Caleb Maupin: What is the Lumpenproletariat? + Will Griffin: What Are The Principles of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism?

by Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
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May 10, 2020

“Well also within the working-class, Marx talked about you have the lumpenproletariat and what the lumpenproletariat is, is people that are part of the working class but they’re never really allowed to be part of the working class. Their income comes from criminal activities mostly. They’re barely employed, they’re barely surviving, they’re desperately poor and they’re just completely locked out.” — Caleb Maupin

Caleb Maupin on May 4, 2020


Caleb Maupin is a radical journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. Originally from Ohio, he studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College. In addition to his journalism, analysis, and commentary, he has engaged in political activism. He was involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement from its planning stages in August of 2011. He has worked against police brutality, mass incarceration, and imperialist war. He works to promote revolutionary ideology, and to support all who fight against the global system of monopoly capitalist imperialism. He is an outspoken advocate of international friendship and cooperation, as well 21st Century Socialism. Find all of Caleb’s books on his website.

Principles of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism

by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 10, 2020

“What is Marxism-Leninism-Maoism? It is important for us to have clarity on what this is. What is it? The Science of Revolution. It’s Scientific Socialism as opposed to Democratic Socialism or Utopian Socialism. It is a process that theorists, organizers, revolutionaries, and communists have built upon for the past 170 years of struggle against the Capitalist Imperialist system.” — Will Griffin

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  6. Black Panthers were not the only ones who saw revolutionary potential in the Lumpenproletariat. Even though I had read this long time ago, but I remember that anarchist leaders, like Bakunin, and Chinese Communist leaders, like Mao, also saw that potential, even though the latter also saw the counter-revolutionary potential in it, in the service of the capitalist and feudal classes. After the success of communist revolution in China, large numbers of Lumpenproletariat were educated and reformed to become part of the working class. As far as Black Panthers are concerned, they did not claim that all blacks were Lumpenproletariat. They pointed out that very large numbers of blacks were, proportionally much larger in relation to the relative sizes of the populations, than the whites. One can easily see that disparity in the prison populations. Following are some statistics from the NAACP. Given such large numbers of Lumpenproletariat among the blacks, Black Panthers did not confine themselves to the assessments of Marx and Engels in that regard, and used their own revolutionary logical and factual thinking, in relation to the specific conditions and situation of blacks in the US, to imagine that it could be organized against the unjust classist and racist system. Brutal government repression had destroyed the Black Panthers, before they could test the accuracy of their hypothesis.

    Even though Marxist assessments and predictions on the political role of Lumpenproletariat have proven correct during the Italian and German fascisms, as well as in many other revolutions, it is dialectically incorrect to regard them as permanent, fixed forever, and unchanging. Marxism is a constantly developing science, in which dialectical thinking and logic play a fundamental role. Specific and new situations must be analyzed from those perspectives, instead of freezing them in the same old concepts metaphysically. Marx himself was so upset about such errors that he had once remarked, “I am not a Marxist.”

    It is also relevant to point out that the regular American Proletariat and working class in general, under the leadership of AFL-CIO, has been playing a collaborationist role with the capitalist and imperialist class, and has engaged in counter-revolutionary and pro-imperialist actions throughout the world for decades, after the brutal repression and destruction of revolutionary working class organizations in the US during first half of the 20th Century.

    From NAACP

    Racial Disparities in Incarceration
    • In 2014, African Americans constituted 2.3 million, or 34%, of the total 6.8 million correctional population. (My addition. African American population in the US is 13.40 of the total.)
    • African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites.
    • The imprisonment rate for African American women is twice that of white women.
    • Nationwide, African American children represent 32% of children who are arrested,
    42% of children who are detained, and 52% of children whose cases are judicially
    waived to criminal court.
    • Though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the US
    population, they comprised 56% of all incarcerated people in 2015.
    • If African Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates as whites,
    prison and jail populations would decline by almost 40%.

    https://www.naacp.org/criminal-justice-fact-sheet/

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