communist theory

Workers Manifesto for the New Millennium

This document was written by Filemon “Ka Popoy” Lagman when he was then secretary-general of the Partido ng Manggagawang Pilipino [PMP], an underground revolutionary political party of the Filipino working class established January 30, 1999. It was published as a paid advertisement in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on January 30, 2000. While we may not agree with everything Lagman says, his critique of the CPP is useful.

PPW: A New-Type Revolution of the Wrong Type

A critique of Sison's dogma of the armed struggle as the primary form of struggle for the Filipino proletariat, a review of Chinese society and history. While we may not agree with everything Lagman says, his critique of the CPP is useful.

PPDR: Class Line Vs. Mass Line

A critique of the CPP's 'People's Program for a Democratic Revolution, which laid down its standpoint on the bourgeois democratic revolution and the agrarian question. While we may not agree with everything Lagman says, his critique of the CPP is useful.

PSR: The Semifeudal Alibi for Protracted War

A critique of Sison's book (under the nom de guerre - Amado Guerrero) Philippine Society and Revolution, which characterized Philippine society's mode of production as semi-feudal and semi-colonial. While we may not agree with everything Lagman says, his critique of the CPP is useful.

Ka Popoy: Selected Writings

Selection of writings from Philippine communist Filemon Lagma, aka ‘Ka Popoy’. Lagman was a significant Rejectionist (RJ) leader who split with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Lagman articulated a comprehensive critique of the Communist Party of the Philippines. While we may not agree with everything Lagman says, his critique of the CPP is useful.

Immutable tablets of the communist theory of the party

Gustave Doré: Moses breaks the tablets of the law (credit: appleeye.org)

Amadeo Bordiga’s 1960 article, translated here into English for the first time, which summarizes and then extends his earlier commentary on Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts. Rejecting all notions of Marx’s profound or lasting indebtedness to Hegel, the author advocates for the return of the communist party (in the historical rather than formal sense) to the “tablets of stone” upon which it was founded already in 1844. These consist of the programmatic description of communist society, which will bridge the gap between man and nature by abolishing the individual and personality, and resolve the riddles and contrasts that have plagued philosophy for thousands of years.

The original content of the communist program is the obliteration of the individual as an economic subject, rights-holder, and agent of human history (Part II)

Día de Muertos in Janitzio (credit: México Destinos)

The second part of Amadeo Bordiga’s exposition of the features of communist society and of the revolutionary party that, in his estimation, is the only entity able to bring it into being. Critique of democracy, and of the “immediatist” conceptions of those who would like to see the party replaced by different forms of organization, is here tightly interlinked with a vision of society which will know nothing of classes or exchange and which will spatially and temporally integrate the entire human species into the Social Man, who will not even have any use for “freedom” in the conventional sense of the word.

Revolutionary Class, Political Organization, and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (Part 1)

The first part of "Clase revolucionaria, organización política, y dictadura del proletariado," published in "Alarma". It expresses Grandizo Munis's understanding of the relation of the class to revolutionary theory.

An updated and improved Marxism

A brief outline of a 21st-century conception of revolution. The notion of a "dictatorship of the proletariat" that smashes the capitalist state in one great insurrection has to be put to rest. Realism (materialism) is better than idealism.