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.