From Sean Malloy’s

“[W]e saying that theory’s cool,” proclaimed Illinois BPP chairman Fred Hampton in 1969, “but theory with no practice ain’t shit.” (3)

For all their weaknesses and failings, the Panthers offered a challenge to capitalism and white supremacy that directly confronted American liberals’ complicity in both of those oppressive forces as well as the violence that undergirded daily life for people of color in the United States and around the world. Central to this analysis, and crucial to the party’s growth and endurance, was an approach that was fundamentally international both in its critique and its connections. While often criticized for being divisive, the BPP was at the forefront of a movement among those seeking to link people of color in the United States, antiracist white allies at home and in Europe, and governments and movements in the Third World. Though messy and flawed in practice, the Panthers’ coalition-building efforts were far more ambitious and inclusive then [sic] those of contemporary movements that either confined their ambitions within the borders of United States or insisted that class and race were somehow mutually exclusive categories in organizing for revolution. (15-6)

Out of Oakland follows the injunction of former BPP and BLA member Nuh Washington, who declared from behind bars, “Our history, the good and the bad, must be analyzed and summarized for other revolutionaries. . . . Let us learn from our mistakes and not feel ashamed. After all, we did a lot, knowing little. (17)

Out of Oakland: Black Panther Party Internationalism During the Cold War (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

The Cold War in the 1980s

Recently, I began to watch an American drama. The Americans, a fiction on the Soviet spies living and conducting espionage in the US in the early 1980s. Plot is good, albeit employing a popular concept of spy, and the characters are vividly expressing themselves according to their given roles. In grey and grim scenes, the story unfolds under the Reagan administration. There is nor hope neither love in the life of spies, and I would definitely recommend this kind of job for those bored of everything. Game of Thrones is also fascinating, but I prefer this Cold War series to a medieval fantasy.

Meanwhile, I came to ask myself of some related questions after I saw the drama. What was the Cold War? Was it really nothing but a war, or was it just cold? As I want to study the North Korean history in a context of the Cold War in the 1950s, I would shed light on the subject. One thing for sure is: in most cases, a spy is good-looking. This was already elucidated in Jonathan Haslam’s book on a history of the Soviet Intelligence (2015). Well, I can give that.