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Walter Rodney: A people’s professor

Walter Rodney: A people’s professor

This essay, which complements our new study guide on The Russian Revolution, offers a brief overview of Rodney’s background historical context. Highlighting aspects of Rodney’s individual life demonstrates that his commitments were not just the result of his own individual experiences and conclusions, but were part of and emerged from the revolutionary crisis ripping through the world at the time.

Study, fast, train, fight: The roots of Black August

Study, fast, train, fight: The roots of Black August

Editor's note: This article was initially published on Liberation School in 2019.   In August 1619, enslaved Africans touched foot in the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States for the first time. The centuries since have seen the...

The U.S. state and the U.S. revolution

The U.S. state and the U.S. revolution

It is no exaggeration to say that the principal disputes between activists, organizations and political trends in U.S. social movements have hinged on different understandings of, and attitudes toward, the state. What distinguishes a revolutionary communist...

“George Jackson: Black Revolutionary,” by Walter Rodney

A 1971 article Walter Rodney wrote on George Jackson for a Tanzanian youth journal.

Black struggle is class struggle: A 4-part PSL course

This PSL course focuses on Black Revolutionary History in the United States and its central role in the development of U.S. society today.

The Black struggle, the communist movement, and the role of Black women: An interview with Dr. CBS

This first Interview, with Dr. CBS, focuses on the historical and contemporary links between the Black and Communist struggles and more.

How will the police be abolished? A Marxist perspective

12 points on the U.S. state and the necessity of revolution.

The racist history of police militarization and mass incarceration

In August 1971, a lawyer for big tobacco in Richmond, Va., sent a memorandum to an acquaintance at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with the ominous title: “Attack on American Free Enterprise System.”

The Russian Revolution: a view from the Third World (study guide)

Walter Rodney offers an excellent example of basing one’s conclusions and assessments on of all available evidence, data, and contextual information.

Have Black lives ever mattered?

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s book addresses the long history of racist police and state repression, offering organizers crucial lessons on stopping the war on Black America.

The state and revolution

For revolutionaries worldwide, The State and Revolution became the “new manifesto of the 20th century.” In the 21st century, the topic remains a pivotal one for revolutionaries, providing crucial theoretical weapons in the movement against racism, white supremacy, and police terror today.

Climate solutions beyond capitalism (study guide)

Tina Landis’ Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism makes the case that socialism provides the framework for solving the crisis and demonstrates how capitalism acts as a barrier to a shift in our relationship to each other and the planet, crucial for humanity’s survival.

Walter Rodney: A people’s professor

Walter Rodney: A people’s professor

Introduction In a recent book on the ongoing relevance of Walter Rodney’s work, Karim F. Hirji notes that, “as with scores of progressive intellectuals and activists of the past, the prevailing ideology functions to relegate Rodney into the deepest, almost...

Study, fast, train, fight: The roots of Black August

Study, fast, train, fight: The roots of Black August

Editor's note: This article was initially published on Liberation School in 2019.   In August 1619, enslaved Africans touched foot in the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States for the first time. The centuries since have seen the...

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Ukraine: right on NATO’s doorstep?

The Biden administration, Pentagon and NATO allies are conducting a dangerous and reckless campaign against Russia — one that has the potential to turn into a catastrophe for the people of the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the world. The aim is to strengthen the...

Women’s struggle for suffrage and beyond

Women’s struggle for suffrage and beyond

This article originally appeared as the fifth chapter in Donna Goodman’s Women Fight Back: The Centuries-Long Struggle for Liberation, published through Liberation Media and available for purchase here. Liberation School has a study and discussion guide for the book...

Assata Shakur: The making of a revolutionary woman

Assata Shakur: The making of a revolutionary woman

In commemorating Black August, we commemorate the struggle of those who have fought before us and faced violent repercussions from the state. We uplift the revolutionary history of the Black working class and its fundamental position in forging and leading the...

Walter Rodney: A people’s professor

Walter Rodney: A people’s professor

Introduction In a recent book on the ongoing relevance of Walter Rodney’s work, Karim F. Hirji notes that, “as with scores of progressive intellectuals and activists of the past, the prevailing ideology functions to relegate Rodney into the deepest, almost...