Caleb Maupin is a widely acclaimed speaker, writer, journalist, and political analyst. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and in Latin America. He was involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement from its early planning stages, and has been involved many struggles for social justice. He is an outspoken advocate of international friendship and cooperation, as well as 21st Century Socialism. He doesn’t shy away from the word “Communism” when explaining his political views, and advocates that the USA move toward some form of “socialism with American characteristics” rooted in the democratic and egalitarian traditions often found in American history. He argues that the present crisis can only be abetted with an “American Rebirth” in which the radicalism and community-centered values of the country are re-established and strengthened.
Speaker & Writer
Caleb's speaking & writing career was built on the foundation of political activism. He has stood his ground on issues of economic justice, and is committed to building a new America for working families.
Caleb took his first steps into activism as a fourth grader, walking the picket lines with his mother and other Stark County Librarians who went on strike for better conditions in Canton, Ohio.
Maupin became a public figure in Cleveland, Ohio when he video recorded a group of student protesters being attacked by police. One of the students, who had walked out of school in opposition to teacher layoffs and school closings, was acquitted in court after Maupin’s video proved she had not assaulted the police. Cleveland Scene, a local alternative newspaper, profiled Maupin in an article entitled “The Communists Next Door.”
Prior to the Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011, Maupin participated in the “Bloombergville” anti-austerity occupation in lower Manhattan. During the OWS protests, Maupin stood out for his blatant anti-capitalism, his opposition to the bombing of Libya, and calls for international and anti-racist solidarity among the young activists.
At the first General Assembly planning the Occupy protests on August 2nd, 2011, Maupin gave a short speech emphasizing the phrase “Class against Class!”. A number of documentary films about the Occupy protests, such as “Owned & Operated” have included clips of Maupin’s brief remarks, and Anarchist academic David Graeber has directly pointed toward Maupin as representing the “hardline” and “communist” wing of the movement.
When Saudi Arabia began its onslaught against Yemen, with US support, in 2015, Caleb Maupin joined with the Red Crescent Society of Islamic Republic of Iran in a humanitarian mission. As the only American onboard the “Iran Shaheed” Maupin directly observed and reported on this humanitarian mission, intended to break through the Saudi blockade and deliver food and medicine to the Yemeni people. Due to Saudi bombing of the port of Hodediah, the ship was redirected to the African country of Djibouti.
In February of 2016, as Brazil was gripped with political turmoil and the impeachment of its President, Maupin was invited by the Trade Union Center of Brasil (CSB) to address their national convention in Brasilia. Speaking to an audience of thousands of trade unionists and elected officials, Maupin gave presentation entitled “Oil & The Global Capitalist Crisis.” The speech explained the intentional efforts by Saudi Arabia and multi-national corporations to drop oil prices between 2014-2016. The lengthy presentation emphasized the importance of public control of natural resources in securing independent development and pointed toward the rise of China and Russia as a case study. The text of his presentation was translated into Portuguese and circulated by the CSB. It has also been published in English as a small booklet.
In 2017, a feature film about Maupin’s travels through the Islamic Republic of Iran was released on Iranian television. The film, which was also screened in London, is entitled “Iranian Dream.” The film portrays Maupin interacting with Iranian youth, Iran’s small Christian community, Muslim clerics, and many others, all hoping to promote friendship and understanding between Americans and Iranians.
In July of 2017, Maupin debated prominent right-wing politician Augustus Sol Invictus at a forum in New York City entitled “The Revolutionary Left vs. The Revolutionary Right.” Maupin used the debate to put forward his vision of “Socialism with American Characteristics” and “American Rebirth” and call out the bigotry and primitive thinking of the Alt-Right. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange notably promoted the debate on social media.
As a reporter for the international TV network RT, Maupin has reported from across the United States. He has had many intense interactions with US State Department spokespeople including John Kirby, Mark Toner, and Heather Nauert confronting them about diverse issues like Syria, Russia, and the existence of Israeli nuclear weapons.
Maupin was the primary US correspondent for RT’s international broadcasts from the United States during the 2016 Presidential elections. He reported from both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and also directly from the riots in Oakland, California, during the aftermath of the vote.
In March of 2016, Maupin directly asked Donald Trump about his position favoring better relations with Russia at a press conference. The future President of the United States gave a lengthy response to Maupin’s question on foreign policy.
His writings and analysis of economics and US foreign policy have been cited by diverse outlets such as Forbes magazine, CNN, RT, Democracy Now! PressTV, Telesur, and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. His work has been translated into many languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Vietnamese, and Arabic.
In 2013, Maupin appeared on CNN as a representative of the “Hands Off Syria” movement that opposed US intervention in the country. Maupin was also a delegate and speaker at the 2013 World Festival of Youth and Students in Quito, Ecuador. Maupin has visited the Islamic Republic of Iran, and spoken throughout the country at Universities in Tehran, Shiraz, Mashad, and many other cities.
Maupin’s analytical articles frequently appear in Mint Press News, China.org.cn and in New Eastern Outlook, an online magazine published by the Russian Academy of Sciences. His works have been republished by Info-Wars, The Center for Global Research, and many other publications.
Unlike many leftists and radicals, Maupin does not reject patriotism or religion. Maupin considers his politics to be a continuation of radicalism and revolutionary spirit that is found in the heritage of the United States. While Maupin holds a materialist understanding of world history, he embraces the teachings of Jesus as a guide for building a just and moral society and often quotes Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who said “Jesus Christ was the greatest Communist in all of history.
As a radical from the millennial generation, Maupin has been particularly inspiring to younger Americans. He often makes reference to de-industrialization and the decline of the American middle class, as well as erosion of civil liberties, a creeping process which he refers to as the “low wage police state” and links to changes in the global economy. Maupin is beloved by young radicals who are new to leftist concepts, and not weighed down by the de-moralization and political confusion leftover from the 1960s and 70s. Maupin’s presentations are carefully researched, making concise and clear arguments, aimed to make his audience question more, and understand the bigger picture.