Dialectics, inter-imperialist rivalry, and Syria

Regardless of how much the capitalists and their pinhead academics want to celebrate the death of Communism and the poverty of Marxism, the dialectic is alive and well, reality is still material, the internal is still primary and the intertwining of class forces is still driving human history inexorably towards a world war.  Syria is a good illustration of the internal being primary.

 

About a year ago, Syria was a part of the upswelling that’s been dubbed the Arab spring by the bourgeois media and was even called a revolution by other idealists. Groups of soldiers joined the protestors and it appeared like an armed struggle against a tyrant and for liberation was under way. Well, that was the appearance. The essence was militant reformism and a power struggle between factions with very different political goals.

 

The factions organized to bring down butcher al Assad were content to remain under a big tent for a brief moment, but it was only a matter of time before PL’s maxim that politics are primary was yet again illustrated to be correct. One group organized themselves as Sunni, others as secular, some want to cut a deal with outside western imperialists, others don’t mind the status quo with Eastern imperialists (Russia and China) and just want the massive amounts of wealth that Butcher Al Assas has been enjoying.

 

Without a cohesive bloc to arm, fund, and place into power, the US and company are struggling to figure out how to best topple Assad, stymie Iranian Hegemony, and block Russian and Chinese power projection. This lack of a proxy isn’t too bad in and of itself to the US/Israel/France axis, as they could just choose one splinter group, back it, and ride it to the general collapse of the Syrian state in a repeat of last year’s Libyan farcical tragedy, but Russia and China aren’t letting the axis push their humanitarian imperialist agenda through the UN.

 

Dialectics uncovers what appears to be a local conflict involving a power struggle between a second generation dictator and a splintering of insurgent forces and illustrates that this is, in essence, an element of the intensifying inter-imperialist rivalry that is driving the US axis towards a massive war in order to preserve their empire.

 

Regardless of how this US vs Syria puppet show pans out, the working class’ response must be Communist Revolution. The Socialist, Anarchist, and Communist organizations in the Middle East abandoned revolution long ago. Now, they support a whole panorama of terrible positions. If the working class were to follow any of those groups, we would find ourselves right back under an oppressive regime. It is now more crucial than ever that workers in Syria, Iran, the Levant, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and all over the world build the Progressive Labor Party, learn dialectical materialism, raise high the Red Flag, and begin the process of Communist Revolution.

 

4 thoughts on “Dialectics, inter-imperialist rivalry, and Syria

  1. March 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm
    Glad you are keeping up the good work. Since I last wrote there are copies of my most recent magnum opus The ABC’s of Communism, Bolshevism 2012 available at http://leninist.biz/en/2011/ABCC999/index.html and of last years version The ABC’s of Communism, Bolshevism 2011 at http://www./abcsofcommunism.info and a little bit of the early history of PLP in various parts and notes of Shining Path, the Peruvian Revolution at http://leninist.biz/en/0000/JWS000/ and at http://www.peruvianprisonbreaks.com

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  2. Begin at the Beginning or forget about seizing power
    Jason W. Smith, Ph.D.
    Communists should take the vanguard position in organizing armed insurrection to seize state power via a vanguard working class Party organized on Marxist-Leninist principles. If you don’t agree with this then you don’t need to read any further and should go to someone else.
    Looking over the press which claims to be (1) communist or (2) Marxist, one witnesses a spectrum of periodicals ranging from (3) the total confusion of journals which claim the purview of (editorial policy specifically) being exclusive to what can only be objectively described as unintelligible Left Bourgeois sociological nonsense (e.g., Rethinking Marxism, Dialectical Anthropology) to (4) old fashioned ignorant ejaculations of Left opinion picked up “on the fly” by persons here and there, from other persons equally uninformed, and somehow codified by time into axioms of nonsense masquerading as communist, Marxist or Leninist principle. To pursue this any further would risk turning it into a rant.
    What must be done by serious persons (revolutionaries) is to go back to the beginning, and begin once again to educate a Marxist and Leninist cadre in, (a) fundamental principles of dialectical and historical materialist analysis (b) learning about the practical side of historical materialism, which in a phrase is to say learning about sociocultural evolutionary sequential stages and how one transformed into its successor, (c) understanding socialist stage history since 1917, (d) understanding what is happening in the global capitalist stage collapse currently underway and (e) correspondingly, what is happening in the global socialist stage advance concomitantly underway. This is not a matter of opinion or a matter for dialogue. Opinion and dialogue from the uniformed, in any science, is a complete waste of time. It is first and foremost common sense, and secondly a matter of education. But unless one goes back to the beginning and begins to master historical science, which at the moment is exclusively ours, then you can forget about seizing state power and establishing communism.
    Accordingly what must be done is to begin again at the beginning, by studying the science of historical materialism as outlined in the preceding paragraph and mastering it. Once that is accomplished then the objective foundation for designing the Party and its program for the seizure of state power, in any country, can be undertaken according to the specific conditions existing in said country. But not before.
    . I have provided a text book that can get you started entitled The ABC’s of Communism, Bolshevism 2012 (this is the 8th edition and the year in the title changes with each edition, beginning with the first in 2005) which is available under its previous title (Fundamentals of Historical Materialism Bolshevism [e.g. 2007]) and available in some university libraries (go to http://www.worldcat.org for the library closest to you). Also at http://abcsofcommunism.info (for the 2011 version) or for the newest 792 page version for 2012 one can go to http://leninist.biz/en/2011/ABCC999/index.html (The ABC’s of Communism 2012 in your browser). You need to use this book as you would use any other textbook in any college level science or engineering course. If you need help you can contact me at drjasonsmith@hotmail.com .
    In the meantime one can try and get things going by relying on the basic principle that “anything that puts workers and their vanguard elements (communists – not anti-communist Trotskyists, anarchists or other ultra-left nutballs) in a better position to attack and take down our capitalist enemies, while preserving ourselves, should be done.” Good luck!

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    • “Communists should take the vanguard position in organizing armed insurrection to seize state power via a vanguard working class Party organized on Marxist-Leninist principles.”

      PLP agrees with the fact that Communism should be organized on the science of Marxist-Leninism, Dialectical Materialism. This science is the understanding of how the world changes so that we can change the world. We reject the concept of a tiny vanguard Party and advance the understanding that a mass Party with deep roots in the working class is necessary for the revolutionary transformation of society.

      “What must be done by serious persons (revolutionaries) is to go back to the beginning, and begin once again to educate a Marxist and Leninist cadre in, (a) fundamental principles of dialectical and historical materialist analysis (b) learning about the practical side of historical materialism, which in a phrase is to say learning about sociocultural evolutionary sequential stages and how one transformed into its successor, (c) understanding socialist stage history since 1917”

      PLP struggles with workers on the job and in study groups to learn Dialectical Materialism, Political Economy, History, reading skills, et al in order to strengthen our class. We know that we cannot take state power without first developing ourselves.

      “correspondingly, what is happening in the global socialist stage advance concomitantly underway”

      There is NO advance into socialism underway right now. What we are seeing around the world is capitalism in crisis advancing into fascism in its various forms. History has illustrated that socialism is nothing more than a choice between capitalism and capitalism. It is not being built anywhere in the world, even when it did it exist did not lead to Communism, and will never lead to Communism so it’s not worth fighting for.

      PLP has broken with the theory of transition stages being necessary to fighting for Communism. We know that we need one Party being built in all of the nations of the world to advance the correct line in the multitude of variables that exist all over the world.

      Socialism is not being built in Syria, nor is the Basque Party socialist. They are as Socialist as the PASOK government in Greece. Butcher Al Assad is a murderous dictator just like all of the puppets of the Bourgeoisie, whether they are from a democracy or open dictatorship, it is the capitalist class who really rules the state apparatus.

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  3. What is Relevant?
    What Happened in History
    http://leninist.biz/en/2011/ABCC999/index.html
    Some people like to fight for the fun of it. Others like to fight for practical reasons. Still others like to fight for ideological principle, and one can combine these three in a multitude of ways. But, what is worth fighting for is irrelevant to the point of what happened in history.
    For Marxists and Leninists the first task after having mastered the fundamentals of dialectical and historical materialism is to reconstruct the sequence of sociocultural evolutionary stages which have occurred so far in history. Based upon that one might have a reasonable basis to decide the questions of what is happening now and where history is heading. I like to think that as communists we can interject ourselves in the process, and hurry up the process, leading to the communist stage, rather than let it proceed by happenstance and thereby take much longer and perhaps even end in an apocalypse wiping out our species altogether. Since we have the science of history and its laws as our exclusive property it is incumbent one might think upon us to do so.
    We know a lot about what has happened so far. In chapters one through twelve of my book the ABC’s of Communism, Bolshevism 2012 http://leninist.biz/en/2011/ABCC999/index.html or the earlier version http://abcsofcommunism.info I describe how man-like apes became ape-like men; how humanity evolved through three Band stages and the stage of Agricultural Revolution and finally made the great transition from primitive communism to the Servitude Epoch (slavery, feudalism, capitalism) through two intermediary Chiefdom stages. When you internalize this you will be prepared to understand the transition to from the final stage of the Servitude Epoch (i.e. capitalism) to communism. A transitional period which so far has witnessed one distinct stage (Stalinist socialism) and currently an Advanced Socialist stage as represented by the evolution of China, Cuba, Vietnam and Laos (and perhaps soon in the DPRK as well.)
    Whether one considers any part of this transitional period and its socialist stages as being “worth fighting for” is a personal or subjective matter and at any rate irrelevant to the question of what happened in history. If one disagrees with my reconstruction of what happened in the USSR as explained in chapters 13 through 17 and the collapse of whatever we had in the USSR as explained in Chapter 18 then that person should explain what did happen and how that interpretation differs from the scientifically derived history I have presented. Whether one likes it or does not is irrelevant. Whether one considers it worth fighting for at one or any particular point in historical process is also irrelevant. What is relevant and the only thing relevant at this point is determining what happened in history.

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