Two States, Two Futures Collide
Nepal is perched on the brink of dramatic change. The old monarchy
is tottering – what state system will replace it? The new Nepal
led by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) centred in the countryside
confronts the old regime of landlords and bureaucrat capitalists
centred in Kathmandu and beholden to imperialism and India. A photo
essay shows one way the country’s people are beginning to build
a self-reliant society – a “road to the future” – as captured by
a team of internationalist volunteers. An extract from a report
from the Central Committee of the CPN (Maoist) presents how the
party itself views recent developments.
– Revolutionary Communism or “Communism” without Revolution?
In recent years Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt offered an unusually
sweeping critique of the contemporary world addressing philosophy,
economics, culture and other arenas. At the heart of their analysis
is what the authors call “Empire” – a “post-imperialist” order.
A Maoist response argues that though the work contains provocative
insights, its core theses toss out key truths about the way the
capitalism system actually functions today and dispense with the
need for proletarian revolution.
Two Maoist leaders of parties of RIM speak out. The Secretary General
of the Communist Party (Maoist) of Afghanistan is interviewed by
AWTW about the crucial need to uphold Marxism-Leninism-Maoism in
that country’s difficult political terrain. Bob Avakian, Chairman
of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, looks at some of the
ways the international communist movement has dealt with epistemology
– how people come to know reality – and argues for the need to settle
accounts with views that block or distort the search for truth,
even uncomfortable truths that make revolutionaries cringe.