This issue of kites consists entirely of a major new document from the Organization of Communist Revolutionaries, “The CP, the Sixties, the RCP, and the Crying Need for a new Communist Vanguard Party Today: Summing up a century of communist leadership, organization, strategy, and practice in the United States so that we can rise to the challenges before us.” A significant amount of preview content has already been released and can be sampled at kites-journal.org.
kites is a journal of communist theory and strategy for revolution focused on North America. It emerged in 2020 from the initiative of two organizations: Revolutionary Initiative (RI) in Canada and the Organization of Communist Revolutionaries (OCR) in the US. Its Editorial Committee is composed of a few communist revolutionaries from across North America, and operates as an independent entity.
Table of Contents
The CP, the Sixties, the RCP, and the Crying Need for a Communist Vanguard Party Today: Summing up a century of communist leadership, organization, strategy, and practice in the United States so that we can rise to the challenges before us
by the ORGANIZATION OF COMMUNIST REVOLUTIONARIES (US)
1917-23: Forming the party...well...parties
1923–25: Grandiose schemes and outmaneuvered maneuvers
1925–28: Bolsheviks gonna bolshevize; factionalists gonna factionalize
1928–33: The dawn of the red decade
1933–35: Broadening out
1935–39: The Popular Front
1939–41: Soviet diplomatic maneuvers and American dogmatic idiocy
1941–45: Capitulation and liquidation
1945–...: Stuck in the swamp of revisionism, never to escape
THE SIXTIES: A REVOLUTIONARY DECADE WITHOUT A VANGUARD
What gave rise to the revolutionary storms?
From revolt to revolutionaries; from sharpening objective contradictions to subjective revolutionary forces
The paths the Sixties generation of revolutionaries took: an overview
The bourgeoisie regains the initiative: the regime of preventive counterrevolution in the 1970s
1968–72: Moving mountains – The early RU
1972–76: Building the Party
1976–78: Discarding the CP baggage
1978–81: “Better fewer, fewer better” – Taking a bold stand with cold revolutionary politics in command
1982–88: “Masters of the wharf or slaves to tonnage?” – Hinging revolutionary work on a grand crisis ahead
1989–91: “The end of a stage, the beginning of a new stage”
1992–2001: Proletarian islands in a petty-bourgeois sea; severing political work from revolutionary objectives
2001–2003: Gaining a mass following, but at what cost?
2004–5: A “cultural revolution” without the masses
2005–8: Fewer, but not better
2009–15: The “new communism” in practice
2016–20: “First time as tragedy, second time as farce”
The Party’s over
THE CRYING NEED FOR A COMMUNIST VANGUARD PARTY TODAY
The 2010s as a decade of revolutionary potential diverted
What would it take to build a vanguard?
Some particularities that the construction of a new vanguard in the US needs to pay attention to
APPENDIX 1: An OCR Study Guide for Training Communist Cadre
APPENDIX 2: Selected Sources on and from the 1960s Revolutionary Movement