Whither Saint Louis? Whither American Maoism?

“We should be modest and prudent, guard against arrogance and rashness, and serve the Chinese people heart and soul.” – Mao Zedong

Saint Louis is the western hole on what is commonly known as the Rust Belt, a region that cuts a wide swath through the middle and upper United States. Cities such as Detroit, Gary, and East Saint Louis share the characteristics of being majority black, and cut to the bone by deindustrialization caused by neoliberalism’s search for cheaper labor to exploit in Mexico and China. The “black middle class”, comprised of Southern migrants who poured into the cities from the cotton fields and KKK lynching craze during the early and middle decades of the 20th century, was gutted in the ‘70s and ‘80s as capital pulled the factories and the jobs that had built this class from the cities. Now, these cities are shells of themselves, no jobs, dilapidated housing, drugs abundant, killings and shootings every day by gangs and by the pigs, ruled by corrupt (and black) political machines. Gentrification setting up, driving more and more black and brown families to the brink. In short, cities like ours are where Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, the science and practice of liberation of oppressed nationalities and the working class, must take root. But, only if the course is correct, and only if the mass line method of organizing is applied correctly. You cannot fake the mass line, you cannot deceive the masses, you cannot bogart and barge your way in with red flags and Little Red Books and expect to build a base area.


The conditions of our city are unique. Situated on the Mississippi River, a decaying industrial shell, we are a shrunken city, one built for a million people but now holding only around 320,000. We are divided along racial and class lines by Delmar Avenue, the white and “middle class” living South, the poor and black living North. This line is apparent to anyone that comes to the city. This line extends to the country, the communities of Ferguson, Calverton Park, Country Club Hills, Pine Lawn, Kinloch, Wellston, and others form a patchwork quilt of majorly black communities exploited by businesses that have moved into the communities and bleed them dry, selling expired groceries in these food deserts at dear prices, by the police and local governments, some of whom don’t even have insurance for their police vehicles, and by employers who cheat and exploit them at every turn. STLRC cadre, along with mass members of Progressive Youth Organization, conducted thorough social investigation in this area, reaching out to our contacts that live in the area, studying patterns of organizing in this area beginning in 2014, the year of the uprising, and determined together that this area was ripe for the formation and basing of Serve the People, Saint Louis, a mass organization of a new type for this city. Many seem to be confused as to the nature of these organizations, seeing it as simply being another “charity” that swoops into the community and tries to save the people from themselves, this is wrong. A mass organization guided by Maoist cadre can not be something that is run for its own sake, or from a condescending position, we are not condescending saviors. The purpose of STPSTL is to serve to build up a red base, first in Ferguson, then in the rest of North County and Saint Louis City. The principle of “from the masses, to the masses” is the guiding principle of the mass line method of leadership and the STPSTL organization. The mass line is like a factory, we collect “raw material” in the form of ideas from the masses, both unorganized and organized in our mass organizations, synthesize them together, and present them in the form of a line, whether it be a slogan, a program, a coalition, or a campaign. The first event of the STPSTL organization was held at a park in a working class area of Ferguson on International Women’s Day, and was well received by the masses, who were refreshed and happy to see the fact that there was a break from the tired old routine of electoralism, “buy black”, and other things of that nature that do not develop people’s power, but channel it back into the hands of the pig. Several expressed interest in either joining us, spoke bitterness about the problems in the community (particularly the police), and discussed creative ways of solving these problems. Thus, we can conclude that the masses in our area see STP as a good thing. We will continue to do frequent activities at the park (free stores), and also, hopefully, develop a free tutoring and a copwatch program. The key thing for all Maoists to remember when conducting mass work is to remember that the masses must be organized in actuality, bridges must be build, links must be formed, and unity must be built in communities. We should reach out to well known community organizers who have developed their own initiatives to work together, build coalitions, build bases of support, and expand our initiatives to include schools, churches, community centers, and other mass spaces. By doing this, we will develop further a fighting communist movement and a strong mass movement in our city. We should also continue to reject electoral politics, regardless of whoever wins the mayoral election, there will continue to be depredation and oppression. Only the masses organized in mass organizations guided by Marxism-Leninism-Maoism can solve these problems and storm heaven. No candidate can do that for us.


As is well known, our STP organization was developed in the midst of struggle between ourselves and several other collectives across the country, particularly “Red Guards Austin”, who were, apparently, initially confused regarding the “orientation of our program towards the homeless” and generally expressed very bad faith and liberal tendencies towards our collective. Even after clarification and rectification of our line, their position towards us was still extremely hostile. They went so far as to present us with a spurious, dubious, and scurrilous letter, accusing us of “going against the existing STP movement” and calling us “renegaged”, and attach the names of other STP organizations to it. Our position is that this trifling letter does not even deserve a response, if unity can not come after seeing us in action and witnessing the steady development of a base area in Ferguson, so be it. We will still be here, and we will strengthen and grow the revolutionary movement. If dogmatic and hamfisted so-called Maoists, for whatever reason, are unwilling or unable to unite with us, that’s unfortunate, but we will develop our city, regardless. If unity is possible with these elements later, we are all for it. This negative experience teaches us some key lessons about party building and struggles for unity. We Maoists know that we must unite all who can be united with to oppose real enemies. Individuals and collectives that are wont to hop on a high horse, claim leadership that they are not entitled to in lieu of a party, disregard the work of other collectives, place priority on their own work, attack and slander others in public and private, and generally behave themselves in a trifling and liberal fashion, cannot be united with. We in Saint Louis do not follow the vulgar “struggle-struggle-struggle” spirit displayed by many Maoists in this country, we start from a position of unity with all Maoists who are interested in forming a Maoist party in this country. We do not cultivate entangling personal ties and allow bad politics to run amok, this is harmful to the Maoist movement in this country. It is this spirit that will build the party in this country. Furthermore, it is our position that this party must, by necessity, be led by oppressed nations people. Any party that calls itself “Maoist” and arrogates for itself the role of vanguard without having firm and true links with the masses of people of oppressed nationality, with prestige and a record of mass work in these communities and is a part of daily life there, simply will not be legitimate and cannot make revolution. Such a party would inevitably be a party for white academics, hipsters, tin pot intellectuals and gentrifiers, this is not what we seek. We seek to destroy America. This is why work such as that being done by the principled and serious Maoist collectives that currently exist and the mass organizations that their cadre are involved in is extremely important. We would call on all currently unorganized Marxist-Leninist-Maoist comrades in cities such as Flint, Detroit, Cincinnati, Newark, Gary, Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, Birmingham, Jackson, and others that share similar demographics and class breakdowns to organize collectives and mass organizations as soon as possible, to struggle for comradely and principled unity first and foremost, and to orient yourselves towards the masses of your city to build an effective and fighting mass movement. This is our advice to comrades who have done well in abandoning revisionist parties and organizations to found Maoist collectives and mass organizations. Stop allowing yourselves to be embroiled in petty quarrels and spats, do not allow yourselves to be tossed and turned like a tiny boat on a stormy sea. Do not follow those who seek hegemony, do not be liberal, do not forget to criticize and self-criticize frequently and in due time, in good faith. Build in prisons, in working class communities, in community colleges, in high schools, in tech schools. Reject dogmatism and subjectivism, reject posturing. If we want to build a Party worthy of the name, games must be ended and serious business must be gotten to. We needed a party years ago. Let’s make up for lost time.


If there is to be revolution, there must be a revolutionary party. Without a revolutionary party…it is impossible to lead the working class and the broad masses of the people in defeating imperialism and its running dogs.” – Mao Zedong
Saint Louis Revolutionary Collective


Sound and Fury, Bombast and Bravado, Signifying Nothing: On Recent Deterioration in Relations Between Red Guards Austin and Saint Louis Revolutionary Collective



2017, for us, marks the deepening and sharpening of the revolutionary struggle in Saint Louis. Our youth mass organization, Progressive Youth Organization, Saint Louis, recently put out a  statement, titled How can Red Political Power Exist in Saint Louis in 2017, setting tasks and line  for the year ahead. A key element of our work is the establishment of a new mass organization, Serve the People – Saint Louis, under the leadership of STLRC cadre. The purpose of this organization is to lay the foundation for the establishment of and struggle towards dual power in the working class, New Afrikan communities of North County, beginning with Ferguson. This program is not a charity, or a simple instrument for obtaining items and passing them out to people. Of course, material support to our class is a major part of this work, but the goal is to raise the level of political struggle. STP-STL seeks to enter the homes, schools, and other gathering places of the masses of the working class in our city, and build up working class power to combat reactionary pig power. The establishment of this organization was met with congratulations from comrades in our city, across the country (who are already organized in STP organizations), and even in other countries with established Maoist parties, such as Canada. The cadre collective in Austin, Texas, “Red Guards Austin”, on the other hand, seems to not want us to have this organization here, and has been quite antagonistic to our efforts to form and consolidate one, according to the conditions of our own city! We ask, do these comrades want Marxism-Leninism-Maoism to grow in this country, or not? Do these comrades believe that they, a collective 825 miles away, who know nothing about the conditions of this city and our struggles here, can dictate and stifle our work? It appears so. This, of course, requires a response from us as an autonomous Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collective organizing in one of the most dangerous cities in the country for this kind of work.


What is Saint Louis? It is a majority black city, formerly home to several types of industry that have since fled to exploit workers elsewhere and leaving thousands in a state of privation and precarity. It is a pig city, where those that attempt to offer material support to the houseless (again, predominantly African-American), downtown are punished mercilessly, with arrests and fines. It is a city where the people rose in rebellion in 2014, capturing the attention of the world. The NGOs have picked our bones clean, and we still suffer. Darren Wilson walks free. Mass activists such as Darren Seals have been murdered and their vehicles set afire. On December 31, a body was found hanging from a tree in North County, supposedly the result of suicide, but we know better. In sum, our city is a dangerous one, a brutal one, and a corrupt one. Yet, the masses here continue to struggle and refuse to submit to the pig order. The purpose of mass organizations such as STP and PYO is to integrate cadre within the ranks of and organize the people. PYO-STL organizes the students youth of our city, STP-STL will organize the working class of all ages, with stress placed on the New Afrikan population, as this strata is the most oppressed, the most numerous, the most exploited, and, as a result, the most revolutionary. STP-STL will provide material support in the form of clothing, food, and personal care items to the working class and poor population, soon to victimized by budget cutbacks in social services funding at the national level, courtesy of Trump and his clique. Most importantly, we will use STP as an instrument to practice the mass line. It is, after all, a mass organization. We also seek to expand to provide more than basic material support in the future. It is a shame that Maoists in the United States do very little prison work, considering that we enjoy using and appealing to the imagery and legacy of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the most advanced revolutionary formation in the United States to date and thus one which realized that the vanguard of revolution in the United States is the nationally oppressed population, masses of whom have been kidnapped by the forces of white supremacist capitalist-imperialism and forced to reside in prisons and jails. Thus, they organized prison transport services to maintain links between the community inside and outside, and also had many cadre and members in prisons. Prisoners are treated as slaves, forced to work for free. Do they not wage class struggle? If we are communists, why would we not support them? STP-STL will work with this knowledge and in this tradition, to serve the people means to serve all of the people. “Our duty is to hold ourselves responsible to the people. Every word, every act and every policy must conform to the people’s interests, and if mistakes occur, they must be corrected – that is what being responsible to the people means.”


What of Red Guards, Austin? Their opposition to our Serve the People organization, apparently, stems ultimately from the fact that they see the name as some sort of “trademark” that they control, a “franchise” that they can dole out, issue, and rescind at will. A member of the Austin collective expressed recently that they would not consider our STP organization a “real STP”, apparently, because we will also work with the homeless population. Of course, this will not be our primary stress (the result of a phone conversation between a member of RGA and a member of STLRC, during which criticisms of this orientation were made which, we accepted). We have no problem with criticism, and we accept advice when given and correct. One of RGA’s contentions was that “the homeless are not the revolutionary class”. This is true, however, the homeless struggle is a major contradiction in this city. Why would we sit out this struggle, or refuse to delve into it? We do not fear criticism, nor do we avoid it. We keep the good, and reject the bad. Red Guards, Austin, on the other hand, has major issues with accepting criticism, a fact which is known to many. Criticisms made of the white chauvinist and outright ridiculous behavior of one of the organization’s cadre have been simply blown off, or met with attacks. Our organization’s New Afrikan cadre and branch leader has been attacked by this individual from Austin online on many occasions, condescended to, talked down to, mocked, accused of “throwing a temper tantrum”, and infantilized. This individual is white. The leader of RGA is a New Afrikan woman. Criticism of this individual’s behavior has been met with a crude and ironic identity politics, RGA’s leadership is black, thus white chauvinist behavior is not able to exist within the organization, a ludicrous assertion. Lately, our branch leader and this individual were engaged in a debate on Facebook over the legacy of Abimael Guzman, known to us as Presidente Gonzalo, and the Communist Party of Peru under his leadership. Our branch leader made valid and correct criticisms of Gonzalo’s legacy and, again correctly, noted that the People’s War in Peru, objectively, failed. The individual from Austin responded by making a condescending post, stating that he “respected your [branch leader’s] intellect, but don’t act as if you can come close to us in practice”. He was then blocked by the cadre from Austin. This is just one of many instances of antagonistic behavior suffered by our cadre from this individual, we have seen other instances of this type of behavior towards non-white comrades, and we have seen no instances of similar behavior towards white people. This leads us to believe that this individual has white chauvinist tendencies, requiring rectification. Instead of placing him under discipline, the response of RGA has been to protect and make excuses for him, attacking and seeking to isolate those that criticize this behavior. Our branch leader was also recently called “arrogant” and “willing to start an argument about everything” by the RGA branch leader, while tolerating actually arrogant behavior from the aforementioned individual, who is, ironically, known for his temper and arrogant online behavior. What caricature of Maoism is this? As we all know, white chauvinism is a major obstacle to the presence of a strong fighting Communist movement in this country, and it needs to be stamped and rooted out. No white person in this country is exempt from or free from white chauvinist thoughts, practices, and behaviors, Communist or not Communist. When nationally oppressed comrades criticize you, the Communist response is not to seek affirmation from your circle of comrades that, for whatever reason, tolerate this behavior. Nor is it to appeal to identity politics to suppress or blow off criticism. This is the behavior of a clique, not a collective. We have strong reason to believe that this antagonism between cadre from our two organizations is part of the reason for Austin’s opposition to our founding of an STP organization here. This is the epitome of liberalism, melding the personal with the political. We had and have contradictions with individuals in Austin, but we have never allowed our contradictions to lead us to refuse to support their work.
Red Guards Austin has since broken off communications with STLRC, refusing to talk with our branch leader, and has stated that they are “not inclined to speak with us” because of our establishment of the Serve the People, STL organization. This is, in our eyes, unfortunate, but progressive. We are not so hungry for unity with those who, frankly, have been more of a headache to deal with than not, that we surrender our autonomy, our struggle, and our spine to the arrogant, the bombastic, and the petty. The only people that do not want an STP in this city are the bourgeoisie and the police. Our accountability is to the masses of our city, and to comrades that respect our autonomy, support our work, and are interested in struggling for genuine unity with us and engaging in the party building project together. Red Guards Austin is not a party, nor is it a party’s Central Committee. We are not subject to them. It has no right to say that other Marxist-Leninist-Maoist formations may not use a name. As Maoists, we are unchained by sentimentality and acknowledge the fundamental truth that “one divides into two”. Arrogance, cliquishness, and sectarianism, along with the massive chauvinism that RGA displays, are not becoming of the revolutionary. Neither is the extreme dogmatism that RGA seems to display. Until Red Guards Austin issues a collective self criticism, and the individual that has antagonized and displayed white chauvinist behavior towards our New Afrikan cadre issues a thorough self-criticism and we see proof of his rectification and transformation, we are not interested in building with RGA, nor will we engage with any spurious, slanderous, and baseless claims hurled in our direction. This petty and juvenile behavior has no place in the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist movement in the United States, and it’s quite shameful that a Maoist collective, at this critical moment in our movement and in our history, chooses to behave so.

Saint Louis Revolutionary Collective

Saint Louis Revolutionary Collective: Statement of Solidarity with the Indian Masses Bravely Resisting “Operation Green Hunt”



This army has an indomitable spirit and is determined to vanquish all enemies and never to yield. No matter what the difficulties and hardships, so long as a single man remains, he will fight on. – Mao Zedong

October 24, 2016 saw the shameless and brutal massacre of 31 CPI (Maoist) comrades and unarmed Adivasi people near Ramaguda village in Malkangiri district, under the auspices of the Andhra and Odisha police. These comrades were summarily executed, point blank or after being captured in states of severe and brutal injury at the hands of the police. This was all done under the auspices of “Operation Green Hunt”, which is a concerted campaign to systematically eradicate and liquidate the revolutionary struggle of the Indian people against neoliberal resource theft for the benefit of international capitalists and native bureaucrat capitalists, and the continued national oppression of adivasi people and other national minorities in India. We, Marxists-Leninist-Maoists in Saint Louis, where class and national contradictions run especially sharp and deep, manifested most obviously by the notorious “Delmar Divide”, the colloquial reference to the long running class and race segregation phenomenon in the City of Saint Louis, the city that exploded in righteous popular rage after a series of fascist, racist police executions of Black people, firmly declare our solidarity with our class comrades struggling against American backed imperialistic, fascistic terror as they continue their long running and righteous struggle. The Malkangiri massacre was a blow to all genuine proletarian revolutionaries and forces the world over. We, as proletarian internationalists, know that a loss in India, Nepal or the Philippines, is a loss in Saint Louis, and likewise, a victory in the United States, the primary imperialist force in this world today, the number one terrorist country on the face of the earth, for the proletariat, is a victory and a material support for our comrades making revolution across oceans. To understand the necessity of completing well and as soon as possible our task of building the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Party in the fires of the class struggle in our country, we must know and understand the struggle of our comrades overseas, what our comrades overseas are facing, and how we can strengthen and build the mass solidarity movement in the United States. The film, Red Ant Dream, is a beautifully done masterpiece that shows the depth of the struggle of our comrades waging a heroic people’s war against the criminal Indian bourgeois regime, and is a recommended one for all communists to watch and learn from.

With the election of the neo-fascist, Donald J. Trump, as President of the United States, a victory to the so-called “alt-right” and the old right of Ku Klux Klan and Neo-Nazi type as well, the necessity of Marxist-Leninist-Maoists to take firm leadership and charge of the growing anti-fascist and anti-racist movement is clear. We see how our comrades of the Red Guards Austin face intense police repression as a result of their firm revolutionary stand, and the complicity of bourgeois liberals in police oppression of revolutionaries and the masses. Just this past Sunday night, several comrades were arrested brutally, and a RGA cadre had his neck broken and was subsequently thrown into jail without the slightest medical attention. If he had stayed in jail any longer, he would have possibly have been paralyzed or dead right now. He is currently in hospital receiving medical attention, and we express our firmest outrage at the torture and trumped up charges dealt to our comrades, and know that he shall soon recover and continue building the revolutionary movement in Austin. We also express our outrage at the shameless behavior of the liberals that called and attempted to lead the demonstration at which all of this occurred, and all other demonstrations of this sort, where they play the role of gatekeeper, distancing themselves from the revolutionary elements and oftentimes delivering comrades directly into the clutches of the police, and dare to call for peace, going so far as to wreck genuine revolutionary organizing efforts. This is the behavior of class enemies, and they should be treated as such, remembered, shamed and punished.

In closing, we condemn the fascistic Indian state, the army and police running dogs and goons of international and bureaucratic capital, and know that we, the international working class, shall be victorious in the end. These actions, these massacres, kidnappings, frameups, and other atrocities and barbarities are the dying gasps of a decadent and crumbling system, and the sweetest revenge will be had ultimately by the masses of revolutionary and democratic forces.

Thousands upon thousands of martyrs have heroically laid down their lives for the people; let us hold their banner high and march ahead along the path crimson with their blood! – Mao Zedong


Long Live the Memory of the Malkangiri Martyrs!

Victory to the People’s War waged by the Indian Masses under the Leadership of the CPI (Maoist)!

Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!

A STL-RC Cadre’s Thoughts on the US Elections




It’s Election Day again, which means that a new member and representative of the ruling class will be put in the White House. The masses of people have been prodded and threatened for the last year, even longer, into voting today for a neo-liberal war criminal and imperialist, Hillary Clinton. They attempt to hold us hostage, to frighten us, with the threat of the puffed up paper tiger, Donald Trump. To the most oppressed and most exploited, this means nothing. Poor communities of color know this election is a fake, a fraud and a shell game, and in recent polling, have shown that their turnout will be significantly lower than the last election. The petty bourgeois liberal loves to condemn those who don’t vote and complain about “civic duty”, but we Maoists know better. Our duty is to make revolution, to dare to struggle and dare to win. Putting any hope in the polls for our liberation is a fool’s errand, and those that push this line are the biggest fools and the biggest frauds of all. The most exploited and oppressed don’t vote, precisely because they see the direct effect of what voting does for them; nothing. For the vast majority of working and oppressed people, nothing will change, or things will get even worse, regardless of which warmongering marionette win. Their apathy towards the polls is a direct result of the recognition that this system is a fraudulent one, a shell game, an apparatus set up to manage the affairs of the bourgeoisie, those who lie to, cheat, steal from, and exploit us mercilessly every day. No one elected in the US, which is the core of imperialism and capitalism, can bring about real liberation. No election, anywhere that the bourgeois-imperialist order of things exist, can liberate us. Only revolution is the solution. The two political wings of the bourgeoisie use racist dog whistles, transphobic pandering, xenophobic fear mongering, and other tactics of this nature to beguile and fool us, but this is working less and less. Voting either Trump or Clinton is a perpetuation of this. Likewise, voting for candidates like Jill Stein will do nothing, and those that push these candidates and channel the anger of the masses of people back into the system through false promises that can never be kept must be criticized and exposed as representatives of bourgeois charlatanism and cretinism in the ranks of our movements. There is no way that a so-called Communist party can “tactically intervene” or engage in these elections in a meaningful way that advances the tasks laid before us.



Socialism cannot be brought about through reforming bourgeois liberal democracy and there is no such thing as “green capitalism” or “inclusive capitalism”. Capitalism must perish. What the STL-RC, what all real Maoists, are calling for and actively struggling towards is a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Communist Party, a firm weapon and vanguard of the proletariat, a Communist party capable of seizing state power and overthrowing the bourgeoisie through revolutionary protracted people’s war, and waging the class struggle under socialism without yielding or feinting or pitching off to the right, until we establish a Communist order of things. This can only be done by forming links with the masses of people, building up mass organizations like Progressive Youth Organization or Serve the People or Revolutionary Student Front, organizing Maoist collectives of cadre, and organizing in our communities with Marxist-Leninist-Maoist theory and practice as our guide. As Comrade Mao Zedong said, the masses are the motive force of history. We recognize this fully and understand that liberation can only come from the masses themselves. Nothing reactionary falls, unless you make it fall. Let’s make it fall.





Red Sun Rises on the Mississippi: Founding Statement of the Saint Louis Revolutionary Collective




We are excited to announce the formation of a new Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collective on the 50th anniversary of the founding of what would become and be recognized both at home and abroad, for a time, as the vanguard in the United States, the recognized advanced formation in the United States, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. We, working class and revolutionary working class students in the city of Saint Louis and the Metro East, form this collective on this important anniversary to pay homage to their revolutionary tradition, learn from their examples, develop beyond their shortcomings, and continue the path of struggle laid out by these comrades. and declare our intent to continue in their best revolutionary tradition. Reformists, revisionists, phony communists, cultural nationalists and liberals, all roundly and sharply criticized by the BPP when they manifested themselves back then, love to play with the Panther legacy, invoking them as some sort of distant dead gods, fetishizing the fact that they carried weapons, dragging out former BPP members turned into reformists and reactionaries,and paying petty homage while wrenching out and discarding all revolutionary Communist theory and practices used, laid out and developed by BPP cadre such as George Jackson, Huey P. Newton, Fred Hampton, and countless others. This is historical and political revisionism, whitewashing, and dangerous reformism of the highest degree, and we declare our Maoist collective on this day to show true homage to and express our firm dedication to upholding the actual legacy, that of class struggle, that of the struggle for Communism, that of Serve the People, that of Seize the Time, that of Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, of this group that was inspired by and took guidance from, in major part, the revolutionary struggle of Mao Zedong and the Chinese people. We revolutionary Communists, we Maoists, we nationally oppressed and working class revolutionaries are the true inheritors of the legacy and struggle of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, not reformists, reactionary cultural nationalist formations, and revisionists. We share Huey’s Newton’s dream, we long for revolution, we prepare for revolution, we build up our collective, we build up our mass organizations, we serve and love the people, because we are of the people, not separate. We know that the red flag will one day fly over the Mississippi River, and the Red Sun will rise over the Midwest. This is a fact that is independent of our will or the will of the oppressor. From our small beginnings, we will revolutionize, educate, mobilize, unite, and build for revolution in this city. The foundation of this Maoist collective now means that we have two MLM collectives in the State of Missouri alone.




Saint Louis has seen sharpening contradictions and bitter struggle since August 2014, when Mike Brown was murdered by Pig Darren Wilson in Ferguson Missouri. Many people, including members of this collective, were politicized and spurred to begin organizing for revolution in the heat of this struggle. This is a de-industrialized city, a victim of neoliberalism, where people of color have a near majority, this is a city that is segregated, with poor/working class black people residing north of Delmar Avenue. It is possible to stand on Delmar and see opulent mansions on one side and housing unfit for the lowest of animals on the other, into which the masses of poor black people are crammed and charged ridiculous rent. Washington Avenue is a gentrified playground for the city’s rich parasites, one from which the houseless masses are shooed and driven away. Our people beg on the corners while the city’s parasites eat $50 and $60 meals just 10 feet away. All throughout the metropolitan area, constantly, working class people, black people, brown people, are constantly driven away, exploited at work and at home, beaten, arrested, shot and killed, and generally driven further and further to the breaking point by this abominable and decadent system. This is a metropolitan area where residents of the Metro East inhale toxic chemicals from the myriad of chemical plants and factories in their area. Many see a hopeless hellhole, we Communists see revolution, we see fellow Communists and revolutionary partisans in the making. Yet, many liberals still do not understand, or willingly confuse and hide, the reasons why Ferguson exploded in 2014! They do not go among the masses, they despise and loathe the masses. They see the rage, but seek to channel it into something else. If they call themselves Marxists, their Marxism is a dead thing, a thing to be studied and discussed in private, something to be kept on the shelf and not propagated and popularized among the masses. These are sham Marxists. Saint Louis has, until today, had no speakable Communist movement. There are several reformist groups, activist cliques, NGOs, and other groups that parachuted into the city to pick the corpse of Mike Brown, of course, but they are fleeting, confused, tossed here and there and constantly looking for dues, people to register to vote, rage to channel back into the oppressive system, elections to run in, candidates to hawk, and people to follow them on Twitter. The masses are not the makers of history to them, they’re warm bodies for demonstrations, signatures on pieces of paper, or things to mobilize for their own ends. Let them do what they please, they will bash their heads against brick walls for a few more years, the masses will tire of and reject them, and they will peter out, chase the next riot, or split. We, on the other hand, seek to form a rival dual power, people’s power, in our city, to do our part and our duty to overthrow the system of capitalism and imperialism that drives so many of our brothers and sisters to death, prison, or drugs. We refuse to sit idly by and hawk reforms and voting while we die! To build this dual power, we will continue to build and participate in mass struggle, and will develop mass organizations that unite as many of the masses as possible for higher forms of struggle, raise political consciousness, and provide revolutionary alternatives to the existing bourgeois apparatus. We will not beg, we will not grovel, we will not register people to vote, we will not engage in, organize, or promote toothless, worthless acts that are objectively counterrevolutionary and promote the continued legitimacy of the bourgeois order of things. We seek to build the tools with which the revolutionary tasks of the proletariat will be accomplished. Without power, all is illusion.


The Saint Louis Revolutionary Collective is Founded on the Following Basis:


I.) We are Marxist-Leninist-Maoists.




Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is the highest, to date, development of Marxism, and thus is the guiding force that informs all of the practice and theory of the Saint Louis Revolutionary Collective. We don’t embrace theories that have not been picked up successfully by the masses of people and their parties to successfully make revolution and win liberation. We hold that revolution, the overthrow of the exploiting class by force and the institution of the dictatorship of the proletariat, the socialist order, requires the formation of a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Communist Party and none other. This party, comprised of the most advanced elements of the working class, will lead this class in the protracted task of overthrowing the capitalist-imperialist system in the United States. We are Maoists because Maoism is the synthesis of 150 years of revolutionary theory and practice/activity, with the key points being the experiences and periods known as the Paris Commune (1871), the Russian Revolution that gave the world proletariat the Soviet Union and the subsequent socialist period (1917-1956), the Chinese Revolution (1927-1949), and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is a revolutionary ideology for the 21st Century that can be divided into three basic realms/spheres: Political Economy, Philosophy, and Scientific Socialism.


Our country at present practises a commodity system, the wage system is unequal, too, as in the eight-grade wage scale, and so forth. Under the dictatorship of the proletariat such things can only be restricted. Therefore, if people like Lin Piao come to power, it will be quite easy for them to rig up the capitalist system. That is why we should do more reading of Marxist-Leninist works. Lenin said that “small production engenders capitalism and the bourgeoisie continuously, daily, hourly, spontaneously, and on a mass scale.” They are also engendered among a part of the working class and of the Party membership. Both within the ranks of the proletariat and among the personnel of state and other organs there are people who take to the bourgeois style of life.


  • Political Economy: Proletarian politics and correct revolutionary line must always remain in command. Maoism teaches us that during the struggle for and after the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat, politics must be in command in all spheres, and proletarian line must be consistently upheld and developed, otherwise, revisionism will take hold and the socialist state will transform into its opposite, the capitalist order of things will be restored and we will repeat the path taken by China and the Soviet Union. Seizure of the Communist Party, the “commanding heights”, by bourgeois individuals with bourgeois lines masquerading as proletarian ones will lay the foundations for the rigging up of the capitalist system and the replacement of the socialist system with the capitalist system. This is why revisionist groups are so dangerous, and Maoists attack revisionism without mercy, because their lines pose a direct threat to the struggle towards communism. The socialist transitional period, with the continued existence of the wage system, the law of value (although not to the extent as in capitalist society), and other things of this nature is rife with contradictions and class struggle, and neglect of class struggle/allowance of the rise of revisionist lines such as the metaphysical, undialectical, one-sided economic determinist “theory of productive forces” we know will lay the foundations for new Deng Xiaopings and Nikita Khrushchevs to subvert the dictatorship of the proletariat. Under socialism, the necessity is to exercise full and all around dictatorship over the bourgeoisie. The revolutionary today realizes the necessity of the continuance of the class struggle under the dictatorship of the proletariat. Maoists realize that development of the socialist economy in a firm way comes through the unleashing of the creative abilities and capabilities of the masses, not through bureaucratic commandism from above.
  • Maoist Scientific Socialism: The theory of class struggle under the dictatorship of the proletariat and recognition of its central role in the construction of socialism, the Cultural Revolution, proletarian military strategy and tactics (protracted people’s war led by the Maoist Communist Party), proletarian feminism, the national question, and the mass line method of leadership are the main hallmarks of Maoist scientific socialism.
  • Philosophy: Maoist philosophy is marked by the recognition and stress on the law of contradiction, which holds that the principal law in nature and society is the unity and struggle of opposites, with unity being temporary and fleeting and struggle being absolute and eternal. This means that there are radical, revolutionary, and necessary leaps, breaks, and ruptures in struggles and lead to higher developments in the course of these struggles. Essentially, “one divides into two”. Revisionists and reactionaries uphold the line of “two combines into one”, which leads to horrible errors and counterrevolutionary conclusions. Our philosophy isn’t the province of stuffy academic philosophers wearing tweed in rooms full of books, our philosophy is a razor sharp weapon that is directly aimed at the exploiter.


The ultimate test of whether or not a line or theory is correct is social practice. All correct ideas and knowledge come from practice, there can be no theory that is successful   without being rooted in actual social practice and struggle. This is why we reject such things as Left Communism, “democratic socialism”, Trotskyism, and other petit-bourgeois trinket theories that have developed in classrooms or have not had the slightest whit of success in actual revolutionary practice. This is the basis of Maoist philosophy and revolutionary leadership, rooted in actual practice and involvement in struggle using the mass line method of leadership in which ideas are gathered from the masses, processed, studied and analyzed, and then returned to the masses in the form of a systematic and concentrated line until they accept them as their own and transform them into a material force. If a line is incorrect and wrong, it will be rejected by the masses, rightfully, and those that continue to propagate it after this rejection will be isolated.

II.) We are Proletarian Internationalists




Class struggle is something that occurs all over the world, not just in the United States. Capitalism-imperialism is an international system of oppression, and it will take actually existing and tangible solidarity both in word and deed with our class comrades across the world in the midst of their struggle. International fraternal bonds of solidarity are required. It warmed our hearts to see our oppressed comrades in Palestine showing solidarity with the masses of Ferguson in 2014, teaching us how to successfully deflect and block the effects of tear gas. It warms our hearts to see Kurdish comrades showing solidarity with our struggle from the battlefield, and Mexican comrades from Ayotzinapa coming to see us. The fact is that a loss in Palestine is a loss in Ferguson, a win in the red areas of India is a win in Kinloch, a win in the Philippines is a win north of Delmar. We firmly stand by the side of the masses waging revolutionary struggles in India, the Philippines, Nepal, Turkey, Palestine, South Africa, Ethiopia, Brazil, and wherever the masses in their dozens, hundreds, thousands and millions are making revolution.


III.) We are Proletarian Feminists




Since bourgeois/postmodern feminism developed by and for middle class women is the standard “feminism” in the United States, and working class/oppressed nationality women are generally excluded from this “feminism”, and bourgeois feminism seeks to unite women based on their gender rather than holding class interests as the material basis for unity, it can be said that there really is no actual feminist movement in the United States today, at least as far as working class women are concerned. The majority of so-called feminists in the United States today care more for Hillary Clinton and Kim Kardashian than working class women who live in prisons or tumbledown hovels in our nation’s ghettos and barrios. Proletarian feminism, revolutionary Communist feminism as it stands today, teaches us that it is necessarily to realize how fluid gender is, and the necessity of struggling for inclusiveness of queer, transwomen, and all non-men in our proletarian feminist line, and orients around their issues and their organization, from a class perspective, for  anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist struggles in their communities and as part of the general anti-imperialist/anti-capitalist program. Women hold up all of the sky, this is not just an empty slogan, it is material reality.


In the realm of the struggle against imperialism and national oppression we recognize that the national oppression aspect coalesces with and makes much worse the oppression faced by Black, Latinx, and Indigenous women/nonmen in comparison to white women, particularly in terms of sexual abuse and exploitation, capitalist exploitation and abuse, and violence. A proletarian feminist line and program is distinct from a bourgeois feminist or class reductionist line on this question in that it does not paper over or reduce away this very real triple oppression of working class, nationally oppressed women/nonmen. To refuse to recognize material reality and develop accordingly is un-Marxist.


It is no accident or mistake that the industries that pay less are heavily feminized. It’s no accident or mistake that there is a wage gap between working men and working women, nor is it an accident that capitalists and their politician helpers enact violence against and drive working class women, single mothers, into the deepest depths of despair, denying them access to free childcare, not allowing maternity leave, cutting social programs, etc. The pig Reagan attacked black and latinx women as “welfare queens” all throughout the 1980s and the pig Clinton continued this war throughout the 1990s. This is something that we acknowledge as being a critical aspect in the oppression of women and nonmen under capitalism. Replacing male exploiters with women exploiters like Hillary Clinton is nothing to be proud of, like bourgeois feminists would have us believe. Women’s exploitation and oppression under the capitalist, patriarchal, imperialist system can only be ended by the overthrow of the capitalist system, not by a tweak or an addition of more women to posts at the helm or in the wings of the Empire. Women are being killed at an astonishing rate in the city of Saint Louis, and the election of Hillary Clinton will not stop this. Women are being raped every day in Saint Louis, the installation of a Mayor that isn’t a man will not end this. Only the masses of women organized for their own liberation and led by Communists can end this for good.

IV.) We are for LGBTQI* liberation

Queer people played a major role in the development and struggle towards the founding of this collective. We recognize that we are oppressed by capitalism as working class queer people, and that our liberation can ultimately come from the destruction of the capitalist-imperialist system that drives our brothers and sisters to the street, to drugs, to prison, to alcohol abuse, and in many cases, into their graves. We have no relation to and do not identify with wealthy white queer people who gentrify, who express hatred against other queer people or against nationally oppressed people, and who have arrogated for themselves and have been assigned the public face of what it means to be “queer”. A key aspect of any revolutionary Maoist collective’s practice is upholding, promoting/accepting leadership from, and affirming queer comrades. We would greatly like to see the formation of a RATPAC (Revolutionary Alliance of Trans People Against Capitalism) branch here in Saint Louis, a city that is rife with homophobia, transphobia, and other backwards attitudes that have been transformed into life-ending violence, homelessness, or severe privation for too many of our queer comrades. It will not stop until we ourselves stop it.


Requirements for Orientation to Maoist Collectives:


We seek to unite with all that can be united with in the process of struggling towards the formation of a Maoist Communist Party in the United States, capable of leading the revolutionary struggle through to victory, and the continuance of the struggle after said victory through all ebbs and flows and highs and lows until we achieve the Communist order. But, this does not entail seeking and promoting liberalism, the “left unity” line, which really means unprincipled, unequal unity for unity’s sake.

1.) We do not orient ourselves towards individual Maoists. Individuals are not accountable to the masses or to an existing collective in their city, we orient towards collectives and mass organizations who hold them accountable for their behavior, who have a verifiable record of mass work and involvement in mass struggles in their communities, and who have organized according to the climate and conditions of their city or locale.


2.) We orient towards collectives who recognize the necessity of proletarian leadership. The proletariat is the revolutionary class, the class that has nothing to lose and everything to gain through revolution, and thus is the class that leadership objectively must be developed from. We are not averse to struggling for unity with collectives that have developed out of student struggles or other petit-bourgeois in class orientation, particularly if they are led by revolutionaries of oppressed nationality, but these must constantly struggle against and provide summations of their struggles against petit-bourgeois tendencies, lines, and behaviors, especially liberalism, both within their collective, in relations with other organizations and in the working class/revolutionary movement in their city as a whole, along with their efforts to encourage, develop, and yield to proletarian leadership. Most importantly, these collectives must be actively involved in struggle and engaged in provable mass work, whether it be in anti-gentrification, student struggles, anti-police, tenant organizing, etc.

3.) We struggle for unity with Maoist collectives who show willingness to engage in principled two-line struggle, in a non-chauvinistic and good faith way, on ideological questions of importance to the Maoist movement in this country and in the world as a whole, and the struggle to build a Maoist Communist Party in the United States that can lead the masses in making revolution. Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom! Line struggle is to be welcomed, not avoided. We also encourage collective study of questions of political economy, philosophy and scientific socialism between and within collectives as frequently as possible.


4.) We struggle for unity with collectives that take proletarian feminism seriously, and struggle for development and sharpening of proletarian feminist theory and practice, and promote/accept leadership from/encourage the development of non-men leadership. We will not unite with and will not encourage others to unite with collectives that tolerate the presence of sexual or emotional abusers or tolerate the presence of those who maintain social or political relations with known abusers. We will sharply criticize any organization or collective that tolerates or harbors those who abuse, and will constantly check up on those who have declared an intention to rectify bad gender practice to ensure consistent maintenance of proletarian feminist line in command and accountability before the masses.


5.) We will not struggle for unity with collectives that take a chauvinistic stance towards other collectives in other regions of the country. Each collective is autonomous. Criticism is indeed a gift, but no collective has the right to attempt to direct others’ mass work or struggle in cities to which they have no ties and in which they have not done any deep-going investigation, nor should criticisms be issued in bad faith or with the intention of controlling/issuing orders to autonomous collectives. There is no “Maoist center” in the United States, there is no Party yet, and there is no room for arrogant “independent kingdoms” that seek to dominate over others or run others’ business through bureaucratic and underhanded means. We struggle for unity with collectives that respect other collectives’ autonomy and right to conduct mass work and struggle in a fashion appropriate to the situation and contradictions of their own locale.


6.) We struggle for unity with collectives that recognize the utmost importance of developing leadership from oppressed nations communities. The proletariat of oppressed nations communities are the vanguard, the moving force of struggle in the United States, and leadership must be developed from these groups. Any collective that does not encourage or accept leadership from ON proletariat, engages in white chauvinistic practices/pushes white chauvinist lines, or tolerates those who do will not enjoy comradely relations with us until they show proof of their willingness to rectify and actually begin and carry out this protracted process. The national question and the question of self-determination must be taken seriously, and any Maoist collective who does not recognize the fact that after the revolution, there will not be a United States as we know it (a settler colonial prisonhouse of nations), pushes an American exceptionalist/chauvinistic line, or otherwise does not put themselves in direct contradiction to the United States Empire is no comrade of ours, and is not Maoist.


7.) Any collective or organization calling itself Maoist who upholds the line that there is “Actually Existing Socialism” or base areas in the world today that we are bound to accept leadership and guidance from from is a revisionist clique posing as a MLM collective, and will be exposed and sharply/ruthlessly criticized until they cease calling themselves Maoists or transform themselves into actual Maoists. We are in a period of retreat of revolution on a global scale, and this fact requires serious reckoning with. Our duty is to make revolution in the United States, and support and learn from current people’s wars and uphold the legacy of previous people’s wars across the world, learning from both their successes and their failures. We are willing to carry out and promote active and vigorous two-line struggle on questions regarding the way in which revolution is to be carried out in the United States, but do not orient towards vested revisionist “parties” or formations.