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We merely Smash The Banks Of Marble - Progressive Labor Party - Power To The Working Class the world what it is really fighting for, and consciousness is something that it has to acquire, even if it does not want to. The head of this emancipation is philosophyits heart is the proletariat. Philosophy cannot be made a reality without the abolition of the proletariat, the Young Folks - Various - 21 - Music From The Motion Picture cannot be abolished without philosophy being made a reality.
It is a question of what the proletariat isand what, in accordance with this beingit will historically be compelled to do. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. This year marks the th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the originator of the materialist conception of history, the author of Das Kapital and, with Friedrich Engels, the founder of the modern revolutionary socialist movement.
Marx died in London on March 14, at the age of By that time, he and Engels had placed utopian socialist aspirations on a scientific foundation and laid the basis for a revolutionary political movement of the international working class. Extending philosophical materialism into the realm of history and social relations, Marx proved that the necessity of socialism arose out of the lawful development of the inherent contradictions of the capitalist system.
He did not claim to have discovered the class struggle as a motivating force in history. Had Marx laid down his pen following the writing of The Communist Manifestohis place in history would still have been assured. But what elevated him to the stature of a world historical figure was the writing of Das Kapitalwhich substantiated the materialist conception of history. In vain! Each assault on Das Kapital is invariably followed by a new practical demonstration of the insoluble economic and social contradictions of the capitalist system.
The last such lesson, which continues to this day, began with the global crash of The essential categories and concepts of Marxian political economy—such as labor powerconstant and variable capitalsurplus valuethe declining rate of profitexploitation, the fetishism of commoditiesthe industrial reserve armyand the relative and absolute impoverishment of the proletariat —are required not only for a scientific understanding of capitalism, but even for a basic understanding of daily political, economic and social developments.
Many of them will focus on what they claim to be his errors or omissions. For several decades, Георгий Гаранян - Квартет - Ночь на Плещеевом озере - Various - Джаз 67. IV Московский фестиваль мол especially since Elegy - Amorphis - Elegy dissolution of the Soviet Union inthe resistance of the working class to capitalist exploitation has been suppressed.
But the essential contradictions of the capitalist system—between a globally interdependent economy and the archaic bourgeois nation-state system; between a worldwide network of social production, involving the labor of billions of human beings, and private ownership of the means of production; and between the Smash The Banks Of Marble - Progressive Labor Party - Power To The Working Class needs of mass society and the selfish interests of individual capitalist money-making—are now rapidly approaching the point where the further suppression of mass working class opposition to capitalism is impossible.
The level of wealth concentration in a small layer of the population has reached historically unprecedented levels. This is a global process.
The distinctive feature of these massive fortunes is that they are bound up with the staggering rise on equity markets over the past 35 years, Smash The Banks Of Marble - Progressive Labor Party - Power To The Working Class especially since the Wall Street crash. Inthe explosive rise in the value of US equities was bound up with the expectation—which has since been realized—of a massive My Head Feels Like A Frisbee - Shpongle - Tales Of The Inexpressible cut for the rich.
This gross disparity in wealth is not Devils Road - Sweet F.A. - Stick To Your Guns an unfortunate and reparable blemish on the face of contemporary capitalism. The extreme inequality is the consummate expression of the bankruptcy of the existing social system.
Amidst all the urgent social needs of modern-day mass society—for education, housing, care for the aged, universal and high-quality medical care, development of advanced mass transportation systems, protection of the endangered global ecosystem, etc. Resources that should be deployed to build schools, affordable housing, water treatment plants and hospitals, or to fund museums, orchestras and other vital cultural institutions, are being wasted on mansions, yachts, jewelry and countless other vulgar extravagances.
The modern capitalist ruling elites have themselves become an absolute impediment to the progressive development of human society.
The growth of their personal wealth has acquired a grimly metastatic character, which provokes popular revulsion and portends the downfall of the system. The present state of affairs is irrational, in precisely the sense of the word as employed by Engels to describe the French monarchy on the eve of the revolution that was to sweep the aristocracy from power:. In the French monarchy had become so unreal, that is to say, so robbed of all necessity, so irrational, that it had to be destroyed by the Great Revolution, of which Hegel always speaks with the greatest enthusiasm.
In this case, therefore, the monarchy was the unreal and the revolution the real. And so, in the course of development, all that was previously real becomes unreal, loses its necessity, its right of existence, its rationality.
And in the face of moribund reality comes a new, viable reality—peacefully if the old has enough common sense to go to its death without a struggle; forcibly if it resists this necessity. It requires no great political insight to predict that the corporate and financial oligarchs will stop at nothing to defend their wealth.
Blue Moon - Bad Boys Blue - MP3 to imposing their will upon society, they will respond to any sign of popular resistance with violent repression. Nevertheless, there are no major contemporary political and social issues—including mass unemployment, poverty, social inequality, escalating attacks on basic democratic rights, the mounting danger of an ecological catastrophe, unrestrained imperialist militarism and the threat of nuclear war—that can be solved within the framework of capitalism.
Indeed, any serious attempt to implement desperately needed social reforms would require, at a minimum, the expropriation of massive private fortunes and a far-reaching redistribution of wealth. As long as the capitalist class holds state power, however, such reforms are impossible. Thus, the fight of the working class to defend its interests leads, as Marx foresaw, to social revolution.
The conquest of state power by the Russian working class in October substantiated the materialist conception of history and the political perspective elaborated by Marx and Engels in The Communist Manifesto. But the October Revolution was not simply the spontaneous outcome of an objective historical process. The victory of the working class depended upon the leadership of a Marxist political party that based itself on an international revolutionary strategy. Without such leadership, the socialist revolution cannot achieve victory, no matter how great the crisis of the capitalist system.
The bourgeois order is now undergoing an exceptional revolutionary crisis all over the world. In the years and decades that followed the October Revolution, there was no shortage of revolutionary situations that raised the possibility of the working class taking power. Despite two devastating world wars, mass popular uprisings all over the globe, and numerous episodes of severe economic instability and total breakdown, the survival of capitalism in the twentieth century is attributable, in the final analysis, to the absence of the necessary revolutionary political leadership in the working class.
Within the Soviet Union, the growth of the Stalinist bureaucracy led to the destruction of the Third Communist International. The transformation of the Social Democratic and Stalinist parties into political agencies of imperialism led to devastating defeats of the international working class in the s and s. The worst of these defeats were the destruction of the Chinese Communist Party inthe victory of the Nazis in and the crushing of the socialist movement in Germany, and the betrayal of the Spanish Revolution and the coming to power of the fascist regime of Franco — InLeon Trotsky founded the Fourth International.
Eighty years later, in a Bengali In Platforms - Morrissey - Viva Hate period of escalating global crisis of the capitalist system and increasing militancy of the working class, the question must be raised: What are the prospects for the resolution of the crisis of revolutionary leadership?
Is it possible for the Fourth International to win the allegiance of the advanced sections of the working class, socially conscious Smash The Banks Of Marble - Progressive Labor Party - Power To The Working Class and the most progressive elements among the intelligentsia, and lead the mass struggles of the working class to victory in the world socialist revolution?
The answer to this question requires that the study of the problem of leadership be placed in a broader historical context. Yet another anniversary will be observed this year: the fiftieth anniversary of the events of May—Junethe mass general strike that brought capitalist France to the very brink of a socialist revolution.
The events of still resonate in popular imagination: in addition to the mass protests and general strike in France, it was the year of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, extreme instability in the United States expressed in two political assassinations and the outbreak of riots in major American citiesand the anti-Stalinist Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, which was suppressed in August by the armed intervention of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact.
The events of set into motion a process of international working class radicalization. The period between and was marked by the greatest international revolutionary movement of the post-World War II era, including strike waves in Italy, Germany, Britain, Argentina and the United States. The Allende government came to power in Chile in September The Greek military junta was overthrown in July Facing impeachment, Richard Nixon resigned from the American presidency in August The fascist regime that had been in power in Portugal since collapsed in April The death of Franco in November exposed the fragility, not only of the old dictatorship, but of capitalist rule in Spain.
Powerful anti-imperialist movements of national liberation swept through the Middle East and Africa. And yet, despite the international scope of these mass struggles, the capitalist system not only survived the upheaval, it was able to inflict defeats as in the overthrow of the Allende regime in Chile in and lay the basis for a counter-offensive against the working class. This was begun by the ruling class in the late s with the coming to power of Margaret Thatcher followed shortly thereafter by the election of Ronald Reagan.
With memberships that numbered in the millions, they employed their bureaucratic power to restrain, divert, undermine, and, where necessary, orchestrate the actual defeat of the struggles of the working class. The Stalinist regime in the Soviet Union and the Maoist regime in China systematically falsified Marxism and used all the resources at their disposal to subvert revolutionary movements that threatened their efforts to improve relations with the United States and other imperialist powers.
Within the less developed countries, the Stalinist and Maoist regimes sought to maintain the influence of various bourgeois national movements over the working class, thus undermining the struggle against capitalism and imperialism.
During this critical period, the International Committee of the Fourth International fought against the political influence of Stalinism, Social Democracy and bourgeois nationalism.
But it did so under conditions of extreme political isolation that were imposed upon the International Committee not only by the large bureaucratic organizations of the Social Democrats and Stalinists, but also by the insidious political role of the opportunist organizations that had broken with Trotskyism in the s ZZ Top - The Best Of ZZ Top early s. Named after the principal theoretician of anti-Trotskyist revisionism, the Pabloite organizations specifically rejected the necessity of building independent revolutionary parties of the working class based on the program of the Fourth International.
They argued that the Soviet bureaucracy, under the pressure of objective events and the spontaneous movement of the masses, could be compelled to carry out revolutionary policies.
Similarly, the pressure of objective events could compel the Social Democrats and bourgeois nationalists to play a revolutionary role. The conclusion that was to be drawn from these far-reaching revisions of Trotskyism was that there was no need to build the Fourth International.
Fifty years ago the Social Democrats, the Stalinists, the Maoists, and various forms of bourgeois nationalism exerted immense influence over the working class and mass anti-imperialist movements.
But what remains of these organizations today? The Soviet Union no longer exists, and the global network of Stalinist parties has largely disappeared. In China, the Communist Party is the Smash The Banks Of Marble - Progressive Labor Party - Power To The Working Class and state organization of the capitalist ruling elite.
The Social Democratic parties are virtually indistinguishable from the most right-wing bourgeois parties. Nowhere do workers see them as defenders of their interests. To the extent that the Social Democrats attempt to preserve a shred of credibility by executing a feint to the left i.
As for the bourgeois nationalist movements, nothing remains of their anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist pretensions. The evolution of the African National Congress into the ruling party of South Africa—ruthlessly defending the interests of the rich and shooting down striking workers—is the quintessential expression of the historical trajectory and class essence of bourgeois nationalism.
Finally, the Pabloite organizations, along with the various movements that comprise the pseudo-left, have integrated themselves into the bourgeois political establishment—expressed most clearly in the rise to power of Syriza The Coalition of the Radical Left in Greece, where it enforces the austerity measures and anti-immigrant policies demanded Smash The Banks Of Marble - Progressive Labor Party - Power To The Working Class the European banks. The explanation for the political decay and downfall of these organizations is to be found in the deep-rooted contradiction between their provincial national-reformist programs and the development of capitalism as a globally integrated economic system.
The common political element of the Stalinist, Maoist, Social Democratic, bourgeois nationalist and Pabloite opportunist organizations was the dependence of their programs on the possibility of achieving reforms within the economic framework of the national state. As the process of economic globalization accelerated in the s, the perspective and program of these nationally grounded organizations lost all viability.
The potential for the successful resolution of the Für Immer - Peter Beil - Ein Lied Erklingt of working class leadership resides in the alignment of the program of the International Committee of the Fourth International with the objective process of global economic development and the international development of the class struggle. This is the real basis for the vast change, sincein You & I - Picture House - Karmarama relationship of political forces between Trotskyism, as represented by the International Committee of the Fourth International, and all the political representatives of anti-Marxism and pseudo-leftism.
Thirty Cat Shit - 100nka & Herb Robertson - Superdesert ago, in the aftermath of its expulsion of the final remnants of Pabloite opportunism from the Fourth International, the International Committee developed the international political analysis that was to guide its work in the decades that followed.
This perspective, published ininsisted that revolutionary parties of the working class could be developed only on the basis of an international Smash The Banks Of Marble - Progressive Labor Party - Power To The Working Class that corresponded to the objective tendencies of capitalist development.
It has long been an elementary proposition of Marxism that the class struggle is national only as to its form, but that it is, in essence, an international struggle. However, given the new features of capitalist development, even the form of the class struggle must assume an international character. Even the most elemental struggles of the working class pose the necessity of coordinating its actions on an international scale.
The search for national solutions to the international crisis leads inevitably to the subordination of each national labor movement to the trade war policies of the bourgeoisie. Six Evenements À Consomner Sur Place - Various - Fluxus Anthology 30th Anniversary 1962-1992 Sound E is no way out of this impasse except on the basis of revolutionary internationalism, and we mean by this not the invocation of holiday phrases.
We do not conceive of this as some sort of utopian mission.
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