Category Archives: Our History

Family Tree: Exchange — Max Elbaum 4/3/2000

The essay "Some Lessons from the Family Tree of the New Communist Movement" makes several good points. But in the end it is disappointing. The main problem is that it doesn't grapple with the specific ideological outlook that defined the … Continue reading

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Family Tree: Organization for Revolutionary Unity

Introducing the O.R.U. The members of the Committee for a Proletarian Party (CPP) and the Communist Organization, Bay Area (COBA) are pleased to announce that we have completed the merger of the two groups. Our new name is the Organization … Continue reading

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Family Tree: Proletarian Unity League

The Proletarian Unity League: Where We Came From, What We Look Like, What We Do One of the biggest problems for Marxist-Leninists in the ’70s was “tunnel vision,” causing people to see only what was right in front of them. … Continue reading

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Famiily Tree: Discussion of lessons — Introduction

The following exchange was initiated when Max Elbaum was invited to respond to the short essay by Dennis O’Neil posted with the family tree of FRSO and the US new communist movement of the 1970s. After a long delay, Dennis … Continue reading

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Some Lessons from the Family Tree of the New Communist Movement

Our younger comrades and other young revolutionaries of the present day who check out the family tree of the new communist movement tend to be either fascinated or appalled, or both. They see legendary organizations they've heard of or read … Continue reading

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Family Tree: Introduction

What Is This Thing? First, this family tree is a work in progress. So is the movement it maps. The tree centers on the organizational history of our group, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. To put that history in context, … Continue reading

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Statement on the Split

Freedom Road Socialist Organization Loses Two Districts in Split The Freedom Road Socialist Organization has to report, with considerable regret, that two districts, Minnesota and Chicago, have chosen to split away from our organization. They have been joined by a … Continue reading

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Family Tree: FRSO Split

Freedom Road Socialist Organization Loses Two Districts in Split The Freedom Road Socialist Organization has to report, with considerable regret, that two districts, Minnesota and Chicago, have chosen to split away from our organization. They have been joined by a … Continue reading

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Family Tree: FRSO founding statement

Welcome, Freedom Road Revolutionary unity is always precious, often elusive, and over the years U.S. socialists have had a good deal of trouble building and preserving it. The Marxist-Leninist movement of the early '70s, which initially showed great promise but … Continue reading

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Introducing the O.R.U.

The merger statement of the Committee for a Proletarian Party (CPP) and the Communist Organization, Bay Area (COBA), March 1983 Download this piece as a PDF

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