Monthly Archives: December 2012

Communism is needed, not reform!

The reform versus revolution struggle is being played out in two particular forms as the Western world moves into the Holiday Season.  In India, a mass struggle against the most virulent sexism possible, gang rape, is underway as masses of men and women battle the police and demand justice.  The US is still reeling from the 20 children killed by a deranged lunatic in a small school.  Both of these struggles are at the forefront of the working class’ consciousness and many well-meaning revolutionaries are being misled down a reformist path.

 

When looking at the horrible act of an insane individual murdering children, it should be seen in the context of the over 175 children, that we know of, killed in Pakistan by remote control mainly during Obomba’s presidency, a rational head is in order.  Murdering arch-imperialist Obombthem had no tears to shed when Palestinian children were being blown up like so much chaff billowing in the wind by Israeli bombs.  So, why is he crying now?  Would it have been any different if it were a White male shooting up Brown Muslim kids?  Or, is this now his opportunity to ratchet up fascism in the United States.

 

A woman is raped every 22 minutes in India.  Because of the rampant sexism within that culture, many of the men are free to go.  The hundreds of thousands of protesters battling the police and trying to smash their way into the Prime Minister’s security zone are mainly fighting to give the death penalty to 6 men who allegedly took part in a gang rape on a public bus in broad daylight.  The poor woman is in critical care after she was tossed off of the bus like so much meat when the savage sexists were done. 

 

Crimes like this are a dual crime against the working class, as not only do they severely harm a worker, they also divide the working class by increasing sexist ideology.  The issue is even more malevolent as many of the protesters are calling for harsher laws.  The state’s injustice system is inherently sexist and racist, and any call for increasing the punishment of one section of the working class will eventually increase the ability for the capitalists to oppress the whole working class.  The contradiction is the fact that the millions and millions of workers who consider themselves Communists in India are allowing this reform struggle to stay in the narrow boundaries of the legal system.  The Communist Parties in India, from the Naxalites to the CPI, are all revisionists that are incapable of ending any of the ideologies of capitalism.   

 

Instead of taking state power and instituting a revolutionary worker’s dictatorship that directly struggles against sexist ideology as well as the violent acts, the Indian Communists are in the street demanding that the capitalist state takes action alongside the angry masses. The government today faced the full blast of youth power as young men and women laid siege around Raisina Hill, the seat of power, demanding justice for a the rape victim, forcing police to use canes, tear gas and water cannons on the undeterred crowd of thousands.

 

The multi-gendered group of protestors battled the cops and had water canons and tear gas shells fired at them, and when that didn’t work, the kkkops clubbed them in order to preserve the social order that brutally rapes girls. 

 

The solution to both the shooting in Conecticut and the rape in New Delhi is a Communist society that actually treats the mentally ill and struggles against sexist ideology.  The brutalizing force of capitalist society will not be negated by any reform movement.  The thousands of young men and women fighting against sexism in New Delhi are fighting against one of the many tentacles of the sick violence capitalism uses to brutalize the working class.

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Lansing, Cairo, and a Golden Dawn Blow up

Workers in Lansing, Michigan and Cairo, Egypt both had to occupy their respective halls of government with similar results. While it was the fascist Muslim Brotherhood attacking the secular liberals and socialists in Egypt, it was the pigs that attacked the protesting union workers in Lansing against a backdrop of fascists getting their headquarters bombed by Anarchists.

The appearance of democracy is fading quickly throughout the world as the bosses continue to succumb to the contradictions of building fascism: they need to raise the fares and taxes to increase their war chest, while simultaneously appearing to allow the working class to have a democratic voice in the decisions that are made in society. The frustration teachers are feeling at being micro-managed by principals and politicians completely out of touch with reality as they impose a standardized national curriculum hell-bent on homogenizing ideology and crushing unions is representative of how the whole working class feels in general. Capitalism is imposing itself and wants us to take it while we give and give. The participatory democratic side of the contradiction of their class rule is at once being exposed for a sham as it is also being pulled back.

Workers driving into work in NYC were greeted with higher tolls. When asked how they felt about it on the local news, they said that they had nobody to complain to. The state apparatus is reflecting the authoritarian shift away from bourgeois democracy as they are now pushing their need for a complacent working class to passively take the beatings they are receiving.

 

While workers in Lansing are shocked that a faction of the US ruling class wants to do away with unionized labor and are organizing massive protests to fight “Right to work” legislation, most of them harbor illusions that the democrats are a better choice. The democrats represent the ruling class and, like the Trojan Horse, appear to be better for the working class because they do a better job lying to, manipulating, and controlling the working class, as the workers trust them. PLP will be there with the protesting workers, but instead of liberalism and trade unionism, we will be arming the workers with the Red ideas of a revolution that will give us the right to work for ourselves in a Communist society under the dictatorship of the working class.

In Greece, the fascist group “Golden Dawn” had their offices bombed by an antifascist group. The group correctly said we have to get those fascists before they grow. The old Communist movement learned the hard way that revolutionary violence is the only solution to fascism. PLP has consistently fought fascists using the same principle of striking first and striking hard as the Greek antifascists, but we do not advocate their tactic of bombing the fascists’ offices. We take a firm stand against the anarchist principle of propaganda by the deed.

The bomb-throwing anarchist was as iconic as the contemporary archetype of the Middle Eastern terrorist during the 19th century, just as wrong, but just as useful to the ruling class. The bomb throwing violence did not blow up the social relationships of production then, neither will it now. When PLP attacked the Nazi headquarters in Chicago, we organized ourselves and community members, Black, Hispanic, White, and Asian; man and woman; to enter their building with bats and other melee weapons and beat the shit out of them. The use of bombs screams a weak individualist group without the ties to the working class, practice, or theory needed to smash the fascists. So, though PLP is pleased that violence is being used against the fascists, we are opposed to the tactics with which it was employed, the lack of mass working class action behind it, and the consequences of this action becoming a blueprint for further action.  PLP knows that no individual or party can replace the working class as agents of our own liberation, and history has clearly illustrated that individuals acting alone can not accomplish the liberation of the working class. 

The bosses love to paint dedicated revolutionaries with the broad strokes of “terrorist”. They fear an organization dedicated to mobilize the masses of workers to confront the fascists and defeat them like what happened in England, and on a smaller scale, in Chicago.

Capitalism is developing fascism at home as the inter-imperialist rivalries sharpen. The military dictatorship in Cairo has seemingly backed down from an open Islamisist coup, but it’s still a dictatorship, just secular and with the appearance of democracy. The workers in Lansing will continue to protest, and the Anarchists in Greece will bash the fasc. The ingredient missing to end the scourge of capitalist dictatorship’s growing fascism is a mass PLP. The only solution to fascism is Communist revolution.

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Capitalism Murders in Bangladesh and All Over the World

Capitalism is murdering workers all over the world.  It is slowly grinding us to death under the weight of starvation wages that don’t cover the costs of living within their sick twisted system.  The profit system also literarily flares up and murders workers outright as they produce the material that those who die the slow death must sell for a living wage.  Hundreds of Women, children, and men have been burned to death over the past five years in Bangladesh so that rich capitalists can rake in huge profits.  The most recent factory fire in Dhaka where over 100 of our working class brothers and sisters were burned alive, many beyond recognition, as the factory didn’t have fire escapes or enough emergency exits, is just another example of how capitalism brutalizes the working class. It would be great if strikes that have shut down the ports in LA would happen every time that workers were killed.

 

As the New Depression rages and arch-racist puppet Obama attacks our social safety net and tries to install a new war budget with the bogeyman of the “fiscal cliff”, and the capitalist’s media trumpets that we need to shop shop shop on Black Friday, workers all over the world are fighting back.  Workers in McDonalds are striking for a better wage.  Workers in Wal-Mart and their allies are also striking to organize a union and fight back against the starvation wages that cause them to have to accept social services in order to have access to health care and to make ends meet.  We must not forget that Obama, on behalf of his finance capitalist masters, is attacking these very same social services that so many depend upon.

 

Thousands and thousands of refugees from Hurricane Sandy are scattered in hotels all over New York City.  Many of them don’t have ready access to food, and virtually none have access to new homes.  While hundreds of empty luxury condos are all over Brooklyn and New York City gentrifying the neighborhoods, capitalist Bloomberg sheds tears that they are doing all they can and then pats themselves on the back for what they have done.  The Red Cross abandoned so many refugees that they had to protest in front of them in order to get a promise of aid. Illustrating the intense racism and nationalism at the heart of capitalism, even though these workers have been brutalized, the plight of the undocumented workers is even worse as they aren’t getting anything from whatever relief is available.

 

The fires in Bangladesh are fueling the worker’s rage.  Thousands and thousands of angry workers have taken to the streets demanding that safety regulations are met.  Thousands of workers in Greece, Spain, Italy, and Portugal are battling the austerity programs that Capitalism is using to rip billions of dollars from the working class to ensure the profits of the rich capitalists. 

 

The fires in Bangladesh, the bombs falling in Palestine, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, the strikes in Wal-Mart and McDonalds, the refuges of Hurricane Sandy who are abandoned, the families of those who’ve been murdered by the racist NYPD, and the workers in Europe fighting austerity, are all fighting to reform some aspect of capitalism in order to try to make life under it more bearable.  Capitalism cannot be reformed to meet the needs of the working class because it must maximize profit.  Only a society directly organized to meet the needs of the working class and run by the working class can alleviate the grinding death of capitalism.  That system is Communism.  Communism will eradicate money, racism, and sexism while building a world that meets the working class’ needs.    Join the Communist Progressive Labor Party to fight for this world.  WWW.PLP.Org for more information. 

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