Presentation at the Webinar on SONA & THE POLITICAL SITUATION: SOCIALIST ANALYSIS By Sonny Melencio, Chair, PLM (Partido Lakas ng Masa) A. STRATEGY OF THE DUTERTE REGIME 1. President Rodrigo Duterte’s penultimate Sona on July 27 did not even touch on the main concern of the people, i.e., the direction and trajectory of the government’sContinue reading “THEIR STRATEGY AND OUR STRATEGY”

Ang Kapitalistang Pandemya at Sosyalistang Solusyon*

[*Halaw sa presentasyon ni Ka Sonny Melencio sa Webinar na The Capitalist Pandemic and Socialist Solution, noong May 16, 2020.] ANG PANGUNAHING ideya para sa presentasyong ito ay nagmula sa pagkakabasa ko ng isang artikulo na isinulat ni Simon Hannah, na pinamagatang “Coronavirus has given us two visions of the future,” nalathala sa Mutiny, isangContinue reading “Ang Kapitalistang Pandemya at Sosyalistang Solusyon*”

Transforming Our Infrastructure Systems to face Pandemics

By Reihana Mohideen In our response strategies to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are effectively undertaking a massive experiment where we disrupt our entire economy and how we work and live within it. This has implications for our health and infrastructure linked systems and social inclusion linkages. Better health is a measure of progress in diverse dimensionsContinue reading “Transforming Our Infrastructure Systems to face Pandemics”


By Merck Maguddayao The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has revealed the real character of capitalism, in both its authoritarian and liberal faces, as a system that sees the majority of humanity as both machines—rendering labour in exchange for starvation wages—and consumers of necessities, and fetishes, products of that labour. Unfortunately, this has been theContinue reading “VIETNAM, SOCIALISTS LEAD THE WAY IN COMBATTING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC”

The Capitalist Pandemic and Socialist Solutions

By Sonny Melencio, Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), Philippines PLM Webinar presentation. May 16, 2020 My main idea for this presentation actually comes from a reading of an article written by Simon Hannah, titled “Coronavirus has given us two visions of the future” published in Mutiny, an online paper of a group of socialists inContinue reading “The Capitalist Pandemic and Socialist Solutions”

Isang Sosyalistang Pahayag para sa Pilipinas Matapos ang COVID-19

A SOCIALIST MANIFESTO FOR A POST-COVID-19 PHILIPPINES Mayo 2020 The English Language version is available here Habang sinusubukang bawasan ng pamahalaan at ng pribadong sektor ang epekto ng pandemikong COVID-19 sa pamamagitan ng pag-institusyonalisa ng mga hakbanging pangkalusugan at panlipunang amelyorisasyon, nangingibabaw ang pag-aakalang kung huhupa na ang krisis, babalik din ang lahat saContinue reading “Isang Sosyalistang Pahayag para sa Pilipinas Matapos ang COVID-19”

Engels vs. Marx?: Two Hundred Years of Frederick Engels

by Paul Blackledge Reprinted from Monthly Review At the bicentenary of his birth, Frederick Engels’s reputation as an original thinker is, among Anglophone academics at least, at its nadir. The main reason for this unfortunate state of affairs is undoubtedly political. Despite the recent global economic crisis and associated increases in inequality that have tended toContinue reading “Engels vs. Marx?: Two Hundred Years of Frederick Engels”

Lenin, 150 years on

By Julian Coppens Reprinted from Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal April 27, 2020 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — For Stalinists and liberals, Vladimir Lenin has been useful both as a myth and as a scapegoat. For the former, a myth selectively cited and distorted to justify the terror of bureaucratic rule and the theoryContinue reading “Lenin, 150 years on”