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Facing Reality

Facing Reality was a radical left group in the United States which existed from about 1962 until 1970.


  • History 1
  • Political impact 2
  • Sources 3
  • External links 4


Facing Reality originated in the Correspondence Publishing Committee. C. L. R. James was forced to leave the USA in the early 1950s and Correspondence split. The faction that stayed loyal to C .L. R. James retained the name the Correspondence Publishing Committee and continued to receive advice from James from Britain, while a significant number supported Raya Dunayevskaya and split to form a new group, News and Letters Committees, which publishes a monthly newspaper, News & Letters, that remains in print today.

In 1962, there was a further split as Kent Worcester have characterized as representing the influence of Maoism even in Facing Reality. Martin Glaberman, however, has disputed this claim in a review of Worcester's book in Against the Current magazine.

Political impact

Facing Reality had a particular, if small, impact among African American political activists at Wayne State University in Detroit and in auto plants in the city. A community paper, Inner City Voice, published articles by James in the late 1960s. Glaberman taught a class on Karl Marx's Capital to many of the staff of the Inner City Voice. Numerous members of this group were also active in the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement. In 1970, the group was dissolved at the suggestion of Glaberman over James' objections on the ground that it was too small to have an impact.

It is important to note, however that the group had a broader international influence as well, including in Italy's burgeoning "autonomous" communist movement.


  • Martin Glaberman 1918-2001Neil Fettes,
  • Learning from Autonomous Marxism
  • Martin Glaberman, "C.L.R. James: A Recollection", New Politics #8 (Winter 1990): 78-84.
  • Kent Worcester, C.L.R. James: A Political Biography (Albany: State University of New York, 1996).

External links

  • Facing reality, complete book at Hathi Trust
  • Glaberman 1969 article
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