Specific social issues, whether sector-specific or affecting multiple sectors

Prof. Jose Maria Sison

Editorsʼ note: This major restatement and key analytical updates by Jose Maria Sison on the modern historical phenomenon of fascism is posted here in relation to the launch of the three-month global campaign of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) as “fightbackˮ against the resurgent tides of fascism in many countries. His article covers a basic review of the basic concepts of state power, of certain features that would grow and combine to develop in the era of imperialism as fascism, and key developments in the Philippines that mirror these global trends. Sison is the chairperson emeritus of the ILPS.

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This paper was presented by Jose Maria Sison at an online seminar entitled “Resisting a Policy of Famines: A webinar against furthering imperialist domination on food and agriculture amid the pandemic.” The webinar, held on 19 June 2020, was hosted by Commission 6 of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS). PRISM will post other materials from the webinar, or corresponding Internet links, as these are made available. The full text of Sison’s presentation follows.

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US police brutality

This is Part 1 of a series of commentaries by PRISM editors and Art Belisario on the ongoing events and trends in the U.S. around the issue of racist violence by state forces and the people’s massive protest actions in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, lockdowns, and socio-economic crisis.

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ILPS protest march

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), in a statement by its chairman Len Cooper, expressed solidarity with the people of the United States and millions of sympathizers worldwide in condemning the latest murders of black people at the hands of the U.S. police forces. The statement, updated on 4 June and circulated in other online sites and via email, emphasized that the same imperialist state that wields the weapons of criminal violence against its own citizens also uses the same weapons—directly or indirectly—against many peoples of the world.

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On 9 April 2020, Prof. Joma Sison held a forum via Facebook Live to an online audience of nearly 300 people. Here he gave a concise summary of the current international situation replete with major earth-shaking events unfolding before our eyes, including the Covid-19 pandemic and what is shaping out as the beginnings of a new Great Recession equal to or even worse than the Great Depression of 1929 onwards to the 1930s. Sison explained that “the world capitalist system was already in trouble even before the Covid-19 pandemic arose. And the pandemic has unmasked and aggravated the crisis of global capitalism. It is of urgent importance to know how the people are affected and how they are responding.”

The full text of Sison’s paper follows. Please note links to Pages 2 and 3 at the bottom.

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Editor’s note: This global situationer is Part I of the Chairperson’s Report to the Fifth International Assembly of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, which was held in Manila in November 2014. We repost it here as part of our broader effort to encourage further study and discussion of the global situation and trends among activists […]

This statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, was issued on November 23, 2015, with the title “Paris climate talks are predetermined by monopoly capitalism to aggravate climate and social injustice and crises”. The original post can be accessed on the josemariasison.org website. Read more