Saturday, January 21, 2017
Here are Some thoughts on the demise of the Kasama Project
សតិវអតុ is a Marxist writer in the Wichita area. He disguises his name to prevent discrimination
Sometimes it feels as if I’m the only Maoist left in America. I know that isn’t really true. I know of one other Marxist-Leninist in the whole town of Wichita and I don’t see him very often, if ever.
I used to follow the Kasama Project. They broke away from the Revolution Communist Party. That party was already getting too dogmatic. They have this great leader Bob Avakian who is their main theoretician. But Kasama broke away from the great leader approach while Bob and his RCP went even further to the “have you seen the truth” (The Watchtower method) or religious style promotion of politics and leadership.
Meanwhile Kasama collapsed. They simply gave up. They no longer do anything.
Over the decades we had the people’s war in Peru and Nepal. The guerrilla movement in Peru collapsed, in 1992. The Guerrillas in Nepal won an end to the monarchy, but they ended up in a bourgeois democracy. The Maoist had won the fist election, but now they represent a little over 10 percent of the seats in the Nepal congress. A splinter group has broken away to build back the revolution, but they seem stuck.
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) / भारत की कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी (माओवादी) is the only real Maoist party with any real territory it operates in or controls. Except there is a small county in Nepal that has been taken over by the more radical faction called Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (नेपाल कम्युनिष्ट पार्टी - माओवादी), or CPN-M. Efforts in Bhutan and other places in Asia just haven’t done well.
So Maoism is stuck for now. I recently joined back into Democratic Socialist of America (DSA). That's not because I reject Marxist groups, there just aren't any around here.
There are some local people in DSA that I can work with. It is better to try and do something rather than just sit back and write articles for Otto’s War Room, a Maoist blog. I plan to keep it up for international issues and as an anti-imperialist blog. But I’m helping build up The Idiot Factor: Corruption Folly. I will be attending DSA meetings and seeing what kinds of activities we can take part in. I was active in DSA before. Now I’m back again. It may be politically incorrect for some groups of people, but right now I just don’t care. I want to be doing something.