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.