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Capitalism Continues to be the Dark Ages for Women

The growth of fascism is being illustrated by the rapid increase in the special oppression of women. The hypocrites in the US Supreme Court making religion more important than law, the world’s newest “Nation” The caliphate of the Islamic State, and the rape and lynching of women in India are all a part of the dark ages the working class is forced to live under due to the defeat of the Old Communist Movement.

It is hard to imagine the Supreme Court in the ’60’s and 70’s within the context of mass protests, international Communist struggles, and being forced by a mass movement into Roe Vs. Wade, pushing the kind of fascist assault on women as it just did. Workers now have their reproductive rights decided by the religion of their bosses; religion trumps the law according to The Supreme Court. The beliefs of those with capital trump the needs of the working class. Capitalism privileges the rights of those with wealth and state power is determined particular to the amount of capital a person has. As fascism continues to grow in the United States, it will be women who will feel the intense attacks of the requisite ideology.  

The genocidal sexists of The Islamic State are pushing their rotten, sexist, ideology in every place they conquer with the most brutal aspects falling on women just as the US attacks women. Each step of the terrorist upstarts trying to grab the oil Exxon/Mobil and the US bosses have claimed dibs on in the Levant as the dream of a medieval caliphate is drenched in the blood of the working class. The disgusting Islamism that they advance is a religious ideology. Religious ideology is useful to the ruling class as it divides the working class and gets them to focus on the next promised world instead of this material world that we live in. The working class in the Levant, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran are being divided on sectarian lines based on the lie of religious ideology. They are killing themselves in order to benefit some group of capitalists.

When a concerned father went to the police in his town in India, he was cuffed soundly, reminded of his low caste born state, and then sent away. Later, his daughters were found lynched and hanging from a tree after they were raped by the highborn caste. The sick ideology that would justify this dehumanizing and anti-working class sexist violence is part and parcel of the superstructure of capitalism. Capitalism needs sexist and racist ideology to survive. How there can be millions and millions of people in India who claim to be Marxists and Communists, yet have not engaged in violent struggle against the brutality inflicted on women there is a condemnation of revisionism and why workers everywhere should join The Progressive Labor Party. PLP calls on all of its friends in India to continue on in our commitment to eradicate sexism, class, caste, and all forms of violent brutality against women.

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The Common Core Learning Standards are Helping to Build Fascism

The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) reinforces and reintroduces alienation at the point of production while also intensifying elitist capitalist ideology. When it comes to education under capitalism, ideology is the name of the game. The ruling class needs a working class capable of producing for their needs. They need us to have enough rudimentary skills to do work that is profitable, they need another smaller group to be more advanced in order to handle their complex tasks, and then they need a subset of intellectual workers to produce the ideology capitalism requires to exist. As Lenin said, “For who? Which class? Why?” The contradiction of public education is that though it is for the working class, it is in the interest of the ruling class, and it is primarily for ideological production.

The CCLS reinforces and intensifies racism in the United States. It unilaterally posits a group of standards that are out of reach of the paltry amount of resources that the bourgeoisie are willing to spend on educating us, and then they blame students for not meeting them and teachers for not getting said student to reach them. Capitalism lives to blame the victim for his or her own victimization by obscuring the actual process of that victimization. The intense systemic oppression that the working class is under due Capitalism’s non-stop crisis is not a factor in the assessment of the CCLS. This is primarily an attack on the students and secondarily an attack on the teachers. Black and Hispanic workers who are hyper-exploited under capitalism are feeling the brunt of the CCLS. Meanwhile, the ruling class and their puppets, including the union leadership of the UFT, mouth the lie that it is racist to oppose the CCLS. These lying, deceitful parasites, and their labor lieutenants, are obscuring the fact that capitalism and its requisite inequality, its brutal exploitation, its living conditions where students may not even have food at home, is the real reason for why public education isn’t meeting the needs of a declining US imperialism.

Teachers have been fairly in control of their subject matter and their classrooms. This gives teachers a sense of satisfaction and helps to foster unity between students and teachers because it allows them to shape and develop their lessons with their students in mind. This relative autonomy is now under attack in the classroom as the US bourgeoisie prepares for war with its rivals. This attack on autonomy is an intensification of the alienating force of production under capitalism. This intensification of the lack of control over teaching is a necessary aspect of the need to discipline the working class for the march to war and fascism.

Fascism always comes with a smile and a flag. It waves it and waves it to get the working class to not see that their needs are not getting met and that their sacrifices are only enriching the ruling class.  It smiles and says that it is only trying to meet the needs and tough times requires tough choices, while hiding the billions in profit piling up in the capitalist’s pockets.

The CCLS is being opposed from the right, liberals, and the left, but they are not pointing out that it is primarily an ideological weapon that is being used to prepare the Ruling Class’ forces for the next round of imperialist wars of aggression and, eventually, full on war with its rivals in WWIII. Communists in The PLP stress the ideological aspects of the CCLS and stress that the liberal wing of the ruling class is the real danger to the working class and the development of fascism. We must oppose the CCLS and counterpoise a clear vision of an education system that actually meets the needs of all students. An education system that does not seek to fuel the profit machine, but instead fuels the students’ desire to learn, to build a new world, to fight racism and sexism and see their fellow man as a human and not one of Capitalism’s myriad identities is only possible under Communism.

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