Capitalism’s Crisis and Obama’s Broken Heart

There’s so much work that needs to be done in this world, yet capitalism can’t afford to hire us to do the work. There is 51% youth unemployment in Greece!   Capitalism has failed them like it has continued to fail the working class.  Over half the youth are unemployed while the working class needs so much to be done.  Greece was the birthplace of “Western Civilization” with its ancient slave state of Sparta and Athens, and with the assault on it by the world’s capitalist class, massive working class anger, and even some armed struggle, the irony of it being the birthplace of a new society is quite a delicious irony.  PL friends in Greece and Spain have many opportunities to build the Party.

Obama’s hypocritical broken heart over the women and children that the young US soldier killed in Afghanistan just highlight how much of a liar he is. I guess all of the women and children murdered by US smart bombs and shrapnel from cluster bombs don’t count as tragedy. It must be that hundreds of villagers being murdered at wedding parties by a bomb dropping on them from a stealth predator drone is just par for the course of imperialist war.  Apparently, it’s only an embarrassing and tragic event when a soldier empties his clip of bullets into people. If he had manipulated a joystick like some sanitized video game and then pushed the button to blast them from an air-conditioned bunker under a beautiful blue Arizona sky, well then, that’s just the tragic cost of war.

All the radioactive depleted uranium dust blowing down from the mountaiontops and causing unknown horrors to the working class in Afghanistan is a tragedy that is just the cost of war for conquest and strategic oil pipelines. That fascist piece of garbage lying puppet Obama had the audacity to say that the young soldier will be punished while he has death squads killing union leaders in Columbia, while he has Martelli recruiting children to fight replete with pink shirts as part of the ton ton mercouts return, while he is helping to drive how many thousands of workers out of work in order to make a more competitive workforce like his great “success” in Detroit.

The hundreds of thousands of workers taking to the streets in Greece and Spain point towards the path of resistance. Fascism’a first battleground was Spain, and now the need for Communist revolution is more urgent than ever. Obama’s alligator tears should outrage us as much as Butcher al Assad’s crimes or any other of the bourgeoisie’s thugs. They clearly illustrate the lengths the capitalists will go to in order to protect their state power.  And, this should create an urgency within all of us to tear down their state by building the PLP and starting an armed insurrection for real communist worker’s power.

6 thoughts on “Capitalism’s Crisis and Obama’s Broken Heart

  1. I quite agree with everything in this editorial. As far as I can tell PL is the only Party with the correct line on the European situation and Greece in particular. I watch the Greek Communist Party’s english page daily at http://inter.kke.gr/News for a call to armed insurrection aimed at the Greek unions, army and navy but alas all I see is irrelevant nonsense. Despite their outward claims to Marxist Leninist orthodoxy when push comes to shove that orthodoxy seems to be sadly lacking. Of course, perhaps they are doing something clandestinely to prepare for armed insurrection to seize state power, I hope so. In the meantime let me point out that the 8th edition of my book The ABC’s of Communism, Bolshevism 2012 is now available at amazon.com kindle books in e-book form for those of you who have eletronic reading devices such as kindle.

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    • Well Jason W. Smith, thank you for your encouragement. You will notice that PLP has the correct line on what’s going on in the world today vis a vis the capitalist crisis due to our application of dialectical materialism. We see things within the primary contradiction of inter-imperialist rivalry. The imperialists must redivide the world and destroy the other’s ability to produce if they can’t conquer their market share. This crisis within the context of the fundamental contradiction of history, the class struggle between producer and thieving owners, clearly illustrates Mao’s maxim that for a ruling class to attack another ruling class, they must first attack their own working class even more viciously. The rise of fascism is capitalism in crisis and assaulting the working class while trying to maneuver us into supporting their state.

      The Greek Pseudo-Communists gave up revolution long long ago. They are not planning on any kind of insurrection. There are probably more ex-CPers than current Cpers at this point, and those that do remain struggle against the militant proletarian elements with greater veracity than the state. M-L orthodoxy is euphemistic for revisionism. There is nothing orthodox, unchanging, about the living breathing dialectic. As Marx pointed out, it is a ruthless criticism that recreates itself.

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      • Dear PL: I have just a couple of brief comments on your reply at the moment: (1) although we differ on our reconstructions of the current era you are correct to begin by working from an understanding of the chief contradictions. As for what they are and in what descending order (primary, secondary, tertiary, etc.) this is a matter which requires me to think. It requires more time than I can give to it at the moment in other words so I think I will just move on to point (2). Namely, the character of the Greek CP.
        I am afraid you are probably right about them too, for otherwise they would already have moved for state power. I can’t imagine a more propitious objective situation than the one currently existing for a replay of the October 24-26, 1917, events in Russia. –And, in their most recent statement on their English page they fall back on a joint statement with the Spanish CP so generalized any High School student could have written it as a term paper. Worse, they talk about what Europeans workers have learned from the mistakes made in the USSR and can build Socialism the right way. What I am afraid of from the way they phrase this “learning” is that they mean their modern revisionist acceptance of the capitalist nonsense about what happened in the USSR, rather than a scientific presentation of the specifics of the history of cap restoration in the Soviet Union and its East European and Mongolian dependencies as I have presented in Chapter 18 on the Collapse of Revisionism in my book The ABC’s of Communism, Bolshevism 2012 (www.amazon.com kindle books).
        The reason I look at their page is because we are still stuck without any revolutionary party in any European country as far as I can tell. On the other hand I am not as well informed as I used to be in these matters being far more focused on Latin America in terms of foreign Parties. All I can do at the moment is to encourage the Greek and European would-be Marxist Leninist revolutionaries to take the right road and lead workers toward seizing state power. Perhaps you comrades can do more and I hope you do.

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  2. allanrharris says:

    Why is the name of your party the “Progressive Labor Party?” You sound more revolutionary than progressive. Why not the “Revolutionary Communist Party?”

    As far as calling for violence, Marx once told an interviewer, “In England, for instance, [discussing the different kinds of worker action] the way to show political power lies open to the working class. Insurrection would be madness where peaceful agitation would more swiftly and surely do the work.” (Kamenka, 1983, page 62.)

    Also, Marx was particularly insistent that any revolution come from the working class and not be imposed by any party.

    Do you really think the Detroit auto workers are going to arm themselves and march on Washington, D.C.? It would make more sense, for instance, for workers of every kind to begin agitating to change the strike laws which prevent “sympathy” or solidarity strikes. Teachers, govt workers, police, firefighters, retail workers should demand the right to strike on behalf of each other.

    The Progressive Labor Party would better serve workers, at least in the U.S., by advocating progressive changes in the labor laws. In other countries, such as Greece, maybe that line between political action and insurrection has been crossed.

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    • The name of our Party is PLP because we are the Party to Progress Labor to the next stage of history, a classless egalitarian society called Communism. Revolutionary Communist Party may have a nice name, but they are far far from Revolutionary. In other words, the name’s taken.

      As far as calling for violence, Marx once told an interviewer, “In England, for instance, [discussing the different kinds of worker action] the way to show political power lies open to the working class. Insurrection would be madness where peaceful agitation would more swiftly and surely do the work.” (Kamenka, 1983, page 62.) non-violence is a tactic that lies open to the working class when the ruling class permits it. The ruling class will attack non-violent protesters if they feel it threatens them in any way. Pacifism is pathological. By not preparing the working class for armed insurrection against the ruling class, we are disarming them and getting them ready to die. Also, if we don’t smash the fascists, then they grow and it reinforces and legitimizes their monopoly of force. The bosses love preaching non-violence to the working class, it helps them sleep at night.

      Do you really think the Detroit auto workers are going to arm themselves and march on Washington, D.C.? History has shown the workers arm themselves and march on governments for less than the bosses have done to Detroit. Now, will they do it without Communist leadership, not today, but it’s still a possibility.

      It would make more sense, for instance, for workers of every kind to begin agitating to change the strike laws which prevent “sympathy” or solidarity strikes. Teachers, govt workers, police, firefighters, retail workers should demand the right to strike on behalf of each other. This is a reform struggle that would legitimize the state. We are a revolutionary Communist Party; we struggle to destroy capitalism. The bosses set up their state to protect their profits. They don’t want sympathy strikes. If a struggle such as this were underway, we’d join it, help build it, while simultaneously pointing out how it’s not enough and that the workers within the struggle need to join PLP.

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  3. drjasonwsmith says:

    I can’t speak for PLP but I remember at the time of its creation (I joined shortly thereafter and after spending a year or so organizing Los Angeles whith National Committeeman Phil Taylor left for Canada to get my Ph.D. in archaeology) that the name seemed appropriate and was taken from what then existed which was what PL was and was called Progressive Labor Movement. Milt Rosen and Mort Scheer (former CPUSA leaders who split with Gus Hall and the modern revisionist gang in New York when China split with the Soviet Union) were the leaders who took PLM to becoming PLP. The day might come when PLP will become CPUSA (Something) because the revisionist CPUSA is as close to death as the old Whig Party.

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