On Opportunism

The term “Opportunism” has taken on a general definition: “taking opportunities as and when they arise, regardless of planning or principle.” He was accused of “political opportunism”, implying a certain mercenary, ‘end justifies the means’ mentality. In this case, it is an individual personality characteristic – “He is an opportunist.” We also see opportunism as an essential feature of capitalism and imperialism, which seeks to use every opportunity to enrich the bourgeoisie at the expense of the people. This is the opportunism of corporate or state entities that pursue profit by every available means. In this struggle of ours, the . . .

A Materialist Guide to Media Literacy

Materialism: A Grounded Analysis In exploring the notion of critical media literacy, the Marxist concepts of base and superstructure and Antonio Gramsci’s theory of cultural hegemony provide an essential framework for understanding the complex dynamics of media, power, and ideology. I’ve long engaged with these concepts frequently, not because I’m a broken record with only a single track working; it’s because these are part of the same source material and concepts that were ideologically foundational to Walter Rodney, Frantz Fanon, and many of my own foundational intellectuals. A necessity of our political education and study has to be not only . . .

Community Control for A Zone of Peace

Co-coordinator of the Black Alliance For Peace Haiti/Americas Team and coordinator of the Black Alliance For Peace Baltimore Citywide Alliance, Erica is a member of the Black worker’s centered Ujima People’s Progress Party in Maryland and the founder of Liberation Through Reading. She is also the co- editor of the revolutionary African blog, Hood Communist. Erica speaks here about her work and how we can support our Black Alliance For Peace brothers and sisters in their current struggles. As said, my name is Erica Caines and I do a lot of work with the Black Alliance For Peace (BAP). Just . . .

Attendees of a solidarity march holding a banner saying "stop genocide, free palestine"

Zionism, Settler-colonialism and the Myth of Democracy

Zionism is settler-colonialism and settler-colonialism is an act of genocide.  This current wave of massacres of Palestinians in Gaza is part of a long process of ethnic cleansing that began with murderous attacks on Palestinian villages prior to and in 1948, then proceeded to the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians in the Nakba. The ethnic cleansing is all these acts of settler-colonial dispossession and deprivation including military assaults, destruction of homes, crops and cultural sites, arrests, rape and torture, blockades and denial of water and food as well as killing of women and children. In the age of capitalist . . .

Voting and the Illusion of Democracy

Democracy is not possible under capitalism. The very nature of the beast is that capital,  profit, is concentrated in the hands of an engorged minority who use it to further enrich  themselves at the expense of the vast majority of the world’s people, and to the detriment  of planet Earth herself.  Poor and working class people cannot participate in this wealth-driven process because  we have been locked out of the all-important ability to acquire sufficient wealth to  determine our own destiny. Still, under capitalism, a system that can more accurately be  called “profitism”, we have been indoctrinated to believe with . . .

Capitalism’s Techno-Metamorphosis 

This article exposes two parallels related to big tech. One being, capitalism’s metamorphosis into techno-feudalism and the other being the failure to capture a share of our total economic value produced through our labor and or through our technological inputs. It must be re-emphasized that we create the value of a product, the masses have always been the creators of value, and consequently the destroyers as well.  “Wealth is still concentrated in the hands of a few powers whose wasteful economies are maintained by the exploitation of the labor…”  Fidel Castro, Former President of Cuba, speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned . . .

Pan-Africanism and Digital Technology

Digital technology in its current form is here to stay – or at least until we break the supply chains draining the Congo and her kind – and we know how much of a role it plays in communication. For better and worse, the devices and networks that enable this technology to function have become quite important in the functioning of urban society, and not necessarily the rural communities. It is important to make this distinction because if or when the servers that run the internet that we are so addicted to crashes, it is the people in ‘modern’ society . . .

All Black Feminisms Ain’t Created Equal

My initial introduction to radical feminist politics was through convoluted, often antagonistic online discourses, where past works of radical feminists are engaged, discussed, and ultimately flattened. Audre Lorde has always been among the most popularly referenced Black feminists cited online, for example, but always for her gender critical analysis (which could be used as fodder in heated discourse) and never for her anti-imperialist analysis. It’s much easier for one to gain attention and retweets through cherrypicking her words on gender and sexuality, but much less popular to dive into her works on the imperialist U.S. invasion of her homeland Grenada . . .