Saturday, 23 March 2019

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U.S. proletarians of all origins and colours, like proletarians everywhere in the world, are increasingly in need of the revolutionary party

The Dallas shooting (the lone gunman who, exasperated by the constant murder of black people by the police, shot 5 police officers) reveals that there are many issues here to reflect upon.

First of all, as we have stated more than once in our newspaper over the past months, referring to the cold-blooded murders by the US forces of repression, the problem is not one of race but of class. Racism is a tool that the ruling class has always used to divide and weaken the proletariat, setting large sectors of the population one against the other. This has happened ever since the abolition of slavery after the American Civil War (1861-1865): the relentless development of capitalism and the creation of a national market needed a scapegoat for social frustration, thus dividing and ruling: white workers against black workers, but also “native” workers against immigrant workers, the white, working-class aristocracy against the “poor whites” and so on. To cite another example, the “divide and rule” carried forward by the British ruling class within the English working classes against the Irish proletariat was no different: we only need read the pages that Marx and Engels devoted to this issue, insisting that the English working class could only have carried out its revolutionary role by freeing itself from anti-Irish prejudice and taking up arms against capital as a single proletarian front united in the struggle. Racism is one of capitalism’s poisonous by-products and this is why we declare openly, using a paraphrase, that “those who don’t want to talk about capitalism, can’t talk about racism”!

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In and around Turkey

Real” or “fake” as the attempted coup d’état in Turkey and subsequent repression by Erdogan’s government (democratically elected and as such recognized by all the imperialist powers) may have been, one thing is clear: once again the hard material facts of the world economic crisis are making themselves felt within the bourgeois ruling class, too. With different implications and consequences, in Great Britain and in Turkey (to limit ourselves to just a few of the dramatic events opening this summer of 2016), there have been clashes between bourgeois factions in serious difficulty as they try to face up to an economic crisis which, in their countries as elsewhere, risks becoming – and has to some extent already become - social and political.

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No to the military adventures of “our” bourgeoisie!

Against the spread of inter-imperialist wars, for the recovery of class struggle and class organization, for the strengthening and rooting of the revolutionary party!

Military interventions led by the various national bourgeoisies are growing in number and intensity, slaughtering entire populations and devastating increasingly wide areas. The economic crisis (overproduction of goods and capital) is at the bottom of these dynamics.

Under increasing pressure, the national bourgeoisies are obliged to face one another, to divide and share out geopolitical areas of influence, to obtain or defend sources of raw materials, to gain control over the modern “silk roads”: oil pipelines, gas-lines, waterlines… to divide and rule. Since the end of the world’s second imperialist slaughter, the cannons have never ceased to thunder, proof of the fact that the capitalist mode of production, particularly in its imperialist phase, means a state of permanent warfare, both between the inevitably competing economies and against the proletariat. Since the mid-Nineteen Seventies, the beginning of the most acute phase in the economic crisis closing the post-war cycle of accumulation, the wars between imperialisms have become all the more bitter, destructive and widespread, and are a prelude to the outbreak of a new and bloody world conflict, when made inevitable by objective conditions. Today the whole area ranging from North Africa to India through the Middle East and on to the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan is either a single, bloody battleground or a place where tremendous explosive tension is building up. Read more ...

There is No Other Way

Faced with the bloody attacks in Brussels and the ruinous, more or less local wars that have been dragging on for years now with hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees (Libya, Syria, Iraq…); faced with the unspeakable suffering of enormous masses of proletarians or those undergoing proletarianization, driven here and there like beasts to the slaughter, to the highest bidder, very little can be added to what we have already argued, said, written and published over the decades.

All we can do is repeat that, eithera revolutionary force will make its return onto the international scene, backed by solid theory and organization, the heritage of a long tradition of open struggle against reformism, opportunism and revisionism of every sort, rooted in the proletarian class and thus capable of leading it out of all the various, disastrous blind allies of all varieties of nationalism, lay or religious, right- or left-wing – in a word, either we work at reinforcing the international communist party as we always have done, a minority sailing against the wind - or else the decay in this society based on profit and capitalism, everlasting competition, increasingly profound and more frequent economic crises, the “war of all against all”, will merely bring us even bloodier conflicts, waged with the most sophisticated and merciless weapons of mass destruction, right up to the terrible, supreme obscenity of a third world war between imperialist marauders. We can’t delude ourselves for much longer: there is no other way. And nothing more to add.

  International Communist Party

“Territorial organisms for the proletarian struggle” what they are and what they must become

Foreword

We have insisted more than once that, if the evolution of trade unions in the modern, imperialist phase has transformed traditional union structure into an authentic organ for the economic and social control of the proletariat, this certainly does not mean that the need for economic defence has disappeared, or, indeed, the radical, potential antagonism of the proletariat towards capital. The advance of the economic crisis itself, the contradictions it opens up and the consequent social issues inevitably drive workers in all imperialist States onto this battleground and will oblige them to equip themselves once more with new stable defence structures, an authentic class organisation. And it will also be one of the battlegrounds for the clash between communists and the variegated front of the bourgeois reformist enemy (see: our publication For the Uncompromising Defence of the Living and Working Conditions of Proletarians – Forms of organization and methods and objectives of struggles). This, to put it very briefly, is the path that will involve the whole of our class once again taking up the battle on a purely trade-union and social basis: a path that not only is not linear, and never will be, but one which feeds, and will increasingly feed, on transitory organizational experiences – a little like an accumulation of potential energy before an explosion.

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