Monthly Archives: September 2013

An International Communist Movement is Necessary!

Though there has been an upsurge of workers fighting against the direct force of the state, it is not a threat to state power. Thousands of workers, mostly teachers, directly confront the police in Mexico and up to a hundred thousand battle the forces of the state in Bangladesh. The workers fight back in Sudan. The bosses shoot 70. The workers are angry and lack direction. Why, why is there no clear-cut direction in a land with constant wars for liberation and a whole lot if armed groups the phony left fawns over? Simple. There is no Communist center, no principled movement dedicated to the ruthless smashing of the profit system and the construction of a Communist economic system under the dictatorship of the working class. 

The failures of the Old Communist movement abound in both of the Sudans, once where one of the largest Communist Parties existed. China is investing billions in an imperialist resource grab — offer billions in loans, take the raw resources, and then take the tax dollars to pay the loans. China was once a beacon of hope to the world with millions of workers dedicated to smashing U.S. imperialism and the setting up of a new society. Well, that socialism that they attempted to build is really a choice between capitalism and capitalism. Despite Mao’s leadership, the great sacrifices, the great victories, and the unfurling of the Red Flag, the incorrect politics and the multi-stage approach to communism doomed them and all future revolutions that fight for socialism and national liberation instead of Communism.

The U.S. is really trying to deny China all of Sudan’s oil resources. They would love to topple the pro-Chinese government of North Sudan and control the pipelines that take South Sudan’s oil to port, either outright or by denying China access.

While the forces of imperialism are slaughtering the workers in Khartoum in the streets, they also butcher them in Bangladesh. The racism of students in almost every high school in the U.S. being taught about the horror of the Triangle fire, and how it sparked revolts and protest that led to safety laws while hundreds and hundreds of workers in Bangladesh either are murdered by the deadly conditions in the factory or outright by the state in the streets as they fight back against the conditions that are killing them.   

Class struggle alone will not ever bring liberation to the working class. All the solidarity that unions can muster forever will never liberate our class from the profit system and exploitation. Only a Communist revolution will. The working class is screaming out for Communist leadership, and PLP will one day lead them.

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Workers are Fighting Fascism in Greece and Bangladesh

The working class all over the world has been under severe attack.  The primary conflict of inter-imperialist rivalry has been intensifying, as can be seen in recent events in Syria and a warming between US and Iran.  Whether or not this is a tipping point in the balance of forces between the US, Russia, and their allies, client states, and proxies, there are examples of the working class fighting back against fascism and for better wages.

 

When a neo-Nazi member of Golden Dawn in Greece murdered an anti-racist, anti-fascist rapper, Pavlos Fyssas, running street battles have continued to ensue.  These street battles are against the backdrop of the Troika’s, representative of the major international capitalists, attack on the working class.  Thousands and thousands of workers have been fired and are in a desperate situation.  The unions, though organizing massive one-day strikes, will not threaten the capitalist class’ hold on state power.  The forces of fascism are growing in order to protect the capitalist state as it seeks to keep the working class oppressed and exploited under the boot of capital. 

 

Unfortunately, the revisionist Communist Party in Greece and other Marxist parties are not the ones leading the charge to smash the fascist Golden Dawn fascists.  The fightback is being led by Anarchists, a reactionary ideology parading as revolutionary and making a resurgence in Greece.   The Progressive Labor Party recognizes the contradiction of supporting the brave anti-fascists who are fighting both the organized force of the state, riot cops, and the forces of fascism.  We do not support Anarchism and recognize it to be a dead end for working class liberation.  We do support and are in solidarity with Anarchists smashing fascists.  PLP’s motto has been and always will be, “Death to the fascists! Power to the workers!”

 

Massive strikes are also occurring in Bangladesh as over 50,000 garment workers rallied in Dhaka.  The workers in Bangladesh provide $20 Billion dollars worth of production international capitalists, yet they make about half of what a Cambodian factory worker will make.  They were offered a raise of 20%, which they rightly called “inhuman and humiliating.”  They correctly replied with,“We are not the object of mercy, the economy moves with our toil,” pointing out that all value is produced by the working class and then stolen by the parasitical ruling class.  Thousands of workers in Bangladesh have been murdered in fires and building implosions this past year in the pursuit of profit.  Though all of these working class deaths were mostly women, there were men and children who died as well.  The families of those affected are also in desperate situations since capitalism doesn’t have to take care of the working class, only its own profit. 

 

As the working class fights back, PLP will continue to grow.  Our friends in Greece and Bangladesh will continue to spread our message of Communist Revolution.  Anybody who wants to help build a new world that meets our needs should also help to build the PLP.

      

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The Memory Hole And The Working Class Fights Back

In the midst of intensifying inter-imperialist rivalry accelerated by the crisis of capital, the working class is fighting back. This dark night has kept the Red Dawn of Communist revolution outside of the peripheral vision of the majority of the word’s workers, but the recent reform struggle victories and the intensifying class struggle both point to a proletariat that is not a vanquished foe.

The US ruling class was desperate to attack Syria so that they could maintain control of the natural gas and oil in the Eastern Mediterranean, control the flow of oil from Iraq to the sea, check the proposed pipeline that would have brought Iranian natural gas and oil through Syria, and to solidify their grip on the world’s supply of oil. Crisis is both danger and opportunity, the US was aware of both. They knew the danger of Russia maintaining its near monopoly of natural gas to Europe, reflected by Germany not even pretending to support the US since they have their own personal pipeline with fascist Putin’s reactionary Russia. The US ruling class tried to whitewash this imperialist adventure with the cloak of humanitarianism again. But, the US working class wasn’t buying it. Though it is a reform struggle, the millions of US workers who called their congressmen, the thousands who took to the streets in protests, and the hundreds who put out online petitions that hundreds if thousands signed both intensified the side of the contradiction against war as as well as isolating and identifying Obama as a servile war mongering hawk. Bertolt Brecht, a very influential Communist poet and playwright, said that the wars would end when the generals call a war and the soldiers refuse to fight. The PLP knows that the wars will really end when the soldiers don’t just refuse to fight for their bosses, but change allegiance and fight for the working class under The PLP’s Communist leadership. Nevertheless, we appreciate the sentiment and remain inspired by the show of international solidarity that kept the imperialists from running amok.

The bosses’ press is creating a memory hole as they are parroting the line that Fascist Putin put forward the idea of Syrian disarmament. It was not Putin, but war-mongering Kerry who suggested it as a sarcastic backhanded comment that was later capitalized upon by the Russian foreign minister, of course, now he’s trying to say he meant it all along. The US bosses are desperate to construct a narrative that maintains their militaristic posture while placing all blame for peace squarely on Russia’s shoulders. It has become apparent to all that the US no longer has a license to kill as unilaterally as it would like. We may have witnessed the incident that is bringing the American Century to a close. It’s funny how the bosses put forward time frames for their existence, for example, The Nazis thought they’d last a thousand years and The Red Army and material reality ended that nightmare, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see the US empire not even make it a century.

It is possible that Syria is now going to coordinate with the Kurds. The Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) was once a client of the USSR and was one of the last to put down Marxism as an ideology. PLP does not support the nationalist saturated politics of the PKK in any way, as they will not lead to the liberation of the working class, Kurd or otherwise. The PKK is not the only Kurdish group fighting for either a Kurdistan or a form of local autonomy. It is highly probable that since Russia was able to check the US on the Grand Game, they would now be looking to peel off another ally. Yes, the right wing opportunists in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish zone are Pro-US, but they don’t speak for all of the armed Kurdish groups. Syria, and by association Russia and Iran, has begun to talk with the Kurdish rebels. These Kurdish rebels are also fighting with the Al Qaeda backed and other rebel groups.  An autonomous zone in northern Syria that would align with the Assad regime, destabilize the US’s weakening grip in Iraq, and help to fight the rebels in the countryside so Assad can focus his regular forces on controlling the urban production centers would be a real coup.  This would also allow Syria and Russia to have a covert, easy to deny, relationship with Kurdish militant groups much like Venezuela has with the FARC in Columbia.  They may arm and fund the groups palatable to The West, but the covert alliance would benefit them and also help to destabilize and threaten Turkey.  Kurds helping to patrol the Syrian border along Turkey would intensify that contradiction and may force Turkey to the negotiating table in contradiction to whatever the US ruling class would desire Turkey to do. 

Meanwhile, the teachers in Mexico have been ruthlessly attacked by the state.  The riot pigs faithfully served the bosses as they attacked the teachers who are fighting against the same reforms that teacher’s unions in the US are lauding as victories.  The PLP, and all of its friends, must bring up a condemnation of the state violence against teachers fighting back.  We must bring it to our unions, our church groups, and all the mass organizations that we can so that we create an outcry against this massive assault on our class.  It is the same enemy and the same fight that teachers are experiencing, in various levels of intensity, all over the world that our comrades are facing in Mexico.  Each of these reform struggles will allow us to meet workers who can become Communist leaders in the PLP and help to lead our class to state power. 

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Did Russia interrupt an attempt to frame or goad Syria?

 

This morning, quite a coincidence occurred. Israel denied firing a missile which looks like an Iranian missile. Russia picked up the ballistic missile on its radar and asked what it was. Reuters news agency quoted an Israeli army spokesman who denied Israel’s responsibility for the missile attack. Could they have caught the US in the middle in a smoking gun set up? The US is desperate to wrest control of the natural gas, oil, and pipelines that will run through Syria.

Looking at how things developed, and at how the bosses’ press manipulated the story, one can’t help but suspect that a Gulf of Tonkin-esque set up was under way until it was exposed by Russian radar. Israel then tried to explain that it was a military exercise — yeah right. Just like the 20,000 marines in Jordan are part of a military exercise. Just like the aircraft carriers and battleships are all part of a military exercise.

Things are heating up between the imperialists and it will be the working class doing the dying. The PLP only stands on the side of the working class and staunchly opposes the Nobel prize winning war monger and the sexist fascist Putin and his puppet the butcher Assad.

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Oil and Natural Gas are The Real Reasons Behind Syria and Sexism Continues in India

The fact that Obama has to get Congress to support the bombing of Syria illustrates the lack of actual evidence that the US has about the gas attack in Syria. It’s going to take more than a hundred YouTube videos and a Mossad phone tap to bomb Syria into smithereens this time.  He may be banking on the patriotic jingoism the bosses whip up about the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 to help ram this through Congress. Apparently, now the US doesn’t mind acting as al Qaeda’s Air Force.  The hypocrisy of Obama standing and making a speech as a Nobel Peace prize winner while banging the drum to war and saying that he’s fighting terrorism while arming, funding, and now doing the work of taking out the air support that’s killing them is unbelievable.  Only a pathological sociopath, also called a bosses’ politician, could do that.

Inter-imperialist rivalry is the primary contradiction driving world events right now. The contradiction within the contradiction of this is capitalist vs capitalist, in other words, the capitalists of one group of nation states align with other capitalists in other nation states against their rival capitalists. The most powerful group of capitalists is still in the US. The recent move by Obama to ask Congress for support will now intensify the internecine capitalist struggle in the US.

Challenge has pointed out time and again that the ruling class is not a monolithic whole devoid of contradiction, but is made up of blocs that have their own interests and agenda. The old money liberal finance capital bloc that pulls Obama’s strings is not all-powerful.  The Isolationist minded new money capitalists may block him.  The Koch brothers and their ilk may oppose the main wing of US capital, but that does not mean that we support the fascists.  The Progressive Labor Party, unlike the misguided “leftists” in The Occupy Movement, does not support Left-Right unity.  We point to history as our guide to illustrate the fact that the Right will wipe us out the first chance they get – from the Kuomintang to Sukarto, fascists and nationalists kill Communists when they get the chance.  We know that the enemy of our enemy is our future rival, not a friend. 

 

The imperialist rivalry between the US and Russia also stems from the US’s desire to enter into the natural gas market.  Russia already has a stranglehold on Europe’s natural gas markets, and the US would like to loosen their grasp.  There are Image1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil and a mean of 122 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas” the Levant oil basin. 

Unsurprisingly, 1.) Syria’s coast is part of the economic zone that would have the privilege of exploiting this gas and oil bonanza 2.) Israel is already exploiting this bonanza 3.) none of the bosses’ media has reported this find at all.  The Israel, US, France, Saudi, Turkey, and Qatari axis is feening to dominate this field.  Russia has no interest in letting this field fall into the hands of the US, thereby allowing their rival to weaken their influence in Europe.  Lebanon does not want to outright challenge Israel, and so is using their state apparatus to “protect the peace” in Lebanon, while actually de facto supporting Hezbollah’s backing of Assad.  If Assad is preserved, then they will have a better chance at renegotiating their rights to the oil and getting a bigger slice of the natural gas bonanza.  If Israel wins, then they can still negotiate since it was a proxy force doing the fighting. 

Once again, it is oil that is the driving motive for the US to get ready to start a war and murder members of the working class.  The Progressive Labor Party does not support the butcher Assad nor his fascist hetero-sexist puppet master Putin.  We know that neither despot is a friend to the working class and will do all that we can to foment Communist Revolution and class struggle in their countries.  The USSR and Syria were once beacons and havens for Communists from all over the world.  We know that as PLP grows in the Levant, we will bring Communism back to the forefront. 

Israel is now saying that they are willing to go alone if the US does not do the strikes that they threatened.  The al Qaeda saturated rebels are now feeling that the US will not attack.  The US had already given them battle plans for what to do after the strike. Now, due to the fact that workers all over the world refuse to support the bosses’ lies and support the war-mongering charlatan Obama, the bombing of Syria has been put off.  This is not to say that Communist Revolution is immanent or that these reforms have stopped the US from starting a war, it has just exposed how weak and impotent the US is becoming in a world where they have to dominate in order to protect their profits and empire.

Illustrating the extreme sexism in India, the first conviction handed out in the gang rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi was for only 3 years.  The victim’s brother tried to kill the guy, too bad he didn’t.  On the exact same day that this conviction was handed down, another gang rape occurred and two of the rapists were cops.  Sexism affects women all over the world is a fundamental necessity of capitalism.  The Progressive Labor Party and its friends in India will continue to condemn these sexist acts of aggression against women.  We also condemn the millions of phony Communists in India who do not militantly struggle against sexism.  They should be ashamed of themselves.   

 

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