The two concepts are directly intertwined, not separate from each other, as some might argue.

In mainstream political discourse, the concept of a political revolution that overthrows a government — namely a pro-Western one — tends to be associated with the creation of a very scary image. For instance, the themes of terrorism, military dictatorship, unnecessary blood being shed, and the destruction of existing so-called “democracy” comes to mind.

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People may point to countries like France, where the creation of a liberal republic turned into the infamous Reign of Terror, despite the fact that the French Revolution itself was a bourgeois revolution. They may also point to coup d’etats that have occurred throughout various countries and then incorrectly frame them as popular uprisings or justified rebellions against ‘authoritarian’ leadership. …


The global pandemic is infringing on the progression of developing a conscious working class.

When one becomes an ideological proponent of Marxism, the desire to build a working class movement becomes more apparent, largely due to the fact that the individual in question has become more class conscious than they previously were. This is, for the most part, a universal phenomenon and can be attributed to the fact that the necessity for revolution and the proclamation of a proletarian republic becomes glaringly clear.

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The first steps towards developing a working class that is fundamentally ready for an uprising is to organize locally within your community or alongside a revolutionary organization. In many cases, this tends to be the largest communist party that is available within your city, state, province, or country overall. The desire to get involved is most definitely there, and this is why people will gravitate towards such organizations, chiefly because the foundation for a working class movement has historically been laid out through these groupings. …


A new chapter in Bolivia’s history is being written while also fiercely departing from a long and grueling year of suffering.

Following the landslide electoral victory of the Movement for Socialism (MAS-IPSP) party in Bolivia on October 18, 2020, alongside the inauguration of President Luis Arce and the return of former President Evo Morales, a revived political energy and force has emerged out of the country. Nearly 365 days of illegal governance, political repression, heightened ethnic tension, and economic catastrophe has finally come to a close.

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An image of La Paz, Bolivia, at night. (Photo by Geziel Esteban on Unsplash)

A couple of days prior to the inauguration of Arce and Vice President David Choquehuanca on November 8, 2020, foreign delegations from Iran and Venezuela arrived to celebrate the victory of the MAS-IPSP and the removal of the coup-based government in Bolivia. Foreign ministers of both aforementioned countries, Javad Zarif and Jorge Arreaza, were present at the ceremony. …


A major symbol of “remembrance” fails to incorporate the sheer devastation of imperialism and its consequences.

With November 11, 2020 approaching rather quickly, talk of remembering those who have fallen in the line of battle is becoming prevalent once again, particularly in countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In fact, controversy has risen over Whole Foods Market banning the symbol being worn, and then reversing the decision due to backlash in Canada. Usually, most civilians wear a red poppy as a symbol of respect for the individuals who have served in war and have lost their lives in times of war.

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But what does the poppy mean to people who live outside of those countries? What about anti-war activists? What does the poppy represent to people vehemently opposed to the imperialist practices of these nations throughout history? What would the poppy mean to someone who has actively fought against British conquest in an anti-colonial struggle? …


The United States is not getting international condemnation or large-scale sanctions despite reported electoral irregularities.

The 2020 Presidential election was lackluster for many, considering the strong sense of disenfranchisement with both the political and economic status-quo within the United States. Having to choose between Joe Biden and Donald Trump is, largely, a farce, as they both represent the interests of the establishment, that being the capitalist class. The decision matters even less for those located in the over-exploited world, as they will still bear the brunt of American imperialism and hegemonic control, regardless of the candidate that wins.

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That being said, this election has also just generally been handled in a poor manner, perhaps due to the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic within most countries around the world, but especially in the United States. Allegations of fraud, deception, early declarations of victory, and more are typically associated with those nations who are considered to be “moving” or “developing” towards becoming full-scale liberal democracies, whatever that might mean. …


Recreating an entire ideology is not the path forward regarding the liberation of the international working class.

A theme that is present time and time again with regards to the progression of establishing a socialist society revolves around the question of branding. Many socialists — particularly Marxists — whether they are new to its ideological foundations or not, will raise a question surrounding the idea of convincing the masses, that is, the proletariat, to join a party, an organization, or a broad revolutionary movement. The question tends to be something similar to the following example:

“How do we even mention socialism to the workers?”

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The question is most definitely a valid one in the sense that socialist history is often portrayed in an extremely negative fashion, especially when it comes to historical socialist experiments like the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), China, Cuba, and other similar nations. The consistency of fraudulent statements made about these countries places a lot of stress on the potential advancement of socialism within a set of given territories. …


Understanding that the choice does not matter in the context of preserving peace and stability around the world.

With November 3th approaching rather quickly, the majority of Americans are caught between having to decide on which candidate to vote for. As most people already know, this “choice” is between Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden and Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. The reality remains that regardless of the choice that is made, innocent civilians around the world will continue to be murdered, the mass surveillance apparatus will be expanded, and other heinous and illegal acts will continue.

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Many American workers realize this and feel as if they are forced to make a decision between the two candidates, usually opting for the so-called “lesser evil”, that option seeming to be Biden. However, advocating for the lesser evil does not serve the interests of the working class both within the United States, and even more so abroad. Simultaneously, there are also Americans who feel the need not to vote at all, because their needs and desires are not being answered whatsoever. …


The stories that were published in November of last year have been proven false through the popularity of the MAS-IPSP.

Just under 1 year ago, political scientist Yascha Mounk posted an article in The Atlantic detailing a supposed story of how Evo Morales, former President of Bolivia, had been “attacking Bolivia’s democracy for many years” and that he had simply gone way too far in seeking a fourth term in office. This story, alongside intense accusations of fraud, was replicated numerous times on various outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times, The Economist, and more.

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Results from the Ciesmori exit poll, as reported on by UNITEL at 12:02AM on October 19th.

An article that I wrote in November 2019 highlighted the excruciatingly poor coverage of the events that were unfolding in Bolivia at the time, especially by mainstream media outlets such as those mentioned above. The majority of articles sought to place the blame on Morales and his leadership, as opposed to the anti-democratic will and desires of opposition leaders and the security forces in the country. …


The election is riddled with concerns and questions regarding fraud against Luis Arce and the MAS-IPSP.

It has been an extremely rough year for Bolivia, following the coup d’etat in November 2019 which was supported by the United States and oversaw Jeanine Áñez proclaim leadership and control over the state organs of power. All this despite not even participating in the election that featured Evo Morales winning a 4th term in office. From postponing the election date numerous times to the massacring of indigenous protestors, many of the strides made under the leadership of Morales have been completely overturned.

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Jeanine Áñez in a video renouncing her candidacy for the Presidency from her official Twitter page.

Before understanding what is at stake in the plurinational state at the moment, it is crucial to offer a brief timeline of events that have occurred over the course of the last 12 months. …


Parties and politicians cannot be ‘for the people’ when they actively wreak havoc upon the working class.

Ever since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States back in 2016, many who are active in bourgeois journalism and political science research have gone after this notion that liberal-democracies are dying through the rise of so-called right-wing populism. Trump’s electoral victory and the rise of far-right political leaders and parties within Europe have often been utilized as a justification for this concept.

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It is a consistent theme that is portrayed, especially when looking at parties like National Rally in France, individuals like Viktor Orbán in Hungary, and other similar figures and organizations. The main concern is that people are, understandably, becoming heavily disenfranchised with run-of-the-mill neoliberal and neoconservative politicians. …

About

Martin Barakov

South Slavic student, writer, and researcher with an intense focus on anti-imperialism, Marxism, and the international working class.

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