and throughout the world.

    And if I could just add one more thing…

    A full day ...........READ MORE

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Things i have read over the past month, that you might want to read too

It has been several weeks since i have shared my readings here; it is not that i have not been reading, just that a series of misadventures got in the way of my posting them. Here they are, the highs and lows:

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A Response to the NABPP-PC’s Chairman Shaka Zulu from Sanyika Shakur

“There is a categorical difference, often overlooked, between trying to describe an event that has already happened … and trying to describe one that has yet to happen – and one, in addition, for which there is no precedent, or even near precedent, in history. Lacking experience to guide our thoughts and impress itself on our feelings, we resort to speculation. But speculation, however brilliantly it may be carried out, is at best only a poor substitute for experience. Experience gives us facts, whereas in pure speculation we are thrown back on theory, which has never been a very reliable ...........READ MORE

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Gabriel Kuhn Reviews “The Communist Necessity”

from the Alpine Anarchist website:

Those who visit this site more regularly will have noticed that for an anarchist project we have devoted a fair amount of attention to publications stemming from other leftist traditions. There are several reasons for this: 1. We have always seen ourselves as part of a broader left. 2. We’re convinced more than ever that a united left is necessary to combat the threats of neoliberalism and neofascism. 3. Despite often grandiose rhetoric, there simply isn’t all that much exciting anarchist material out there when it comes to the crucial question of how to actually ...........READ MORE

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Helmut Pohl and Rolf Clemens Wagner ¡presente!

Over the past seven months, two former members of the Red Army Faction
have died.

To learn more about Rolf Clemens Wagner and Helmut Pohl, and also to read recollections of their comrade and friend Ron Augustin, see the following on the germanguerilla website:

See also this interview, with both Wagner and Pohl, which was published by junge Welt on October 17, 2007, and which has been translated by André Moncourt and J. Smith and uploaded to the germanguerilla site: “We Wanted to Push the Revolutionary Process Forward” junge Welt interview with Helmut ...........READ MORE

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Free Chelsea!

This summer i got some of these beautiful cloth bags, honoring Chelsea Manning and demanding her freedom. i still have a bunch left if anyone wants one — they cost $10 and some of the proceeds are going to the Chelsea Manning Defense Fund. (The bags were made by Art Metropole in Toronto on the occasion of a Tribute Night they organized in 2013.)

To get your bag, visit leftwingbooks.net ...........READ MORE

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Marx and Philiosophy review of Turning Money Into Rebellion, by Joshua Moufawad-Paul

At the end of the 1980s five men robbed a cash-in-transit vehicle in Copenhagen, stealing over thirteen million crowns. The subsequent investigation led to the discovery of an apartment in the district of Blekingegade that contained: ‘crystal radio receivers, transmitters, and antennas; masks, false beards, and state-of-the-art replicas of police uniforms; numerous false documents and machines to produce them; extensive notes outlining the … robbery and other unlawful activities; and – in a separate room, accessible only through a hidden door – the biggest illegal weapons cache ever found in Denmark.’ (3)

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Turning Money Into Rebellion reviewed in Partisan

The following review appeared in Partisan #55, the newspaper of the Parti Communiste Révolutionnaire/Revolutionary Communist Party (a canadian revolutionary organization, not to be confused with the u.s. outfit of the same name). Turning Money into Rebellion is available from leftwingbooks.net. 

 

Turning Money Into Rebellion, a book edited by Gabriel Kuhn and published by Kersplebedeb and PM Press, is a gripping snap-shot into a unique period of anti-imperialist struggle in the 1960s-1980s. At some places it reads as a political thriller; it’s engaging from the first page to the last. Focused on the so-called “Blekingegade Group,” a small ...........READ MORE

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Staying Safe, Waging War: A Review of J. Sakai’s Basic Politics of Movement Security

The following review is reposted from DCSC, a website devoted to “thinking critically about security, surveillance, and counterinsurgency”. J. Sakai and Mandy Hiscocks’s Basic Politics of Movement Security is available from leftwingbooks.net. This review is written by geoff, a new father and an editor of Red Skies at Night: A Journal of Revolutionary Strategy and Praxis. Geoff lives in Portland, Oregon.

 

The last few years have not been kind to radicals. In the wake of the Occupy Movement, the Pacific Northwest has seen FBI raids on anarchist houses and comrades imprisoned for resisting grand jury investigations of ...........READ MORE

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finding our way out

So we’re somewhere, can’t even agree on how to characterize where, but what we do agree on is we want to get out. There’s paths leading in all directions, and we can only see so far down each. Some we know are dead ends, some we know are worse. But even there, where a passageway once taken seemed to discredit itself forever with bloodshed and tragedy, we can’t really be sure it wasn’t the right one, and the we didn’t just miss a side door or tunnel branching off X feet in. It may be unlikely, and unreasonable to count ...........READ MORE

Of Interest

Some things i have read online over the past month, which i found interesting and think some of you might too:

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