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.