Monthly Archives: May 2012

Racists get an ass beating in Chicago

Congratulations are in order for the militant anti-racists who kicked the snot out of the neo nazis yesterday.  The fight against fascism is getting more intense, and these young guys stepped up and smashed the racists.  Keep up the good work.

A group of 18 people dressed in black, wearing masks, wielding steel batons and hammers and claiming to be extreme anti-racists allegedly stormed a restaurant in Chicago in order to kick the hell out of the members of Stormfront that were dining there.

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The Class Struggle Rages Everywhere

The class struggle rages everywhere, intensifying seemingly every minute.  Students and teachers are joining forces and are on strike in Quebec, while the indignados in Spain, march in the streets.  The hundreds of thousands of Greek workers who are saying no to preserving the profit system at the expense of the social safety nets their blood paid for are saying no through voting lesser evil bosses who wave a red flag of leftism to hide their own particular flavor of sell out.

The world’s workers rage on against the onslaught of growing fascism and imperialist world, yet where is the revolution?  Where are the Communist uprisings in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, or Pakistan?  Where are the Red insurgencies struggling to build an egalitarian vision?  Where is the Communist revolution that will free our class once and for all from the parasitical despots that keep sucking our blood to engorge themselves like the fat insatiable leeches that they are?  The answer is “in gestation”.  The Naxalites, Shining Path, PKK, and any other of the darlings of the Maoist Left will just lead the into a new cell within the prison of capitalism.

The Progressive Labor Party is that revolution in the utero of the class struggle.  We know that class struggle in and of itself will never lead to Communist revolution, as Lenin said, “Without the Party, there can be no revolution”.  We are the best hope of the world.  Without a world based on Communism, the uprisings of last spring will lead into the Emirate being built and cultivated by the US and NATO in Benghazi, a dictatorship without a dictator in Egypt, civil war where Imperialists use Syrian workers to kill Syrian workers based upon the false consciousness of religion.

The contradictions of the class struggle are beginning to intensify.  There has never been a better time to be a Communist than now.  The world’s bosses have proven time and again that they have no answers to the recurring crisis of capitalism, but only Communist revolution can end the cycle once and for all.   Join PLP and help to end racism, sexism, nationalism, and all of the disgusting ideologies that capitalism fosters to preserve itself.

Socialism a false hope for the Working Class in France

Francoise Hollande, the first Socialist to be elected president of France in decades, has defeated Sarkozy.  Does this mean that the working class has won state power and that private ownership over the means of production is now being socialized as an aggressive state apparatus attacks and disciplines the national bourgeoisie while simultaneously removing French Imperialist forces from Africa?  Nope.  The capitalists will never surrender state power.  The major European capitalists will wring their hands a little bit and discuss the fact that the austerity is necessary while preaching impending economic doom.

Hollande critiqued Sarkozy on mismanaging the crisis.  He is looking forward to “fixing” the capitalist economy mired in a crisis of over-production and drowning in fictitious capital.  The Eurozone is like the Titanic hitting the iceberg of capitalist economic production.  As it sinks like that luxury ship, the only main difference is that it should change its name to “The Ponzi Scheme”.

The elections in Europe, like all elections under capitalism, will not fundamentally alter the systemic oppression of the working class.  What these elections do is cast a light upon the fact that the political system of the Eurozone is having a difficult time democratically installing the austerity programs that the world’s capitalists need in order to protect their profits.

Only a Communist revolution that transforms the actual economic foundation that the whole economy is based upon can stop the austerity programs by eliminating the need for profit and basing production on need.  The working class will never be able to vote in a Communist economic system.  The bosses won’t allow it.  They control state power and will never surrender it peacefully.  Hollande, like Zapatero in Spain before him, will loyally serve his capitalist masters while misleading the working class.  The question isn’t “Will Hollande sell out” so much as “how will Hollande be able to get the working class to sell out”.

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MAY DAY!!! Fight For Communism!

May Day’s Communist Roots Belie Rulers’ Reform Sham

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 11:56AM

May Day has always had two sides to it: one that demands reforms, and the revolutionary side that organizes to destroy capitalism. May Day commemorates a massive strike wave in the U.S., and the particular battle in Chicago’s Haymarket Square in 1886. The movement’s leaders demanded an 8-hour day, but also advocated the “abolition of the wage system.” Six of them were hung by the rulers for their allegiance to the working class and defiance of capitalism. Then and now the capitalists feared this revolutionary side to May Day.

In 1848, Marx and Engels wrote in the Communist Manifesto, “A specter is haunting Europe, the specter of Communism.” By 1886, the rulers of Chicago saw this specter. “The newspapers and industrialists were increasingly declaring that May 1, 1886 was in reality the date for a Communist working-class insurrection modeled on the Paris Commune. According to Melville E. Stone, Head of the Chicago Daily News…a ‘repetition of the Paris Communal riots was freely predicted’ for May 1, 1886” (Page 90, “Labor’s Untold Story,” Boyer and Morais).

In December 1886, San Francisco transit workers joined this rising strike wave. They demanded a workday reduction from 13-15 hours to 12 hours (then 7 days a week), and for a pay increase from $2.25 to $2.50 a day. “Strike-breakers were hired, and there was a great deal of violence. Cars were damaged, strike-breakers were beaten, and one person was killed.” Newspapers reported eight instances of the use of dynamite by the striking workers. In March 1887, the Governor signed a bill “limiting gripmen, drivers, and conductors to a 12-hour day.” (“Transit In San Francisco” published by SF MUNI RR Communications Department.)

In the 1880’s the early leaders of the American Federation of Labor were somewhat radical — it was actually an AFL delegate’s report to the Marxist-led International Workingmen’s Association that led to the call for the first May Day.

But by the 1920’s the pro-capitalist AFL leadership, fearing the growth of communist ideas in the working class, collaborated with the U.S. government to subvert May Day. At the 1928 AFL Convention, the Executive Council supported a Congressional resolution to make May 1 “Child Health Day.” They said, “May 1 will no longer be known as either strike day or communist labor day.”

The revolutionary side of May Day dominated when the communist movement was strong. During the peak of the communist organizing of the CIO’s industrial unions in the 1930’s and ‘40s, May Day was celebrated in the U.S. As many as 250,000 would march to New York’s Union Square. However, with the advent of the Cold War, and U.S. imperialism’s launching of a worldwide anti-communist offensive, the bosses’ government in Washington helped oust communists from union leadership by making it illegal for them to hold union office. With the triumph of business unionism and anti-communism, organized labor discarded May Day and recognized Labor Day in September.

However, in 1971 PLP resurrected the annual May Day march from its abandonment by the old U.S. Communist Party. PLP has marched in many cities every year since.

From the Haymarket battle in 1886, revolutionary workers spread May Day around the globe. But history is written by the conquerors, and many workers born here know nothing of the contribution that the U.S. working class, with the support of the international working class and communist movement, made to the development of this revolutionary holiday. Today May Day is the official Labor Day in most countries, but the leadership of these marches demand reforms, and stress the “common goals” of labor and capital.

PLP has learned from the triumphs of the communist movement in the USSR and China, and from their failure to fight directly for communism. We advocate “Abolish the Wage System” as part of changing the relationship of workers and work in a new communist society.

The abolition of money, of production for sale and profit and of the wage system is absolutely necessary to establish communism. When the international working class wins and holds control over all economic, political and cultural institutions of society, it will unleash a creative power that will propel the human race to its highest accomplishments in all fields of endeavor. We call this the dictatorship of the proletariat. We need a mass revolutionary communist party to achieve this. The capitalists will use every means — including mass, fascist terror and war — to prevent it.

For the last several years some groups now want to “Reclaim May Day.” They want to reform the “evils” of capitalism, but disconnect May Day from its communist roots. PLP seeks to keep May Day as a revolutionary international working-class holiday; to advance and popularize communist production for need as the future of the human race; to develop a strong and healthy class hatred that will destroy wage slavery and fascism everywhere.

Long live the 1st of May, the revolutionary, international, working class holiday! Fight for communism!

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