The American ‘Left’ has become ‘Reformist’ — It No Longer Espouses or Stands For the Principle of Working Class Independence!
Under the pressures of the Capitalist Election Campaign, some on the left like Chomsky now support to greater/lesser evil Hillary Clinton. Others like Socialist Alternative and Black Agenda Report have come out for the support of the Utopian New Deal Capitalist campaign of the Green Party. None are opposed to capitalism or capitalist politics! They support some sort of lesser evil capitalist rule!
Our concern cannot simply be to modify private property, but to abolish it, not to hush up class antagonisms but to abolish classes, not to improve the existing society but to found a new one. — Karl Marx: Address of the Central Committee to the Communist League
Complete abstention from political action is impossible. The abstentionist press participates in politics every day. It is only a question of how one does it, and of what politics one engages in. For the rest, to us abstention is impossible. The working-class party functions as a political party in most countries by now, and it is not for us to ruin it by preaching abstention. Living experience, the political oppression of the existing governments compels the workers to occupy themselves with politics whether they like it or not, be it for political or for social goals. To preach abstention to them is to throw them into the embrace of bourgeois politics. The morning after the Paris Commune, which has made proletarian political action an order of the day, abstention is entirely out of the question.
We want the abolition of classes. What is the means of achieving it? The only means is political domination of the proletariat. For all this, now that it is acknowledged by one and all, we are told not to meddle with politics. The abstentionists say they are revolutionaries, even revolutionaries par excellence. Yet revolution is a supreme political act and those who want revolution must also want the means of achieving it, that is, political action, which prepares the ground for revolution and provides the workers with the revolutionary training without which they are sure to become the dupes of the Favres and Pyats the morning after the battle. However, our politics must be working-class politics. The workers’ party must never be the tagtail of any bourgeois party; it must be independent and have its goal and its own policy.
The political freedoms, the right of assembly and association, and the freedom of the press — those are our weapons. Are we to sit back and abstain while somebody tries to rob us of them? It is said that a political act on our part implies that we accept the exiting state of affairs. On the contrary, so long as this state of affairs offers us the means of protesting against it, our use of these means does not signify that we recognize the prevailing order. — Apropos Of Working-Class Political Action
. . . Any attempt by a Labour government to resolve the crisis without overthrowing capitalism will simply intensify the crisis. It will mean that the bankers and capitalists will still control the economy. They will engage in sabotage and furious resistance. They will carry out a strike of capital, provoke a run on the pound and engage in all manner of blackmail to force the government to capitulate.
The dead end of capitalism
There are only two paths: either capitulate or overthrow the capitalist system. There is no middle road. Either the working class will come to power and establish socialism or it will lead to a crushing defeat. The whole situation in Britain will be transformed and re-transformed. This will provide the Marxists with great opportunities for building a mass movement. We must keep our eye on developments, which are now moving fast. We must participate fully in the struggle against the Blairites and energetically intervene with our ideas and programme. There is no way out on the basis of capitalism. We are facing permanent crisis. We must fully appreciate what this means and draw the necessary conclusions. “In the present world situation, time is the most precious of raw materials”, explained Trotsky. The crisis of society is a crisis of revolutionary leadership. We must approach the task of building the Marxist tendency in Britain with a sense of urgency. — Upheaval in Britain: where are we heading?
The current bipartisan politics and economy of capitalism — its markets, its crises, its wars, and its contamination and destruction of the environment — all have a global character. Never before has this been so plain as today.
World War II and its military deficit spending combined with the betrayals of the revolution and the world working class by the Communist and Social Democratic Parties and the trade union bureaucracies of the working class organizations, led to the recovery of capitalism from the last economic crisis brought about by the depression of the 1930s. Just as integration of the ‘American society’ was defined by Black Liberation activist, Dr. Julia Hare as the “The Illusion of Inclusion”. The New Deal resulted in “The Illusion of Inclusion” in the division of the wealth produced by society. In today’s world, this ‘trickle down theory’ has lost its illusion.
The very ‘cure’ for the last Depression has led to the present crisis.
As we enter this crisis, which French Premier François Fillon described as “the edge of the abyss”, there is no New Deal solution for capitalism — it cannot longer afford The New Deal. To paraphrase Leon Trotsky:
The New Deal despite its first period of pretentious resoluteness, represents but a special form of political perplexity, possible only in a country where the bourgeoisie succeeded in accumulating incalculable wealth. The present crisis, far from having run its full course, has already succeeded in showing that New Deal politics, pens no new exit from the economic blind alley. . . .
. . . In an International Monetary Fund publication, Finance and Development, Boston University professor Laurence Kotlikoff tips readers off to this stark reality, which many of them undoubtedly already suspected. Kotlikoff told the Boston Globe and Mail that the United States national debt is not the $13.5 trillion that people around the world believe it is; rather, he estimates it at $200 trillion, or 840% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product. “As Goes the Dollar So Goes the World, November 1, 2010
There is no longer any basis for support to the reformism and its ‘lesser evil’ politics.
Under the slogan of austerity, worldwide the capitalist class is socializing their debts — transferring their losses to the working class and the poor. Now they are in frenzy in their search for profits and are stripping the working class and the poor any and all assets. This is what happened historically in the Roman Empire on its way to debt bondage and serfdom.
The only solution for capitalism, at this time is the worldwide application of the Iron Heel, as described by Jack London in his book, The Iron Heel.
They are currently using the Iron Heal to enforce austerity throughout the world and to initiate the Iron Heal through the militarization of the police in the United States in the Black Community.
The immediate tasks is to build the international opposition of the working class and the oppressed of the world to this international crisis of debt and overproduction. The petty bourgeois leaderships of the working class and the world’s oppressed have no solution to this final crisis of capitalism.
In today’s world they are act as a fifth column for the 1% within the working class and the oppressed! This is very clear in England where to Old Guard Blairites are working against the revitalized working class in England and the growing Jeremy Corbyn Campaign in England
In England we are witnessing a revitalized labor movement and revitalized Labor Party in Defense of the attacks upon the working class and oppressed minorities. The spectre of a revitalized Labor Party under the leadership of Jeremy Crobyn, in opposition to austitery and war is haunting the 1% and their misleaders in the Old Guard of the Labor Party. There now is a working class alternative to capitalist class rule and politics. And hundreds of thousands are joining the Labor Party to democratically oppose and end austerity.
In this country we must reject all support to capitalist politics and attempts to make austerity ‘humane’. The American ‘Left’ does not have the capacity to see or recognize the class difference between the Bernie Sanders ‘Phenomenon’, The Green Party, the Syriza Popular Front, and the working class campaign led by Jeremy Corbyn.
We must begin the struggle against the ruling class monopoly of political power. As Frederick Douglass stated: “if there is no struggle there can no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops with out plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters…. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Now is the time to reorganize all anti-capitalist forces and fighters for working class emancipation and self-determination for people oppressed by capitalism for the rebuilding of a new revolutionary political organization to organize and build our combined power to overturn capitalism that is, in its death agony, waging war, famine, pestilence, and death, and the globalization of global warming throughout the world.
When we organize our power, we will have the force to stop the corporate thievery! Instead giving ‘bailout’ donations to these modern day robber barons we shall bailout the victims of the modern day Wall Street Robber Barons! — Not a cent to bail out the bankers!
Instead of the socialization of debt, we will expropriate and nationalize the entire banking system under the democratic control of capitalism’s victims, not its agents!
We can then force the ruling classes to open its books so we can determine what has been stolen, hidden in off shore accounts, or squandered at our expense! Make the banks, corporations and the ruling class pay the full price of the crisis — Not the poor and the working class.
Once we organize our power independent of the ruling class we can bring all the troops home now from Iraq, Afghanistan, and every other country where they’re stationed, and instead of spending trillions for war, we can initiate massive public works projects, to rebuild the nation’s inner cities, schools and hospitals and eliminate poverty and unemployment. We can also force a one hundred percent tax on the war industry profiteers!
What is needed is solidarity of the all exploited and oppressed. In the present world, the rights of the capitalists to make a profit are in direct conflict with our basic rights. In this sense, the capitalist system has become a threat to humanity. As the old union song Solidarity stated:
In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold; Greater than the might of armies, magnified a thousand-fold. We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old. Solidarity makes us strong.
Jefferson’s words, that human rights are unalienable, mean that these rights can never be superseded. At all points of conflict the rights of humanity to survive must supersede the right of the few to make a profit. The right to a free world is an unalienable human right!
Since the present crisis of capitalism is a global concern, it requires all of humanity to act collectively, in our overall interests for our survival as a species, to correct the problem and to remove the obstacle of capitalism. It requires a society where humanity has social, economic, and political control over the earth. Such a society, a socialist society, is needed to ensure that all decisions affecting the survival of our standard of living are under the democratic control of humankind so that the production of goods will be done for the needs and survival of humanity instead of the production and the destruction of humanity and other species for profit.
With common ownership of the means of production, and common control and protection of all property and wealth, science and society will be in harmony with the ecosystem and humanity’s future.
With these goals we can begin to build an effective movement. As we continue to organize against capitalism and its destructive course, we can and will transform the world.
The occupy movement is a reflection of the current changing mood in the world’s consciousness about capitalism and the need to take the power from the 1% and redistribute the world’s wealth on a democratic basis.
The Corbyn Campaign is an example of the way forward for to End Capitalist Rule and Rebuild the World in the Interest of the Planet and Humanity.!