Theoretical issues of socialism

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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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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“Lenin’s Colonial Question in the 21st Century” is a paper contributed by Max Ajl 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.

Max Ajl is an associated researcher at the Tunisian Observatory for Food Sovereignty and the Environment and writes on rural development. His book, A People’s Green New Deal, is forthcoming from Pluto Press in 2021, and he is on twitter @maxajl

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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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Mary Gabriel. 2011. Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution. New York Boston London: Little, Brown and Co. 837pp.

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This is an interview with Jose Ma. Sison by Jerry D. Imbong, on Sison’s views about the Frankfurt School of social theory and the Critical Theory so-called. PRISM’s source of the original text is a post on Jose Ma. Sison’s Facebook page, dated 26 April 2020. (See the link to the FB post at the bottom of this page.)

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Jose Maria Sison posted this short philosophical commentary on his website on 13 April 2020. We are reposting it as part of PRISM’s special focus on questions of Marxist philosophy and current debates in the philosophical field, especially those that have major impacts on the broad anti-imperialist struggles and practical movements of the toiling masses.

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The editors of PRISM are posting this paper by Prof. Jose Ma. Sison about V.I. Lenin’s 150th birth anniversary, one week before the actual birthday of the great Marxist revolutionary thinker, leader and author. We offer it to all our readers as part of our contribution to the expected worldwide commemoration of his birth, life and work and historic legacy. Many socialist and anti-imperialist parties and groups are likewise marking that date with their own activities, which might be reduced in terms of physical scale because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic but certainly maintaining high levels of militance and confidence about the forward movement of the struggles of the proletariat and peoples throughout the world.

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