Essays by Charles Andrews
China Plunders Congo, Exploits Miners –
Late in January 2024 Sinohydro Corp and China Railway Group Limited re‑negotiated their plunder of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). For their 68% holding in Sicomines, a joint copper and cobalt mining venture with the DRC, the two Chinese corporations will pay a pitiful royalty of 1.2% on gross sales. An examination of the class antagonisms involved was published Jan. 31, 2024 by In Defense of Communism, an international website edited in Greece.
Zionist Repression, Harvard's Claudine Gay,
and Capitalist Democracy
Israel's genocide in Gaza brings Zionist repression of people who speak out in the U.S. Here is a class analysis of how this happens in a "democracy." Among other points, the article documents that Harvard president Claudine Gay comes from the ruling capitalist class of Haiti. It was published on Dec. 31, 2023 by New Worker.
China’s Stock Market: A Lesson on What Socialism Is Not
Late in January the Chinese government arranged for its state-owned companies to put as much as $282 billion into the falling stock market. Why does a “socialist” economy have a stock market? A brief analysis was published on Feb. 10, 2024 by New Worker.
Joti Brar’s Tantrum About the Imperialist Pyramid
Joti Brar, a leader of the CPGB M-L and the World Anti-Imperialist Platform, worked up a froth over a simple analogy. This brief note, published by New Worker on Oct. 31, 2023, lays out the how and the why of her long article.
Who Understands Civilization — Xi's CPC or Working People?
What is the class analysis of civilization? This essay gets a start on the question by looking at why the Communist Party of China celebrates Confucian civilization. It was published on October 16, 2023 by In Defense of Communism, an international website edited in Greece.
Socialism Is a Series of Communist Projects
This article was published on Sept. 26, 2021 by In Defense of Communism, an international website edited in Greece. "How can we get to communism and leave exploitation behind forever? History shows that the two big challenges are first, revolution to achieve state power, and second, traversing the entire road to communism. ..."
DSA Affirms It Is a Subsidiary of the Democratic Party
Things are rough these days for the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). This article was published on August 20, 2023 by New Worker.
China’s Publicists in the West: Always Forget Class
This short article pays special attention to the Friends of Socialist China group and to the class concept of civilization.
The article was published on July 17, 2023 by New Worker.
Material Forces that Turn Socialism into Capitalism
The Soviet Union and China proved that people can build socialism. They also showed that apparently firm socialist countries can fall to capitalism from within and from the top of the communist party. Should we give up on socialism, or shall we solve a problem: how do we keep on the communist road to a society of no rich and no poor?
This article was published on April 8, 2023 by In Defense of Communism, an international website edited in Greece.
Global Warming, the Environmental Movement
"More than most controversial issues, the environmental problem requires attention to the back and forth between class interests and our powers of production, the productive forces." This article was published on Oct. 19, 2022 by Marxism Leninism Today.
Marxism, Marxism-Leninism, and Xi Jinping's Report to 20th Congress
"Facts count more than words… However, for those persons still wedded to evaluating the PRC by its words, let us look at how Xi Jinping's report to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) uses 'Marxism' and 'Marxism-Leninism.'" This article was published on Oct. 22, 2022 by In Defense of Communism, an international website edited in Greece.
Media Lauds Fidelity CEO
Who Destroyed Good Pensions
This "appreciation" of the damage done to countless lives by a financial capitalist was published on April 28, 2022 by CounterPunch.
Then You Need a People's Dictatorship
This brief commentary was published on Jan. 20, 2021 by In Defense of Communism, an international website edited in Greece. "A mob was permitted, even helped, to take over the United States Capitol building on January 6, 2021. No government can allow that sort of thing and survive. ..."
Was the Soviet Union in Stalin's Time
This letter was sent to Jacobin magazine after it published a tirade against the Soviet Union in its socialist period. As usual with these screeds, it was cast as a study of Joseph Stalin.
Apple’s Profits and Foxconn Workers’ Wages
Every few years someone compares Foxconn workers’ wages with the price of an iPhone. Perhaps the most recent of these studies is…
Not Populism, Not Socialism, but Communism Will Get It Done
This essay was published on May 31, 2020 by In Defense of Communism, an international website edited in Greece. "The ruling classes of developed countries get a lot of pushback these days from the masses they hold in contempt..."
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Trump, You Lost. Now Go!
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COVID-19, Capitalism, and Socialism
— Two Brief Observations
The public health response to this virus around the world did not break down as capitalism versus socialism…
There Is No Socialism Without a Communist Party
This essay was published by Marxism Leninism Today. "More people in the U.S. have a favorable attitude to socialism today than two, five, or ten years ago. However, communism the organized movement that will overthrow capitalism and create a socialist order has not kept up with the turn to socialism..."
Barack Wrote Me a Letter
Barack Obama wrote a letter in support of Joe Biden for president. The letter and brief comments on it were published Aug. 19, 2020 by Marxism Leninism Today.
A Note on Carlos Ghosn and Global Capitalism
The Ghosn-Nissan-Renault affair is a clash over the profits sweated from hundreds of thousands of workers. With globalization, the battle of capitalist interests becomes global, too. Published Jan. 7, 2020 by Dissident Voice.
Corporate and “Progressive” Democrats Threaten Medicare Itself
Bernie Sanders and Pramila Jayapal toss out the model Congressional bill for Improved Medicare for All (H.R. 676) and sneak a deadly "buy-in" into their legislation. Published March 1, 2019 by Dissident Voice.
The Government Shutdown Makes You Think About Socialism
Published Jan. 13, 2019 by Dissident Voice.
Trade, Trump, and Us
An exposé of Trump's international trade position. The left should not support globalization, and it has a working-class answer to it. Published March 31, 2017 by Marxism Leninism Today.
The Disintegration of Bourgeois Democracy
A long view of the developments leading to the U.S. presidential campaign of 2015-16, this essay explains a great deal about the Donald Trump presidency. Published Sept. 3, 2016 by Marxism Leninism Today. PDF
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The Leninist Moment of the Sanders
An examination of the clash between the Sanders campaign and the Democratic National Committee over database access, published Dec. 25, 2015 by MRZine. National media soon buried the revealing incident.
The Doctor Will See You Now. First, Your Copay.
This analysis of the erosion of health security under the Affordable Care Act and its effect on the struggle for improved Medicare for All was published April 29, 2015 by MRZine.
Senator Sanders and the Impossibility
of Reviving Democratic Party Liberalism
Published Dec. 9, 2014 by MRZine.
It Was a Good War – But Whose Good War?
This brief class analysis of World War Two, triggered by a book by Jacques Pauwels, was published Nov. 16, 2015 by Marxism Leninism Today.
Professor Piketty Fights Orthodoxy
and Attacks Inequality
(This was the first Marxist review of the popular book by Thomas Piketty. It was published March 19, 2014 on the website Marxism Leninism Today.)
Thomas Piketty. Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014. $39.95.
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty has caused a stir, which it deserves. Capital 21, as we will abbreviate the title, grapples with a prominent current issue: outrageously unequal incomes and wealth. It is a data-rich, wide-ranging investigation over 570 pages of text written in the smooth, often ironic, and occasionally elevated French manner. It breaks with ...