General concerns and affairs of the various mass movements

Prof. Jose Maria Sison

This question-and-answer format of a primer on the Marxist philosophy of dialectical materialism is the prepared text by Jose Ma. Sison for the first in a four-part series of webinars on his book, Basic Principles of Marxism-Leninism. The webinar was conducted by the Anakbayan-Europe and the National Democratic Online School on 9 August 2020. The source of the text is from the Facebook public group, “ILPS Solidarity”, with minor typo corrections by PRISM editors. The webinar was recorded live on Facebook, and can be watched on: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=937514303327399.

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Filipino peasant

This Q & A on the land problem, peasant class and agrarian revolution in the Philippines is a follow-up to the just-concluded three-part series of web forums on Philippine Society and Revolution at the National Democratic Online School (Mga Serye ni Tito Jo). In this article, Jose Maria Sison focuses on 17 points to further elaborate on the Special Course on the Peasant Movement.

Prof. Sison, who is founding chairman of Kabataang Makabayan (Patriotic Youth, founded in 1964), posted this Q & A article on his Facebook page on 5 July 2020. PRISM is posting the full text of the article with only minor format adjustments, not only as educational material for Filipinos, but also as reference material for other progressive mass activists and educators in various countries facing similar social conditions.

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This Q & A is the third in a three-part series of web forums on Philippine Society and Revolution at the National Democratic Online School (Mga Serye with Tito Jo). In each web forum, Prof. Jose Maria Sison (JMS) answers the questions posed by Anghelo Godino of Anakbayan-Europa. This third Q & A, focusing on the people’s democratic revolution as the solution to the basic problems of the Filipino people today, was presented on FB Live on 28 June 2020. PRISM is posting the full texts of the said web forums, not only as educational material for Filipinos, but also as reference material for other progressive mass educators and researchers in various countries facing similar social conditions.

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“Working Class Spontaneity, Labor Organization, and Revolutionary Subjectivity” is a paper contributed by Immanuel Ness to the LENIN ONLINE, a series of Internet-based presentations organized by ILPS Philippines and BAYAN to commemorate Lenin’s 150th birth anniversary. The author Immanuel Ness is professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is also a member of ILPS Commission 11, on the rights of teachers, researchers and other education personnel.The paper was recorded live and aired in Episode 3, posted on 22 April 2020. Episode 3 may be viewed on Youtube by clicking on this link.

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Jose Maria Sison, founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines, released to social media on 26 June 2020 his comments on certain views aired by Trotskyites and other anti-communist detractors against the CPP’s revolutionary theory and practice. Sison’s comments take the form of answers to five questions posed by journalist Michael Beltran. The full text follows below, with a few very minor typo corrections.

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“Lenin’s Desire: Reminiscences of Lenin and the Desire of the Comrade” is a paper contributed by Jodi Dean to the LENIN ONLINE, a series of Internet-based presentations organized by ILPS Philippines and BAYAN to commemorate Lenin’s 150th birth anniversary. The paper was recorded live and aired in Episode 2, posted on 18 April 2020. Episode 2 may be viewed on Youtube by clicking on this link.

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US police brutality

This is Part 1 of a series of commentaries by PRISM editors and Art Belisario on the ongoing events and trends in the U.S. around the issue of racist violence by state forces and the people’s massive protest actions in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, lockdowns, and socio-economic crisis.

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ILPS protest march

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), in a statement by its chairman Len Cooper, expressed solidarity with the people of the United States and millions of sympathizers worldwide in condemning the latest murders of black people at the hands of the U.S. police forces. The statement, updated on 4 June and circulated in other online sites and via email, emphasized that the same imperialist state that wields the weapons of criminal violence against its own citizens also uses the same weapons—directly or indirectly—against many peoples of the world.

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The following is the text of an initial interview conducted by the National Democratic Online School with Jose Maria Sison, Emeritus Chairperson of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, on one of Marx’s and Engels’ most popular work The Communist Manifesto. The interview was posted online and further discussed by Prof. Sison on 31 May 2020, as Episode 3 of the “Marx and Labour Serye [Series] with Tito Jo”. The Marx and Labour Series, organized by Anakbayan Europa, is conducted as an online event broadcast and recorded on Facebook Live.

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