In Strategy: One Against Ten; In Tactics: Ten Against One
Donald Trump is set to speak in Springfield, Missouri this Wednesday in an attempt to energize his base for his so-called “tax reforms”, this at a time where he has polarized the nation with his inflammatory comments in support for white nationalists who converged on Charlottesville and that left one person dead and 19 wounded. It was asked by a community member what will be the response of our United Front in dealing with the visit of Trump to our state. It was correctly stated by one of our comrades that should our contingent go to Springfield we will be surrounded by reactionary forces and have no base of support, that all our political mobilizations are done with careful planning and minimizing the worst predictable outcomes. In reflecting on this position it is necessary to critique a trend in the “activist” circles in their method of protest. A main tactic is one of “disruption” that typically occurs without an active support base. We are seeing this in the response of this visit put on by Indivisible St Louis and other dissatisfied liberals who are sending people into a crowd which practices barbaric violence but calling for “non-violence”. It literally is just as simple as accepting a Facebook invite and showing up to the staging area (which is publicly stated).
For Maoists, our principles in politics and war is a recognition that strategically we are on the defensive in the initiation stage and how to use our forces effectively to tactically overwhelm our opponents. We support all forms of rebellion against the powers of white supremacy, capitalism and all oppression, but we want to do so in a manner in which we can win, rather than a showcase of exhibitions. The essence of Mao’s strategy of concentrating a superior force to destroy enemy forces one by one is also applicable to politics and rallies. This allows us to decide when to engage in political encounters and that we do so where we stand a great chance of winning or showing formidable resistance. Continue reading “On Politics of Resistance: The Maoist Approach to Protest”
Collusion between far-right militias and the KCPD demonstrates the need for real community self defense
Fascism is death — this is a truth all communists know. However, there comes a time when knowledge of the truth alone is not sufficient, a time when it is necessary to grasp that truth and wield it in the name of self-preservation. Fascists and their organizations are bubbling up from every crevice in this country, emboldened as they are by their demagogic leader Trump, and the pacifist nature and indifference that characterizes much of the resistance to Trumpite fascism.
Yet a more militant resistance is emerging, one that we wholeheartedly support and seek to enrich. A resistance based on the immense power and determination of the working class and oppressed masses, increasingly being led by their most conscious and militant defenders, communists.
The duty of every communist is to serve the people regardless of personal gains or losses. This is the lifeblood that sustains a revolutionary movement and truly makes us invincible, namely, the trust, admiration, and love we have for the People, and the People for us. It is because of our communist duty, and our understanding as Marxist-Leninist-Maoists that fascism will only crumble when struck, that we must take self-defense seriously, both the armed and the unarmed type.
Recently a march for prisoners was held in Kansas City to protest the vile and criminally torturous prison system that imprisons our class, and particularly the Black and Chicano Nations en masse. Spirits were high as many people passed by a recently vandalized Confederate monument, an act that dedicated communists took upon themselves based on the overwhelming desire of the masses to see it removed, yet for all the successes of the march there was one glaring problem.
A small detachment of armed Three Percenters had positioned themselves on the perimeter of the march to, in their words, “protect” and “ensure the safety” of the march. Knowing the politicalcharacter of Patriot groups like the Three Percenters, and having directly confronted them at a recent counter-demonstration of the fascist group ACT for America, we know that those words are hollow.
Their role, like that of the police, is that of the foot soldiers and ideological partisans of this decaying reactionary order. Their presence was a clear political statement of their intent to work hand in hand with the Kansas City Police Department to corral and harass the People and to continue their clamp down on local communists.
The following day provided more damning evidence of the direct collaboration between the police and local Patriot groups. An anonymous source emailed us a video showing the militiamen and the police debriefing each other before Sunday’s action to protest the Confederate memorial, which had already been prepped for removal thanks to the direct action of communists.
Many ordinary people at both events were noticeably alarmed and shaken by the presence of the Three Percenters, which turned to outrage and righteous anger once their alliance was exposed. Since the videos have been exposed they have spread like wildfire, with numerous new outlets picking up the story, yet KCPD has remained largely silent beyond issuing a pathetic statement denying their collaboration with armed fascists. Of course the video and picture evidence proves the lies of the pigs for what they are, a lot of hot air.
In this context we recognize the importance of self-defense, not only to resist local fascist goons, but their friends in the KCPD. Pigs and fascists are cut from the same cloth, and perform the same political function, that of crushing mercilessly the working class and its most militant and revolutionary detachments. Now this reality is being exposed to the masses in Kansas City. In their eyes the pigs and fascists have now become indistinguishable.
Objective reality is transforming the consciousness of thousands of people, and it is the duty of us communists to mobilize and organize the masses into a fighting force. This is why we encourage members of our class to attend collective self-defense classes, to familiarize themselves with the techniques of street fighting and disarmament. These are techniques that are necessary when engaging in any combat with fascists. But we must also now insist on training with arms. We should never fall behind the enemy, in fact we should be several steps ahead of them, and our enemy has always been armed. If we wish to protect ourselves, our class, and defeat the horrors of organized fascism then we must pick up and familiarize ourselves with the gun.
Every protest should be viewed as a school of war, and every war requires disciplined self-defense without exception. We mean to make war on capitalism, imperialism, and fascism. We learn war through making it, just as we learn the gun by picking it up. Practice has served as our greatest teacher, and will continue to do so. We see no greater service to the People than by propagating, strengthening, and broadening self-defense programs and training, both armed and unarmed, to stave off fascist terror. We will not fail in our task.
A Report Back From the Counter-Demonstration for the KC “March Against Sharia”
On Saturday the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America staged a so-called “March Against Sharia” at Washington Square Park in downtown Kansas City, as part of a larger nationwide event. Standing alongside ACT were members of the fascist 3%er militia, and other assorted white supremacists and neo-nazis. The pretense of “Sharia Law” was just a dog-whistle for extremist right-wing hate groups to spread their filth and try to organize unassuming Republicans and closet racists for their genocidal cause. As Communists, we stand with the Muslim community and with all those who are targeted by fascist hatred and slander.
Antifa arrived on the scene a couple hours prior to the event hoping to snuff it out, but by that time, a dozen 3%ers were already at the park with their KCPD escort. The 3%ers were hired and paid by ACT to provide additional security and to help escort people out. They carried side arms, wore Kevlar vests and other paramilitary gear. They kept their AR’s in their trucks, which were parked at various spots. While many anti-fascists have started carrying side arms and are prepared to use lethal force if forced to, we were still heavily outgunned. This is a gap we are working to close, as should all anti-fascists. The left must rid itself of liberal and petty-bourgeois attitudes regarding firearms and embrace the gun to defend ourselves against the rising fascist threat. This is the position we are in, and we have no other options.
The KCPD pigs erected a fence around the fascists, and deployed their units around the fence with ATV’s, horses, tear gas cannons, and spy drones. Twenty feet or so outside of the fence KCPD put up police tape, and threatened to arrest anyone who crossed it. By the time the bulk of the anti-fascists arrived, the fascists were confined to a small corner of the park surrounded by three layers of protection. As usual the pigs didn’t even pretend to be neutral, focusing all their efforts on the anti-fascists and ignoring the fascists except for when they were coordinating details.
Aside from security, the “March Against Sharia” seemed incredibly unorganized. The fascists never managed to actually march anywhere, and the rally was contained inside their small pig pen the entire time leaving them unable to prey on the public. Antifa and other assembled counter-protesters set up speakers and blasted music and loud disruptive noise, and used megaphones to mock the clowns who would believe that ISIS is about to take over Kansas City.
The fascists did a low energy pledge of allegiance to the US flag and a couple of times huddled up into a tight group attempting to give poorly written speeches. For most of the four-hour event, the fascists faced the inside of the park and spent all their energy yelling slurs and other insults at our side. Their speeches were entirely contained to their group, although it is doubtful that any of them could hear much. They had no speakers or megaphones, and even the insults they were screaming were difficult to hear from where the anti-fascist stood. All the hatred they intended to spew was lost in their own echo chamber. Meanwhile, it was clear from the occasional angry outburst behind the fence that our speakers were heard over on their side loud and clear.
At one point the fascists switched directions and moved to face the street, but Antifa maneuvered around quickly and continued to confront them. Fearing escalation and unprepared to control the situation on the street, the KCPD soon ushered the fascists back to the side of the pen that was facing the park, where Antifa met them and continued the disruptions.
The Antifa side ultimately succeeded in sequestering, silencing and distracting the bigots. Their rally was bogged down at every turn, and they were unable to march. Coming and going they had to be escorted by the pigs. Antifa was ready to go toe-to-toe with the fascists, while they hid like the cowards they are behind a KCPD fence and a city permit. Antifa showed up organized and prepared, and shut down any attempts by weak-willed liberals and NGO sellouts to contain our righteous anger. There were so many red flags and hammer and sickles, that even the KC Star had to acknowledge the heavy Communist presence. Aside from one or two exceptions, the passerby’s gave us lots of support and some even joined us.
With about 100 people on our side, we out numbered them but only by a slim margin, which is something we are not used to and is a serious concern. Many of the 3%ers and alt-right losers drove in from all around Kansas and Missouri and some had plates from Arizona. Most of the Antifa side was made up of people who are connected to local leftist organizations, with Communists making up a majority of the crowd. While it is good that we are able to absorb people into our ranks and summon a sizeable crowd of militants, we must help spread anti-fascist sentiment among the masses of people in Kansas City. We cannot rely on social media to do this for us, and must go to where the people are and propagate a militant anti-fascism. We need to get out large swaths of people from the Westside, the Eastside, the Northeast and all of Kansas City to show up and confront the fascists head on. The people of Kansas City despise fascism and everything that this group of outsiders represents, so it is our responsibility as Communists and anti-fascists to agitate and spread propaganda amongst them and to organize with them to defeat this threat.
We believe that fascists should not have any space to spread their genocidal rhetoric, no matter what front group they are pretending to hide behind. Every single fascist should get punched in the face like Richard Spencer, until they are driven back into the holes they crawled out of. These people were openly calling for the eradication of Islam, while guarded by the fascist 3%ers militia and the KCPD. They had crypto-fascist shirts and other white supremacist symbols on display. There is no question that these are people who, if they had their way, would not only attempt to eradicate just Islam, but all minorities and ideologies that they deem inferior or a threat. The KCPD pigs are happy to protect these fascists, even embrace them, as they continue to grow.
We must do better and work to summon five, ten, twenty times their number whenever fascists show their faces on our streets. We should make it our goal to not only sequester and silence the fascists, but to completely shut down and prevent future events from taking place. This means we must draw enough people to swamp both the pigs and the fascists, so that Antifa militants can break through the police lines and smash into the fascists. If the pigs continue to stand in our way and protect the fascists, we need to prepare large numbers of people to do battle with them too. If the local press continues to provide a platform for fascists to spread their genocidal and Islamophobic rhetoric, we must stop them also. If we have them matched in terms of firepower, we believe it will act as a deterrent, helping us avoid any armed confrontation and keeping everyone safer, even if we move in to shut the fascists down with sticks, stones and fists.
With the numbers we had on Saturday and the limited firepower, going into such a confrontation with both the pigs and the fascists would have been a serious error. If we can mobilize the people of Kansas City and have them at our backs, a force of 100-200 trained and organized militant anti-fascists would be able to pummel a group of this size. One advantage we had was that all of our people were locals, whereas they had to carpool people in from rural areas all around Kansas and Missouri. We can assume that most of the active 3%ers in the surrounding area were present at this event, since some of them came from as far as St Louis (or at least were spotted recently in St Louis at a pro-Confederate event).
A few hours into the competing protests, the 3%ers broke out into groups of four to six, and set up at least three different points that formed a rough perimeter a block or two outside the park, using large crowds of people to try and hide themselves. They did this not only to help escort their people out, but to try and get the license plates of anti-fascists and who knows what else. Our on-the-ground intel was solid on this, and we were quick to mobilize a plan to get our people safely into their cars, but despite this, some Antifa were followed by 3%ers and had their license plates taken and cars identified. In the future we need to have a prepared plan in place to avoid this.
The fascist’s permit was up at 2 p.m., and aside from the event organizers and the hired 3%ers, most of them had been escorted out prior to the deadline. At that time the KCPD took down the tape and Antifa moved in as the remaining fascists stood terrified behind their fence. The fence was pulled back, and Antifa moved in for the only close-up confrontation of the day. One of the more annoying fascists, who Antifa dubbed “Chad,” tried yelling at people with a Toys-R-Us megaphone they had picked up midway through their event. An anti-fascist quickly swatted the megaphone out of Chad’s hand, breaking it to pieces, before KCPD moved in with their riot gear and broke the crowd up, threatening our side with batons and chemical weapons while again ignoring the quivering fascists.
Our primary errors were letting the fascists outmatch us in firepower, failing to mobilize large sections of the masses outside of the pre-existing left, and our inability to completely shut down the event. Our primary successes were containing and silencing the fascists, preventing them from marching, and our overall superior organization.
Fascism poses an existential threat to all oppressed and working people, and we must work to organize like our lives are at stake, because they are. We will not underestimate this threat. Our collective and the mass organizations we work with have been targeted and threatened by these fascists for more than a year. We have been honing our self-defense and security culture in that time, but we need to go further and do better.
The area fascists, along with the KCPD, rightly identify Communists as the primary enemy to fascism. After all, it was the Communists who stopped the Nazi’s Blitzkrieg in its tracks, and destroyed them in their millions before marching into Germany and splitting it in half. Whenever the fascist threat rears its head, you can count on Communists to be on the frontlines ready to give our lives to protect our communities. We call on all people in Kansas City who hate fascism to embrace discipline and organization, to get in touch with KCRC or other revolutionary and anti-fascist organizations like the Progressive Youth Organization or Serve The People, so that we can continue to build the ranks of Antifa and defeat this threat once and for all.
Remember October and carry on the struggle it initiated!
Today revolutionaries and the working-class from around the world join together to commemorate the anniversary and legacy of the October Revolution (October 25th on the Julian calendar, November 7th on the Gregorian calendar). This was a momentous event in the history of the international working-class movement. It swept away the reactionary provisional government, installed a dictatorship of the proletariat supported by the peasantry, completed the bourgeois-democratic revolution in the countryside by expropriating the land of the great landlords and turned it over to the peasants, and expropriated the large trusts, banks, and capitalists and put them in the hands of the proletariat. Furthermore, the October Revolution broke open the prison house of nations that was the Russian empire, finally allowing national self-determination for oppressed nations within the empire.
Internationally the significance of this revolution was recognized by the working-class and oppressed peoples as the opening salvo to the era of proletarian revolution and the decline of imperialism. From Korea, to China, to Ireland those oppressed by imperialism and capitalism finally saw the road out clearly for the first time. The October Revolution demonstrated in practice the general course for freeing the masses of workers, peasants, and oppressed peoples from domination and exploitation. It is this general course which has retained its importance today, and most importantly, the universality of the experience of the Bolsheviks and the workers and peasants of the Soviet Union in socialist construction should be remembered and studied today. Continue reading “On the Occassion of the 99th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution”
A Summation of the Kansas City Revolutionary Collective’s Experience with the Former NCP(LC)
As an introductory measure, we must self-criticize for not issuing this summation sooner. Only one member of KCRC had close ties to the New Communist Party (Liaison Committee) [hereafter LC]. The other members of the collective were not privy to the inner-workings of the LC, or the line struggle that was occurring, until Red Guards Austin [henceforth RGA] released their “Burning House” polemic. Once RGA’s polemic was released, we circulated it amongst our collective and our mass organizations, studied it, came to agreement, and unanimously decided – both KCRC (still in its formative stage) and our mass orgs – to immediately cut off any relationship with the LC. We then reached out to comrades across the country to gather information, determine the next steps, and subsequently how to move forward. The necessity of this summation was not discussed during these inquiries, it was first proposed by a trusted comrade in an informal online discussion. Until that point, no one in KCRC, except for perhaps the one former member of the LC, had even been asked about this summation. After the online exchange, we put in lines of communication with RGA, discussed this with them for some time, and agreed as a collective that we do have an obligation to summarize our experiences. Continue reading “Bury the Ashes”
*This post was originally published on May 1st, 2016.
Today we are excited to announce the formation of a new Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collective in the Kansas City metropolitan area: The Kansas City Revolutionary Collective (KCRC). This is no small announcement as Kansas City has been without a Communist movement for some time now, other than Anarchist collectives the KC Left void is filled by the Alphabet soup of NGOs, Non-profits and otherwise “non-partisan” groups. How perfect of a day to announce the formation of our collective than on International Workers Day, the only holiday the proletariat can call it’s own. It is on this day where we walk in a tradition of those came before us; from the day the Red flag flew over Paris to the Red flag over Peking to the day the Red flag will fly over Manila. We are here to serve our role in advancing the world proletarian revolution. KCRC was in formation during the crisis that would come to later dissolve the Liaison Committee for a New Communist Party and has weathered the storm to push forward and cast aside the corpse that is the NCP(LC) to form a collective, small at first, but with the mission to revolutionize, educate and most importantly mobilize the oppressed communities in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. We seek to form a rival dual power to challenge and overthrow the capitalist and imperialist system that is in place. KCRC seeks to integrate ourselves into and promote mass struggles, while simultaneously providing communist leadership, as well as when necessary create mass organizations to take on the task of building the tools and infrastructure which shall be the vehicle of carrying out the revolutionary tasks of the proletariat. Through the creation of these mass organizations, united under the ideological and political leadership of KCRC, the basis of the unity of the revolutionary masses, on which the construction of dual power depends, can be solidified. As such Kansas City Revolutionary Collective (KCRC) shall be founded on the following basis:Continue reading “The Midwest Is Red: May Day Announcement of the Formation of KCRC”