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US Imperialism’s Chickens Will Continue to Come Home to Roost Until US Workers Start Caring About US War Crimes

In the wake of the horrendous Boston Marathon Bombings, the world has been treated to the spectacle of U.S. citizens showing the “compassion” for which the United States is so UNJUSTLY renowned.  Candlelight vigils of crowds of US workers singing hymns; public displays of mourning for the victims; piles of stuffed animals and handmade notes and posters of sympathy for the victims; tributes to the victims at every sporting event in the land… it’s all so very touching.

And it’s all a lot of bullshit!

U.S. citizens do all this not to make the families of the victims feel good; it’s to make these faux-mourners feel good about themselves that they put on this hypocritical display of so-called “American compassion”.  No sooner do they step away from the many memorials to the dead and maimed U.S. victims of these twin bombings than they immediately go into a nationalistic fury at the “foreign Muslims” who allegedly committed the sadistic acts of terror.  Waving U.S. flags, chanting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”, fawning over the ridiculously unheroic actions of the kill-crazed members of the U.S. Police State; this is showing compassion?  Calling for the “suspects” to be lynched in a thousand ways on every news media website and blog in the nation, they scream for the blood of a 19-year-old man – who has only today been formally charged with the crimes – and the “compassionate” U.S. citizenry howls for his head on a platter – literally!  Vast numbers of U.S. citizens have completely internalized the brutal, racist attitudes of the U.S. capitalist class and their police state and the REAL mass-murderers: the U.S.’ blood-soaked military and “intelligence” agencies.

The basic bleating cry of the “compassionate” American is: “Why do they hate us?  Why do they attack us?  What have we done to the Chechens?”  As if there is no reason in the world for young Muslims to hate the United States Government, its military and its PEOPLE for electing and re-electing a long, long line of vicious Wall St. puppets that have murdered tens of millions of workers around the world in the past 120 years – choosing for their victims mainly those in oil-rich Muslim countries for the past 30 years.   Like the Japanese,  Koreans and Vietnamese before them, the (mostly) brown-skinned Muslim workers are considered by the so-called “compassionate” American capitalist class to be “sub-human”; no act of violence is too savage to be brought to bear against the Muslim “enemy”!  The U.S. working class has completely accepted their capitalist masters’ racist attitude towards any Muslim who would dare to defend his fellow Muslims against the kind of savagery being aimed at anyone who so much as knows a so-called “radical Islamist”.  Any Muslim who fires a weapon at a U.S. soldier in defense of his home country, family and neighbors is considered to be a “terrorist” and therefore subhuman; the U.S. working class howls for his murder!

For just how long do you, the workers of the United States – you who make up less than 5% of the world’s population – think that the other 95% of the planet’s inhabitants are going to give you a pass while “your” ELECTED government’s military goes around shooting, bombing, torturing and assassinating anyone who dares to stand up to U.S. Imperialism?  If you will stand and cheer the U.S. soldiers who have been busy raping, pillaging and murdering your fellow workers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq and throughout the Middle East – what are the workers in the other 95% of the world supposed to think about you?  Was it your “innate compassion” that caused “your” sons and daughters in the U.S. military to commit torture at Abu Ghraib?  Was it your love of your fellow human beings that created the mass-murder in Fallujah?  Was it your kindness and moral superiority that allowed you to applaud as 1.5 million Iraqis were slaughtered so that the U.S. capitalist class could seize the oil fields of Iraq?   Was it your love of freedom and democracy that led you to support the War in Afghanistan, against the poorest nation on Earth, in which tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children have been butchered by U.S. warplanes and soldiers?  Where were your memorials, where was your public outpouring of “compassion” when all these innocent workers were slaughtered, allegedly in defense of your ‘freedoms” and in your name, by your sons and daughters?

The 95% of the world are beginning to understand that decades of appeals they have addressed to the “compassionate” American working class are falling on deaf ears and cold, hardened hearts of human beings completely brainwashed by the propaganda spread by the U.S. capitalist class’ into supporting every barbaric war the U.S. has ever waged.  Literally millions of selfless, heroic human beings – far superior in every respect to the selfish, cowardly U.S. working class – have been slaughtered in cold blood by U.S. imperialist forces and their puppets in Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine… just to name a few!  And all this time, the 95% of the world’s population has, for the most part, refrained from “bringing the war home” to the U.S. working class.

But that is starting to change.

If the U.S. workers continue to support their capitalist masters as they go around “making the world safe for U.S. business interests”; if the U.S. working class continues to send their sons and daughters out to kill and maim millions of their fellow workers all over the globe on behalf of their capitalist masters; if the U.S. working class continues to not give a shit about how many of their workers are slaughtered by U.S. imperialism’s troops – now operating in well over 150 countries! – and continue to support the U.S. Government by voting for it or by refusing to oppose it; then the chickens are going to continue to come home to roost, and there will be many more terrorist attacks like the World Trade Center and Boston Marathon bombings.  You can be sure of it.

“Why do they hate you”?  Because you don’t give a shit when the U.S. government slaughters their sons, daughters, mothers and fathers in pursuit of the profits of the U.S. capitalist class, that’s why!  The 95% are starting to wake up and realize that the United States Government has got to go.  The rest of the world will not stand around and get beaten to death while you pretend to be “oh, so compassionate” only when American blood is spilled!  They will come after you and they will destroy the U.S. Government in the same way that the Nazi regime was wiped off the face of the Earth in 1945!  It’s just a matter of time.

If you think that your shitty middle-class existence is going to be endlessly propped up by “your” military carpet-bombing the rest of the planet, think again oh “compassionate” ones!  You are bequeathing to your sons and daughters the very same comeuppance that the Nazis received at the end of World War Two.  The 93% of the world doesn’t want to have to do it; but if you continue to support blood-soaked U.S. imperialism, they will have no other choice.  Either overthrow the vicious, imperialist U.S. Government yourselves, or the rest of the world will do it for you.

Keep supporting the U.S. capitalist class’ twin parties of U.S. imperialism – the Democrats and Republicans – and your fate will be sealed.

It’s up to you, the U.S. working class, what your future – and the future of your children and grandchildren – will be like.  You’d better start giving a shit right now!

IWPCHI

Leon Trotsky: “Why Marxists Oppose Individual Terrorism”

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Boston, we wish to make clear that the revolutionary socialist workers movement – of which we are a part – is now and has always been opposed to the philosophy of terrorism as a means of revolutionary change.  This early essay by the great Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky is an excellent outline of the revolutionary Marxist attitude towards terrorism.

IWPCHI

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Leon Trotsky
Why Marxists Oppose Individual Terrorism
(November 1911)

Originally published in German in Der Kampf, November 1911.
Originally transcribed for the Philisophy/History Archive, which is now the Philosophy Section of the Marxists’ Internet Archive.
Proofread by Einde O’Callaghan, November 2006.

Our class enemies are in the habit of complaining about our terrorism. What they mean by this is rather unclear. They would like to label all the activities of the proletariat directed against the class enemy’s interests as terrorism. The strike, in their eyes, is the principal method of terrorism. The threat of a strike, the organisation of strike pickets, an economic boycott of a slave-driving boss, a moral boycott of a traitor from our own ranks—all this and much more they call terrorism. If terrorism is understood in this way as any action inspiring fear in, or doing harm to, the enemy, then of course the entire class struggle is nothing but terrorism. And the only question remaining is whether the bourgeois politicians have the right to pour out their flood of moral indignation about proletarian terrorism when their entire state apparatus with its laws, police and army is nothing but an apparatus for capitalist terror!

However, it must be said that when they reproach us with terrorism, they are trying—although not always consciously—to give the word a narrower, less indirect meaning. The damaging of machines by workers, for example, is terrorism in this strict sense of the word. The killing of an employer, a threat to set fire to a factory or a death threat to its owner, an assassination attempt, with revolver in hand, against a government minister—all these are terrorist acts in the full and authentic sense. However, anyone who has an idea of the true nature of international Social Democracy ought to know that it has always opposed this kind of terrorism and does so in the most irreconcilable way.

Why?

‘Terrorising’ with the threat of a strike, or actually conducting a strike is something only industrial workers can do. The social significance of a strike depends directly upon first, the size of the enterprise or the branch of industry that it affects, and second, the degree to which the workers taking part in it are organised, disciplined, and ready for action. This is just as true of a political strike as it is for an economic one. It continues to be the method of struggle that flows directly from the productive role of the proletariat in modern society.

Belittles the role of the masses

In order to develop, the capitalist system needs a parliamentary superstructure. But because it cannot confine the modern proletariat to a political ghetto, it must sooner or later allow the workers to participate in parliament. In elections, the mass character of the proletariat and its level of political development—quantities which, again, are determined by its social role, i.e. above all, its productive role—find their expression.

As in a strike, so in elections the method, aim, and result of the struggle always depend on the social role and strength of the proletariat as a class. Only the workers can conduct a strike. Artisans ruined by the factory, peasants whose water the factory is poisoning, or lumpen proletarians in search of plunder can smash machines, set fire to a factory, or murder its owner.

Only the conscious and organised working class can send a strong representation into the halls of parliament to look out for proletarian interests. However, in order to murder a prominent official you need not have the organised masses behind you. The recipe for explosives is accessible to all, and a Browning can be obtained anywhere. In the first case, there is a social struggle, whose methods and means flow necessarily from the nature of the prevailing social order; and in the second, a purely mechanical reaction identical anywhere—in China as in France—very striking in its outward form (murder, explosions and so forth) but absolutely harmless as far as the social system goes.

A strike, even of modest size, has social consequences: strengthening of the workers’ self-confidence, growth of the trade union, and not infrequently even an improvement in productive technology. The murder of a factory owner produces effects of a police nature only, or a change of proprietors devoid of any social significance. Whether a terrorist attempt, even a ‘successful’ one throws the ruling class into confusion depends on the concrete political circumstances. In any case the confusion can only be shortlived; the capitalist state does not base itself on government ministers and cannot be eliminated with them. The classes it serves will always find new people; the mechanism remains intact and continues to function.

But the disarray introduced into the ranks of the working masses themselves by a terrorist attempt is much deeper. If it is enough to arm oneself with a pistol in order to achieve one’s goal, why the efforts of the class struggle? If a thimbleful of gunpowder and a little chunk of lead is enough to shoot the enemy through the neck, what need is there for a class organisation? If it makes sense to terrify highly placed personages with the roar of explosions, where is the need for the party? Why meetings, mass agitation and elections if one can so easily take aim at the ministerial bench from the gallery of parliament?

In our eyes, individual terror is inadmissible precisely because it belittles the role of the masses in their own consciousness, reconciles them to their powerlessness, and turns their eyes and hopes towards a great avenger and liberator who some day will come and accomplish his mission. The anarchist prophets of the ‘propaganda of the deed’ can argue all they want about the elevating and stimulating influence of terrorist acts on the masses. Theoretical considerations and political experience prove otherwise. The more ‘effective’ the terrorist acts, the greater their impact, the more they reduce the interest of the masses in self-organisation and self-education. But the smoke from the confusion clears away, the panic disappears, the successor of the murdered minister makes his appearance, life again settles into the old rut, the wheel of capitalist exploitation turns as before; only the police repression grows more savage and brazen. And as a result, in place of the kindled hopes and artificially aroused excitement comes disillusionment and apathy.

The efforts of reaction to put an end to strikes and to the mass workers’ movement in general have always, everywhere, ended in failure. Capitalist society needs an active, mobile and intelligent proletariat; it cannot, therefore, bind the proletariat hand and foot for very long. On the other hand, the anarchist ‘propaganda of the deed’ has shown every time that the state is much richer in the means of physical destruction and mechanical repression than are the terrorist groups.

If that is so, where does it leave the revolution? Is it rendered impossible by this state of affairs? Not at all. For the revolution is not a simple aggregate of mechanical means. The revolution can arise only out of the sharpening of the class struggle, and it can find a guarantee of victory only in the social functions of the proletariat. The mass political strike, the armed insurrection, the conquest of state power—all this is determined by the degree to which production has been developed, the alignment of class forces, the proletariat’s social weight, and finally, by the social composition of the army, since the armed forces are the factor that in time of revolution determines the fate of state power.

Social Democracy is realistic enough not to try to avoid the revolution that is developing out of the existing historical conditions; on the contrary, it is moving to meet the revolution with eyes wide open. But—contrary to the anarchists and in direct struggle against them—Social Democracy rejects all methods and means that have as their goal to artificially force the development of society and to substitute chemical preparations for the insufficient revolutionary strength of the proletariat.

Before it is elevated to the level of a method of political struggle, terrorism makes its appearance in the form of individual acts of revenge. So it was in Russia, the classic land of terrorism. The flogging of political prisoners impelled Vera Zasulich to give expression to the general feeling of indignation by an assassination attempt on General Trepov. Her example was imitated in the circles of the revolutionary intelligentsia, who lacked any mass support. What began as an act of unthinking revenge was developed into an entire system in 1879-81. The outbreaks of anarchist assassination in Western Europe and North America always come after some atrocity committed by the government—the shooting of strikers or executions of political opponents. The most important psychological source of terrorism is always the feeling of revenge in search of an outlet.

There is no need to belabour the point that Social Democracy has nothing in common with those bought-and-paid-for moralists who, in response to any terrorist act, make solemn declarations about the ‘absolute value’ of human life. These are the same people who, on other occasions, in the name of other absolute values—for example, the nation’s honour or the monarch’s prestige—are ready to shove millions of people into the hell of war. Today their national hero is the minister who gives the sacred right of private property; and tomorrow, when the desperate hand of the unemployed workers is clenched into a fist or picks upon a weapon, they will start in with all sorts of nonsense about the inadmissibility of violence in any form.

Whatever the eunuchs and pharisees of morality may say, the feeling of revenge has its rights. It does the working class the greatest moral credit that it does not look with vacant indifference upon what is going on in this best of all possible worlds. Not to extinguish the proletariat’s unfulfilled feeling of revenge, but on the contrary to stir it up again and again, to deepen it, and to direct it against the real causes of all injustice and human baseness—that is the task of the Social Democracy.

If we oppose terrorist acts, it is only because individual revenge does not satisfy us. The account we have to settle with the capitalist system is too great to be presented to some functionary called a minister. To learn to see all the crimes against humanity, all the indignities to which the human body and spirit are subjected, as the twisted outgrowths and expressions of the existing social system, in order to direct all our energies into a collective struggle against this system—that is the direction in which the burning desire for revenge can find its highest moral satisfaction.

[Source: Marxists Internet Archive]

To Arms! To Arms! The US Capitalist Class Is Coming!

Paranoid? Who’s Paranoid?  Really!  Paranoia is an irrational fear; the defenders of the Second Amendment are correct to react powerfully when the US Government – a government that has already legalized TORTURE and

THE ASSASSINATION OF U.S. CITIZENS! – now seeks to take away the workers’ right to bear arms!

This US Government, by asserting that it has the “right” to murder any US citizen it deems to be “supporting, aiding and or abetting” “terrorists” – even by just writing articles in support of “terrorism” – has declared WAR on the citizens of the United States and has already overthrown not just the Second Amendment but the entire US Constitution and Bill of Rights!  To Arms!

In the 1770’s the citizens of the British Colonies in the 13 colonial states started a revolution over “taxation without representation”!  Did King George III ever dare to make an announcement that he could openly murder colonists because of their support for the Revolution?  NO!  The insurrectionary colonists possessed and carried onto the field of battle modern weapons every bit as powerful as those the “rightful government forces” – the British Redcoats – carried.  They didn’t get permission from the Crown Government to rise up in revolt against the “lawful authority”.  If they were alive today and doing the same thing to the US Government now that they did to the “lawful” government of the British in the 1770s, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine – all the heroes of the First American Revolution – would be called “terrorists” and subject to assassination!   To Arms!

The Battle of Lexington and Concord took place on 19 April, 1775 because the British intended to destroy the Massachusetts’ colonists stores of gunpowder and musket-balls, stashed in a secure place a few miles from Concord.  This was no small amount of gunpowder sitting there: it was enough for not just muskets but CANNON, which the colonists were struggling to acquire as soon as possible in order to defend themselves from what was, at that time, the world’s most powerful military force – the British Army and Navy.

The colonists knew that they couldn’t prevent a determined British military force from smashing their way through the defense set up by the Minutemen – they only intended to slow them down and give the revolutionary forces enough time to move the shot and powder to a more remote location.  They were only able to mount their defense of their weapons stores because they already possessed relatively modern muskets with which to oppose the British.  It was only due to the relative parity of the quality of the revolutionaries’ and the “lawful authorities'” weapons that the colonists were able to “fire the shot heard ’round the world”!  If all the colonists were able to own were single-shot derringers, they would have been crushed by the British forces!  But since they had relative parity of weapons, they were able to drive the British all the way back to Boston, giving them the good ass-kicking they so justly deserved.

Today, the US capitalist class realizes that in order for them to maintain their profit margins at current levels is impossible unless they can continue to drive down US workers wages and benefits in order to make US labor “competitive” on the world market.  This tiny minority of greedheads – only 500 of whom own or control over 50% of the nation’s wealth! – know that there is no way that they can continue to rob the US working class with impunity without eventually provoking some kind of defensive reaction from the US workers.  And, this tiny minority of capitalists is scared shitless of the fact that millions of these workers who they plan to drive into abject poverty possess automatic and semi-automatic weapons just as powerful as the police forces the capitalist class relies on as the “thin blue line” between the filthy rich exploiters and their working-class victims.  The tiny US capitalist class knows that there’s no way that the 500 of them can stay in power as long as US workers can legally own weapons that enable them to effectively and successfully  mount an armed insurrection to overthrow capitalism.  And so they are conspiring to take away US workers’ right to bear arms – especially those military-style “assault weapons” that could be used to outgun the capitalist class’ local and state cops.

It’s way past time for a Second American Revolution (or Third, if you count the US Civil War, which smashed slavery).  The US capitalist ruling class has declared that it has no respect for the rule of law and has shredded the Bill of Rights.  This was first done by the Republicans with the Patriot Act, using the convenient excuse of the 9/11 attacks to justify it; was agreed to at the time by the Democrats; and has since then been expanded vastly by the leadership of both of the pro-capitalist, anti-worker political parties that make up the US’ phony democracy.  The frontal attack on our Bill of Rights is BIPARTSAN – therefore we need to IMMEDIATELY ESTABLISH new political parties of the working class to DEFEND OURSELVES AND OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES and to OVERTHROW this MOST DESPOTIC AND CRIMINAL OF ALL THE WORLD’S OUTLAW REGIMES – the United States Government!  To Arms!

Do we, the working class of the United States, need the right to carry assault weapons?  YES!  Why?  TO DEFEND OURSELVES FROM THE US GOVERNMENT AND ITS ‘SPECIAL BODIES OF ARMED MEN’,  WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARIES OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE US CAPITALIST CLASS, which has the most powerful military in the world and which has just declared that it has the RIGHT to MURDER “ITS OWN” CITIZENS whenever it decides that we workers have gotten “too far out of line”!

If that’s not a reason the defend the Second Amendment, FULLY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS IN HAND what the hell IS?  To Arms!

These people – like idiotic CNN dipshit Piers Morgan – who ask the workers of the United States to just surrender their right to bear arms at the very same time that the US Government asserts its “right” to murder us for opposing it are COWARDS who expect us – American workers! – to surrender all our rights and to become, openly, the unarmed, cowering slaves of the US capitalist class, which is robbing us blind, stealing our homes, throwing our families out into the streets in the middle of winter and driving our wages down to a level below that necessary to stay alive – all so they can live in mansions!  500 people in this country own 50% of the national wealth – and they call this a DEMOCRACY!  And now, since we are taking away their death penalty state-by-state because they have been framing innocent people and sentencing them to death for decades, they are asserting their right to assassinate us without a trial!

“These are the times that try men’s souls” – indeed!  “To Arms! To Arms!  The US Capitalist Class and their Cops and Military Special Forces are Coming to Torture and Assassinate Us!”

Workers of the World, Unite!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

Warmongers of World Capitalism in Hysteria Over Successful N. Korean Satellite Launch

Yesterday, the Stalinist workers state of North Korea successfully launched a rocket that placed a satellite into Earth orbit, setting off a worldwide orgy of condemnation of the so-called “provocative” act.  We say: Congratulations to the North Korean workers on the successful launch of your satellite!  If it helps in any way to defend North Korea from attack by the United States, NATO or the US puppet regime in South Korea, GOOD!

North Korea is not just any country – it is a nation formed in the heat of a decades-long workers struggle to free China and Korean workers from brutal military assault and colonial occupation from first the British, then Japan, then the United States.  The Chinese and Korean workers and peasants heroically fought their capitalist, imperialist oppressors for decades, only succeeding in gaining their independence in 1949 (for China) and 1953 (for what was to become North Korea.  In these vicious wars of liberation, the imperialist powers and their criminal, traitorous lackey governments tortured and slaughtered millions – that is not an exaggeration! – millions of workers and peasants.  In spite of every effort of the US and its allies to crush the Korean workers revolution, the Korean Peoples Army achieved amazing military victories over the puppet “South Korean” military and police forces of the disgusting Syngman Rhee dictatorship – created from whole cloth by the United States and its Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner of the CIA) out of widely despised collaborators of the Japanese occupying forces who brutalized China and Korea from the early 1930s until 1945.   Sadly, massive US military intervention enabled the pathetic remnants of Rhee’s forces to reconquer half of the Korean peninsula, after which they launched murderous reprisals against any Korean worker who ever fought against either the Japanese fascists or who ever participated in the egalitarian local Peoples’ governments that sprang up all over Korea when the Japanese occupation evaporated at the end of WWII.   Using police forces that had collaborated with the hated Japanese military occupiers of Korea, Syngman Rhee’s cops and soldiery rounded up “communists” all over “South Korea” and butchered them by the thousands.   Recently declassified U.S. military accounts of the massacres have proven beyond a doubt that under the U.S. occupation of Korea during and after the Korean War, mass executions were carried out with the full knowledge of the US military in Korea as well as the US civilian government in Washington.  The Korean War is one of the bloodiest chapters in the long, sordid history of the United States, which was born of genocide of the Native American population starting in the 1600s, segued right into the barbarity of the slave trade and then continued to leave a trail of workers blood wherever the US military went, from Mexico in the 1840s to Cuba, the Philippines, Haiti, the USSR, Japan, China, Vietnam, Central and South America and on and on to the present slaughters of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

And these blood-soaked imperialists are now trying to tell the world that a simple satellite launch by North Korea represents a “provocation”!  Truly, there has never been a regime in world history more depraved, more dedicated to using every dirty trick in the book in order to stuff their pockets with blood-drenched cash than the regime of the United States capitalist class!

The lapdogs of US/NATO imperialism at the UN, of course, hypocritically denounce North Korea for ignoring all the sanctions and UN Security Council resolutions that have been passed over the years in a futile effort to get the North Korean workers state to hand itself over to the tender mercies of US imperialism on a silver platter.   All of the imperialist countries whose governments and ruling classes were responsible for the decades-long rape of China and Korea rail against the North Korean workers state for having the nerve to defend itself against nations that have, historically, raped and pillaged both countries with impunity.  The British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, hypocritically stated that “I deplore the fact that the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] has chosen to prioritise this launch over improving the livelihood of its people.”   The Japanese Foreign Ministry, whose predecessors waged merciless war against the Chinese and Korean working classes, torturing and slaughtering hundreds of thousands said that the launch of the North Korean satellite was something they “cannot tolerate”! And the scum in the Democrat Obama White House, whose predecessors oversaw the butchery of so many North Koreans, and whose puppet dictatorships in the 50s, 60s and 70s turned South Korea into a human rights hell-hole had the balls to say “The international community must work in a concerted fashion to send North Korea a clear message that its violations of UN security council resolutions have consequences”!  Shame is something totally alien to these sick puppies of US imperialism, these depraved lickspittle running dogs of the US capitalist class.  And the workers in the US are supposed to believe that the Democrats are “the lesser of two evils”!

But it was precisely the Democrats who are responsible for the world-historic slaughter that was visited upon the Korean working class for daring to try to build a revolutionary workers government in Korea!  It was pathetic mama’s boy Harry Truman who “stood tall” by unleashing his racist military and OSS against the workers of Asia, desperately butchering millions of workers and peasants in order to “save the world” from the overthrow of the greed-based, blood-soaked capitalist system, which had produced two savage world wars in just a few decades!  The Democratic Party – which in the 1950s was the favored party of the Ku Klux Klan in the Jim Crow south – was responsible for every US war crime from the butchering of civilians in air raids in Nazi Germany to the firebombing of Tokyo that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, to Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and then on to the horrors of Vietnam under that other great hero of the Democrats, anti-communist cretin John F. Kennedy and his “pet projects” in Vietnam and Cuba!  The apples of the Obama administration have not fallen far from the tree that they grew on!

We say, once again: Congratulations, North Korea on your successful satellite launch!  May you have many more in the future!  You have every right to defend yourselves from those who have tortured and murdered your comrades, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers in the past, and who threaten to do it again today!  You are right to fight them; your cause is the cause of every working-class and peasant man and woman who truly opposes capitalism and imperialism.

US/UN/NATO:  HANDS OFF NORTH KOREA AND CHINA!

The working class of the world must stand up and defend North Korea and China against any and all attempts by the imperialist, colonialist nations to launch military adventures of any kind against these Stalinist workers states.  However, we know that only workers revolutions here in the US and throughout the capitalist world that abolish the capitalist system and establish egalitarian workers governments in its place will be capable of bringing true world peace from the realm of fantasy into reality.  Anything less than world-wide workers revolution will never achieve world-wide peace.  World peace under capitalism is an impossibility: this greed-based system is, even as we speak, preparing for yet another world war to redivide the globe into new spheres of economic exploitation for the capitalists to plunder.  Either the world’s workers will take the guns and missiles away from the greedheads once and for all, or the capitalists will plunge the planet into a world war that will make all previous wars look like a mere prelude.

Workers of the World, Unite!

IWPCHI

A Note to Our Readers

Due to the absolute lack of financial support for this blog and this project to build a workers party to fight for the rights of working-class people in the United States, we have decided to re-enter the workforce full-time ourselves in order to survive.  With 19 hours to go on our second fruitless (!) 45-day campaign to raise $50,000 to finance this project as a bona fide political party of the working class, we have received exactly nothing from you, our alleged supporters.  And so, we have already been forced to start working just part-time for you.  This is why you may have noticed the sudden drop-off in the number of articles written on this blog the past 2 weeks.  Instead of working for you, our working class brothers and sisters, we had to start working to make some scumbag capitalists richer than they already are.

We’re not averse to work: but we’d much rather be doing THIS WORK – for you – full-time, keeping an eye on the news important to workers from all over the globe and providing timely revolutionary analysis of current events to you, for whom this website is dedicated.  However, it has become painfully obvious to us that either this blog is of little importance in the eyes of you, the working people reading it, or you are simply not interested in the goal of establishing a major political party of the working class, by the working class and for the working class at this time.  Whatever the reason, we’ve got to eat and we’ve got to have a roof over our heads, and if the working class won’t help us to do that by paying us to work for you full-time, then we must start working part-time for you.  Ain’t no way around it.  You get half-assed work done if that’s all you’re willing to pay for.

Money invested in the fight to emancipate the working class from capitalist wage slavery is congealed consciousness of those who give it.  The refusal of workers to consider financing their own political parties is a form of congealed consciousness, too: the congealed, ossified consciousness of a beaten-down, pessimistic, downtrodden wage-slave who refuses to finance his or her own emancipation, believing that “it doesn’t matter what we do, the capital;ists will always win”.  It is the philosophy of losers, of slaves who refuse to fight and make excuses for why they can’t fight instead of finding reasons to fight.  Ex-slave and U.S. antislavery hero Frederick Douglass said it over a hundred and fifty years ago: “For brave men, there is always a remedy for oppression!”  And for cowards, there is always an excuse to do nothing.  You must ask yourselves, fellow workers: which are you?

We have run two consecutive 45-day campaigns on the “Indiegogo” website seeking donations from the working class for this project and have received exactly $0.00 from the U.S. working class in support of our attempt to create a real, revolutionary workers party for you.  It is our belief that the working class of the United States deserves a full-time revolutionary political party that will fight intransigently for the rights of workers here in the U.S., as well as for the rights of our working-class brothers and sisters all over the world.  That will cost some money – not a lot, but it will cost money to rent offices and pay staff to work full-time on your behalf.  If each of the 300,000,000 workers living in the United States just gave one dollar a year to this cause, the end of homelessness, poverty, war and the exploitation of man by man would be ell on its way to the dustbin of history.  The capitalist system would be doomed.  But that’s not what you’re doing with your extra dollars, is it, fellow worker?

On Indiegogo, you can see that American workers are financing all kinds of frivolous and even fake projects to save the lives of puppies and  finance rock bands and all kinds of stupid shit and are even sending millions of dollars a month to provide venture capital for all kinds of crackpot, useless inventions and gadgets designed only to make the designers rich.  And yet this project – there are not many projects like it – to organize a workers party in the US to lead the working class in a struggle to abolish the capitalist system and create a more democratic, egalitarian worker-socialist government to replace our current system based on greed finds not one person in 350,000,000 willing to donate a penny.  It says a lot about how f***ed-up the priorities of the American working class are right now.

When you are ready, fellow workers, to finance working-class political parties to lead the struggle to break the chains that bind you to a life of exploitation and misery under this brutal, warmongering capitalist system, then you will have political parties worthy of that noble cause.  So long as you find it to be more important to you to have 150 cable TV channels broadcasting pro-capitalist propaganda at you 24/7 instead of having a political party to fight for a decent future for you and your children, then you will continue to be credit-slaves for the bankers.  And you will be doing everything in your power to make sure that your children and grandchildren will live under even worse standards of living than you yourselves enjoy right now – if you are, in ,enjoying being in debt up the ass to the bankers and Wall St. swindlers, that is.

We look forward to the day when projects like this find the kind of freely available financing from the working people of the US that capitalist wanna-bes can find today for their worthless projects designed solely to make them wealthy.  When that day comes, you, the working class of the United States, will recognize the value in self-financing your own political parties so that you can have people working 24/7 on your behalf.  In the meantime, you will only have tiny, inconsequential workers parties able to work for you only in their off-hours after work.  Instead of receiving the full amount of potential labor of workers who are dedicated to the task of liberating the working class from capitalist wage-slavery, able to give you 100% of their energy 100% of the time, you will continue to have a tiny force of workers exhausted from their daily toil, trying to do as much as they can for you between the time they return home from work and the time they have to go to bed.

While you, fellow workers, are refusing to provide material support for those activists who want to fight for you 24/7/365, keep in mind that the capitalist class owns hundreds of thousands of operatives, lobbyists, politicians, lawyers and everything else they need to keep you enslaved and to keep sending your children off to die in wars fought to make the capitalists just that much richer, who will be working 24/7/365 to drive your wages and benefits and social programs down so that the capitalists can take all that money and give it to themselves.

Fellow workers! We hope we’ll be here when you finally decide you don’t want to live your lives in debt-slavery to the bankers anymore and when you finally decide to do something about it by financing a full-time party or parties to fight this full-time battle for your rights and those of the people you allegedly love.  Until then, this blog, and every other pro-working class blog, nascent working-class political party and activist group will be struggling hand-to-mouth to fight for your rights while you throw your money away on hundreds of lottery tickets and hundreds of cases of soda pop each and every year of your pathetic, debt-ridden lives.  Enjoy your frivolous pointless lives as consumers and wage-slaves for as long as you can: and when you get tired of living from payday loan to payday loan, remember us.  We might still be around to help you when that glorious day of your enlightenment arrives.  Then again, maybe not.

But hey, if we’re no longer here to help, you can always fall back on that good old-fashioned, time-honored back-up system of praying to your favorite god(s) to help you in your hour of need.  That – like voting for the “lesser of two evils” – always works for you, doesn’t it?

IWPCHI

#1 Reason Why Capitalism Must Be Abolished: The Standing Threat of WWIII Under the Greed System

Marxists have long argued that, unless the capitalist system is abolished, the working class of the entire world stands beneath a nuclear-tipped Sword of Damocles at all times. And the current state of the world’s geopolitics underlines this threat. So long as the world is divided up into separate nation states under a system of global competition for raw materials that are becoming scarcer by the hour, the threat of world war looms over all of humanity. The entire human race stands at the edge of a precipice from which the capitalist system threatens to hurl it into the abyss in a paroxysm of greed, nationalism and world-wide nuclear war.

This is clearly shown by the sudden escalation of unrest in the world’s most prolific oil-producing region, the Middle East and its environs. This week, the internal civil war in Syria, egged on by US and NATO imperialist powers through their secret police – the CIA, Mossad, British and French Intelligence services, etc. – and hired proxies on the ground inside Syria threatens to explode out beyond that nation’s borders and into Turkey and possibly northern Iraq and elsewhere.

An overzealous Syrian military unit appears to have shelled positions in Turkey from which the Syrians claim they were being fired upon by Syrian “rebels” fleeing government attacks. The Turks, whose national government is characterized by fierce nationalism and the suppression of its own minority populations – particularly, the Kurdish people of southeastern Turkey and Northern Iraq, obtained permission from its national Parliament to retaliate against Syria. The Turkish retaliation, coming as it does from a NATO member country and having taken place after consultations with the US and other top NATO imperialist nations, immediately poses a threat to China and Russia: two non-NATO states who have been strong supporters of the Syrian government during its civil war. The trip wires have long been set between NATO and its historic enemies: principally the deformed Maoist workers state of China as well as Russia, which, when it was the USSR, was the prime inspiration of the creation of NATO. The Independent Workers Party says: US/NATO Hands Off the World!

The imperialist powers who run NATO – which is primarily a front for US imperialism – are not a force for “good” in the world; NATO is the military alliance of the world’s leading capitalist states, who seek to use their combined military forces to smash worker revolutions wherever they occur. NATO is used to project the military forces of the leading capitalist states – whose citizens comprise far less that 1/5 of the world’s population – across the world, protecting the foreign investments of global bankers and their corporations. Everywhere NATO goes, it brings in its train hideous pro-imperialist exiles, who are so depraved that, in their quest for power and wealth, volunteer to be the front men in puppet regimes to be installed by the NATO forces after military invasions during which hundreds of thousands or even millions of the workers of the invaded countries are slaughtered. Such was the result of the NATO-backed invasion of Iraq; such has been the result of the NATO invasion of Afghanistan; such was the result recently in Libya. Everywhere NATO goes, it brings “profitable” death and destruction of countries – profitable because the bombs and other weapons systems deployed in the war have to be replaced afterwards, and the destroyed cities have to be rebuilt by contractors hired by the NATO imperialist states. Thus capitalism makes war into a never-ending engine of blood-soaked profits for the worlds capitalist class. They don’t care how many workers they slaughter, because to the capitalist class, human life, especially of the poor and the working class, is cheap. The US capitalist class has Grim-reaped hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by blowing up the cities of Iraq and Libya and Afghanistan, rebuilding them – and then blowing them up and rebuilding them again! These bloodthirsty greedheads, who are presently in the process of leasing the White House for the next four years so that one of their very own – vulture capitalist and Mormon Bishop Mitt Romney – can sit in the Oval Office with his hand on the button that could be pushed to launch World War Three. The US capitalist class is tired of having worker-friendly sock-puppets like Barack Obama as their cut-outs pretending to be running the US: now they want to promote as Presidential material a man who has openly stated to the world that he has no use for 45% of the US population, and will not even try to represent their interests.

He is, of course, lying. He really means to say that he has no intention of representing the interests of the US working class, which makes up far more than just 45% of the US population; and, by extension, he tells the capitalists of the world that he has no intention of representing the interests of ANY workers, ANYWHERE! He is a filthy rich greedy vulture capitalist, who made his bones by buying out viable capitalist enterprises, sucking all the exploitable value out of them and then killing them off, throwing thousands of workers out of work and taking the stolen cash and putting it all in his and his co-conspirators’ pockets. It is thievery on a massive scale, and it’s all legal under the rules of US capitalism, where poor people who steal food from supermarkets go to jail, while rich greedheads like Warren Buffet and Mitt Romney are hailed as “self-made capitalist success stories”. It truly is a hideous cancer on the world, the cancer called the capitalist system!

“…and then the war came…”

Generations of pro-capitalist historians have spread the lie that wars under capitalism occur by accident; they are “acts of God”; they are “a failure of diplomacy”, etc, etc., ad nauseam. Those of us who have studied the teachings of the great Marxist theoreticians – Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky chief among them – understand that war, under capitalism, and even before capitalism, is never an “accident” but is the product of the expansion of nation states and their quest for more natural resources to feed their expanding economies and the needs of their expanding trading operations. Under capitalism, war is the byproduct of an economic system based on greed and the exploitation of the working class. Capitalism has created productive forces that can produce products in quantities far beyond what can be consumed within the borders of the nation-state in which they are produced. The capitalists then seek markets beyond their borders, where that competing nation’s greedheads are already producing the same products. In order to protect their domestic markets, the capitalists of both nations might initially place tariffs on the importation of their rival capitalists’ goods, so as to make the domestic products cheaper. This angers the other capitalist class, who then place retaliatory tariffs on THEIR competitors’ goods. This back-and-forth economic war can – and often does – lead to actual military forces being sent into the rival capitalists’ territory to “settle” the trade dispute in the more powerful capitalist state’s favor. World Wars I and II were, fundamentally, fought over just such a struggle for raw materials which one or another imperialist nation-state (Germany and Japan, in particular) lacked. The working class of all of these countries was, tragically, forced to go to war to slaughter their fellow workers so that the rich capitalist class could defeat their economic competition. What the workers got out of it was hundreds of millions of their working class brothers and sisters being slaughtered all across the globe.

Today, the worlds’ capitalists are in the run-up to yet another world war. The capitalist economies of the world have already divided up the world among themselves; access to raw materials and markets has also already been divided among them. The only way they can increase their profits now is either to discover new sources of raw materials, or to go somewhere in the world and seize them from one of their imperialist capitalist rivals – or to invade the territory of one of the deformed workers states, like China, and take over their markets and resources. There is no other way out of the world economic depression that the world is now stuck in. Just as in the 1930s, the only way out of this economic impasse for the capitalists is world war.

They do not necessarily sit around and plan such a war over a sumptuous banquet. Economic necessity impels them toward war the way hunger impels a poor man to steal food or money to survive. Feeling threatened by their imperialist erstwhile “allies”, the capitalist class of the various nation-states tell their bought-and-paid-for politicians to increase “defense” spending to “protect the homeland from ‘terrorist attacks'”. Under this thin veil – which of course, does not for a minute fool their imperialist rivals – they begin to arm for war. “Missile defense systems” are built; aircraft carriers, which are only effective as offensive weapons, are designed and constructed; long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles are stockpiled and the old stock replaced with more modern versions; old battleships and submarines are replaced with more powerful modern designs. The raw numbers of such weaponry may decline – this fact will be loudly broadcast to the workers to fool them into believing that the military forces are being “downsized” – but, in fact, these newer weapons are so much more powerful and accurate that half as many of them can cause far more destruction than all the old ones combined. In this way, the trip wires are gradually, unnoticeable set for war. By deploying their navies all over the globe, these competing imperialist states raise the risk of “accidentally” bumping into the “enemy’s” ships. Eventually, the proverbial shit hits the proverbial fan.

The run-up to war happens so slowly and incrementally that when it “happens” it “looks” accidental. But the war planners in places like the Pentagon are continually creating and revising plans to “defend US interests” in the event of any contingency imaginable. They are always ready to launch a pre-emptive strike against any competing nation-state. Of course, both sides will be careful to make it look like they were attacked first.

Until the working class of the US rises up and disarms its ruling capitalist class, and our working class brothers and sisters of every other capitalist country in the world do the same, the threat of WWIII will be very real and will be inexorably approaching nearer and nearer. If WWIII occurs, it will be the fault – not so much of the capitalist class that has prepared it and which will launch it – but it will be the fault of the so-called leaders of the worlds workers who have done absolutely NOTHING to stop it. Without revolutionary leadership of the working class there can be no revolution to overthrow capitalism and stop WW III from happening. Revolutions, like wars, do not happen by accident. It takes a highly dedicated revolutionary leadership that has studied and learned the lessons of history  and who have a very clear understanding of what must be done  in order for a  successful workers revolution  to take place.  Revolution, like war, is part science and part art; the consciousness of what the workers need to do does not arise in their minds spontaneously – it must be taught to them by professional revolutionaries, just as the laws of physics do not spontaneously occur to people, but must be taught by highly trained teachers.

Where are those professional revolutionaries now?  They are, sadly, few and far between – especially in precisely those countries where a successful workers revolution is needed most: the United States of America.

The search for the leaders of the Third American Revolution is going on now.  That is what we in the Independent Workers Party of Chicago are attempting to do – organize a vanguard of worker-leaders who can fight for the rights of our class here in the US and rip the guns out of the hands of our blood-thirsty US capitalist class once and for all and place the weapons now being used by the US government to slaughter workers in the hands of the working class here.  Only in this way can we stop WW III from happening.  If we fail, the planet we live on may become something like Mars, a dry desert where, once upon a time, water flowed and life bloomed.  Not just the survival of our children and grandchildren is at stake: the survival of life on Earth is at stake.

It is time, fellow worker, to drive away that apathy and hoplessness that has been driven into your mind over the years of your hard-working life by the pro-capitalist media and join this vital struggle for the future of humankind.  We do not have much time left before the next war “happens”.

IWPCHI

Notes on the transition from capitalism to socialism – the gradual abolition of the capitalist system

Notes on the transition from capitalism to socialism – the gradual abolition of the capitalist system

We need to educate the young workers and to bring them aboard the socialist train showing them how the overthrow of capitalism will make life for the working class far less stressful, much more predictable and reliable so they can actually plan for the future of their families and communities without economic crises coming along every decade or so and throwing all their careful planning into the garbage bin.  We aim to create a far more egalitarian and intelligently run society that is a true meritocracy. We have to patiently explain how through the abolition of capitalism and the establishment of a workers democracy we can rise from a corrupt, greed and patronage-ridden system to a system based on full equality of all citizens and put an end to racism, war, poverty and homelessness once and for all.  Instead of everyone chasing dollar bills all their lives, we will finally have as our most important societal tasks not the amassing of personal fortunes at the expense of the vast majority but in bringing the hundreds of millions of our brothers and sisters all over the world out of the crushing poverty that oppresses them under capitalism.  Instead of narrow personal goals, we will take on the tremendous problems that beset the entire planet and harness all the productive resources of a unified world to solve such things as poverty, which under capitalism will never be solved.  In our meritocracy the best trained and qualified workers will get the most responsible jobs and will be held to the highest standards.  These are goals worthy of human beings; capitalism is just a selfish, greed-based system of exploitation of the working class worldwide for the benefit of a handful of families.

The key thing is that the transition from capitalism to socialism must be a TRANSITION, not the sudden “overthrow of capitalism”.  One of the most important lessons of the Russian Revolution is that an economic system cannot be “overthrown” at a single blow – doing such a thing threatens an economic disaster.  Certain things can be seized and nationalized immediately: banks, railroads, electrical generating plants, hospitals, etc.  But even such things as mines and food production must be allowed to run in the old way until the new workers government has got all the reins of the entire economy into its hands and has taught itself how to drive this unwieldy 200,000 mule team of an economy, which in its ad-hoc capitalist, corrupt, conflict-ridden way still successfully distributes such critical items as raw materials and electricity and food to 340,000,000 people 24/7/365.  It is extremely complicated to run an economic engine that is responsible for feeding, clothing, sheltering and caring for 340 million people – the anarchists who jabber about establishing a system of barter or some other ridiculous pie-in-the-sky alternative to capitalism will never be able to run a large city, never mind an entire country.  The responsibility for feeding, clothing and sheltering 340,000,000 people falls upon the revolutionary government at the very moment that they old regime is overthrown; immediately, the workers will look to us and say: “well, you’re the drivers now, where are you going to take us?” And we’d damned well better be able to shoulder this immense responsibility immediately, or the revolution will be doomed.  In fact, it would be better to keep capitalism rather than to overthrow it and put power in the hands of a bunch of irresponsible, economically illiterate fools who think that a revolution gives them a blank check to make wild experiments in the economic management of the nation.  This is not a project to be undertaken by charlatans and fools.

Lenin – as brilliant as he and his Bolsheviks were – was forced to completely reverse the engine of the revolution and to restore elements of capitalism to the USSR’s economy in order to get FOOD and INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION running again.  This was because the Bolsheviks erred in trying to go too far, too fast with the overthrow of the old economy.  TRANSITION will take many years and will take longer in some economically critical areas than in others.  We must allow the process to take as long as necessary, provided that it is made clear that the restoration of capitalist private property is OUT OF THE QUESTION just as the creation of a new monarchy was OUT OF THE QUESTION after the American Revolution.

Also, we have to make it clear to workers that the abolition of capitalist private property DOES NOT MEAN that we will be seizing everyone’s homes and cars and TVs.  It means the nationalization of the largest corporations and industrial enterprises.  Only the extremely wealthy will perhaps have some of their property seized, and even that must be during a transition; we do not intend to make enemies for the revolution any more than is necessary.  Those rich people who do not take up arms against the revolution will be allowed to keep more of their property than those who sabotage the revolutionary transition.  Here too, we could even allow the inheritance of property for a generation or even two before the extraneous wealth of these families would be turned over to the workers state to be put to the use of society in a useful way.

It will be an inexorable transition from capitalism to socialism, in some areas very rapid in pace, in others very slow.  Above all, we do not wish to create jarring upheavals in critically important economic areas upon which the entire population depends for food, clothing and shelter.  The new regime must learn to run the entire country in a professional and responsible way – and this too will require many years of education and practice before the new system will function even as smoothly as the old system did.  We must not place artificial limits on how long this transition should take, nor should we hesitate to speed up the transition in areas where it proceeds smoothly and without disruptions.  It is an extreme example of the dialectical method as applied to the revolutionary transformation of society.

The miscalculation of the Bolsheviks in regard to the peasantry were enormous!  The Bolshevik theory was that the peasants would leap at the opportunity to collectively farm the countryside: big error!  In fact, what every peasant had always dreamed of their whole lives was owning their OWN farm, where they could till their OWN plots of land in their own way with their own animals and their families working it all. This miscalculation of the Bolsheviks cost how many million lives?  Fortunately, in the US, there is no peasantry and the industrialization of farming is extremely advanced.  Without massive government subsidies family farming would have been wiped off the map long ago.  The socialization of food production should be much easier in the US than it was in the USSR; however, we must make certain that THIS is not also a major miscalculation, or we will create the collapse of food production in the US just as the Bolshevik policies created the collapse of food production in the USSR.  This would be a tremendous tragedy were it to occur.  The collapse of food production in the USSR gave a massive impetus to the growth of the Stalinist bureaucracy – in fact, it was the perfect growth medium for that vicious bureaucracy.

Analogy:  We can cross the Grand Canyon in an adventurist, ultra-left way: by just sending millions of people up to the rim of the Grand Canyon and trying to leap across it.  In this way, eventually enough bodies will pile up in the Canyon that we can finally just walk from the South Rim to the North Rim.  OR, we could survey the Canyon, find its narrowest point and then build a bridge across it, in which case – if we do our jobs intelligently and professionally – very few, maybe even not a single person will have to die crossing the Canyon.  Let the wisest among us decide which method is best – the IWP will strongly support the second method.

IWPCHI