Program of the Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement
We want to smash this world and build a new one. Today, the median global income stands around $2.50 a day. Over 1 billion people face chronic hunger and a child dies every five seconds of starvation. This same situation is killing the planet at an unprecedented rate. Meanwhile, a global minority lives in comfort, unconcerned with their effect on the world. We aim to change this.
We understand that there is a causal relationship between wealth on one hand and poverty on the other. On a global level, the First World is rich because it exploits the impoverished majority, the Third World. This global divide, called imperialism, is the principal feature of the world today.
We side with the Third World masses and support their struggles for liberation. Exploiters are not going to hand over freedom to those they exploit. Only through struggle can the oppressed free themselves. We support the right of resistance- and revolution- for oppressed peoples against their oppressors. We support unity of the Third World masses against imperialism.
We reject First Worldism: politics which panders to or assumes that First Worlders are a social base for revolution. The “masses” of the First World are a global minority: a petty-exploiter class which regularly supports the imperialist system from which it benefits. Global revolution demands a just and egalitarian distribution of the world’s resources and wealth. Thus, over the course of global revolution, First Worlders will receive less, not more.
We are John Browns, staunch First World allies of the Third World. We are few and far between and behind enemy lines; there is little direct effect we can have. We consider our circumstances and focus on areas where we can effectively contribute to the revolutionary struggle.
We openly represent revolutionary anti-imperialism and work to build public opinion for Third World liberation struggles. We interject revolutionary, anti-imperialist politics into political arenas such as speaking events and protests; contribute to publishing and distributing revolutionary literature such as the RAIM Global Digest; and conduct group education through study collectives, practical tasks and informal discussion. We seek out and educate those who can be won over to consistent anti-imperialist politics.
We encourage direct participation and involvement, promote personal development and push people to become more valuable to the larger, global revolutionary movement. In part, RAIM is a ‘university of revolution.’ Through direct involvement with RAIM, we encourage people to become more proficient both politically and technically. A large part of RAIM’s purpose is to make individuals more of an asset to the Third World majority.
We encourage Third World-oriented, revolutionary political work. Though RAIM fills a roll by providing a public presence for and entry-level work into revolutionary politics, it is not the end-all-be-all of revolutionary political work. We encourage and support revolutionary, Third World-oriented politics being applied as part of different types of projects and efforts.
Adopted by RAIM-Denver and RAIM-Seattle, November 23rd, 2009
- “What is Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement- Denver?”
A loosely organized group of dedicated activists, agitators, and intellectuals which openly supports of the movement of Third World peoples against imperialism.
- “What does RAIM-Denver want?”
A utopian society. We want a world free from oppression of groups by groups and people by people. We want a world without imperialism, capitalism, patriarchy, national oppression, youth oppression or the state. We want a world based on egalitarianism and mutuality.
- “Why is RAIM-Denver so focused on anti-imperialism?”
People live off of three dollars a day, not because they are workers, women or children, but because they were born into the Third World. In reality, the affluence of the First World and steep poverty of the Third are directly causative of one another. This divide between the First and Third World is the principal feature of the world today and the destruction of imperialism is the first step towards a global mutualistic society.
- “So what then?”
Continuous revolution. We believe revolution is a never-ending process involving the masses of people against all forms of oppression, both current and those which may yet arise. Overthrowing imperialism is simply the primary task of revolution today.
- “What exactly do you do?”
We represent anti-imperialism. We rally against oppressors (Newmont Mining, Madeline Albright, the Kolumbus Day Parade, the Minutemen, and Zionist state officials to name a few); we maintain a blog where we report news and analysis as well as upcoming and past events; we research, produce and distribute anti-imperialist videos and literature as such the RAIM Global Digest; we interject an anti-imperialist line into political events; we conduct solidarity work for various national liberation movements and Third World people’s struggles; we conduct educational workshops; do informal discussion-based education and outreach and as individuals contribute to other Third World oriented revolutionary projects.
- “Noone will ever support you!”
Who cares! We are out to represent anti-imperialism, not organize reactionary exploiters. RAIM is a politically sophisticated and versatile network. Our goal is to build broad, global support for Third World liberation struggles, even if they vast majority of First Worlders don’t like it.
Be a RAIMer
The Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement is not for everyone. It requires dedication and political consistency. Read this over and see if you qualify.
The first step to becoming a RAIMer is freeing yourself from the intellectual atrophy encouraged by the First World. Read materials already made available by the Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement, most notably the RAIM Global Digest and pamphlets by RAIM-Denver. Find some of the books from our Recommended Reading list. Also, read over and think about RAIM’s Program.
Once you agree with and are excited about our political line, start doing something about it. Even if you are isolated, you can still contribute. Take the initiative and start a local RAIM cell. Distribute the RAIM Global Digest and anti-imperialist posters at infoshops and bookstores, trendy/geeky coffee shops and on school bulletin boards. Talk to your friends. Represent anti-imperialist politics against stagnant First Worldism at book signings, school-sponsored political events and protests.
Start a blog or website or give us an email to let us know about your work. Also, start producing anti-imperialist material on your own. Writing, graphic design and video production are all great places to start. By producing your own material, you add to RAIM’s body of work, making it a more resourceful and influential organization. Most importantly, you strengthen your own political and technical capacity. RAIM-Denver is here to offer feedback.
Working as a functioning RAIM cell, even as an individual, increases your chances of hooking up with other anti-imperialists in your area. Recruit locally within politically active circles while consistently representing anti-imperialism. Consider how to represent anti-imperialism and recruit informally through one-on-one and group discussion. Once you have a cell of two more more people, work together to make decisions, carry out plans and actions, craft RAIM materials, represent anti-imperialism and bring potential anti-imperialists into RAIM to play a decision-making or supporting role.
Use RAIM to your advantage. By operating as part of a local unit, backed up by RAIM-Denver and a network of other RAIMs, you are placed at an advantage when dealing with and working amongst the much larger but scattered “left.” Likewise, as RAIM grows and brings in more active members and supporters, so too will our ability to project worldwide, building public opinion for Third World people’s struggles against imperialism.
Finally, there are many people who support our cause and and the work we do, but for whatever reason are not able to work as RAIM on an active or support basis. In this case we encourage a monetary contribution. Cash and money order are preferred, but check and paypal are also welcome. Financial contributions will stay within RAIM and help us carry out our various tasks and projects.
The Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement- Denver can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
May Day Program in support of Mexican National Liberation; RAIM-Denver, May 1st, 2009
Fuck the Troops: RAIM-Denver agitation statement against support for occupation troops (May 14th, 2007)
Class Today and The Struggle for a New World: RAIM-Denver short essay, May 23rd, 2009
People’s War Press online publishing project
Different materials are linked, recommended or referenced by RAIM-Denver for educational purposes. This does not imply endorsement or affiliation.
Settlers, The Mythology of the White Proletariat by J. Sakai
The most comprehensive Amerikan history from an anti-imperialist perspective. Explicitly challenges the idea that there is a White proletariat. Recounts the genocidal conquest of North America, rabid national oppression and slavery and the rise of imperialism while documenting cross-class support for it all. Out of print, but you can still find it at online book retailers and some ‘leftist’ bookstores. Full PDF, here. Selected chapters here.
Pacifism as Pathology by Ward Churchill
Almost prosaically, Ward Churchill demolishes arguments for “principled non-violence.” Easy to find online and at ‘leftist’ bookstores. Here’s a booklet PDF.
The Creation of World Poverty by Teresa Hayter
A brief, easy-read explanation of the mechanics of imperialism, its historic rise, and it’s bootprint on the world. Out of print(?). Can find at online book retailers.
Ghosts of 9-11 by Ward Churchill
Reflecting on the 9-11 suicide airline attacks, Ward Churchill argues that the World Trade Center and Pentagon were legitimate targets, judging from the US’s global application of military aggression and the effects these institutions have on the world. In an infamous quote, one which he was ultimately subject to a witchhunt and firing for, Churchill describes many of those who died in the WTC as “little eichmanns.” pdf booklet. online version
Long Live the Victory of People’s War! by Lin Biao
Lin Biao’s major essay about the Chinese revolution and adopting the strategy of surrounding the reactionary-held cities by an insurgent, revolutionary countryside to global significance. While describing the Soviet Union as “social imperialist (socialism in word, imperialist in deeds),” Biao singles out the US imperialism as the single greatest enemy of the world’s people.
Online text. Chapter 8 as a short PDF
These books compliment the above titles and generally provide an expanded understanding of a given topic. All of these books can be found for a reasonable price at websites such as amazon.com or abebooks.com
Negros with Guns- Robert F Williams
The Negro in the Making of America- Benjamin Quarles
How Capitalism Works- Pierre Jalee
The Political Economy of Slavery- Eugene D Genovese
Occupied America- Rodolfo Acuna
Stolen At Gunpoint- J. Sakai
The Lost Land: The Chicano Image of the Southwest– John R. Chavez
Black Bolshevik– Harry Haywood
Rogue State, A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower- William Blum
A Little Matter of Genocide- Ward Churchill
On the Justice of Roosting Chickens- Ward Churchill
Chicano Manifesto- Armando Rendon
Gringo Justice- Alfrendo Mirande
Race and Class in the Southwest: A Theory of Racial Inequality- Mario Barrera