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Epic FAIL – Big “Surprise”: Republicans, Democrats Betray Workers, Refuse to Vote for Repeal of Obamacare Ripoff

Giving the game away: Republican Senator John McCain tells reporter to “wait for the show” as he walks onto US Senate floor to vote down Republicans’ promise to US workers to shut down ripoff Obamacare swindle.   Credit: guardian.com/us

Forget the ridiculous, breathless stories spewing from the bourgeois news media about the alleged “drama” that took place in the US Senate last night. Forget about the “heroic” stand taken by the deeply cynical Sen. John McCain, who, like a Roman Emperor, cast his vote against his own party’s most important promise to the workers of the United States during the election last year. Just before the vote, as he was making his way to the Senate floor to cast what was to be the deciding vote torpedoing the primary reason why the Republicans took over control of the Congress and the White House last year.  McCain  told a reporter who eagerly asked what he was going to do to “wait for the show”.  And that is precisely what it was that was going down in the Senate last night: like a bad sitcom, the latest, sickening episode of “Washington Swamp Farce”, in which the lives of 200 million Americans were sacrificed at the altar of American Capitalism so that the health care industry could be assured of a monstrously profitable swindle of the American public.

The scene was repulsive: not one representative of the US working class was present to cast a vote for or against legislation that held the lives of the entire working class in the balance. Every Senator there was a hired lackey of his or her state’s capitalist class, a bought and paid for servant of the 3% of the population who own over 50% of the national wealth. Many of the men and women in the room casting votes were themselves members of that wealthy capitalist elite, and when they were done voting they had done absolutely nothing to change the current swindling Obamacare ripoff which is literally forcing US workers – on pain of fines and possible imprisonment – to buy expensive health care plans they cannot afford to use. In the boardrooms of the Pharmaceutical companies and HMO’s there was rejoicing and the champagne no doubt flowed freely: the investments they had made on their bought-and-paid-for politicians had paid off once again. In the houses and apartment of the working class there were tears being shed and fists being clenched: “the bastards fucked us again!”  There would be no repeal of the Obamacare program which has destroyed what little savings millions of people could afford to scrape together even after working one, two or even three jobs; they would continue to be forced to buy health insurance they could not afford due to the ever-increasing premiums and could not afford to use because of the absurdly high deductibles built in to their diabolical insurance plans.

How could this come to pass – in a country that never tires of bragging to the world that it has the most fair, free and democratic political system ever devised? How can hundreds of millions of workers be completely locked out of the debate on something as vitally important to ourselves as health care for our children and our families?

The reason this happened is that almost alone among industrialized nations the United States working class has allowed itself to be tricked into believing that it did not need to build its own working class political parties in order to have working class interests protected. From the union misleadership of the AFL-CIO to the pro-Democratic and pro-Republican Party preachers in the pulpits of churches around the nation, workers have been brainwashed to believe that all they had to do was to vote for the “friends of labor” in one of these two parties and everything would be taken care of. “Sure”, they said, “we might have to make a trip or two to Washington in large numbers to put the ‘fear of God’ into those slimy politicians, but so long as we do that, we can ‘force’ them to do what we elected them to do”.

These liars, who profit from this two-party system through bribes and pathetic social service handouts from the politicians, have led the working class of the United States into a dead end politically. Thanks to our following their bad advice, all we can do when something as important as the future lives of our children is being debated in the legislative bodies of the land is sit in front of the TV, fingers crossed, hoping and praying that “this time” these bribed, corrupt politicians won’t sell us out. But they do, over and over and over again. And again the hucksters load us on to buses and send us to Washington to impotently “speak truth to power”; and again we are ignored by the politicians who prove to us again and again that they do not feel that they owe their jobs to the workers who voted them into office but to the rich capitalists who bought their votes when they financed their campaigns.

The United States is the only major industrialized nation-state in the world in which the working class have not one representative at the state or national level of government sworn to defend the interests of the working class unto death.  What kind of parties will make such a vow to the workers? Only the revolutionary socialist workers parties.  That is because only the revolutionary socialists have consistently been at the forefront of every struggle in the fight for the rights of workers ever since capitalism began to overthrow feudalism back in the late 1700s.  In every important fight for workers rights – the eight-hour day, the right to form unions, the right for women and people of color to be counted as human beings, the opposition to slavery, the right to free speech and association, compulsory socialized education for children, the end to child labor and the right to bear arms – and free nationalized health care for all – it has been the working class, led by revolutionary socialists that have forced the government to adopt these demands and to make them the law of the land.  There is simply NO OTHER WAY for the working class to have their rights turned into law unless we build workers parties to take over governmental power and force these issues in the legislative bodies of the land! Until the workers of the United States realize this their future will remain in the hands of this cabal of capitalist greedheads who play with our lives like little girls and boys play with dolls and toy soldiers.

In every single major industrialized nation in the world the working class has built its own political parties: socialist parties, communist parties, dedicated (more or less – but that’s ANOTHER story) to defending the rights of the working class first, foremost and under all conditions! And in every one of the major industrialized states of the world the workers through their independent political struggle and the building of these parties has been able to force the capitalist class to disgorge a portion of the national wealth and to dedicate it to a state-run socialized health care system in which every citizen gets cradle-to-grave health care FOR FREE! The cost of the insurance is of course derived from income taxes; but since it is a nationalized plan it is kept partially insulated from the capitalists insane lust for huge profits. This is why health care in countries with socialized medical care is so inexpensive compared to the tremendous ripoff of Obamacare. NO ONE in Europe or Canada or Cuba or China has to pay thousands of dollars in deductibles to have major health issues taken care of. NO ONE in these countries is forced to pay sky-high prices for life-saving medicine! And it is because of the tremendous pressure brought upon those capitalist classes of those countries by the workers organized into socialist and communist workers parties that this is the case. If they did not have a militant revolutionary working class movement organized into political parties and threatening to take over the government on behalf of the workers if their demands were not met, every one of these countries’ workers would be in the same boat we are now here in the USA. US workers have got to understand that until we build our own revolutionary socialist workers parties and until we start sending working-class representatives into the state and national legislative bodies we will continue to be ignored by the capitalist class and their corrupt, bribed political lackeys! It should be obvious even to a dog that it is better to represent yourself in Congress than to have some bought-and-paid-for rich asshole pretend to represent you.

And the US working class has been brainwashed there, too, by the same trade union and religious swindlers to believe that “socialism is bad” and that “capitalism is good”. Well we just saw what a capitalist-owned and operated Senate whose members worship capitalism above all else think about workers’ right to health care! They think it’s a joke! What will the AFL-CIO union piecards and the sky pilots of our land tell us to do now? They will tell you to get on yet another bus and take yet another trip to Washington to once again stand in front of an empty White House and an abandoned Congress and yell at the deaf, empty buildings: this is what their political program of “speaking truth to power” consists of! Nothing could make the capitalists happier than if we take their advice and continue to limit all working class political activity to this impotent, idiotic “program” of “speaking truth to power”! The capitalists love it! They are laughing all the way to the bank (to deposit the money they’ve stolen from us through taxes and raw capitalist exploitation of workers) – and back again!

“Speaking truth” to a “power” that isn’t listening is useless because by following this idiotic advice we have allowed the greedy capitalist class to LOCK US OUT of the legislative bodies at the state and national levels! By not building working class parties and financing them ourselves and dedicating our lives to the conquest of political power by the working class we have allowed our voices to become COMPLETELY IGNORABLE.

The only time these bought-and-paid-for political servants of the 1% deign to “hear” us is at election time. We should say the only time they deign to PRETEND to hear us is at election time; and they hate the fact that every four or six years they have to go through the motions of pretending to care what we have to say just so they can con enough of us to vote for them so they can go back to Washington and start filling their, their friends and their capitalist masters’ pockets with our hard-earned tax money! Every four or six years they must put on – as John McCain revealed again last night – “a show” so they can fool enough of us to cast ballots for them… so that they can then go serve their true masters who financed their campaigns for them. They capitalists buy the politicians’ offices for them through campaign donations and then promise them tremendous riches once the voters throw the bums OUT of office so long as the politicians serve their masters well while they are IN office. And serve them well they do, as we all saw in the disgusting, cynical, stage-managed “Republicrat Brothers Three-Ring Political Circus” we saw last night – with John McCain as ringmaster! What a great “show” it was: truly “the greatest ‘show’ on Earth”! Weren’t you all impressed by it? It made us want to puke. And the pure propaganda coming out of the capitalist news media today portraying this repulsive spectacle as some kind of “high political drama” with an outcome “no one could have predicted” makes us want to puke some more. But they have had quite a few of you fooled haven’t they? Well it is time for you to wake the fuck UP sisters and brothers because until you do we are all going to continue to get raped by these swindling pirates of the capitalist class! Our lives and the lives of our children are at stake! We can not afford to continue going through the motions of this asinine pantomime democracy where the vast majority of the citizens – the working class – are relegated to the politically castrating “programme” of “speaking truth to power”! Only complete idiots would continue to run on this exercise wheel of this fake democracy like a herd of gerbils. It’s high time that we as workers got off our knees and stood up like the women and men that we are and threw off this yoke of fealty to two political parties that are dedicated to the crushing of our unions, our families and ourselves! We need to throw off our loyalty to a capitalist system that only promises us lower wages, declining standards of living and endless war for the benefit of a handful of wealthy families. We desperately need to start TODAY to build up the decent revolutionary socialist workers parties that exist here in the US – and there are two or three that are worthy of our support right now – or, if we are not satisfied with those parties, to build new ones like our own Independent Workers Party. Until we have the courage to take that bold step we will remain a nation of hamsters on 250 million exercise wheels running faster and faster every year in the delusional hope that if we run fast enough, we’ll eventually escape from our self-imposed political cages.

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

USS Fitzgerald “Cloaked” and Unidentifiable to ACX Crystal at Time of Collision; 7 Sailors Sacrificed By Panicked Commanders of Fitzgerald

YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 17, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released)

ACX Crystal as she appeared on 13 Nov 2012. Credit: mgklingsick@aol.com via vesselfinder.com

 

The bourgeois press of the United States has been characterizing the bizarre collision at sea last month between an advanced US Navy destroyer and a 730-foot-long container ship as a result of human error – on the side of the cargo ship, of course – claiming that the cargo ship was running on autopilot at the time of the collision.  The seemingly inexplicable collision of the two ships – the Navy’s modern 505-foot-long $1.5 billion-dollar Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62)  and the 730-foot-long container ship  MV ACX Crystal  while operating in busy shipping lanes “about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan” at approximately 1:30 AM Japan time on June 17th – has naval experts around the world scratching their heads trying to figure out how such an incident could happen.

A Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, damaged by colliding with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, is seen off Izu Oshima island, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo June 17, 2017. Credit: Kyodo/via REUTERS

View of stateroom of USS Fitzgerald’s Commander Bryce Benson after the collision w ACX Crystal.   Credit: Photographer unknown

Multiple reports from international news agencies as well as from the captain of the cargo ship himself indicate that the US Navy version of how the accident occurred is a tissue of lies; that in fact he was on the bridge at the time of the collision cargo; that his ship had the right-of-way; and that he and his crew frantically tried to signal the USS Fitzgerald right up to the time of the collision. More importantly, it appears that the Fitzgerald’s second-in-command who was in charge of navigation of the ship at the time of collision (the captain inexplicably never left his stateroom to take command of the ship as the ACX Crystal approached on a collision course) appears to have panicked, and in a tragic decision to prevent what he or she believed to be the imminent sinking of the Fitzgerald – ordered the bulkhead doors locked – behind which 6 injured Navy sailors and one rescuer were desperately fighting for their lives. It was this decision that sealed their fate.

So once again it looks like the US military’s first impulse when responding to a scandal involving the deaths of US military personnel is to lie and lie again. This comes as no surprise to anyone who has paid any attention to the many blatant lies told by all branches of the US military for as long as it has existed. Their policy is to initially put out a self-serving exculpatory account of any incident involving US forces, only to later modify, and re-modify and retract and then finally months or years later to finally lie again that the original story was not an outright lie, but a result of honest mistakes under time pressure and pressure from the press and families of the victims to say something – which, for some strange reason always results in a monstrous lie being told initially. From the phony propaganda story about how Pat Tillman met his death, to the fake “rescue” of Pvt. Jessica Lynch, to the endless cover-ups of mass murders of civilians in Vietnam, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Libya and so many other places – the first instinct of the US military is always to lie to cover up their crimes.  And the USS Fitzgerald incident is shaping up to be just like all the others.

It is widely understood – by people in the US Navy, veterans and commercial ship captains alike – that the Fitzgerald must have been at fault for a number of reasons.  First of all, according to reports of US Navy and commercial shipping professionals,  standard navigational practices require any ship overtaking another ship from the starboard side while both ships are in motion – as the ACX Crystal was doing when it approached the Fitzgerald – has the right of way, and it is incumbent upon the ship being passed to “give way” to the other ship.

Secondly, it is obvious that the much smaller and agile Fitzgerald – equipped as she is with all manner of advanced radar and navigational instruments – should not only have detected the Crystal but should have had plenty of time to maneuver out of the way of the much larger and less maneuverable vessel.  For just these two reasons alone it appeared to almost all observers that the incident was well-nigh unexplainable.

YOKOSUKA, Japan (July 11, 2017) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) sits in Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel.  (U.S. Navy photo by Daniel A. Taylor/Released by FLEACT Yokosuka Public Affairs Office)

YOKOSUKA, Japan (July 11, 2017) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) sits in Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of U.S. 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces, 71 tenant commands and 26,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Daniel A. Taylor/Released by FLEACT Yokosuka Public Affairs Office)

However, our research into this incident has revealed a widely known “secret” about how US Navy vessels routinely operate in international waters that most likely goes a long way toward explaining why the collision – which cost 7 US sailors their lives, injured several others more or less severely and almost led to the complete loss of the $1.5 billion warship – occurred: it is the common experience of commercial ship captains that the US Navy has a policy of running their ships “incognito”; they routinely turn off their “Automated Identification System” (AIS) transponders that identify US Navy ships to other vessels so as to “cloak” their identity from enemy naval vessels – which also makes it impossible for commercial ships to identify and establish direct radio communication with US Navy vessels when they operate in close quarters on the busy sea lanes of the world.   Instead of the captain of the ACX Crystal seeing on his radar the “USS Fitzgerald” – all he saw – if anything – was an unidentifiable blip. And when he and his crew tried frantically to signal the Fitzgerald using lights he was unable to do so.  This fact is borne out by the captured AIS tracks of the ACX Crystal and all the other commercial ships in the area of the collision at the time: the USS Fitzgerald never reveals its location – even an hour after the collision, when the commanding staff of the Fitzgerald apparently believed that the ship was in such serious danger of sinking that they ordered the locking of the bulkhead doors leading to the berths where 7 sailors were desperately fighting for their lives.

We discovered this “open secret” by reading the discussion that followed an article on the incident which was published on the public website of the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI).  The very interesting discussion on the pages of the USNI website demonstrate to us that, to US Navy veterans of all ranks, this incident is a a case of egregious error largely on the part of the officers in charge – not of the Crystal, as the US bourgeois press would have us understand – but of the Fitzgerald.

The first two responses to the June 24 USNI article “Navy Names Former Destroyer Commander to Lead USS Fitzgerald Collision Investigation” by Sam LaGrone set the tone:

“NavySubNuke” leads off with: “There are a number of questions to be answered here – in my mind chief among them is how the Crystal got so close to the ship and yet the CO was still in his rack [in bed – IWPCHI] . That seems to suggest that the bridge team never viewed themselves as being in distress – at least until the collision occurred.”

The very next comment, responding to the first, by “OldSaltUSNR” replies: “Yep, agreed. It’s not that errors don’t occur, or perhaps in this case, a ‘forced error’ due to the unprofessional navigation of the Crystal, but REDUNDANCY should have prevented this. If you want to ask yourself ‘why didn’t the look out see the cargo ship’s navigation lights bearing down the the ship’, there’s are several understandable explanations for that. If you ask ‘why didn’t the technology detect and warn the Fitz’s bridge crew?’ Things happen there too, e.g. radar clutter, weather, mechanical problems, etc.. But there are also two bridge watchstanders (OOD/JOOD), and CIC tracking contacts. How in the world did all of these redundant systems and procedures fail? New, ‘stealth’ Cargo ships? I agree that they likely never knew it was coming, knew that it was anywhere nearby. I don’t know what the standing orders were, but 2.0NM [NM = nautical mile, equivalent to 1852 meters or 1.1508 statute miles – IWPCHI] to 5NM would be a common distance a Navy C.O. would allow any vessel to approach his ship without being notified. He would have likely been on the bridge if they knew this ship was near and CBDR.” [“Constant Bearing, Decreasing Range”: i.e. on a potential collision course – IWPCHI]

MarlinSpikeMate responds: “’due to the unprofessional navigation of the Crystal’
– Based on what? She collided at the 1630 (UTC) mark, and appears to have made a hard right turn and slowing according to AIS track, eventually to return to the area. A look at the live AIS recording over other traffic further clears up the following courses after the collision. They turn slightly to starboard to go around the Bai Chay Bridge. They wait for Kiso3 to clear their path and then turn 180 around the Bai Chay Bridge and return to the area of the collision. This is no secret or speculation, but observable via the Terr-AIS tracker.
1619 – 1627: SPD: ~18.4kts, Course: 070.
1630 (UTC): SPD: 17.3kts, Course: 088 (APRX Time of IMPACT)
1633: SPD: 11.2kts, Course: 135”

OldSaltUSNR then responds: “Based upon the likely fact that the bridge was unoccupied and the ship on autopilot until at least 30 minutes AFTER the collision in a busy sea lane in the middle of the night, and based on the conjecture that the Crystal was overtaking from abaft the starboard side. Regardless of where it’s plot puts that ship at crossing, it’s STILL burdened, and simply moving to starboard does not make it the privileged vessel. Both vessels, in fact, were equally burdened to avoid collision once they became CBDR, but the Crystal ‘iron mike’ is likely not programmed to understand all of this, which is why the cargo ship is supposed to have a bridge crew 24/7. This isn’t all that speculative, and will be borne out in the investigation – guaranteed. The Fitz’s bridge crew and C.O. will still pay the price for not detecting and avoiding the ‘navigational hazard’, which is what the Crystal for all intents and purposes, was in that shipping channel.”

Then MarlinSpikeMate drops the bomb: “I will address some of these issues but it seems to me you are trying to push a certain narrative of the ACX without much evidence.
“‘likely fact that the bridge was unoccupied’?
“- The evidence would point to the contrary, with the immediately slow down and course change at and immediately following the collision. In fact, I would say this proofs that narrative false. Being both a merchant officer and surface warfare officer, I can tell you that it is extremely unlikely the bridge was unoccupied on the ACX, just as it is extremely unlikely the bridge team on the Fitzgerald was sleeping on watch. I presume you base your reasoning from the 30minutes turn around time, but watch the AIS overlay, and you will see the reason for the track after the collision, as I iterated above.
“When the USS Porter was found almost 100% at fault, the tanker that it collided with did not turn around after it tried to avoid the collision. Why? What assistance did the warship need that a lumbering tanker could provide. If the ship was floundering, sure. But this is not the case in either. Certainly turning around wasn’t the first priority on the ACX Chrystal, as tanks and voids were sounded, and the situation assessed. How do we know this just isn’t another Porter incident? The location of the collision on the STBD side is almost identical. Maybe a BRM breakdown on the Fitzgerald. The ACX was traveling in a strait line for at least an hour before the collision.
“’Regardless of where it’s plot puts that ship at crossing, it’s STILL burdened, and simply moving to starboard does not make it the privileged vessel’
“- Not true, and it all depends on the warships track. It very well could be a crossing situation, placing the blame on the Fitzgerald, but we don’t know their track.
“’Crystal “iron mike” is likely not programmed to understand all of this, which is why the cargo ship is supposed to have a bridge crew 24/7. This isn’t all that speculative, and will be borne out in the investigation – guaranteed.’
“- Not sure you fully understanding ‘iron mike’ auto-pilot and auto-track. All iron mike does is keep the ships heading on a course that you tell it too, just like a helmsman. Without constant adjusting, the ship will not follow the track to make good its needed COG. Iron mike is a helmsman, and thats it. It must have a bridge team to keep it on track. Many warships today use iron mike regularly, such as LCS and Zumwalt. Of course it is not ‘programmed to understand all of this’. It simply steers a course.”
You never can be sure if people identify themselves honestly on discussion boards on any website; but obviously, these writers at the very least are well-versed in naval jargon and standard operating procedures; it would appear to us that they are, in fact, US Navy and commercial shipping vets with decades of combined experience at sea.

This last comment seems to put more than a few dents in the US Navy’s initial lie that the ASX Crystal’s captain was at fault for having no one on the bridge at the time of the collision. This Big Lie pushed by the US Navy is further expounded upon in this 21 June USNI article, also by Sam LeGrone: https://news.usni.org/2017/06/21/investigators-believe-uss-fitzgerald-crew-fought-flooding-for-an-hour-before-distress-call-reached-help
“Investigators now think Crystal was transiting to Tokyo on autopilot with an inattentive or asleep crew when the merchant vessel struck a glancing blow on the destroyer’s starboard side at about 1:30 AM local time on Friday. When the crew of Crystal realized they had hit something, the ship performed a U-turn in the shipping lane and sped back to the initial site of the collision at 18 knots, discovered Fitzgerald, and radioed a distress call to authorities at about 2:30 AM. U.S. Navy officials initially said the collision occurred at around the time of the distress call at 2:30 AM.”
The comments on this article are illuminating as well:
Topnife: “The Navy hasn’t admitted a lot of things about this collision yet:
>> The Fitz was the burdened vessel, according to all the descriptions. It was obliged to keep out of the other ship’s way. How did an Aegis warship maneuver in front of another vessel, against all the rules-of-the-road, with all her radars blazing and a CIC calculating closest point of approach every few seconds.
>> The Fitz’ CO was asleep in his stateroom, right behind the bridge, when the collision occurred! Why had he not been called to the bridge?
>> No word so far, if GQ was called, or a Collision Alarm was sounded. A collision warning might have allowed 7 dead sailors to wake up breathing air, rather than water.
>> Being run down by a 40,000 ton ship should not have been a total surprise to the OOD and bridge watch, or the CIC of a Aegis ship either. No way that someone would not notice a huge ship bearing down on them, even if only for 30 seconds or less, unless someone was asleep on watch.
>> It’s astonishing that all communications assets would be concentrated in just one area of the ship, such that the ship would have been rendered completely silent by a single “hit”.
>> That ship looks “bent”. The damage extended virtually to the keel, and a 40,000 ton ship rode up over it and bore down. Have a look at the pix: the line of the hull is visibly bent. Scratch one DDG.
>> What is happening to the Navy that I love???”
JohnnyG > Topnife
“I quite agree with your estimation of events concerning this tragic collision. Aegis radar touts 360 degree coverage. During normal Ops. “situational awareness” should not be a problem underway. During ANY closing or confrontational situation, the CO must be informed as per SOP. So, what happened?? The other ship had it’s own points of interest in that it’s bridge probably was not manned or had incompetent personnel on watch.”
Kapena16 > Johnny G:
“You’re a fool to make such a comment with no grounds or evidence to know this was the case. Cultivating the idea that civilian ships run around in a high density ship traffic area off the coast of Japan at night like a bunch of mindless robots all by themselves is utter BS and you should know better than to make such a claim. I don’t care how many years in the Navy you MAY have served, even if on the bridge, even if you were qualified OOD. To think this was the case is utter nonsense and you owe a lot more respect to civilian licensed watch standing officers everywhere. News reports today confirm that Captain of the cargo ship says they were attempting to signal and warm the navy ship off. The Navy ship is at fault. Deal with that reality.”

Kapena16 is likely referring to the 26 June Reuters article that broke the story on the first reported account of the incident from the ASX Crystal’s captain:

“Exclusive: U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning – container ship captain”
“TOKYO (Reuters) – A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship’s captain:
[…]
“The container ship steered hard to starboard (right) to avoid the warship, but hit the Fitzgerald 10 minutes later at 1:30 a.m., according to a copy of Captain Ronald Advincula’s report to Japanese ship owner Dainichi Investment Corporation that was seen by Reuters.
“The U.S. Navy declined to comment and Reuters was not able to independently verify the account.” [Emphasis IWPCHI].

But then Kapena16 reveals something else that has gone completely unreported – so far as we know – in the US press: that the Fitzgerald had turned off its AIS and was invisible to the ASX Crystal’s captain and crew at the time of the collision!
“I’ve long since been offended by those (and there are many of them) that make the general claim that the CRYSTAL’s bridge was unmanned or crew was all asleep and the ship was on iron mike or autopilot.
“This commentary follows with the presumption that…”This is a discussion of the facts as we know them, amongst experienced mariners….”
[…]
“We don’t know the all facts… yet. We don’t know squat about the activities aboard the FITZ because the Navy is keeping a tight clamp on their information. We already do know the “statement of facts” made by the vessel Master of the CRYSTAL and, in spite of his recorded statement and his AIS track details and general info the Japanese authorities have released, there are still those who allege the CRYSTAL crew was asleep.
“This allegation is based on pure speculation by (mostly) non-bridge watch standing deck officer qualified individuals who have (likely) zero experience aboard civilian cargo ships. Especially in this area of operation.
“It’s no surprise that commentary on this board leans heavily towards defending the FITZ and laying blame on the CRYSTAL and using the autopilot and being asleep as the primary cause of the collision and burden placed on CRYSTAL crew. No surprise.
“Other boards that are found on primarily civilian maritime industry websites and publications, readers weigh in the opposite direction, blaming the Navy. This would be expected as many (most) of those comments are from mariners with personal experiences at sea with situations involving their own ships and navy ships. So their thought process is obvious.
“Last word…the Navy needs to seriously review their policy of using AIS transponders. The idea that you are ‘cloaking’ your own ship and hiding it from foreign bad guys by simply turning off your AIS (transmit mode), but still using the info gained from it to assist your own bridge team…that thinking is criminal. The families of dead sailors should be looking at this if for no other reason to persuade the Admirals to rethink this policy. I’m not advocating lawsuits and money. I’m an advocate of prevention of real stupid thinking. [IWPCHI emphasis]
“Foreign entities monitor ship movement by simply anchoring their fishing boats outside Yokosuka and watching you guys come and go in broad daylight. Then , technology takes over and satellites overhead of places like Norfolk, Pearl Harbor, and elsewhere are keeping tabs on where you are and what you are doing. We do it. I assume they do it, too.
“Transmitting a basic name (you could use an “alias name” even!) and speed and course (nothing else) would be far better than running around at night (and reduced visibility by day) with no ID to assist other ships that see you, in collision avoidance.
“If nothing else, the collision of the FITZ and the CRYSTAL should prove that point. Seven dead US sailors underscore the importance of changing this ludicrous policy by Navy command.”

A video produced by the website  VesselTracker

seems to confirm what Kapena16 says:  it tracks and displays the AIS information broadcast from every commercial ship in the world’s oceans.  It’s recording of the movements of the ACX Crystal and all nearby ships reveals that the USS Fitzgerald did NOT have her AIS transponder on – not at the time of the collision, and at no time after the collision occurred, either!  [The collision occurs at approximately 1:07 into the video]:

Kapena16 has a lot more to say, and US Navy vets generally agree with him:

“A single tool that has been in place several years now that has made a monumental positive difference in the safe navigation of ALL ships at sea is the Automatic Identity System (AIS) Transponder. Its proper use has removed the necessity to call out on VHF 16 that familiar and desperate sound “Vessel on my port bow, this is the vessel on your starboard bow, Come in!” You’ve just grabbed the attention of probably a dozen ships within 20 miles of you, in a ridiculous effort to avoid a collision. It is likely you have established contact with someone you didn’t intend to and now have set up another vessel for a close call. Or a collision. [Emphasis IWPCHI]

“THIS is why the Captain of the CRYSTAL was shining his light towards the FITZ. An attempt to hail on VHF 16 a vessel that should be giving way, is a last ditch desperate measure.”
“However, when done with the definitive information gleaned from using the AIS and being able to call out a ship by her specific name, it certainly makes hailing one another on VHF 16 a completely different effort.
“The Captain of the ACX CRYSTAL did not have that luxury, since the FITZ chose to leave her AIS transmitter turned off. Like most Navy ships.

“However….the FITZ bridge team likely knew and was monitoring the movements of the CRYSTAL (since so many other navy folks have already told us in numerous commentaries all over the internet) on an AIS screen on her bridge. The Navy chooses to use the AIS system to see others, but NOT reveal her own presence.

“I find it fascinating that the US Navy leadership condones this practice of selective use of the AIS system, under the circumstances that confronted the FITZ that night. In other words, its good for the Navy to receive knowledge that helps Navy ships as the Navy deems fit to do so. But is is a bad policy to allow civilian ships around US Navy ships to have information gained from an AIS signal that may help in safe navigation and collision avoidance.

“What?

“The loss of 7 great American sailors, while they slept, is a tragic waste, given the otherwise peaceful, routine transit their ship was on as they headed back to port at Yokosuka. To be clear, there was no military activity happening at the time of the collision, to warrant the FITZ traveling in ‘stealth mode’. I mean really, do you guys genuinely believe turning your AIS off is really going to prevent the Chinese, Russians, and NORKOS from monitoring your ship’s activities???? Never mind the satellites spying from overhead or the fishermen in boats anchored off Yokosuka Harbor watching the daily arrivals and departures in broad daylight. Its incredulous the Navy still thinks this is an effective method of cloaking your ship’s movements.

I cannot help but wonder if the FITZ had been transmitting some basic data on her AIS…her name, course, and speed… that the officer on watch aboard the CRYSTAL could have routinely called her out on VHF 16 and inquired about her intentions and come to a mutual agreement for safe passage. We wouldn’t have seen a collision, we wouldn’t be discussing the matter. The navy ship and the cargo ship would have passed like thousands of others that early morning. Free and clear by each other.
But that didn’t happen.
What will the US Navy’s Admiral’s staff conclude in an honest ‘lessons learned’ review here?”  [Emphasis throughout by IWPCHI]

 

 

The pro-US military press has also downplayed and obscured the fact that the commanders of the Fitzgerald apparently decided that it was more important to save their ship – and thus, perhaps, their careers – than to save the lives of seven sailors.  Seven men were seemingly deliberately sacrificed by the Fitzgerald’s commanders when they ordered the bulkhead doors sealed and locked, trapping the sailors, who were presumably alive at the time, inside the rapidly flooding berths housing them.  One of the seven dead sailors – identified by the New York Times as “Fire Controlman First Class Gary Rehm Jr., 37, of Elyria, Ohio” – had been in the process of rescuing his fellow sailors trapped in that berth when the decision was made to seal the bulkhead doors behind him; he and 6 of his fellow sailors were later found drowned inside the sealed compartment; there are already well-justified calls for him to be awarded medals of honor for his courageous and selfless actions.  According to a USNI article, “Rehm was set to retire from the Navy this summer”.  The NY Times quotes one of Rehm’s grieving family members as saying: ““Something ain’t right about what they’re saying… we got to get to the bottom of this.” [Source: NY Times,  23 June 2017: “Maritime Mystery: Why A US Destroyer Failed to Dodge A Cargo Ship” by Scott Shane]

 

There are investigations of the “accident” being carried out by US, Japanese and Filipino authorities;  however, the US Navy is refusing to cooperate with the investigations being undertaken by the allied states.   The English-language version of the top Japanese bourgeois press newspaper Asahi Shimbun has reported a Reuters story saying that “[t]he United States will likely bar Japanese investigators from interviewing USS Fitzgerald crew manning the guided missile destroyer when it was struck by a cargo ship in Japanese waters killing seven American sailors, a U.S. Navy official said […] the U.S. navy official, who declined to be identified, said warships were afforded sovereign immunity under international law and foreign investigators were not expected to get access to the U.S. crew.”  [Source: Reuters, via Asahi Shimbun,  30 June 2017: “Official: U.S. may bar Japan from interviewing warship crew”]

If this turns out to be the case, it would be just another example of the arrogance of the military forces of US imperialism as they bludgeon their way across the world’s land, sea and airspaces acting as the self-appointed “world’s policemen”.

The tragic death of 7 US sailors due to the obvious incompetence and panic among the commanders of the Fitzgerald is without parallel in “peacetime” US naval operations.  To callously order the deaths of 7 sailors in order to save a ship that was – in hindsight – in no serious danger of sinking is an error of judgment almost beyond comprehension.  This action of the Fitzgerald’s commanding officers, which has barely been alluded to in the propagandistic US press, will undoubtedly be the most serious charge brought against the commanders of the Fitzgerald.

It will be interesting to see how the US Navy investigation handles this extreme case of official incompetence, misconduct and wanton sacrifice of the lives of US Naval personnel.  There are many questions that remain unanswered – or even unasked by the completely housebroken US press. Was there any attempt made by the central command of the US Navy which presumably monitors all world shipping located near US Naval vessels in real-time to warn the Fitzgerald that it had a huge container ship bearing down upon it?  Were they asleep again, as the U.S. Air Force NORAD command was when the 9/11 attacks unfolded?

It has been reported that the collision caused the complete collapse of the communications infrastructure of the Fitzgerald in a manner so severe as to preclude the Fitzgerald’s crew from issuing any kind of distress call! Incredibly, it is the crew of the Crystal that is being pilloried in the press for not reporting the collision until an hour after it occurred.  How is it possible that a modern US Naval vessel could have all of its communications gear destroyed as a result of an impact on just one side of the vessel?  Aren’t these ships supposed to be ready to fight WWIII?  What did the US taxpayers get for their $1.5 billion: a floating joke?  Was the Fitzgerald – which its commanding officers were so sure was in danger of imminent sinking that they sacrificed the lives of seven crewmembers to “save” her – ever able to send even a simple “S.O.S.”?  If they were, neither the Japanese Navy nor any of the many commercial vessels in the area were apparently able to hear it.

We expect the results of the investigation to be the usual exercise in ass-covering by the U.S. Naval brass, throwing the careers of many lower-ranking personnel overboard.  The commander of the Fitzgerald is certain to be cashiered for this  incident – as well he should be – but the policy of allowing US Naval ships to operate in busy shipping lanes with their identities cloaked to all non-US Navy vessels – which either heavily contributed to or was the primary cause of this in the first place – is not a policy created by the Fitzgerald’s skipper but by the top brass of the US Navy.  According to the experienced commercial ship captain Kapena16, that policy has been causing panic among the crews of cargo vessels all over the globe for years.  It is a miracle that more incidents like this one have not occurred.  It appears to us to be largely a tribute to the skill of the world’s commercial shipping captains and their crews that this insane US Navy policy of allowing its vessels to operate “incognito” in international waters has not led to more collisions like this one.  That policy of the US Navy must be rescinded immediately; in a rational world those who have ordered the US Navy’s commanding officers to follow it would be severely punished.  But in the final analysis, only a workers socialist revolution in the USA can takes these weapons of mass destruction out of the blood-soaked hands of the US capitalist class and their often clueless lackeys once and for all.  We look forward also to a post-capitalist world in which the need for imperialist war machines will cease to exist; a world in which they youth of the USA will not be forced to slaughter their fellow workers just to keep a roof over their and their families’  heads and food in their bellies –  or to obtain a college degree.

Capitalism must die so that the working class may live!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

 

U2 Frontman Bono and His @ONE Organization Fingered by US Special Ops Commander as Collaborators With Pentagon

Bono and equally repulsive Bob Geldof shaking hands with US war criminal George W. Bush.

(UPDATED 24/25 July 2017) – We have always despised the third-rate “punk” band U2’s decidedly third-rate music as being far below the standard set by the top bands of the British Punk Invasion of the late 1970s.  The very name of the band – U2 – the name of an infamous spy plane used by the US CIA to spy on the USSR during the late 1950s and early 1960s – caused suspicion among “punks” at the time it strangely emerged on the music scene, just as did “The Police” (that was another very strange name for a “punk” band and aroused our personal suspicions at the time).

It is now well known that the US Government and its secret assassination wing the CIA created pro-capitalist “cultural” organizations designed to oppose the influence of pro-working class organizations sponsored and/or influenced by the USSR.  The  “Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF)” lured many willing – and many unsuspecting – writers and bourgeois intellectuals and academics into its fold.  It has been supposed that the CIA’s operations in this area have long since been abandoned.  But recent revelations – like this one – indicate that this is not true.

During the War in Iraq of 2004, the US Government announced that it was launching propaganda operations designed to influence the “Arab street” to support the objectives of US imperialism as it rampaged throughout the Mideast, slaughtering civilian men, women and children.  But behind the scenes of these well-known propaganda operations of the US Government, it appears that many other operations were being undertaken to influence the minds of American and Western European youth to support the criminal objectives of the US capitalist class and their blood-soaked military.

Popular music has always been a way for the widely hated US Government to reach the “hearts and minds” of the workers subliminally.  During the 1950s and 1920s the US Government sought to segregate record releases as well as radio broadcasts into separate racial categories so as to keep the working class divided and thus more easily manipulated.  Until the rise of the Communist- and Trotskyist- Party-influenced Civil Rights Movement of the late 1940s and 1950s, music and the arts were kept segregated by the owners of newspapers, radio stations and record companies.  Almost every attempt of black and white youth to come together to enjoy rock-and-roll concerts during the 1950s was met with police-state violence ranging from refusal to allow the concerts to occur to physical attacks on the audience and performers.

In the late 1950s and 1960s the US Government sponsored “cultural exchange” programs in which famous US jazz musicians were sent to the USSR as ambassadors of the “free world” to attempt to show the workers of socialist nation-states what they were missing.  Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and many others very controversially volunteered to allow themselves to be pawns in the global culture war that accompanied the “Cold War”.

In the 1960s, rock bands who opposed the war in Vietnam were placed under US police-state surveillance and their members were arrested and thrown in jail at the slightest pretext for doing so.  The FBI’s murderous COINTELPRO operation was unleashed against members of the Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, John Lennon and Yoko Ono and many other “anti-war” musicians.

In the late 1970s the pages of the “counter-culture” magazine “Rolling Stone” – a magazine that was originally one of the primary mouthpieces of US youth opposition to the Vietnam War – were turned into recruitment posters to lure workers into the US war machine.  During the late 1970s and 1980s it was ads from the US Army that kept Rolling Stone afloat financially (we cancelled our subscription and refused to read this pro-war rag).

So how is it that the frontman of the incomprehensibly popular rock band “U2” would ignore all that horrible precedent in order to make common cause with a US military that has been committing war crimes without cessation since World War II?  What motivates a citizen of Ireland like Bono to join hands with the most murderous military to rampage across the globe since Hitler’s Wehrmacht?

Bono is the head of one of the myriad of fake non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  that in fact are sponsored and backed by top capitalists and governmental organizations of imperialist nation-states like the US and England.  Bono fronts two of these:  RED  – an AIDS activism organization; and  ONE which is his “humanitarian aid” organization now seeking to partner with the US Special Operations Command – one of the most murderous branches of the US military, responsible for carrying out assassinations and terrorist attacks against the many enemies of the US capitalist class.

Though it is true that both of these organizations have done some commendable work in their respective areas of concern, charities like this effectively cover up for the fact that it is the capitalist system itself that is responsible for the terrible human suffering that takes place in the world.  By collaborating with governments and military organizations that are primarily responsible for the vast majority of human suffering in the world, both ONE and RED serve to place a big “happy face” over the crimes being committed every day by the US Government and its military.  By organizing these NGOs these do-gooders trick millions of workers into believing that their pathetically small charitable donations are going to end poverty or make a serious impact on saving the lives of AIDS victims when in fact they allow the capitalist system to continue to kill tens of millions of people every year and prevent workers from organizing to get rid of the capitalist system which is the basis for all this unnecessary suffering.

Charity work can not solve these enormous problems; it will take a socialist revolution in the US and throughout the capitalist world to finally put the needs of hundreds of millions of suffering people at the forefront of all human activity on this planet.  A socialist United States of America would set as its goal not the mere “alleviation of extreme poverty” – which is the timid goal set by the United Nations Millennium Goals fraud, but to completely end poverty once and for all.  That would not be accomplished by penny-pinching charity but by a systematic planned effort to nationalize the pharmaceutical industry and then  mass-produce drugs  to ship to any place on Earth where they are needed – for free.  We would also send doctors and nurses and construction workers and all the supplies necessary to build hospitals, clinics and medical schools throughout the “third world” and train the workers there to become the medical professionals that would eradicate every preventable disease that now ravages much of the world’s 7 billion people.  Capitalist charity doesn’t solve poverty and human suffering – IT PROLONGS IT AND GUARANTEES ITS PERPETUATION!

Bono’s monumental ego probably leads him to believe, quite naively, that he is influencing organizations like SOCOM to be more “humanitarian”: but in fact it is Bono and his ONE organization that are being used quite openly and cynically to put a false humanitarian face on one of the most murderous ruling classes in world history: the US capitalist class and their mass-slaughtering war machine.  Not only does Bono reveal his own vast naiveté in doing this; he also exposes every one of ONE and RED’s international representatives to very legitimate reprisals against anyone who works with the murderous US military machine.  In short, Bono’s crappy politics are placing the lives of every decent person in his aid organizations at risk.

Here we present to our readers the open admission by none other than Four-Star General Raymond “Tony” Thomas, Commander, US Special Operations Command that his blood-soaked organization has been openly recruited by the idiot Bono to help him develop his “humanitarian aid” organization @ONE.  It was not the US military that sought to work with Bono: it was BONO who sought out the assistance of nothing less than the brutal US Special Operations Command to help him bring “humanitarian aid” to the desperate and starving people of the world.  This is like asking an organization representing wolves to come to the aid of an organization representing sheep!

SOCOM’s General Raymond Anthony “Tony” Thomas III isn’t the sweet and convivial guy he pretends to be in this video.  In fact he has been a key participant and leader of many of US imperialism’s most bloody and ruthless military operations of the past 40 years: from the  cowardly invasion of the tiny island of Grenada in 1983 to the savage and shameless invasion of Panama in 1989 to prevent US-backed strongman Manuel Noriega from spilling the beans on US Military/CIA drug trafficking operations in South and Central America during the Iran-Contra scandal; to the savage wars and counter-intelligence operations being run to this day by SOCOM in Iraq,  Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Libya and elsewhere.  Gen. Thomas – that nice smiling, friendly fan of U2 – is in fact a blood-soaked war criminal, a lifelong servant of the mass-murdering US capitalist class!  There could be no better proof that the pathetic petit-bourgeois reformist Bono can’t tell his ass from a hole-in-the-ground politically than that he should seek to enlist US war criminal Gen. Thomas of SOCOM as a “humanitarian ally”!

In this amazing video, the head of the US Special Operations Command expresses his own astonishment that a rock star such as Bono would ask to work hand-in-glove with the US military.  But we wonder if this kind of co-operation between U2 and the US military hasn’t been going on since U2 was created and suddenly appeared out of nowhere in the late 1970s, during a punk-rock upsurge in which U2 seemed at the time to be totally out of sync with.  Is it possible that in a “Congress For Cultural Freedom”-like propaganda operation, U2 were created – or at least co=opted and then promoted – by UK and US intelligence agencies in order to create political pressure against the IRA and to get them to disarm and become the lame, housebroken “loyal opposition” they currently are?  And then once that mission was accomplished, U2 were used to create the US and UK-govt sponsored NGO @ONE which has just now been revealed as a collaborator of the US war machine?  You be the judge.  We just found out about this ourselves today so we are only now beginning our investigation into this scandal.

If you take the time to watch the entire video you will see that US War Criminal Gen. Thomas makes several far more important revelations about the US joint military operations with the Kurds in Iraq and Syria as well as an ominous threat of impending military attacks on the besieged North Korean degenerated workers state.   He represents the ongoing threat to human civilization posed by the continuation of the rule of the US capitalist class and their mass-murdering military.

— IWPCHI

[From the original YouTube channel of the Aspen Institute at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCqCnLjSx7M&t=30m26s:

“SOCOM: Policing The World – The Aspen Institute

Streamed live on Jul 21, 2017

“While this Administration’s approach to foreign crises mostly differs from that of its predecessor, there is at least one conspicuous exception, a heavy reliance on Special Operations Forces. Their commander explains the role SOCOM and SOF perennially play in responding to flash points around the globe and building partner-nation capacity to provide for their own defense.

“Featuring:
Raymond “Tony” Thomas, Commander, US Special Operations Command
Moderator: Catherine Herridge, Chief Intelligence Correspondent, Fox News”

U2 revelations begin at 30:05 of video.  Our transcript of the interview relating to the revelations about U2 follows below:

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[Dialogue on this subject begins at 30:05 of video – IWPCHI]

Moderator: “Just to shift gears; you’re always looking for new partnerships, right?

Raymond “Tony” Thomas, Commander, US Special Operations Command: “Always”.

Mod: “Always. OK. So you met recently with the singer Bono or his team… right?

Thomas: Right

Mod: … you gonna work with him? Not …

Thomas: I hope so! This was str…

Mod: on stage, or…

Thomas: … this was strange… and, uh, actually, a member of his team’s here today. And we, we met with him to try to put some meat on these bones. Uh, but the interesting thing… uh… Bono came to… to Tampa with U2 – and I’m a huge U2 fan – so this… it was pretty easy when he said “hey can I meet with and General Luttell [ph – IWPCHI]?” [SOCOM shit laughs and gives “thumbs-up” sign] Yeah, rock on, let’s do this.

Mod: [laughs]

Audience: [laughs]

Thomas: … so, uh… so before one of the best concerts I could ever imagine, he spent about 40 minutes describing all his efforts through the “ONE Foundation” that he’s trying to do around the world. And the fascinating part was… he acknowledged… he said… early on, he said: “the last group of people I ever expected to be hanging around with was a bunch of military people!” And I thought about that for a second and I thought: “Yeah, because you have the perception that a lot of others do: that we’re just a bunch of knuckle-dragging pipe-swingers um… who… “call on ’em when you need to do something desperate but otherwise, how could they be helpful?” His [Bono’s – IWPCHI] late-life epiphany (he’s 54 years old) is that “you know what? All the humanitarian assistance that I’m trying to push around the world doesn’t happen without security; you [the US military – IWPCHI] seem to provide security and you seem to want to stabilize places – either ahead of time, before a conflict or as we’re wrapping up post-hostilities – might we do things together?” And I’m thinking: “Absolutely! You’ve got an 8-million-person organization that runs the gamut of… of positive humanitarian activities… um… that need the trappings of security or that need that kind of… you know… synergy and symbiotic relationship… sign us up!” So we’re trying to actively… and we’re global, like he’s global… so it’s kind of a ‘match made in heaven’ in terms of the opportunity. Now, again, ask me six months from now um… “have you done anything more than admire U2 music more than you did before”…

Mod: [laughs]

Thomas: … um, I hope I can tell you “here’s where we’re actually moving out” and it’s… and it’s a great… kind of… you know… um… ah… match of… varied capabilities that they’re doing… um… that are proven to… a lot of humanity.

Mod: Your plan is to try and make something work, right?

Thomas: And, and I think it’s free money. So why, uh, why not? Uh… He literally is offering the entree for…to.. uh… for… to marry up with his activities, so… and there’s others out there like him that, uh, I think we have not taken advantage of in the past. They’re also turning their focus on – which absolutely plays to our strong suit or to our party effort. Um.. they’re about countering violent extremism.

“Anarchists”, “Antifa” Liberals Unable to Distinguish Between Fascists and Right-wing Blowhard Yiannopoulos

Is Milo Yiannopoulos a “fascist”? What about Steve Bannon? Or Donald Trump?

How one defines “fascist” is critically important. When you define every right-wing person who hates immigrants a “fascist” then your ability to identify actual fascists disappears. You also single out these mere disgusting conservatives for extreme punishment of the sort communists and anarchists traditionally reserve for the actual fascists of the Ku Klux Klan or Nazis. This is wrong and it destroys the credibility of the revolutionary socialist and anarchist left in the eyes of the workers whose support we seek. It also plays right into the hands of the capitalist class and their fascist attack dogs by helping to camouflage the real fascists. The working class needs to be able to clearly distinguish between its pro-capitalist conservative political opponents and the fascist threat which is like a knife held to the throat of the working class.

Trotskyists seek scientific precision when making political characterizations of their opponents

Revolutionary Marxists employ scientific terminology to describe political phenomena just as natural scientists employ their own precisely-defined terminology to describe the elements of the natural world from sub-atomic particles to black holes. Revolutionary Marxism/Leninism/Trotskyism utilizes a more precise scientific method than the bourgeois scientists do: the scientific method of dialectical materialism. By carefully analyzing political movements and their leaders not, as with bourgeois political science, as discrete and fully-formed entities but as evolving phenomena, revolutionary Trotskyists seek to precisely characterize the class origins and trajectory of political movements. Our method is derided by vulgar bourgeois political scientists as being “too dogmatic”. In fact, bourgeois political scientists despise the dialectical materialist method of the revolutionary Marxists because it enables us to tear off the masks from the political movements arrayed against the working class that pretend to be on the side of the workers of the political movements – which pro-capitalist bourgeois political scientists have carefully created and maintained in the service of their capitalist masters. Scientific terminology is as indispensable to revolutionary Trotskyists as it is to mathematicians, physicists or surgeons because without that agreed-upon scientific terminology scientific inquiry and experimental work is impossible. It is as desirable to be precise when discussing politics before we act just as it is when surgeons utilize the precise scientific terminology of modern medicine, biology and anatomy before they operate. Utilizing precise scientific language when operating in the political world is far more important than using precise scientific terminology when preparing a surgical procedure on a single human being because in politics, not single lives but billions of lives are at stake. No one ridicules the surgeon for being “too dogmatic” when he’s preparing to perform open-heart surgery on a friend or relative. Political science requires the same kind of precision and for the same reasons. The wrong terminology, mistaken identification of the illness and inadequate description of the operation to be performed and the methods to be used often results in the loss of the patient. In political science, terminological imprecision results in massive human suffering and in deaths of millions of people. Words matter. Outside of the revolutionary Trotskyist movement, political terminology is bandied about in the same way that a 3-year-old handles a loaded gun: we are unfortunately witnessing that today in the case of our wayward anarchist and “antifa” friends who are going around calling mere repulsive conservatives “fascists”.

What is dialectical materialism and why is it important?

Marxism is even more reality-based than bourgeois science. Dialectical materialism is the scientific philosophy that the entire superstructure of revolutionary Marxism is based upon; it seeks to comprehend the material reality of the universe in toto, encompassing every aspect of a phenomenon and recognizing that nothing is permanent – everything is in a state of development and transition, from atoms to the universe itself. Bourgeois science tends to study things as discrete phenomena and struggles to conceive of the material world as something that is not permanent and unchanging (this is more true for some scientific disciplines than for others). This is a most serious problem for bourgeois political scientists and economists who, on top of the fact that they do not utilize the dialectical method of analysis of phenomena, which itself leads them into making enormous errors in their work, they are charged with the responsibility of covering up the truth about the fundamental nature of capitalist society. A major part of their job is to convince the workers of the world that the capitalist economic system and its corresponding political system is the highest form of human society possible; that it is “the best of all possible worlds”.

Marxists do not see the world in stark “black-and-white” terms as bourgeois political scientists do. We understand that the collective state of mind of the working class and the capitalist class and all of human society the world over are in a constant state of flux. We also recognize that there exist intermediate forms of matter that fluctuate from one state to another and back again – solid to liquid to gas to liquid to solid – and that this happens in the political world as well. During the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the Cossacks – who had long been the Czar’s brutal anti-Semitic pogromists periodically unleashed to attack Jews and communists – became during the revolution some of the most heroic elements of the vanguard of the first successful workers revolution in world history – led by the communists of the Bolshevik Party, many of whose top leaders were Jews. Many of the Czar’s own top military officials also went over to the side of the Bolsheviks and helped create the Red Army. The Marxist worldview recognizes that there is only one constant in the material world: change. In political science we see the long historical view of the evolution of human society and understand that there are long periods of relative political stability that are broken up by periodic upheavals and revolutions after which the new social landscape is hardly recognizable in comparison with the social structure that existed before. We also recognize the capabilities of human beings to change their political beliefs over time. And this doesn’t just happen on the right-wing side of the political spectrum: Mussolini, who was the originator of fascism in Italy, began his political career as a revolutionary Marxist.

Bourgeois political scientists use vague, non-class-based terminology to hide the true nature of capitalist system

Imprecision in political science as well as all of the sciences in the capitalist world is part of the narrow worldview of the capitalist class which permeates all of human society under the capitalist mode of production. Bourgeois political scientists speak in very imprecise, non-class-based terms when they describe the political world around them. When Marxists speak of “fascism” and “fascists” our use of the term is precisely defined to describe a specific type of political philosophy and political fauna that arise out of the capitalist system in times of acute political and economic crisis. The bourgeois political world, mocking the precise scientific terminology of Marxism as being “hopelessly dogmatic” – has adopted terms that assist the pro-capitalist ideologists hide the true nature of the capitalist system from the eyes of the working class. For example: “The people” is used by bourgeois ideologists – and their fake-left “tails” – instead of the Marxists’ far more precise “working class” and “capitalist class” to describe “the masses”. “The people, united, will never be defeated” is a popular political slogan of the pro-capitalist bourgeois ideologues and the fake left. Why is it a pro-capitalist slogan? Because “the people, united” means “all classes united”: the rich and the poor, capitalist and worker, peasant and landlord. And when the exploited working class or peasantry “unites” politically and militarily with their exploiters – the capitalists and landlords – the workers and peasants will ALWAYS be defeated!

Simply by substituting the phrase “the people” for “the workers”, the bourgeois apologists for the capitalist system prepare the working class and peasantry psychologically to fall under the yoke of “reasonable” pro-capitalist political leadership: the working class and peasantry are politically disarmed by this simple, very popular and very deadly political formula! The Democrats love to chant “the people, united will never be defeated”. But change the words to “the workers, united, will never be defeated” and watch their big smiles turn to worried frowns! They know the difference between these two slogans – and so do their capitalist masters. There is a world of difference in terms of the political content of the two opposed slogans. One – “the people, united” – supports class-collaboration with the political representatives of the capitalist class and defends the capitalist system; the other – “the workers united” is a call for working class solidarity against the capitalist system. You can tell if you are a bourgeois liberal or not just by whether you can or can not discern the deep political difference between the two slogans. Bourgeois liberals insist revolutionary Trotskyists are just “being dogmatic” when we denounce the use of the term “the people”. They do that because they know we are unmasking them by revealing the true class nature of their favorite political slogan, which is in fact nothing more than a stratagem for leading the workers to walk blindly into the mousetrap of pro-capitalist politics!

Bourgeois ideologists speak of a vague, broad “middle class” that to the much more precise terminology of a Marxist is actually composed of three separate classes, the majority of which is merely the slightly more well-to-do section of the working class who make enough money to be able to afford to purchase their own homes. The vague, unscientific, vulgar terminology of the bourgeois political scientist obscures rather than clarifies the real class relationships that compose human society in the capitalist era. This is done – consciously or unconsciously – to confuse and divide the working class into antagonistic, imaginary sub-classes. In bourgeois political discourse we see that the term “working class” is barely even used; “middle class” is the term used to describe working class people who “rise” mysteriously into this “middle class”… the moment they become indentured servants for life to the banksters by draping themselves in the heavy chains of a home loan! In “third world” countries, hundreds of millions of dirt-poor peasants live in houses they built for themselves but no one describes the “homeowners” in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro as “middle class” – not even the epigones of vulgar bourgeois political science. Only the revolutionary Marxists (who today are known by the name of “Trotskyists”) consistently employ a truly scientific terminology in their political science. We do it because it is literally a matter of life or death.

Terminological precision is necessary in order to win the working class to a revolutionary socialist program dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist system

The primary reason why scientifically precise political terminology is important in the eyes of revolutionary Trotskyist political scientists is because only the revolutionary Trotskyists actually seek – not to “peacefully coexist” with a capitalist system that became thoroughly reactionary more than a century and a half ago – but to overthrow it. The Trotskyists seek not to prolong the life of capitalism one more day but to overthrow the world’s capitalist system and replace it with a global alliance of egalitarian socialist workers states. The Trotskyists understand that if you want to change something you must first understand precisely what it is that you wish to change and determine what social forces can be enlisted on the side of the working class and what social forces can be expected to form up the ranks of the enemy capitalist class and its allies. Goals, in order to be achieved, must first be formulated with extreme precision and a program devised that is equally precise so that we can get to there from here. If we try to travel from Chicago to Paris but we neglect to purchase either a plane ticket or passage on an ocean-going vessel we will have a very difficult journey ahead of us.

Precise definition of the obstacles that lay ahead of us is necessary before we head out on this or any major endeavor. A revolutionary working class leader who can not detect the sometimes subtle shades of difference between “ally”, “neutral” and “mortal enemy” can only lead the working class into defeat; so precision is necessary when we analyze the class forces as they appear on the battle field: are they friends or enemies of the working class – or are they representatives of the undecided middle or petit-bourgeois class who will join either the side of the workers or the side of capitalist reaction depending on which side seems most likely to prevail in the event of a social revolution? Are the largely working-class ranks of these political movements or even military formations in a state of transition? How will they react to an appeal to join the ranks of the revolutionary workers party?

Before we analyze any political movement or leader we must determine their class origins and their political trajectory. Petit-bourgeois origins of fascism.

We live in a class society based on the capitalist mode of production. What determines, to a Marxist ones class identity depends not on whether or not you own a house but upon your relationship to the capitalist means of production: are you an owner of factories or a worker in a factory? Capitalist class society is fundamentally divided into two primary classes: the capitalist, exploiting class known by its precise Marxist name of “bourgeoisie”; and the exploited working class. In between these two classes lies not an amorphous and ambiguously-defined multi-class “middle class” but an intermediate class revolutionary Marxists call the “petit-bourgeoisie”. “Petit-bourgeoisie” is a term that was coined by the revolutionary French political scientists of the 1700s; it is a combination of the terms “petit” meaning “little or small” and the term “bourgeoisie” meaning wealthy capitalist or businessman. In modern times “petit-bourgeoisie” is equivalent to “small businessperson” who owns a business that exploits a number of workers who are not of his or her own family. This may all seem way off-topic but it is not, because in the Marxist analysis of capitalist society and of the phenomenon of the rise of fascism it is the petit-bourgeoisie that is the critical source of recruits to the fascist movement.

This “petit-bourgeoisie” is defined by Marxists as an intermediate and highly politically unstable class whose members have either risen from the ranks of the working class or are “de-classed” elements who have fallen out of the ranks of the bourgeoisie. The stereotypical petit-bourgeois generally admires and aspires to being wealthy someday and to eventually rise into (or back into) the ranks of the “big-bourgeoisie”, and simultaneously loathes the big bourgeoisie which rips off the small businesspeople at every opportunity and often threatens to wipe out the small businesspeople entirely. A good example of the “petit-bourgeoisie” is the owner of a small family-run grocery store that has been in a community for a hundred years and is now facing the destruction of its long-popular local business by the arrival in the community of a massive big bourgeoisie operation like WalMart. This is just one example: the petit-bourgeoisie includes not just small businesspeople but all manner of “self-employed” workers and artisans as well, from handymen to artists, actors and musicians. The petit-bourgeois is trapped between her admiration of the ruthless “self-made” billionaires like Donald Trump (or the multi-millionaire hip-hop or movie star with “her own” ridiculous jewelry, clothing and fragrance lines) and the hopeless struggle to survive in competition against rivals whose enormous purchasing power enable them to achieve economies of scale and to survive the inevitable periodic economic crises of the capitalist system.

The struggle of the petit-bourgeoisie to survive independently in an era of brutal competition from the big bourgeoisie creates anger and resentment in the petit-bourgeois. As his sales decline he “has to” cut wages to his workers or make unwanted cutbacks in his own standard of living. The small businessman is caught between the two fires of the working class and the big bourgeoisie, both of whose good will the small business person needs in order to survive.

He seeks political assistance from the local representatives of the major political parties: is there some way he can ban these big capitalist enterprises from coming into his town and ruining the small local businesses? But the major political parties are owned and operated by the big bourgeoisie and are discovered to be in the pay of the capitalist class! What can the petit-bourgeois do?

It is in this environment that the petit-bourgeois is driven to take sides in the great struggle between the capitalist and working classes. The petit-bourgeois has sympathy for the working class from which he and his family likely originated; yet he also admires the big bourgeoisie and wants to become a big success like, for example, the billionaire Walton family of WalMart fame. He might like to pay his workers higher wages but believes he can not afford to do so and still be able to live at the standard of living he feels he deserves – rightly or not. The formation of a union in his store would only, in his eyes, hasten the day of his company’s collapse. (Whether or not this is true means nothing under capitalism; capitalists big and small are “free” to do whatever they want with “their” money – stolen as it is from the working class. The capitalists deny that they bear any responsibility for unemployment, homelessness or any of the other social ills endemic to their system).

Vacillating petit-bourgeoisie must ultimately choose between giving support to working class or to the fascists

The revolutionary Marxists and the fascists offer the petit bourgeois two diametrically opposed ways out of this blind alley: the revolutionary socialists offer workers socialist revolution where the endless struggle for economic survival for the petit-bourgeois will itself cease and she will perhaps be given the money necessary to continue operating their small businesses from the new socialist government; the fascists “offer” a militarized capitalism where the rights of the citizenry are sharply curtailed, dissidents are imprisoned, trade unions are outlawed and revolutionaries and other “social undesirables” are put to death. For the more greed-inspired petit-bourgeois, this choice is not as easy as it would appear to be to you, a decent and honest worker.

As the class struggle heats up as a result of the declining standard of living forced upon the working and petit-bourgeois classes by the big bourgeoisie, the working class begins to organize itself in opposition to the big bourgeoisie and its predatory capitalist system. Those workers and petit-bourgeois who are anti-racist and pro-union gravitate towards the champions of workers rights and internationalism – the revolutionary Marxists-Trotskyists; those workers and petit-bourgeois who are racist and who hate unions and “reds” gravitate towards the ranks of the fascists.

The rise of Donald Trump indicates the start of a period of sharpened class struggle and increasing polarization of society between extremes of revolutionary socialism and fascism.

This is where the capitalist world stands in 2017. The political landscape in the US and Western Europe especially is becoming increasingly polarized between the pro-working class and anti-working class parties whose extremes are represented by the revolutionary internationalist Trotskyists and anarchists on the left and the union-hating ultra-nationalists financed more and more by the big bourgeoisie (Klan and Nazis) on the right. In between these two polar opposite camps in this transitional period are now appearing all kinds of intermediate characters whose semi-formed political ideologies borrow freely from both the fascist and the communist ideologies, depending on which way the political winds are blowing at any given time.

One of the most definitive qualities of the petit-bourgeoisie – this “middle class” caught between the two fires of the capitalists and the working class – is precisely this “flag in the wind” character of their politics. When the unions, led by the revolutionary Trotskyists are growing stronger, the petit-bourgeoisie presents a friendly face toward the workers and begins to place its hopes in a workers revolution to save the petit-bourgeois from economic ruin. If the revolutionary upsurge becomes powerful more and more of the petit-bourgeois join the ranks of the revolutionary workers parties. But when the unions are in decline – as they are now across the United States and Europe – and it looks like there is no pro-working-class revolutionary socialist solution to the problems of the petit-bourgeoisie on the horizon then the small businessman or woman looks to the racist, nationalist and even fascist parties for a “way out” of the economic and political impasse of collapsing capitalist society.

Capitalist class and their politicians scapegoat immigrants, refugees, religious and ethnic minorities in order to maintain their class rule by dividing and conquering the working class. Fascists are the capitalists’ weapons of last resort in this struggle.

In the United States in 2017 the long-running decline of the workers unions and the revolutionary political parties of the working class has led the petit-bourgeoisie – and the big bourgeoisie – into despair. The phenomenal emergence of the planned socialist economy of Maoist China as the world’s next economic superpower (which will blow past the United States within the next 10 years or maybe less) the capitalist world is thrown into political chaos. The greed-based capitalist economies can only increase their profits by driving down the wages of the workers of the “first world” to the level of those workers in the brutally exploited “third world”. In every capitalist country we see attack after attack on social programs and on the high wages won over centuries of struggle by the trade unions. The capitalist class and its media try to pretend that it is not the capitalist system that is responsible for driving down the workers’ standard of living. To make their getaway complete the capitalists use the old ruse from the famous story of the thief who escapes capture by pointing to another person and shouting “Stop, thief!” The capitalists look for scapegoats they can point the workers towards in order that they, the capitalists can get away with their stolen booty. “Stop, thief!” the capitalist screams, and points to… the immigrant workers. “Stop, thief!” the capitalist hollers again, and points to… the refugees. “Stop, thief!” the capitalist yells again and this time points to… the Chinese. “Look! They are all stealing your jobs!” shouts the capitalist – and as soon as the workers, led by the fascists, are off attacking their innocent immigrant, refugee Muslim or Jewish brothers and sisters… the capitalist gathers up all the workers’ money and heads to his bank, chuckling all the way.

In this way the capitalists whip up racist anti-immigrant and anti-refugee campaigns to cover up the fact that it is indeed the capitalist system itself that is to blame for the endlessly declining standard of living of the working class. With even the capitalists’ own economic institutes producing scientific study after scientific study PROVING that it is the capitalist system itself that is at the root of all economic problems, the capitalist class begins to spread outright lies through its media outlets to confuse the working class and keep the workers fighting each other instead of uniting to overthrow the capitalist class that is systematically robbing all the workers blind.

Yiannopoulos, Bannon and their kind are merely right-wing conservative demagogues, transitional figures between bourgeois democracy and fascism – they are not “fascists”

The fascists feed on the capitalists lies that immigrants are at the root of the economic decline of the working class. They are only too willing to help the big bourgeoisie smash the communists and trade unionists whose demands for higher wages and increased social spending can only come out of the pockets of the bourgeoisie – big and “petit”. With the union movement in decline, the petit-bourgeois licks his finger and holds it up into the air and determines that the wind is indeed blowing strongest from the direction of the fascist parties; and so she begins to overcome her disgust for the more vulgar political ideas of the fascists and moves closer, step by step, to the fascist camp.

To facilitate this transition of the petit-bourgeoisie towards the fascist camp all kinds of transitional figures emerge as if on cue. Sensing that they can profit from the indecision and confusion that reigns among the middle-class and large sections even of the working class, these people freely borrow elements of the political program of the communist left and the fascist right and duct-tape together a ramshackle political “program” that is a more palatable version of a supposedly “neutral” middle ground between the two extremes. This is the milieu of the “alt-right” swamp inhabited by such shady characters as Milo Yiannopoulos, Steve Bannon, Alex Jones and a whole slew of half-bright right-wing ideologues. Their “fascism-lite” program is a bridge between what had once been the “traditional” conservatism of, say, a George Bush pere and the more extreme and even fascist right wing. These transitional figures may express elements of the fascist program from time to time – but that alone does not make them “fascists”. We must recognize them as what they are and calibrate our responses to them accordingly. Should a sleazy right-wing provocateur like Milo Yiannopoulos or Steve Bannon get the same treatment from anti-fascist worker-militants as an outright Klansman like David Duke? This is the question.

Fascists represent not merely a political but a mortal threat to the physical existence of workers movement.

Fascism represents a mortal threat to the lives of the workers all over the world. Fascist political parties and leaders find ready financing from the ranks of the capitalist class and, in Europe, from the monarchist remnants of the old aristocratic ruling families as well. These people fear the power of the working class and would rather drown the working class of their own countries in blood rather than allow the workers to seize power. The capitalist class and the aristocrats know all too well that they have committed massive crimes against the workers of the entire world, and they live in mortal terror of what will happen to them if the revolutionary workers ever erase that “thin blue line” of police that protects them.

Fascists are hired by the capitalists and the aristocrats precisely to draw a line in workers blood when an upsurge of worker militancy threatens the continued existence of the capitalist system. When the typical methods of police brutality no longer suffice to keep the working class in check, the capitalists finance, arm and unleash their fascist wolf packs. The fascist stormtroopers are not politicians looking to discuss politics: they are psychologically deranged xenophobes who seek not merely to discriminate against workers of color, immigrants, gays, religious minorities and militant workers of all political persuasions, but to physically exterminate us! Fascist ideology represents a qualitative leap beyond “mere” intolerance into organized mass pogroms against every racial and religious group they despise. The Nazis do not seek to merely “deport” immigrants and Muslims: they want to impose a “final solution” – the complete physical extermination – of people they identify as being social undesirables”. There is a world of difference between a right-wing bourgeois politician who espouses a disgusting program to deport immigrants and a fascist who wants to hunt down Mexican workers as they cross the border and shoot them dead the moment they cross the line!

Yiannopoulos, Bannon and Trump are not “fascists” – they should not be treated as such.

As revolutionary Trotskyists we uphold the free speech rights of right-wing blowhards like Milo Yiannopoulos, Steve Bannon and yes even Donald Trump; we might protest their appearance wherever they wish to speak; we would debate them in public if the opportunity arose – in order to expose their political bankruptcy and (in Trump’s case) murderous criminality. But we do not physically attack them or try to deny them their free speech rights – because they are not actually “fascists”. Milo Yiannopoulos, for example, is a gay, white man who brags at his public appearances about having sex with black men – which alone would make him a target of the fascists, not one of their leaders. He has repeatedly sued various newspapers and magazines that have called him a “white supremacist” and has won retractions from several of them. This is not the kind of thing an actual fascist or white supremacist would do. Many of his political statements skewering the “political correctness” campaigns of the campus liberals are quite accurate. His criticisms of the Democratic Party as well often hit their mark – and that is why the bourgeois liberals hate him. He calls Donald Trump his “Daddy” – he’s quite pathetic, really. Many of his opinions are objectionable and amount to bigotry, like his hatred of Muslims. But none of this right-wing bloviating amounts to a fascist program of the physical extermination of his political opponents. Having read several of his speeches he’s given in the past year on various US college campuses, we must conclude that Milo Yiannopoulos is simply not a fascist. It is not easy for an openly gay man to join the ranks of the Klan or Nazis (although there were many gay men in Hitler’s retinue in the early days of National Socialism). But they didn’t remain in the fascist ranks for long because Hitler had most of his gay followers either executed or put in concentration camps. “Good luck” to Milo if he wants someday to “transition” into becoming a fascist!

The “antifa” who think Yiannopoulos is a fascist are simply wrong. They’ve been led astray by their leaders’ lack of a coherent revolutionary Marxist political program and their vague understanding of what fascism is and what it isn’t.  They go crazy and mobilize their members to rampage across the Berkeley campus to stop a pathetic self-hating gay conservative while completely ignoring the fact that imperialist pig  John Yoo – “the deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice” who “discovered” the “legal justification” for US imperialism’s use of torture against suspected terrorists – trains young lawyers as a professor of law on the very same campus!  Yoo deserves to be driven off campus, not Milo.  Yiannopoulos needs to be debated – or ignored.

For the record, Donald Trump is also not a fascist – even though he has expressed concepts that are borrowed – probably, like most of his “philosophy”, semi-consciously – from the fascist program, like his calling illegal Mexican immigrants “rapists and murderers”. Trump is a disgusting, right-wing capitalist (and now as President, US imperialist) pig – but he is not a fascist! Not yet anyway. If Donald Trump was a fascist, we would not be able to write articles advocating the overthrow of the US capitalist class: we’d either be dead or we’d be in a prison or a concentration camp! If Donald Trump was a fascist, anarchists, communists,illegal immigrants and Muslims (Anti-Islamism being the 2017 version, in the USA, of Hitlerite anti-Semitism) would be getting rounded up and thrown into concentration camps to die – or just be summarily executed – and that would be that! Fascism is orders of magnitude worse than mere “right-wing conservatism” or even the majority of the people who self-identify as “alt-right”. The “alt-right” are in a transitional phase of development; these “alt-righters” must be kept under close observation so when they actually move into the fascist camp they can be treated accordingly. In the meantime they must be combatted politically, not physically! An intelligent, rational revolutionary socialist workers party programme can win these “middle of the road” and even many right-wing workers over to the side of the revolutionary working class. To simply write off whole sections of the working class as eternally compromised because they voted for Trump is absolutely asinine. We need to present the working class with a programme that truly represents their interests and which presents a realistic prospect for a prosperous future for all the working class in a post-capitalist world. The fascists can only promise workers a future of global war, hate, bloodshed and misery under capitalism! If revolutionary Trotskyists do our jobs properly we will win the vacillating “petit-bourgeoisie” and undecided workers to our side – and the fascists and their “alt-right” movement will evaporate like piss on hot asphalt.

For the actual fascists – whose “debating methods” are guns, knives and the lynch rope – we deny that they have any “right” to speak at all!

We seek to physically drive the fascists out of human society permanently! We understand that fascists do not want to be part of the great human race and that fascists represent a MORTAL, DEADLY THREAT to human civilization itself! Fascist meetings and rallies and public speaking tours should be disrupted if they can’t be prevented from happening in the first place and the fascists themselves, personally, as the great Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky advised, “should have their heads acquainted with the pavement”! The mass murder of workers by Mussolini and Hitler’s fascists – and by the Japanese fascists in the 1930s and ’40s must never be allowed to happen again!

As revolutionary Trotskyists we seek to lead the working class to the Marxist/Leninist understanding that the working class will never enjoy the right to the basic necessities of life (food, clothing, shelter, health care and education) nor will basic human rights (womens’ and LGBTQ rights, an end to all racial, sexual and religious discrimination and bigotry) ever be made secure under the capitalist system – which is fundamentally based on the exploitation of the working class and which employs racism, religious bigotry and sexuality to divide and conquer the working class. We want to provide the clear-sighted and principled revolutionary Trotskyist political leadership that is necessary in order for the working class to successfully overthrow capitalism and to replace it with a worldwide alliance of racially integrated, egalitarian socialist workers republics. To achieve that goal we must have a clear understanding of who our mortal enemies are; we can not go off running around calling every right-wing jerk who blurts out a stream of bigoted invective a “fascist” and go and lead workers to launch physical attacks against them! This kind of political gangsterism and adventurism confuses the working class: when everyone is labeled “fascist” then no one is a fascist! The ability of workers to distinguish between run-of-the-mill right-wing assholes and the far more deadly fascist foe is entirely lost, and the politically miseducated working class becomes an even easier target for the fascist gangs.

Lack of coherent, revolutionary Marxist programme leads “Anarchistsand “Antifa” astray

In the recent protests against Milo Yiannopoulos we see the political confusion of the anarchists of the “antifa” movement leading them into launching physical attacks on Yiannopoulos as if he was an actual fascist. Yiannopoulos is a transitional figure of the “alt-right” who lies somewhere between right-wing conservatism and fascism. He does not advocate the extermination of immigrants or other “undesirable” elements of the working class. Yiannopoulos is not a fascist: he is an “opening act” for the fascists! Yiannopoulos and his ilk are preparing the road for the rise of fascism; they are creating “safe spaces” inside universities and major cities in which the fascists may operate. But they are NOT “fascists”!

One of the tremendous weaknesses of the “anarchist” movement is the total absence of any political party structure that includes a collectively agreed-upon revolutionary Marxist political programme. This political nebulosity and confusion allows all kinds of heterogeneous political characters to pass themselves off as “anarchists”. Unlike the revolutionary Trotskyists who have a well-thought-out and openly proclaimed political programme which every member of a Trotskyist political party must agree to uphold before they can become even a prospective party member, in the anarchist “movement” it’s “everybody into the pool!” There are pro-capitalist anarchists, anti-abortion anarchists, anti-communist anarchists; you name it, the anarchist movement’s got it. Because the anarchists deny the obvious necessity of the formation of a cohesive political party around a revolutionary party programme, they allow all kinds of cretins into their ranks who simply like to pretend to be revolutionaries. If you ask one hundred anarchists what their political programme is you’ll get one hundred different answers. The only thing all anarchists agree on is their puerile opposition to any kind of “state” – especially a revolutionary socialist “worker’s state”! This fundamental political bankruptcy of the anarchist movement is the primary reason why whenever anarchists are placed in a position of political power they always wind up supporting the capitalist state as “the lesser evil” in comparison to a workers’ state (we’ve just seen this phenomenon once again with “anarchist” leaders in Iceland’s Pirate Party). History has shown the absolute necessity for the working class to establish a workers’ state in order to create the basis for the initial establishment of socialism and for the suppression of the overthrown capitalist class which will not simply concede defeat and walk away the minute they are deposed. Because the anarchists refuse on principle to build a workers state to defend and consolidate the gains of the successful workers revolution they will NEVER be able to lead a successful workers revolution, period! This is why real worker-revolutionaries should reject the lame “politics” of the anarchists.

The anarchist and “antifa” leaders that are going all out to stop the conservative bigot Yiannopoulos and his supporters as if they were all fascists are simply exposing their political bankruptcy for all the workers of the world to see – and are falling into a political trap laid by the right-wing bigots behind Breitbart “News”.  They are leading their members blindly into this set-up; and they and their naive members will suffer arrest, jailings, fines and the probable destruction of their organizations – all because they can’t tell the difference between a Nazi and a dollar-store right-wing blowhard! And these crazy youth who fantasize about just going around “punching a fascist in the face”? Look: if you can’t tell the difference between a real fascist and a bozo like Yiannopoulos do the revolutionary workers movement a favor and just take up MMA instead. You’re just going to give anarchism and the “antifa” movement a reputation as being “those idiots who go around punching people in the face”. That is not righteous revolutionary activism, it’s thugishness and a profound embarassment to the workers movement!

We must warn the working class of the mortal danger that fascism represents and we must put the “alt-right” on notice that the working class is keeping them under strict observation – and the moment they cross over the line to fascism they will become recognized as such and will become the mortal enemies of the organized working class and will be treated the same way we treat the fascists: they will “have their heads acquainted with the pavement”!

We defend those antifa activists who bravely defend the working class from actual fascists; but we will not defend those politically confused pseudo-anarchists who “call themselves” “antifa” but who physically attack people who are NOT fascists! We will be happy to patiently explain to any honest “antifa” or anarchist activist how to tell the difference between a fascist and a right-wing blowhard “opening actfor the fascists like Yiannopoulos.

Workers have the right to physically confront the fascists wherever they raise their heads. The police in a capitalist state have always and will always “protect and serve” their capitalist masters and their fascist gangs.

Pro-capitalist liberals of the Democratic Party and the fake-left groups howl when they see workers and students out in the streets defending themselves and society from fascist and neo-fascist mobilizations. The liberals want workers to rely not on their own organized strength – which the Democrats and their capitalist patrons fear above all else! – but on the police forces of the capitalist state to stop the fascists “if they get out of hand”; they also defend the “free speech rights” of the fascist scum.

As revolutionary Trotskyists we know that the police can never be depended upon to stop the fascists as the role of the police in a capitalist state is to protect and serve the capitalist class and their investments. And the capitalist class own and operate the fascist parties so that they may use them to smash the most powerful opponents of unrestrained exploitation of the working class by the capitalist class: the trade unions and the revolutionary socialist and anarchist parties. Time and time again we have seen, in capitalist countries all over the world, police agencies chock full of fascists and proto-fascists. In Chicago, many of the police are so racist they can’t even restrain themselves from using vile racist slurs on the police radio system when they KNOW they are being monitored by their superiors!

The FBI did a study in 2006 (17oct2006_fbi_doc-26-white-supremacist-infiltration) that exposed the degree to which fascists and white supremacists had “infiltrated” the police agencies of the United States. Dozens of police departments north and south were discovered to harbor gangs of fascist white supremacists (a fact which every black and Hispanic worker or cop in the US has known for ages).  The Southern Poverty Law Center, also in 2006, published proof that the US military is also packed with white supremacist Nazi elements – and has done almost nothing about it. The US military harbors and trains thousands of white supremacist lunatics and provides them with practice opportunities against “real world” targets all over the globe.   Once they are done slaughtering people for the US capitalist class overseas and their tours of duty are over, many of these lunatics return home and get jobs working for local and state police agencies.  Is is any wonder, then, that time and again we have seen these fascist-ridden police departments deployed to protect the Klan and Nazis, and once the Klan and Nazis’ provocation is over… THE COPS ATTACK THE ANTI-KLAN/NAZI PROTESTORS!  The fascist-ridden police departments of the US are world-infamous for their brutal murders of unarmed black and Hispanic citizens. These are the kind of “neutral” arbiters of “public order” we have prowling the streets of US cities with badge and guns – not the “Officer Friendly” fantasy the liberals and fake-leftists want workers to rely on for “protection” from the Klan and Nazis!  These are the Nazi-ridden police departments run – in almost every major US city – and defended by the “lesser eveil Democratic Party!

The police in a capitalist state are NOT “neutral arbiters” between the workers and the fascists but are one of the “special bodies of armed men and women” who exist to defend the class privileges and stolen wealth of the capitalist class and to keep the working class “in their place”. That means that when the capitalist class decides to unleash their fascist attack dogs to smash the workers movement the police can ALWAYS be expected to “protect and defend” the interests of the capitalists by “protecting and defending” the fascists!

Not small groups of activists but millions of workers organized in workers’ defense guard battalions based on the trade unions must be created to effectively smash the fascist threat in the egg!

The working class must create workers defense guards to defend the working class from the mortal danger that the fascist threat represents – whenever and wherever it appears. It is not a job for small groups of anarchists or socialists to “substitute themselves” for the integrated working class in defending human society from the fascists. Anarchists and socialists must go out and organize workers of all races, creeds and colors wherever they are: at work, at union meetings, at their places of worship, and urge them to join with us in confronting the fascist threat because it is particularly the minority workers who will be the first targets of the fascists if they become emboldened enough to operate openly in our cities. Only the effective mobilization of millions of workers into integrated workers defense guard battalions can effectively counter and crush the fascist movement in the egg. These battalions must be based on the organized power of the trade unions who are also among the top targets of the fascists. This has been done before quite effectively here in the US and around the world and it can and must be done again. Fascism? NEVER AGAIN!

It is tragic that honest political activists are led by political charlatans into physically attacking right-wing creeps who pose no serious threat to anyone – exposing those activists to brutal police attacks, arrests, jailing, and perhaps even death at the hands of racist (and often fascist) cops and prison guards! We must carefully choose our enemies so as not to squander our limited, precious and noble real antifascist activists on attacks against conservative windmills! We must organize and prepare ourselves to defend our working class sisters and brothers against our deadliest enemies: the real fascists whenever and wherever they appear. We must also not seek to substitute handfuls of heroic and self-sacrificing antifa and revolutionary socialist activists for the huge numbers of union workers of all races, creeds, colors – and political persuasions – who must be organized and brought into the streets to confront and crush the actual fascists whenever and wherever they raise their heads! We need to organize MILLIONS of worker-activists, especially in the potential bastions of working class power – the trade unions – into disciplined battalions of worker-militants in order to crush the fascist movement in the egg. Only the revolutionary Trotskyists have a class-struggle programme time-tested and successful that can not merely combat all the many forms of fascism from the Black Hundreds of Bolshevik Russia to the Ku Klux Klan but which can put an end once and for all to the capitalist system that creates, nurtures, organizes, finances and unleashes the fascist hordes to smash the workers movement. Every successful workers revolution in world history has had at its head a vanguard party of professional revolutionaries with a revolutionary program for the overthrow of the old regime and for the creation of a workers government. We need to build a Trotskyist vanguard party now to lead the next wave of workers revolutions – in the US and around the world – so all future generations can live in a world where xenophobic fascism no longer exists! JOIN US!

To smash fascism once and for all time we say: capitalism must die so that the working class may live!

IWPCHI

CIA’s Outsourcing of Torture: Mitchell, Jessen and Associates and the Murder of Gul Rahman

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We present to our readers a selection of recently released CIA documents relating to the CIA’s outsourcing of torture to a private consulting firm, Mitchell, Jessen and Associates.  The documents were apparently obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through a Freedom of Information Act request to the CIA.  The full set of 764 pages was uploaded to the “DocumentCloud” website by Charles Savage of the New York Times on 19 January 2017.  This original full set of documents can be obtained from our own website here:  cia-documents-from-aclu

Our selection featured here is

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This 20-page document describes the CIA’s outsourcing of torture initially to a pair of US psychologists: James Elmer Mitchell  and  John “Bruce” Jessen.  This dynamic duo later formed a partnership –  the consulting firm of Mitchell, Jessen and Associates.

SERE training camp at Fort Bragg. Captain Michael Kearns, Psychologist Bruce Jessen (right). SOURCE: Michael Kearns, Truthout.org, via Wikipedia

SERE training camp at Fort Bragg. Captain Michael Kearns, Psychologist Bruce Jessen (right). SOURCE: Michael Kearns, Truthout.org, via Wikipedia

According to the financial statements given by the CIA in the ACLU document trove, between 2001 and 2009, Mitchell and Jessen were paid $74,633,075.75 to teach “enhanced interrogation” methods to CIA operatives as well as, apparently guards and officers from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.  Mitchell and Associates had, at the time these documents were created, approximately 80 employees all “certified” to provide “expert” torture-enhanced interrogations as well as torture consulting services to the US military and the CIA.

Jessen was involved in the design and execution of the interrogation plan used against suspected  Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin operative Gul Rahman.   Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin is named after its leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deranged Islamic fundamentalist once the darling of the US Government back when he was fighting the USSR-backed moderate Afghan Government in the late 1970s and early ’80s.  Once the Stalinist misleaders of the USSR pulled out of Afghanistan in an attempt to placate an increasingly belligerent US capitalist class, Hekmatyar began to turn on his erstwhile allies in the US.  The US policy of financing the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in order to use it as a battering ram against Soviet Central Asia and western China was a short-term solution that has turned into a long-term disaster for the US and especially for the women workers of the Near and Middle East.  The chickens came home to roost on 9/11 as another darling of Reagan-era anti-Sovietism, Osama Bin Laden, launched the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Our party is inspired by the work of the International Communist League/Spartacist League whose brilliant analysis and defense of of the Soviet Union’s intervention in Afghanistan stands as one of the greatest political achievements of the Trotskyist movement in history.  When the Sparts said “Hail Red Army in Afghanistan” in defense of the reformist pro-Soviet government that was trying to bring Afghanistan into the 20th century by fighting to end such horrors of Afghan tribal society as the buying and selling of brides and horrific enslavement of women, the entire reformist left howled in unison with the US and world imperialism, which backed the Afghan mullahs like Hekmatyar and Bin Laden.  We urge our readers to check out these brilliant writings of the Spartacist League/ICL on Afghanistan from 1979-80:17 November 1978. Sparts demonstrate what Trotskyist leadership is all about with crystal-clear analysis of Iranian Islamic counter-revolution.

https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/newspape/workersvanguard/1978/0219_17_11_1978.pdf

Trotskyists principled internationalist Leninist defense of USSR intervention in Afghanistan.

Trotskyists of Spartacist League/ICL’s principled internationalist defense of USSR and its intervention in Afghanistan, Winter 1979-80.

 

https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/newspape/spartacist-us/1972-1980/0027-0028_Winter_1979-80.pdf

Though there have been calls from several quarters to have these “war on terror” criminals brought to justice, as of this writing they are walking the streets as free men, enjoying the fruits of their labor in the service of the US capitalist class.  On 13 October 2015, the ACLU filed this lawsuit on behalf of the estate of Gul Rahman against Mitchell and Jessen:  salim_v-_mitchell_-_complaint_10-13-15

With bipartisan support among Democrats and Republicans for the aims and methods of the US “War on Terror” (which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people) and a long-standing refusal of either party to bring anyone involved in the CIA torture program up on criminal charges, it seems to us highly unlikely that Mitchell or Jessen – or any of their many US government collaborators – will see the inside of a well-deserved prison cell anytime soon.

The only way that the war criminals in the service of the US capitalist class will ever see justice is if the US working class overthrows this bloodthirsty ruling class and takes power into the workers’ own hands.  This will require a socialist revolution led by a Trotskyist vanguard party that creates an egalitarian socialist workers republic which will see to it that these criminals are brought face to face with a jury of their victims.  Donald Trump – a full-fledged representative of the venal, greed-mad US capitalist class, has repeatedly announced to the world his fondness for torture – a sentiment that would have shocked the “Founding Fathers” of the United States, whose bourgeois-revolutionary founding documents officially denounced “cruel and unusual punishments” like torture as a hideous relic of medieval barbarism and sought to end its practice for all time.  It is a sign of the depth of the degeneracy of the 21st-century heirs of Washington and Jefferson that the topmost representative of their class now threatens to “make torture great again”.

For decades the Trotskyists have warned the workers that if the working classes of the world do not organize themselves and overthrow the capitalist system, the result will be a descent into a barbarism even worse than that created by the world’s capitalist classes in World Wars I and II.  The time for the working class to organize for this final struggle against the last class of exploiters is getting short.  We must build revolutionary socialist workers parties NOW and put an end to the savagery of the capitalist system before it plunges the planet into a nuclear World War III in which the world – and for the first time the continental US – will see total destruction of its major cities and of hundreds of millions of workers.  This does not have to happen!

Workers of the World Unite!  Capitalism must die so that the working class may live!

IWPCHI

 

Obama’s Justice Dept. Spent 1 Year and $3 Million to Tell You What You Already Knew: Chicago Police Dept. Totally Out of Control

This past week has been full of wacky surprises from the Democratic Party’s criminal clowns who are running the US Government now, as well as from the incoming gang of criminals around racist billionaire real-estate hustler Donald Trump.  The Democrats, still reeling from their stunning defeat at the hands of two third-party candidates who together barely polled 5% of the national vote, have gone crazy, not wanting to believe that could be true.  They are trying to convince a disbelieving world that it was THE RUSSIANS who “hacked the election” for Donald Trump!  To further that end, they have released a pair of bogus, poorly sources “intelligence” documents purporting to “prove” the Russkies stole the election for Trump.  The Democratic Party propaganda machine – a.k.a. “progressive radio” – especially the hideous Hillbot, C.I.A.-loving Stephanie Miller et al – have been retailing the thinly-sourced “intel” allegedly produced by an ex-MI6 man Christopher Steele (not to be confused with the porn star of the same name… we think!) as if it was Newton’s “Principia” or something – which it is decidedly not.  Despite the fact that the #DodgyDossierII reads like it was produced by a junior-high-school civics class, the bourgeois press has been using it to cripple the incoming Trump Administration before he even takes the oath of office.

Trump (proving once again the old adage that even a stopped clock tells the correct time twice a day) has been denouncing both the pathetic “intel” documents and the US Intelligence Community that has been quietly spreading them around to their favorite members of the mass media, hoping someone would take the bait and publish the garbage.  After circulating around various editorial offices for over a month – during which no one in the Press would publish the docs because NONE of the claims in them could be verified by anyone – the website “Buzzfeed” finally dropped them on a curious world – and got pilloried for scooping the entire bourgeois press of the UK and the USA.  Trump denounced the docs, the entire Buzzfeed organization, and lashed out again at the US “intelligence community” for conducting a whispering campaign against him using the dodgy documents as fodder for web rumor mills.  After several weeks of repudiating all the “evidence” of Russian “hacking” of the US elections brought to him by the CIA and other US intel agencies, Trump has only recently begun to admit that maybe the Russians did interfere in the US presidential election (mostly, as the intel report weakly admits, via the “RT” news network’s honest reporting of documents verified to be genuine by the intel agencies themselves, clipped from Hillary Clinton & Co.’s email servers and published by WikiLeaks and others).  But by repudiating the top-secret intelligence reports publicly and by denouncing the US intel agency heads who delivered them, Trump has created an enormous and unprecedented rift between his incoming Administration and the syphilitic brotherhoods of the US intel agencies.  It’s been a wonderfully entertaining show!

While all this drama was in full flower 24/7 on all bourgeois news outlets, the Obama Administration decided it was a good time to try to slip their long-awaited Dept. of Justice report on their year-long investigation into the cesspool of corruption and racist brutality otherwise known as the Chicago Police Department.  Having spent a whole year and $3,000,000.00 of your tax dollars doing a “Very Thorough and Impartial” investigation of the CPD, the DoJ report tells the world what every black and Hispanic worker in Chicago has been trying to tell the deaf-dumb-and-blind Chicago press corps for EVER: the Chicago Police Department is committing daily outrages against the black and Hispanic population of the US’ third-largest city; Constitutional rights violations by the cops are rife; use of excessive force against the citizenry – including cold-blooded murder – is commonplace for the CPD’s thugs in blue; and as for accountability, forgetaboutit!  The Democrats’ Chicago Police Department is a department out of control from top to bottom and a menace to the very society it is supposed to “protect and serve”.  Who knew?  EVERYONE knew!  Every person of color who lives in Chicago could have written this report in 15 minutes.

That it took so long for the US Government – and an administration headed by a Chicago Democrat no less – to finally admit that THEIR police department has been shredding the Constitutional rights of Chicago’s citizenry for decades is quite an admission of guilt.  And so far, outside of Chicago proper, the timing of the report’s release has proven to be quite cleverly chosen, and it is already slipping down the memory hole as we write this.  It is the job of the representatives of the working class of Chicago to MAKE SURE THIS REPORT gets the widest readership possible among the workers of Chicago and around the nation.  The US Department of Justice wants you to believe that this report pertains only to one major US city; in fact, you could take the findings of this report and apply them to almost EVERY major US metropolitan police force and a whole lot of smaller cities and towns as well, all across the racist hell hole that is the US of A.

So what are some of the key findings of the report?

DoJ report retails litany of crimes routinely committed by the Chicago Police Department, long run by the Chicago Democratic Party.

DoJ report retails litany of crimes routinely committed by the Chicago Police Department, long run by the Chicago Democratic Party. Source: US Department of Justice

That’s not all, folks… the US Department of Justice found that their own Democratic Party’s Chicago cops use “unreasonable force” against children and the mentally ill… and then lie about it to internal investigators…

Just a few of the findings regarding the routine "excessive" use of force by the Democrats' Chicago Police Department. Source: US Department of Justice

Just a few of the findings regarding the routine “excessive” use of force by the Democrats’ Chicago Police Department. Source: US Department of Justice

And what about accountability?  Surely, the CPD thoroughly investigates police brutality reports and punishes those cops who commit the most egregious offenses, right?  You must not be from Chicago and you are definitely not a person of color if you asked those questions…

Accountability? WHAT "accountability"? It doesn't exist in the Democratic Party-run Chicago Police Department. Source: US Department of Justice

“Accountability”? WHAT “accountability”? It doesn’t exist in the Democratic Party-run Chicago Police Department. Source: US Department of Justice

More specifically… and as any Chicago citizen of color could have told you long, long ago…

98% of police misconduct cases reported by the citizens are found to be valid. The DoJ calls this "a low sustained rate". We call it massive fraud. Apparently the citizens of Chicago are a horde of liars, and the CPD is a bastion of honesty and integrity. Source: US Department of Justice

98% of police misconduct cases reported by the citizens are found to be invalid. The DoJ calls this “a low sustained rate”. We call it massive fraud. Apparently, in the eyes of the CPD, the citizens of Chicago are a horde of liars, and the CPD is a bastion of honesty and integrity. Source: US Department of Justice

As for the idea that the cops are not racist and use force only when and where necessary…?

The Democratic Party's Chicago Police use violence against black people 10 TIMES AS OFTEN as they do against whites; and racist and discriminatory language is common and tolerated by supervisors. Source: US Department of Justice

The Democratic Party’s Chicago Police Department uses violence against black people 10 TIMES AS OFTEN as they do against whites; and racist and discriminatory language is common and is tolerated by supervisors. Source: US Department of Justice

Brothers and sisters, almost all of these clips we’ve shown you so far come from the Executive Summary – the first 16 pages of the 164-page report!  We haven’t even got down to the actual report yet!  It is very important that every worker in Chicago read this completely damning indictment of the Democratic Party and their vicious gang-like behavior of THEIR Chicago Police Department.

Jan 2017_US DoJ Full Report_Chicago Police Dept Findings

The “solutions” proposed by Obama’s US Department of Justice – which waited until he had but a week left in his 8 years in the Oval Office to finally admit what has been going on in Democratic Chicago, IL – will undoubtedly be ignored by the incoming Trump Administration.  All the sweet talk of reforms will go by the wayside because the reason the police have EVOLVED over the past 40 years into a heavily militarized occupying army rampaging through the black and Hispanic sections of every US city is because the US capitalist class has no longer any use for the millions of black and Hispanic workers who  can’t find decent-paying jobs no matter how hard they look because there aren’t any now AND THERE WON’T BE ANY IN THE FUTURE EITHER!  The US capitalist class lives in terror of the ghetto masses whose lives they have ruined through the closing of factories and steel mills of Chicago – and throughout the US – and they have no intention of bringing ANY of those jobs back.  Impoverished, poorly educated, victimized by the racist cops who arrest, overcharge and imprison millions of working class black and Hispanic youth, making it impossible for them to obtain jobs once they have a “record”… there is NO FUTURE for black and Hispanic youth under the capitalist system!  Unless we overthrow capitalism and replace it with an egalitarian planned socialist economy that will provide jobs for all who are physically capable of working, conditions of life for the black and Hispanic masses will continue to deteriorate.  The only answer the terrified white ruling class has to poverty is racist police repression and for-profit “justice” and prison systems.   And as more and more robotic automation of what remains of factory work in the US is brought on line, the need for human workers is set to follow a long decline over the next several decades.  This will impact ALL workers, white, black, Hispanic – EVERYONE!  When we say “Capitalism must die so that the working class may live” WE MEAN IT!

We need to start building Trotskyist workers parties that are funded entirely by donations and membership dues of the working class, to start taking over the local, state and national political offices where we can fight 24/7/365 to defend and extend the rights of the working class in the US and internationally.  Only integrated workers parties made up of all ethnicities – and including our brother and sister immigrant workers – can effectively smash the growth of the racist and fascist organizations starting to feel the wind under their wings as Trump comes to power.  Only an integrated workers party can lead the fight to defend and extend women’s rights to abortion services and to obtain free, quality, comprehensive health care for every worker in the USA.  Only an integrated Trotskyist workers party can lead a successful fight to unionize the non-union workforces into unions that no longer defend the capitalist system which is based upon the systematic robbery of the working class!  Only an integrated Trotskyist workers party can defend the elderly and keep the capitalist class from gutting Social Security and Medicare!  No one can save the working class but the working class itself!  The time to start is RIGHT NOW!  Get in touch with us and let’s get started so by the NEXT round of Congressional elections we can run candidates that will win millions of votes of the working class and start taking the workers’ rightful place as the rulers of society!  Only then can we replace the racist, killer cops with a well-regulated and integrated workers militia that will truly “protect and defend” the right of the working class to food, clothing, housing, health care and education.

Workers of the World, Unite!  Dump the Democrats and build revolutionary socialist Trotskyist workers parties now! Capitalism must die so the working class may live!

IWPCHI

US “Intel” Report on “Putin-Ordered” “Hacking of US Election”: Same Lies, Shouted Louder This Time

Last week the badly misnamed United States “Intelligence Community”, whose repeated massive failures to do their “jobs” have resulted in (to name just the two most infamous) the attack on 9/11 and the monstrous war against Iraq, released a pathetic evidence-free 25-page report attempting once again to link the Russian government of Vladimir Putin directly to alleged attempts by his government to interfere and even to “hack” the US electoral process in the 2016 US Presidential election.  Not surprisingly, once again they failed to produce even the slightest evidence to back their outrageous claims against Russia – an extremely dangerous attempt to essentially assert that an act of war has been committed by the Russian Government against the USA.  In their mad determination to maintain their military and economic hegemony over the entire world, the US capitalist class and their government – who can’t even run a medium-sized city like Detroit without fucking it up – think that they have the “right” to run the entire planet as their very own combination slave plantation and personal piggy bank.  Angered at their inability to add Syria to the long list of Middle Eastern nation-states they have turned into free-fire zones (thanks largely to Russia’s military support for the brutal Assad regime), the United States capitalist class seems to have given their bought-and-paid-for Senators and Congressmen and the lame-duck Obama Administration the green light to launch a propaganda war against Russia that seems intended to start WWIII!  Fortunately for the world, Vladimir Putin’s government has not responded to the “lesser evil” Democrat Obama’s attacks in kind.

Having just had their asses handed to them in the recent US Presidential elections (in spite of their spending a couple of billion dollars to make their pet Hillary the first female President) the US capitalist class is in a rage.  Rodham Clinton – the heavy favorite to win the latest phony presidential “election” in the USA – had her coronation rudely canceled, not by WikiLeaks, not by the “evil empire”of Putin, but by the Libertarian and Green Parties, who, by securing over 5% of the vote in key states handed Donald Trump the electoral votes he needed to win.  But this reality can not be acknowledged by the US capitalist class because to admit that it was the poorly-funded third parties right here in the USA that annulled their supposedly magical money-power to elect whomever they choose to the highest office in the land means that they must admit that the days of dead-end two-party politics, controlled entirely by the wealthiest 10% of US citizens is OVER.  So, to cover up the fact that the suposedly invincible US capitalist class is losing control over its own fake “democracy” in the US, they have promulgated the Big Lie that it was the evil Russian Putin who “stole the election” which the US greedhead class thought they had once again bought for themselves “fair and square”.

The Obama Administration and their Republican allies in Congress are shouting in unison that WikiLeaks and Putin conspired to “hack” the US electoral process.  This ridiculous assertion falls on its face at the very first hurdle.  There is not the tiniest bit of evidence that WikiLeaks has colluded with the Russians in any way, and the US “Intelligence Community” reports have not provided a shred of actual evidence proving this assertion.  Likewise, they have not been able to find any kind of “smoking gun” evidence proving that the Russians did anything other than publicly avow their preference for a Trump victory over Clinton, for a vast number of very good reasons.  Hillary Clinton’s brutal record of destabilizing the entire Middle East and their sinister support for the Nazi-ridden, anti-Russian government of the Ukraine while she was Secretary of State alone provide enough plainly justifyable reasons why the Russians would prefer Anyone But Clinton.  But Trump’s wholly unsolicited public statements of admiration for the autocrat Putin gave the Russians plenty of reasons to prefer a Trump win.  Politicians, governments and media pundits all over the world picked their favorite candidates and publicly stated their preferences.  What makes Putin and his nation’s propagandists doing the same thing so special?  When the United States wants to make its preferences known in foreign elections it finds many ways to do it – publicly and privately – and makes no bones about it, unless the US “Intelligence Community” decides an assassination or two are in order, of course.

Did the Russians hack Hillary Clinton’s illegal, secret and poorly defended email server and those of her campaign manager John Podesta and others and turn over the docs to WikiLeaks  to use against Hillary Clinton as the US Government claims? According to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, the answer is an emphatic “no”.

(Watch the full interview below:)

During an interview with right-wing blowhard Sean Hannity broadcast on Hannity’s TV show last week, Assange repeatedly denied that WikiLeaks received the Podesta or Clinton emails “from any state party”.  Hannity pounded away on this point, asking Assange several times from several different angles during the interview to deny that there was any Russian Government link to the WikiLeaks revelations that proved so damaging to Clinton’s Presidential cakewalk; and every time he did, Assange firmly stated that there was no Russian government involvement in the leaks.

So, who should we believe: the US Government or Julian Assange?  Assange has a long record for telling the truth; the US Government “Intelligence” agencies have a much longer record of systematically lying to the public and even lying under oath during Congressional testimony!  Not surprisingly, current polls show that in spite of years of a massive US Government-orchestrated propaganda campaign to discredit WikiLeaks as an organization and Assange personally, a large percentage of the US population trusts Assange and WikiLeaks more than they trust the US Government officialdom!  This, too is another sign that the ability of the US capitalist class to fool the US working class with their endless pro-capitalist propaganda and lies is wearing thin.  The Internet in general, and courageous hackers, whistleblowers and information outlets like WikiLeaks have made it very difficult for any government to successfully lie to its own citizens for any length of time.  The exposes of their lies occur almost immediately as soon as the words trill off their lying tongues, entirely bypassing what has been for more than a century the carefully constructed and fraudulent “impartial” bourgeois press’ self-imposed pro-government censorship.  The top bourgeois press mouthpieces of the US capitalist class – the New York Times and the Washington Post – have in recent weeks been repeatedly caught spreading lying pro-government propaganda within 24 hours of the attempt.  The US capitalist class (less than 10% of the US’ ~4.5% of the world population) which thinks it can run the world in its own greedy self-interest – in the name of “Democracy”(TM), of course! – is rapidly losing control of its home wage-slave plantation.  And so the capitalists, always living in mortal fear that their long-exploited worker-victims will finally wise up to their tricks are losing their minds, lashing out at the Russians in a desperate attempt to cover up the fact that the “all-powerful” US capitalist class can’t even rig their own domestic elections any more!

The new “Intelligence” report is based upon alleged “evidence” of Russian tampering with US elections developed by three US intelligence agencies: the US Government’s political police (the Federal Bureau of Investigation – FBI); the foreign intelligence, propaganda and assassinations branch of the US Government (the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency – CIA); and the communications spy agency known as the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).  In spite of this the report is supposed to be evidence of openness and transparency in the US Government (try not to laugh).  In fact, the only thing about it that is “open and transparent” is that it is an open and transparent attempt to lie once again to the world – and especially to the workers of the USA – that the Russians essentially made Donald Trump President of the United States!  If you believe that whopper, we have a small herd of unicorns we’d like to sell you!  (They lay golden eggs!)

The Intel report (link available at end of article) is supposed to be identical to the “top secret” report given to US Assassin-in-Chief Obama… but with all the actual alleged “evidence” stripped out of it.  So, once again, the US working class and the entire world is supposed to “take the US Government’s word for it” that the evidence actually exists.  The problem is that these scumbags have lied to the UN, their NATO allies, the entire world to justify their massive crimes against humanity, like the murderous and unprovoked war against Iraq which cost that nation the lives of well over a million of its citizens and reduced it to a state of barbarism – all so the US capitalist class and their British co-conspirators could stuff their pockets with profits stolen from the Iraqi oil fields.  No one in their right mind would believe a thing the US Government says after the debacle over their fraudulent claims of Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of “mobile bioweapon labs” and an arsenal of “weapons of mass destruction” that turned out to be entirely imaginary.

What the new. slightly less-censored report DOES demonstrate is that the one branch of the US’ so-called “intelligence community” that would have been able to obtain bona fide “smoking gun evidence” of Putin having ordered the hacking of the US elections – the US National Security Agency – HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO PRODUCE SUCH EVIDENCE!  In fact, out of the three major US intel agencies whose assessments of the results of the entirety of their agencies’ collective massive spying operations being waged against Russia 24/7/365 led to the “overall” conclusion that the Russian Government was involved in “hacking the US elections”, it is the NSA that has the lowest level of confidence in the “evidence”!

It is typical in these types of validity assessments of “intelligence community” research on a subject that each agency report the level of confidence it has in its own assessment.  There are huge internal fights over these characterizations of the validity of the ‘evidence” presented.  In the run-up to the Iraq War, a significant number of CIA analysts fought to have their low opinion of the quality of the “evidence” for the existence of Saddam’s “WMD” arsenal and his attempts to obtain nuclear-weapons-grade materials brought to the attention of then-President Bush via the multi-intel-agency assessments of the Iraq WMD evidence.  Their criticisms were censored out of the report given to President Bush at the insistence of their own agency heads and key Administration officials hell-bent on war.  So any time we see, especially in a “declassified” document like this latest one an assertion from one of the key intel agencies that their level of confidence in the validity of the conclusions of the report differ from that of the other agencies, we take notice of that.  In this latest report, it is the agency that would most likely be the one whose intrusive spying operations would produce such evidence (involving the precise type of hacking of government agencies and politicians emails that the US Government is hypocritically whining about the Russians having done to them!) asserts that in at least one key conclusion of the report, the NSA has only “moderate confidence” in the “evidence”!

NSA not convinced Russians conspired to help Trump win election via campaign of disinformation disparaging Clinton. Source: Office of Director of National Intelligence: "Intelligence Community Assessment - Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections", 6 January 2017 (Emphasis added by IWPCHI)

NSA not convinced Russians conspired to help Trump win election via campaign of disinformation disparaging Clinton. Source: Office of Director of National Intelligence: “Intelligence Community Assessment – Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”, 6 January 2017, p. ii (Emphasis added by IWPCHI)

The report gives us a helpful graphic which shows how to interpret the meaning of what a SpySpeak “moderate level of confidence” actually means in common English:

ODNI report defines "levels of confidence" - Source: ODNI report, ibid., p 13.

ODNI report defines “levels of confidence” – Source: ODNI report, ibid., p 13.

So now we can see that a “moderate level of confidence” in the evidence – as asserted by the NSA’s analysts regarding one of the central claims of the report – means “even odds” that the information is either a) true or b) pure horseshit.  The brain trust at NSA were unable to decide which.

So we know from this supposedly “unanimous” intel assessment that in at least one key aspect of the conclusions there was a significant difference of opinion so great that the less-confident section of the NSA analysts insisted that their lack of confidence be openly stated in the report.  This was probably not something that was very easy to have included in a declassified report that was being used as propaganda to demonstrate complete confidence in the allegations against the Russians; and was almost certainly insisted upon as a condition of the NSA agreeing to put their stamp of approval of the US Intel collective’s “high confidence” in the assertions made in the report.  The claim that all three agencies were “unanimous” in their “high confidence” of the assertions made based on the “evidence” of Russian tampering with US elections… was itself a lie!

Quel surprise!: the US Government continues to lie to the world and especially to the working class of the USA, who must be kept in a state of fear and confusion at all times regardless of how stupid it makes the population of the USA look to the rest of the world and how venal and ruthless it makes the US government look.  What else is new?

The fact is that the US capitalist class and its “intelligence agencies” are engaged in funneling money to military leaders and politicians and buying journalists in every nation in the world 24/7/365.  Everything the US is hypocritically whining about the Russians having done to them the US  Government has done in every country in the world, from the Dominican Republic to Germany.  The CIA doesn’t stop at merely disseminating pro-US propaganda to bolster the foreign dictators the US supports; hires thugs to beat up communist and socialist political party workers; it trains death squads to kill union leaders and political activists of the working class;  and it does not to hesitate to ‘interfere” in foreign elections using every tool from slander to assassination to “eliminate” political leaders it does not like in a continuous effort to “defend American interests” (read: foreign investments by the US capitalist class) in every country on Earth.  The revelation by Edward Snowden of the US’ massive spying operations being waged by the US Government against its own allies, which include hacking into the cell phones of leaders and even of collecting DNA specimens from UN representatives shows that all of this reckless anti-Russian propaganda is nothing but a case of “the pot calling the kettle ‘black'”.  Only here in the USA, where the slavish US wage/debt/credit slaves keep themselves safely uninformed about what their own ruling class’ government is up to, does this thoroughly hypocritical campaign of lies carry any weight.  The workers all over the rest of the world laugh out loud in the face of the US Government’s massive shedding of crocodile’s tears over “poor little USA” merely having its own elections tampered with by the preferred news media outlet of Russia, when what the United Styates routinely does to interfere in foreign elections is far worse – by several orders of magnitude!  The wailing of US Government officials over “Russian tampering” in the 2016 US election is really too ridiculous for words!

The US “intel community” report also expresses the US capitalist class’ fury at the fact that it no longer can control the news being presented to the US working class via their wholly-owned-and-operated de facto government propaganda outlets of the domestic US bourgeois press.  They are particularly furious that the Russians have created a TV station that is popular in the USA and which boldly dares to disseminate pro-Russian propaganda – just as the US and the UK capitalist class governments do via Radio Free Europe, the Voice of America, the BBC, CNN and a host of other propaganda outlets!  It is quite amusing to hear the United States Government bleat about how “Russia Today”‘s US-focused “RT” network is spreading pernicious lies (actually mostly the truth) about the US Government to US workers when the US has been doing the opposite thing (spreading mostly lies) to the Russians since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917!  It is hilarious to hear the Big Criminals of the US capitalist class crying about how the Little Criminals in the Russian Government have “stolen” what they have always believed to be the US’ proprietary propaganda methods and are now using them to undermine US workers’ alleged “confidence in the US Government” precisely the same way that the US propaganda outlets have done and continue to do to Russia, Syria, China, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea and every other regime they do not like!  Poor babies!

The fact is that the coronation of the US capitalist class candidate of choice the bought-and-paid-for shill of Wall St., Hillary Rodham Clinton was torpedoed not because too many US voters were brainwashed by watching (mostly truthful) RT exposes – based on the WikiLeaks and other revelations – of the undemocratic methods Hillary Rodham Clinton was using against the Bernie Sanders campaign to secure her nomination as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate.  Hillary Rodham Clinton was defeated because enough voters were convinced of her corruption and venality, her bloodthirstiness, her unsuitability to hold the nation’s highest office that a couple million of them in key states voted for third-party candidates because they found her simply to be repulsive!  Clinton had her candidacy torpedoed not by “Russian spies” or by Julian Assange but by the exposing of her coquettish courting of Wall St. speculators and bankers and other corporate criminals.  The US citizens who are so fed up with the same old bullshit from the Democrats and the Republicans that enough of them voted for Libertarian and Green Party candidates to shoot Clinton’s Presidential hopes to tatters – hopefully once and for all time!

This election, we believe, signals the beginning of the end of the two-party system in the USA and the advent of the rise of third parties capable of winning enough votes from the thoroughly discredited twin parties owned and operated by the US capitalist class to throw every future US election up for grabs.  This is the second time in 20 years that third parties garnered enough votes in key states to completely overthrow the carefully-laid-and-paid-for fraud of a US Presidential election.  Finally, US citizens are starting to vote their conscience rather than just voting for whoever they think will win.  But this passive strategy of voting for whatever half-bright third-party candidate shows up in an election who is not a Democrat or Republican will not magically produce candidates that truly represent the interests of the working class.  The Libertarian Party, for example, is not a pro-working-class party but is in fact a right-wing pro-capitalist party whose ideological ancestry can be traced back to that idiot tool of the capitalist class Ayn Rand – a “philosophy” that seriously asserts that selfishness is among the greatest of all human virtues!  Disgusting!

The Green Party, though espousing a reasonably rational environmental policy (its one “minor” flaw being that it is totally unrealizable under the capitalist system) is itself also a pro-capitalist political party, which means it defends the syatematic exploitation of the vast majority of the population by the numerically tiny capitalist class.  What the working class needs is a REAL workers party, not a vaguely “progressive” party that makes a lot of timid “progressive” noises but which, in the final analysis, defends the capitalist system that ruthlessly robs the working class day-in and day-out.   When the working class of the USA finally realizes that it must create a party of its own, completely independent of the US capitalist class, funded 100% by the working class, staffed by revolutionary Trotskyist workers and dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist system of racism, war, poverty and unemployment, the days of the rule of the exploiters over the exploited will finally come to its long-awaited end.  We’re ready to get this party started when you are, sister and brother workers!  Join us!  If we work hard enough over the next three years we will be able to start replacing the bought-and-paid-for politicians representing the greedy 10%ers with real workers representatives who don’t just want to “speak truth to power” but who want to take power into the hands of the working class directly.  The working class can not have its rights successfully fought for and defended by politicians who owe their political offices to bribes paid them by the capitalists to secure their election.  We must have our own party, our own leaders, answerable only to you the workers and to you alone.  We will take over all local, state and national offices and then we will finally get rid of the capitalist system that enslaves the workers of the entire capitalist world by overthrowing the capitalists’ rotten and corrupt government and replacing it with an egalitarian socialist workers republic.  Only then can we have a government that guarantees our inalienable right to housing, food, clothing, education and health care once and for all time.

–IWPCHI

25-page ODNI Report:  odni_-intel-community-assessment-assessing-russian-activities-and-intentions-in-recent-us-elections-6jan17

Brussels Bombings: Abhorrent Attacks on Civilians Must Not Be Allowed to Lead to Retaliation Against Our Innocent Working-class Muslim Sisters & Brothers! Defend Muslim workers against racist/fascist attacks! Muslim refugees must be welcomed and defended in USA!

[Editor’s note: This article was hastily composed in response to the hideous terrorist attacks in Brussels that took place today (22 Mar. 2016).  We reserve the right to modify the statements made here in haste at a later time, although we doubt that we will find much to modify.  We feel that it is imperative that our party makes clear simultaneously our opposition to the tactics of the ISIL/ISIS terrorists while at the same time expressing our understanding that the MILLIONS of mostly Muslim victims of US/NATO attacks since 1990 cry out for vengeance!  But it is only through workers socialist revolution which overthrows the bloodthirsty savages of the US and European capitalist classes that the deaths of millions of our working class Muslim sisters and brothers and their children can be avenged.  Escalation of warfare being urged on by the fascist and fascist-leaning politicians of the US and Europe must be opposed by all decent workers in the US and the NATO countries!  There is no civilized future possible for the working classes of the world under capitalism!  The capitalist system must die so that the working classes of the world may live!   All decent workers in the United States and Europe must prepare to defend WITH OUR LIVES the embattled Muslim communities of the USA and Europe against the attacks of the anti-Muslim bigots and their fascist allies!  WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE! — IWPCHI]

First of all we want to offer our condolences to the families and friends of the working-class victims of the terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels today.  No matter how justified – and there are two million dead mostly Muslim children, women and men, mostly victims of indiscriminate US/NATO attacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Kurdistan and Syria, whose murders are being avenged via these attacks on civilians – terrorist attacks on civilians are never justified!  It is as abhorrent when the US/NATO military forces kill civilians as it is when ISIS/ISIL or anyone else does it.  The Trotskyist movement, in complete consonance with the entire history of the revolutionary Marxist movement, is opposed on principle to the tactics of the terrorists.

Communist workers and all decent working-class fighters against racism and those willing to sacrifice their lives for the right of freedom of worship must prepare themselves to take up their position as the most intransigent and heroic defenders of our Muslim sisters and brothers and of their homes and their mosques in the USA and all over the world! We must defend Muslims and their places of worship just as communists and anti-racist workers  in the USA defended black workers and their places of worship when they were being attacked by the Ku Klux Klan during the Reconstruction and Civil Rights movements! The principle of the right of freedom of conscience is one of the greatest victories of human history fought for and conquered by the heroic fighters of 1775 up to this day. To abandon the defense of freedom of conscience and freedom of worship that the United States of America was founded upon is treason to the most honorable revolutionary ideals of the American Revolution and to the heroes of the union forces in the US Civil War and the US veterans who died fighting fascism in WWII. They did NOT give their lives so that their descendants could stand by and watch the United States turn into a fascist country! We, the workers of the United States, will not stand by and allow a Muslim Holocaust to take place in our nation as the mass of deluded German workers stood by and allowed a Jewish Holocaust to take place in Hitler’s Germany!

US policy has consistently since the end of WWII played directly into the growth of the Islamic fundamentalists via the US policy of opposing political forces who wished to create western-style governments opposed to theocracy: this was due to fact that these “anti-capitalist” forces in the Muslim world opposed to “US national interests” (meaning the interests and overseas investments of the tiny US capitalist class) were led primarily by Communist parties and the militant working-class citizenry throughout the Islamic world.

In Iran the US supported the rise of the Shah, and gave him money and military equipment to crush the communist-led workers movement. This left only one way to safely protest against the hated Shah: through the offices of the Imams. The same was true in all of the other majority-Islamic nations all over the globe, from Pakistan to Indonesia.

In Afghanistan when the USSR was invited into the country in order to defend – again – a government that sought to modernize the country along western lines, establishing a more democratic country in which women had equal rights with men, the US gave guns and military training to the reactionary Islamic fundamentalist side, which they intended to build up into a “bulwark against communism. They succeeded. The Western-oriented communist-backed government was destroyed and in its place an Islamic theocracy was created. This gave to the Islamic fundamentalists a training ground from which to organize forces to crush the workers movement in Afghanistan and then to spread their fundamentalist doctrine throughout the world. The great “victory” of the Islamists over the USSR – made possible only by the US intervention there – inspired the rise of Islamic fundamentalist ideology all over the world. The principal leaders of the Islamic insurgency in Afghanistan included Osama Bin Laden; he went on to organize Al-Qaida, which of course is alleged to have been responsible for the 9/11 attacks in the USA. Another great ‘victory” for the Islamic fundamentalists was obtained; and on those twin “victories” have been established the current phase of Islamic fundamentalist organization, that of ISIL/ISIS.

The overthrow of the Shah’s government in Iran, due to the criminal failures of the Stalinist and pseudo-Trotskyist working-class opposition in Iran, who themselves backed the rise of Khomeini, led of course to the rise of an Islamic theocracy in that nation. The responsibility for the creation of this theocracy can be placed firmly on the doorstep of the White House. For 25 years they – and their NATO allies cheered as their hero the Shah crushed the communist-led workers opposition in Iran; they sent him CIA agents to teach his SAVAK how best to torture the communist and Islamist political prisoners. Should it have been a surprise then that the revolution in Iran turned out to have been virulently anti-Western?

In Egypt the United States has backed the regimes of some of the most vicious scum ever to have walked the streets of Cairo. From Sadat to Mubarak, these regimes have done all in their power to crush the workers’ movement and to keep the workers in dire poverty. While they did this, the leaders of the USA, walking on the bones of the Egyptian worker-victims, solidified their personal friendships. When the uprising in Egypt resulted in the overthrow of the hated Mubarak Government, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whined about how sad she was to see the Mubaraks treated so, as, to her and her husband Bill “the Mubaraks are like family”.

Israel’s savage treatment of the Palestinians has been a feature of that regime since it first imposed itself on the region. The European allies of the United States – eager to be rid of what was left of the European Jews – fulsomely welcomed the creation of Israel and have backed it with money and military training and equipment. Israel has used this materiel to impose its will and in its endless seeking of Lebensraum in a Greater Israel. Homes of mostly Muslim workers and farmers and their lands have been destroyed and confiscated, making them refugees in their own country! And still the US cheers on Israel; it is nearly impossible to find a Congressman or Senator with the courage and decency to vote against an appropriations bill for Israel. Israeli leaders, many with their hands still dripping with the blood of their Palestinian victims, are warmly embraced by the entire membership of the US Congress and hailed as “our brothers”! This is how the entire USA has come to be held responsible for the oppression of tens of millions of Muslims in the world! And the US press pretends not to know any of these things when a 9/11 or Madrid or London or Brussels bombing takes place! They act as if it is the MUSLIMS who are attacking the West for NO GOOD REASON! They have good reasons, dear brother and sister workers of the USA and Europe. Your governments have bought, a thousand times over, every bullet and every bomb being hurled against the West today! Millions – literally millions – of Muslim trade unionists, union members, and worker-communists have been savagely murdered throughout the Muslim world so that the capitalists of the USA and Western Europe could grow fat on the profits obtained with the price of the blood of millions of workers! Women and children have been slaughtered by the US and their European allies – and continue to be butchered every day by the sons and daughters of the USA, now members of the US military forces. Your sons and daughters murder children in Muslim Afghanistan and Pakistan – as if in a video game – operating killer drones from the safety of air bases in Nevada! And you want to know “why do they hate us?” Are you serious? Your “hero” sons and daughters in uniform murdered over a million mostly Muslim Iraqis in the last Iraq war alone, and hundreds of thousands in the previous war… men, women and children! Yet you never stop fawning over these mass-murderers and never stop saying to them “thank you for your service”! Well what their glorious “service” has resulted in, dear tender workers of the USA, is the murder of well over two million Muslims in the past 25 years! The victims of the US military heroes – YOUR sons and daughters, sister and brother workers! – were your very own working class sisters and brothers in the Muslim world! Working men, women and children just like yourselves! They were slaughtered at the behest of the US capitalist class, which was seeking to fill their pockets with blood money in the form of oil profits – and YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS in the US MILITARY did the KILLING! “We thank you for your service”???? And you have the NERVE to ask “WHY DO THEY ATTACK US”???

Until the working class of the United States wakes out of its largely self-induced cozy self-comforting cocoon of lies about their own personal responsibility for the murders of millions of their fellow workers all over the Muslim world, and puts an end to the slaughter by overthrowing the vicious money-grubbing and blood-drenched US capitalist class and its hideous system, these attacks are GUARANTEED to continue; and they will happen right here in the USA as well. Every time one of your sons and daughters drops a bomb on a wedding celebration; every time your sons and daughters drop a bomb on a funeral procession; every time US partner in murder Israel launches a punitive expedition imposing collective punishment on the Palestinians for launching impotent rockets against a military that retaliates with white phosphorous bombs; every time that the US killer drones operated by YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS murder innocent Muslim fathers and sons working in their fields in Afghanistan or Pakistan – you must understand that there will be retaliation. Because like you, our Muslim sisters and brothers love their families, and their children. And when the most powerful country in the world teaches its children how to kill and then sends its sons and daughters half-way around the world to mass-murder people they don’t even know, there will be retaliation. Right now they can only retaliate with suicide bombers, but this will not remain the case forever. Unless we, right here in the belly of the US imperialist beast, organize as workers to stop the mass-murders of our Muslim sisters and brothers all over the world by the REAL ENEMY: the US capitalist class and THEIR military, we are all personally responsible for every murder of every innocent civilian killed by our sons and daughters in uniform. If you, brother and sister workers, decide instead to follow your greatest enemy – the US capitalist class – and continue to send your daughters and sons into the US military – then you have NO RIGHT TO COMPLAIN when the sons and daughters of men women and children who have been murdered by YOU return to kill you and YOUR sons and daughters!

We will remind our ignorant working-class sisters and brothers that the United States represents a mere 4.5% of the world’s population. It has NO RIGHT to declare itself – in the name of “democracy no less! – the arbiter of truth and justice in the world – especially since “truth and justice” have NEVER been the foundation stones of the United States, which was founded on the three “pillars” of genocide, slavery and brutal exploitation of the US working class! Those of you our working-class sisters and brothers who, like your “heroes” in Washington DC and the Pentagon, believe that the US military, through vicious murderous reprisals can put the well-justified anger of 1.7 BILLION Muslims to rest are sadly, horribly deluded. For 370 million to vanquish and hold in subjection 1.7 billion is no small task. The slaughter necessary to carry out that mission will make the US far and away the most blood-drenched regime in all of human history. If you decide to go down that road, be aware that it will end in the total destruction of the United States, just as Hitler’s Germany was completely destroyed by 1945. 4.5% of the world’s population will not prevail over 95.5%. You can rest assured that it will prove to have been a suicide mission you launched against the world. The US can not and must not be allowed to continue to roll its tanks down this road of bones.

The call by the racists to slam the door shut in the face of the massive tide of refugee workers from Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan MUST BE OPPOSED by the working class of the USA! We say: OPEN THE DOORS to our sisters and brothers fleeing the war zones CREATED BY THE US GOVT! The lives of these people must be saved; only in this way can we begin to show to our Muslim sisters and brothers all over the world that we, the working class of the USA see them not as enemies but as our own sisters and brothers! For every one “terrorist” among them there are thousands of workers simply trying to survive and to provide a safe place to raise their children!

The call by the racists to launch punitive war against the Muslim world in retaliation for the Brussels attack MUST BE OPPOSED by the workers of the USA and Europe! The rise of Islamic fundamentalism is a human problem based on all the death and human suffering caused by all the PREVIOUS wars launched by the US and its allies against the Muslim world. THE US WAR MACHINE MUST BE STOPPED DEAD IN ITS TRACKS IMMEDIATELY! Every bullet, every bomb that kills another Muslim mother or a Muslim child will only cause more heroic Muslims to dedicate their lives to retaliating against the US and Europe by any means necessary! The US/NATO interventions must end NOW! The US military forces must be withdrawn for all over the planet and returned to the USA. The US war machine must be seized by the US working class members of the military and used to overthrow our main enemy: the US capitalist class! A workers socialist government would use the US navy to rescue the refugees; we would turn the aircraft carriers into hospital ships to help victims of natural disasters all over the world. Instead of being used to spew death and destruction all over the globe for the benefit of 10% of the wealthiest Americans, we would seize their wealth and use it to spread the construction of schools and hospitals all over the planet. Instead of being used to murder our working-class Muslim sisters and brothers our taxes should be used to build new homes to replace the ones the US capitalist class military has destroyed! We should use our wealth to help rebuild the devastated areas of Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We should cut off all military aid to Israel and make that nation’s government learn to respect and deal in a civilized fashion with their own citizens and neighboring countries. THIS is the way forward, brothers and sisters! THIS program will create millions of jobs for US workers and put our nation’s wealth to the uses a civilized nation SHOULD USE ITS WEALTH FOR!

This will only be possible when the workers of the United States rise up and overthrow the bloodthirsty, profit-mad capitalist class of the USA and their capitalist system, and replace it with an egalitarian, democratic workers republic.  The workers of the US must disarm the greedheads before they kill again!  Only then can we begin to make amends for the brutalities that the US capitalist class and its military have visited upon our working-class sisters and brothers all over the world!  If we fail to do this we will be putting our nation on a road very similar to that traversed by the German workers in Hitler’s Germany!  WE MUST NOT ALLOW THE USA TO GO DOWN THAT ROAD, WHICH WILL LEAD TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE HUMAN RACE!  CAPITALISM MUST DIE SO THAT THE WORKING CLASSES OF THE WORLD MAY LIVE!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago – 22-23 March 2016