Although McCain is the Republican presidential nominee, Ron Paul still has support among some youth. Signs of “Ron Paul for President” appear in some anti-war activities. Paul was googled and seen on Youth Tube more than any other GOP candidate. The so-called Ron Paul “Revolution” attracted some working-class white youth because he opposed the Iraq war, globalization and a national ID system. But the real essence of Paul’s program is fascism and racism.
Alex Jones, an Austin, Texas, radio host, Minuteman supporter and leader of the “9/11 Truth Movement” has won some youth to Paul. The Truth Movement argues that 9/11 was an “inside job” perpetrated by Bush to justify war in the Middle-East and impose a police state at home.
But this is just a hook to attract people to Jones and others who spread the anti-Semitic filth of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a 1903 fakery circulated by the Czarist secret police. Henry Ford and Hitler also used the Protocols and racism to deflect working-class anger away from the real enemy, capitalism. Unfortunately, even some fake left-wingers in Latin America and elsewhere have spread the Protocols to give a false explanation of finance capital. (For more on Jones see the current issue of The Communist Magazine.)
Anti-immigrant racism is the real essence of Jones. He says immigration from Mexico is a “globalist” trick to erect a “Communist military dictatorship” in the U.S. Similarly, while Paul rails against a national ID card for citizens, he demands more racist police repression of the inner cities (asserting in 1996 that 95% of black men in Washington, D.C. were “criminals”). On immigration, he calls for a militarized border, intensified efforts to round up the undocumented and new rules to deny citizenship to their U.S.-born children.
At a minimum, the Paul campaign, like Obama’s and Clinton’s, brings anti-war youth into the electoral system and fascism. Beyond this, they divert youth from an understanding of capitalist exploitation and imperialist rivalries — the basis of all modern wars — into a traditional Nazi ideology that blames elite “conspirators” for the problems capitalism generates.
In 1902, Lenin warned communists not to rely on spontaneity. Workers tend to rebel spontaneously against the ravages of capitalism. But on their own, these struggles won’t create the political class consciousness needed to destroy capitalism.
Communists in PLP show that only knowing the historical role of the working class can transform spontaneous anger into the communist class consciousness necessary for revolutionary change. We must become involved with those youth mis-led by Ron Paul, Obama and Clinton, and use CHALLENGE as our ideological weapon to expose these politicians as tools of the racist capitalist war-making system.