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A Re-Evaluation of Nationalism

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

For many Marxist-Leninists, nationalism is anathema to the ideological, philosophical and scientific underpinnings of revolutionary Marxism-Leninism. Nationalism that seeks to obstruct the class struggle, or undermine proletarian unity is dangerous, counter-revolutionary and only serves the interest of the ruling bourgeoisie.

But just like any other social phenomena or movement, it [nationalism] must be viewed through the appropriate historical and materialist lens. That being said, nationalism in the twenty-first century is an entirely different beast from its predecessors in the twentieth, nineteenth centuries (and so on). The nationalist tendencies of the ruling class have largely been substituted for cosmopolitanism and globalism in order to expand to new markets and satisfy the endless aspirations and ambitions of the international bourgeoisie. Capitalism is indeed no longer a national problem, but an international one.

The internationalist tendencies of the capitalist ruling class have increased exponentially in the post-World War II era; no longer does the bourgeoisie need to wage war to expand its hegemony in order to open new-markets for its goods and products. Now, international institutions of free trade and financial exchange have relegated military conflict as the least optimal solution to expanding economic control over other peoples. Coupled with the development of post-industrial capitalism in the West, nationalism is no longer an absolute tool of the bourgeoisie in its efforts to dominate and exploit.

In fact, nationalism has always played a major (if not entirely dominant) role in influencing the struggles of dependent peoples against their imperialist exploiters. This much can be seen across the dozens of national liberation struggles that have occurred throughout the course of the last fifty years, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, Afghanistan, Iraq, occupied Palestine, etc., etc.  Some of these national liberation movements have identified themselves as socialist, or even been led by the local Communist (or Workers) Party, as was the case in Vietnam. But even Vietnam’s struggle against the French, and then the United States, was an inclusive movement that involved the non-socialist Vietnamese who were simply disgusted with the US puppet regime in so-called “south” Vietnam.

Therefore, nationalism must be viewed in its relation to whether or not it serves the interests of the status quo (imperialism, globalized capitalism); or contrarily detrimental to these interests. The former is reactionary and the latter progressive.

Historically, nationalism has been led by the petty bourgeoisie or even the oppressed national bourgeoisie against the forces of the dominant nation’s big bourgeoisie (for a much more detailed account of the national movement, refer to Marxism and the National Question by J.V. Stalin).  But success of the nationalist movement to re-assert independence in the face of imperialist domination and control must raise the question of involvement of the proletariat. As noted by Stalin in the above mentioned work, whether or not the proletariat will involve itself in the national movement largely depends on the existing degree of class-consciousness. The oppressed bourgeoisie, petty-bourgeoisie and proletariat may have diverging interests in the long term, but the short-term strategy of liberating the nation against the oppressive big bourgeoisie of the dominant nation is of higher-priority. Only then will the national/oppressed bourgeoisie show its face and its attempts to control the “home market “ – at which point the local class struggle resumes in heightened form between the national bourgeoisie and the national proletariat.

Contemporary examples abound in which the proletariat and the oppressed bourgeoisie combine forces to fight a greater enemy, as can be seen in occupied Afghanistan, occupied Iraq, occupied Palestine, and so forth. The struggle by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its ruling regime against pro-Western intriguers bent on selling Iran to Western capital is likewise an example of progressive nationalism taking shape.

To write-off nationalism as inherently contradictory to the interests of the working class is as vulgar and anti-Marxist-Leninist as it is stupid. Only dogmatic ultra-leftists dismiss nationalism’s potential to rally the people against a larger, more threatening enemy such as the big bourgeoisie of the oppressor nation within the oppressed nation.

Social Democracy, Pillar of US Hegemony in Europe, Is Dying

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Source: Pravda.Ru

By Hans Vogel

Now that the Lisbon Treaty will enter into force this week, it may be concluded that the social democrats have completed their handiwork by destroying the last remnants of European Civilization. The first blow was delivered by the governments that pulled their countries into a European Civil War in 1914. The “Great War” almost destroyed Europe. The second blow came from that other adulterated version of socialism, national socialism. By pretending to save Europe, the nazis delivered it another mortal blow, but still Europe recovered. The third and final blow to Europe was given by the social democrats. For the past decades, the social democrats have been betraying their voters while acting like vultures, raking in the crumbs from the collapsing welfare state. The state they had themselves been instrumental in building up.

Since the French Revolution, the core values of European Civilization have been individual and national freedom, equality and fraternity. One by one, all European nations eventually came to adhere to these values, that could be seen as a secularized condensation of the ten commandments. Needless to say, Europe’s elites mostly rejected these notions since they threatened their traditional political and economic supremacy. After its initial failures in 1848, Marxian socialism began to gain increasing numbers of adherents among the growing industrial masses of Europe. Some socialist leaders, however, were impatient and resented Marx’s postulate that socialists were to refrain from participation in regular politics. In 1875 one of these impatient men, Eduard Bernstein, succeeded in having the German socialists support the creation of a regular political party with the purpose of winning seats in parliament. This was the birth of revisionist socialism, and the social democratic party. But in fact, revisionism was an adulteration and like all adulterations, it only seemingly had a better taste to it. The real thing is always preferable. Who would not prefer butter over margarine, or a real charbroiled hamburger over one from McDonald’s?

Until 1945, the social democrats did not participate in governments long enough to make a real difference, apart from an occasional breakthrough such as Léon Blum’s introduction of paid holidays in France in 1936. The heyday of social democracy in Europe came after the end of World War II. In some countries, it was not the social democrats, but the christian democrats that became dominant (Italy), whereas in a few countries (Belgium and the Netherlands) christian democrats and social democrats jointly came to power and stayed there. Like the social democrats, the christian democrats were an adulteration, or rather, a mix of socialist and christian ideals and beliefs.

After the Red Army had defeated nazi Germany in 1945, the US maintained its military occupation of Western Europe. In order to secure the necessary political support for its occupation, the US turned to the social democrats in some countries and to the christian democrats in Italy. These parties were considered the best defense against communism. Until 1948, European communist parties enjoyed massive and growing popular support. Using every means at its disposal, ranging from threats and blackmail to the lavish funding of anti-communists, the US found the Western European social democrats and the Italian christian democrats to be its most loyal allies. From that moment on, these parties became the main conduit for US political influence. For decades, their leaders and promising new recruits were singled out for special treatment, receiving stipends and scholarships to spend time in the US, usually no more than a year. Anybody who stays in the US for more than a year begins to see the way the US political system really works and tends to develop a critical attitude. Once back in Europe, most young social democratic leaders became advocates of the so-called Atlantic partnership on the basis of values supposedly shared by the US and Europe. Thanks to the traditional social democratic preponderance in Western European media and universities, US influence became established very solidly, to the point that any profound criticism of the US and its policies were either impossible or else effectively silenced.

Europe’s social democrats made a serious error of judgment after the fall of the Berlin wall, the ensuing collapse of “real existing socialism” and of the Soviet Union: they scrapped any and all vestiges of socialism from their programs. Instead, they embraced the most reactionary kind of economic neoliberalism. However, they retained their socialist vocabulary and continued calling themselves “left wing,” “progressive” and above all “socialist.” In other words, they just pretended they were still socialist, whereas in actual fact they were just hard core reactionaries. This kind of political con artist is exemplified by Tony Blair, who has once again come under fire for unleashing a criminal war of conquest against Iraq.

During the past two decades, social democrats have joined Europe’s ruling elites on a truly massive scale. Disproportionately, they have been parachuted in the corridors of power, almost exclusively as unelected officials at all levels and all branches of government. In exchange for cash, dozens of these loyal social democrats were raised to the peerage by their crony Blair. Craving for recognition of their new status, anxious to line their pockets, and hurrying to shower benefits upon their offspring, the new caste of social democratic, parasitic office-holders has opened the gates widely towards mostly poor, muslim immigrants. They did so with the purpose of turning these underprivileged newcomers into a faithful electoral base to compensate for the loss of the traditional workers’ vote. At the same time the swelling ranks of the new muslim urban underclass could serve as an instrument to cower the impoverished remnants of the native working into submission. To this day, social democrats are still egging on rabid muslims to demand all sorts of special privileges. In all countries of Europe where social democrats have been introducing masses of muslim newcomers, basic democratic principles are under mounting pressure. The first victim, freedom of speech, will no doubt be followed by many others.

The socialists’ application of the adage of divide and rule, however, soon had pernicious, devastating effects on European societies as a whole. Today, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the muslim urban underclass will not be turned into a faithful voting public for the socialists. More and more they are seeing right through the social democratic scam and are in the process of organizing their own movements based on muslim fundamentalism.

As a matter of fact, the social democrats have first betrayed their own ideals, then their traditional voters and finally the muslim masses they brought in. This is hardly surprising, since the social democratic movement itself constitutes a betrayal to Marx’s original ideas. Once a traitor, always a traitor.

The collapse of social democracy also portends the end to an era in which the US exerted their rule over Europe through this group of traitors. If the US wants to extend their grip on Europe, as I suspect they would want to, they ought to start looking for a group to take the place of their trusted social democratic Quislings. They will need more luck in this pursuit than fate is willing to grant them. Fortunately.

Modern Communist Force (Video)

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Glory to Stalin!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Video: Russian pensioners struggle

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Al-Jazeera English

In Russia, pensioners have long been respected for their role in the Soviet Union’s campaign during the second World War.

But the end of Communism also signalled the end of some of their benefits, and now many have fallen on hard times with some surviving on less than $6 a day.

Casey Kauffman reports.

Communists Celebrate Anniversary of Bolshevik Revolution

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Party Platform of the American Party of Labor (APL)

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The American Party of Labor, a revolutionary working class organization  in the United States of America, has published its Party Platform, adopted at the Party’s General Congress on December 6, 2008.

The comprehensive Party Platform of the American Party of Labor represents one of the most fundamentally correct documents put forth by any contemporary progressive-left wing organization in the United States.

Party Platform of the American Party of Labor

Workers

1. We demand all means of production to be in the hands of the working class through the socialist state represented through worker councils or elected managers with production estimates provided by the state.
2. We support the right of all workers to organize.
3. We demand a 30-hour work week with at least six weeks of annual paid vacation.
4. We demand retirement pensions to be no less than 75% of a person’s pay at the time of retirement enacted after at least 15 years of work.
5. We demand the repealing of all laws designed to hurt and weaken the working class.
6. We demand the payment for the full value of labor for the working peoples of America.

Education and the Arts
1. We want libraries, museums and schools to be available as cultural centers for exhibiting the multicultural aspect of American culture.
2. We support art that reflects the struggles and achievements of the working people.
3. We strongly support free and quality education for all people which would include college, medical and graduate schools.
4. We believe in every child’s right to learn in a safe and clean environment.
5. We want fair and decent wages for teachers.
6. We are against private education and against corporate running of schools. We want education to be in the hands of the Community and the State.
7. We are against abstinence-only sex education and promote realistic sex education programs emphasizing protection.
8. We are adamantly against religion in schools which has manifested, but is not limited to religious schools, prayer in school, creationism, etc.

Health
1. We support a national healthcare system that will cover all Americans.
2. We support the emphasis of preventive care.
3. We support the nationalization of the pharmaceutical industry.
4. We support government research of presently incurable diseases and oppose discrimination against people with those diseases.
5. We are adamantly against drug use in the Party and against the legalization of hardcore drugs. We promote the combating of drug addiction through use of proven medical treatments and preventive education.
6. We support the legalization of marijuana.
7. We support patient rights including the right to die with dignity and if a patient is incapacitated the decision should rest with his/her spouse or person designated beforehand to make the decision for the patient.

Housing
1. We support the right of all people to have quality and affordable housing.
2. We support low-rent for all homes not exceeding three days worth of pay per month.
3. We support future state funded construction of public apartment complexes as a means to support the growing population and to house those without homes.
4. We support state-funded broad renovation and remodeling projects for old homes and neighborhoods.
5. We believe it is a human right for people to live in neighborhoods that are safe, supportive and free of crime. Therefore we support the creation of fully funded Neighborhood Safety Committees with members coming exclusively from the neighborhood.

Civil Rights
1. We demand an end to all anti-homosexual, bisexual, and transgender discrimination in spheres of employment, education and society and we condemn acts of violence against them.
2. We support the legalization of same-sex marriage. Religious groups may or may not allow the practice but the State shall recognize and issue secular marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
3. We demand an end to police brutality and racial profiling.
4. We support Native American rights and call for full enforcement of all treaty rights and respect their right to secede and have a path to statehood if their needs are not met.
5. We promote the dismantling of walls erected both physically and socially that hinder people with disabilities to fully participate in socialist society.
6. We demand an end to discrimination, full employment and benefits for people with disabilities as well as quality education and job training programs.
7. We fully support the reproductive rights of women including access to free abortion at any stage of pregnancy.
8. We are against the intimidation of women and abortion clinics by reactionary “Pro-Life” Groups.
9. We support the prevention of violence against women and children and call on the State to actively protect women and children from battery and offenders.
10. We are against prostitution and the unjust exploitation of women as sex slaves.
11. We call for a minimum of 12 months paid leave for new mothers with access to fully funded and quality childcare centers.
12. We support the right of women to enlist in the military to defend their country.
13. We support the right of women to enter in any occupation without pressure to do or not to do so.
14. We demand equal pay for men and women for equal work.
15. We recognize that large immigration from Mexico is the effect of uncontrollable capitalism that forces millions of people to flee their homelands by the need to survive.
16. We support the rights of all immigrants to education, health, civil and legal rights.
17. We support amnesty for undocumented workers so long as they have no violent criminal records.
18. We are against police discrimination and raids against Hispanic citizens and immigrant communities.
19. We support access to citizenship after five years of residency with no criminal records.

The World
1. We demand a cancellation of all Third World Debt.
2. We support the right of all U.S. territories and Commonwealths to self-determination with the right to form an independent nation or to join the U.S. as a state with full representation.
3. We demand the abolition of all aggressive and imperialist wars and oppose all wars except the Class War.
4. We want an immediate American withdrawal from and expulsion of the United Nations from American soil.
5. We want an end to U.S. involvement in NATO and other imperialist alliances and demand an end to bullying and intimidating nations.
6. We call for an immediate cease of military and financial aid to the governments of Israel, Colombia, and other outposts of imperialism and capitalist oppression.
7. We demand an end to the U.S. occupation of Guantanamo, Cuba.
8. We demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.
9. We support friendly relationships with nations with differing govt. systems so long as they are anti or non-imperialists.
10. We support mending our relationship with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, Libya, and Syria for the sake of peace and prosperity.

The Economy
1. We oppose NAFTA, CAFTA and the future creation of more free trade agreements. We want an immediate American withdrawal from these agreements.
2. We want an immediate end of the exporting of American jobs overseas and demand full employment for the American people.
3. We demand that all financial institutions be commonly owned and directed by an American National Bank.
4. We want a maximum cap on wages with a ratio of 2:1.
5. We are opposed to payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes and other regressive taxes.
6. We oppose all inheritance, and other things which are not earned through work.
7. We demand retraining programs, compensation and relocation for workers displaced by technological advances.
8. We want an end to American involvement in the IMF, World Bank and WTO.

Agriculture
1. We demand the end to all corporate farms.
2. We support the establishment and encouragement of agricultural cooperatives and collectives.
3. We support state low-cost grants, loans and machinery assistance to farmers.
4. We support soil conserving farming techniques such as contour plowing, terracing, and no-till farming.
5. We support helping and encouraging farmers to produce staple foods rather than non-essentials.
6. We support the abolition of the current ‘factory farm’ style of production and the establishment of collective livestock farming.
7. We demand an end to current debts placed on farmers.
8. We support the cultivation of hemp for food, fuel, fiber and industrial uses.

Energy, Transportation, the Environment and Communications
1. We support the creation of a publicly-funded high-speed national rail system with low rates and access to all major U.S. cities.
2. We call for the nationalization and worker control of the automobile production industry.
3. We call for a reduction of private automobile production until a viable and clean alternative fuel is introduced on a massive scale.
4. We support the creation of light-rails and or subways funded by the state in every major city.
5. We demand common ownership of the airline and tourist industry.
6. We support the development of alternative forms of energy including solar, geothermal, nuclear power and hydropower.
7. We demand public ownership of all American natural resources and their conservation.
8. We support active recycling programs of paper, metal and plastic and their use in various construction projects.
9. We support low utility rates for working people with a total cost not exceeding 3 days worth of pay per month.
10. We are opposed to private ownership of newspapers, radio, magazines, television and the internet and oppose their hindrance of allowing the common people to show their opinions and viewpoints.
11. We are opposed to copyright laws.
12. We support public ownership of all internet bandwidth and support the providing of free internet access to the public at large and computers to school-aged children.
13. We demand that all communications that utilize public infrastructure and public maintenance such as the internet, phone service and cable television shall be provided free to the public and maintained by the State. The peoples’ right to communication should not be interfered with.
14. All communities that have supportive density and a population of 30,000 or more should have a public transit system, or be served by a nearby public transit system. Fares and service should be adequate, and riders should be involved in all matters of service.

Resources and Information on the American Party of Labor:

Website

The Red Phoenix, Organ of the APL

Wikipedia Article

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ducation and the Arts
1. We want libraries, museums and schools to be available as cultural centers for exhibiting the multicultural aspect of American culture.
2. We support art that reflects the struggles and achievements of the working people.
3. We strongly support free and quality education for all people which would include college, medical and graduate schools.
4. We believe in every child’s right to learn in a safe and clean environment.
5. We want fair and decent wages for teachers.
6. We are against private education and against corporate running of schools. We want education to be in the hands of the Community and the State.
7. We are against abstinence-only sex education and promote realistic sex education programs emphasizing protection.
8. We are adamantly against religion in schools which has manifested, but is not limited to religious schools, prayer in school, creationism, etc.

Health
1. We support a national healthcare system that will cover all Americans.
2. We support the emphasis of preventive care.
3. We support the nationalization of the pharmaceutical industry.
4. We support government research of presently incurable diseases and oppose discrimination against people with those diseases.
5. We are adamantly against drug use in the Party and against the legalization of hardcore drugs. We promote the combating of drug addiction through use of proven medical treatments and preventive education.
6. We support the legalization of marijuana.
7. We support patient rights including the right to die with dignity and if a patient is incapacitated the decision should rest with his/her spouse or person designated beforehand to make the decision for the patient.

Housing
1. We support the right of all people to have quality and affordable housing.
2. We support low-rent for all homes not exceeding three days worth of pay per month.
3. We support future state funded construction of public apartment complexes as a means to support the growing population and to house those without homes.
4. We support state-funded broad renovation and remodeling projects for old homes and neighborhoods.
5. We believe it is a human right for people to live in neighborhoods that are safe, supportive and free of crime. Therefore we support the creation of fully funded Neighborhood Safety Committees with members coming exclusively from the neighborhood.

Civil Rights
1. We demand an end to all anti-homosexual, bisexual, and transgender discrimination in spheres of employment, education and society and we condemn acts of violence against them.
2. We support the legalization of same-sex marriage. Religious groups may or may not allow the practice but the State shall recognize and issue secular marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
3. We demand an end to police brutality and racial profiling.
4. We support Native American rights and call for full enforcement of all treaty rights and respect their right to secede and have a path to statehood if their needs are not met.
5. We promote the dismantling of walls erected both physically and socially that hinder people with disabilities to fully participate in socialist society.
6. We demand an end to discrimination, full employment and benefits for people with disabilities as well as quality education and job training programs.
7. We fully support the reproductive rights of women including access to free abortion at any stage of pregnancy.
8. We are against the intimidation of women and abortion clinics by reactionary “Pro-Life” Groups.
9. We support the prevention of violence against women and children and call on the State to actively protect women and children from battery and offenders.
10. We are against prostitution and the unjust exploitation of women as sex slaves.
11. We call for a minimum of 12 months paid leave for new mothers with access to fully funded and quality childcare centers.
12. We support the right of women to enlist in the military to defend their country.
13. We support the right of women to enter in any occupation without pressure to do or not to do so.
14. We demand equal pay for men and women for equal work.
15. We recognize that large immigration from Mexico is the effect of uncontrollable capitalism that forces millions of people to flee their homelands by the need to survive.
16. We support the rights of all immigrants to education, health, civil and legal rights.
17. We support amnesty for undocumented workers so long as they have no violent criminal records.
18. We are against police discrimination and raids against Hispanic citizens and immigrant communities.
19. We support access to citizenship after five years of residency with no criminal records.

The World
1. We demand a cancellation of all Third World Debt.
2. We support the right of all U.S. territories and Commonwealths to self-determination with the right to form an independent nation or to join the U.S. as a state with full representation.
3. We demand the abolition of all aggressive and imperialist wars and oppose all wars except the Class War.
4. We want an immediate American withdrawal from and expulsion of the United Nations from American soil.
5. We want an end to U.S. involvement in NATO and other imperialist alliances and demand an end to bullying and intimidating nations.
6. We call for an immediate cease of military and financial aid to the governments of Israel, Colombia, and other outposts of imperialism and capitalist oppression.
7. We demand an end to the U.S. occupation of Guantanamo, Cuba.
8. We demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.
9. We support friendly relationships with nations with differing govt. systems so long as they are anti or non-imperialists.
10. We support mending our relationship with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, Libya, and Syria for the sake of peace and prosperity.

The Economy
1. We oppose NAFTA, CAFTA and the future creation of more free trade agreements. We want an immediate American withdrawal from these agreements.
2. We want an immediate end of the exporting of American jobs overseas and demand full employment for the American people.
3. We demand that all financial institutions be commonly owned and directed by an American National Bank.
4. We want a maximum cap on wages with a ratio of 2:1.
5. We are opposed to payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes and other regressive taxes.
6. We oppose all inheritance, and other things which are not earned through work.
7. We demand retraining programs, compensation and relocation for workers displaced by technological advances.
8. We want an end to American involvement in the IMF, World Bank and WTO.

Agriculture
1. We demand the end to all corporate farms.
2. We support the establishment and encouragement of agricultural cooperatives and collectives.
3. We support state low-cost grants, loans and machinery assistance to farmers.
4. We support soil conserving farming techniques such as contour plowing, terracing, and no-till farming.
5. We support helping and encouraging farmers to produce staple foods rather than non-essentials.
6. We support the abolition of the current ‘factory farm’ style of production and the establishment of collective livestock farming.
7. We demand an end to current debts placed on farmers.
8. We support the cultivation of hemp for food, fuel, fiber and industrial uses.

Energy, Transportation, the Environment and Communications
1. We support the creation of a publicly-funded high-speed national rail system with low rates and access to all major U.S. cities.
2. We call for the nationalization and worker control of the automobile production industry.
3. We call for a reduction of private automobile production until a viable and clean alternative fuel is introduced on a massive scale.
4. We support the creation of light-rails and or subways funded by the state in every major city.
5. We demand common ownership of the airline and tourist industry.
6. We support the development of alternative forms of energy including solar, geothermal, nuclear power and hydropower.
7. We demand public ownership of all American natural resources and their conservation.
8. We support active recycling programs of paper, metal and plastic and their use in various construction projects.
9. We support low utility rates for working people with a total cost not exceeding 3 days worth of pay per month.
10. We are opposed to private ownership of newspapers, radio, magazines, television and the internet and oppose their hindrance of allowing the common people to show their opinions and viewpoints.
11. We are opposed to copyright laws.
12. We support public ownership of all internet bandwidth and support the providing of free internet access to the public at large and computers to school-aged children.
13. We demand that all communications that utilize public infrastructure and public maintenance such as the internet, phone service and cable television shall be provided free to the public and maintained by the State. The peoples’ right to communication should not be interfered with.
14. All communities that have supportive density and a population of 30,000 or more should have a public transit system, or be served by a nearby public transit system. Fares and service should be adequate, and riders should be involved in all matters of service.

Protesters stand up against Zionist war criminal, Ehud Olmert

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Direct Political Agitation and Marxism-Leninism

Monday, September 28th, 2009

One of the most important aspects of the political work of any communist or workers’ party is to perfect its political agitation and propaganda mechanisms aimed at recruiting support among the working population and raising the level of the political consciousness of the proletariat. To that end, one of the most effective means of achieving the revolutionary consciousness needed in the just struggle against the exploiting class is direct, face-to-face agitation.

Establishing political dialogue between the Party and the working class is inextricably linked to the victory of overthrowing the bourgeoisie and establishing the foundation of the dictatorship of the proletariat. The benefits of establishing close and direct relationships between the party and members of the working class manifest themselves in numerous ways; but it should be noted that the most important of these advantages is the building of a trusting relationship between the Party, its cadres and the working class, and fomenting this relationship to be strong and unbreakable in light of the efforts of the enemy classes to sow discord among the working peoples.

To that end, the duty of every communist party is to strengthen its relationship to the masses through agitation, political education and propaganda. Notwithstanding limitation of resources, every Party cadre should dedicate his time and commitment to becoming an excellent agitator and propagandist for the benefit of elevating the class-consciousness of all working peoples.

At the most basic level, strong development of direct agitation should be the responsibility of the Party to train cadres in effectively communicating and building direct, face-to-face relationships with workers on an individual basis. To do this, we’ll examine some aspects of successful direct agitation work that should serve as a model for directing agitation campaigns for any responsible Marxist-Leninist organization.

For starters, successful agitation must begin at the cellular level. Local cadres understand the issues relevant to the members of the working class in their respective towns, cities or regions. Depending on the extent to which the Party has cadres available, all efforts should focus on directing face-to-face agitation campaigns at the most basic local level possible, whether in specific neighborhoods, communities or municipalities. This provides the agitator with several advantages than what would be experienced by an “outsider.”

Secondly, successful agitators must ingratiate themselves in the environment of the workers themselves. Unlike ultra-leftist Trotskyites, genuine Marxist-Leninists don’t seek to “preach” from above at the workers, but instead, to communicate on a horizontal level among them. The disdain of so-called coffee-shop pseudo-intellectual Trotskyites for the common worker is testament to the anti-Marxist position of the leading ultra-leftist revisionists, whose actions demonstrate their disconnect from the concerns and plights of the working man. Therefore, successful agitation must be conducted at the level of the workers themselves, with co-workers, colleagues for whom the agitator and audience share a common interest.

Thirdly, each Party representative at the local level must assume the responsibility of accurately conveying the Party’s stance on given issues. The Party is the vanguard of the working class, and as such, it is the duty of all cadres to unequivocally promote particular areas of the Party platform on specific issues, while simultaneously selecting which issues are of most importance to the local members of the working class. This means that the agitator is the representative of the Party at the most local level, and is working to not only organize and ingratiate himself with the local workers, but also convey the attitudes, ideas and beliefs of Marxism-Leninism. The relationship between the central organs of the Party and the local cell and regional branches should be multilateral. In other words, the meta-messaging must be provided by the leading organs of the Party, and diffused and disseminated at the regional, local level in order to maintain consistency in messaging, while allowing adequate room for tailoring messages, as needed, for the local audience. Thus, the Party may find it beneficial to coordinate tasks at the central organizational level to take responsibility for Party and nationwide agitation-propaganda efforts, and create a unique and separate body responsible for managing these important tasks.

Fourthly, self-criticism in the work of direct agitation is fundamental, as it is elsewhere in the works of communists and Marxist-Leninists. Regular meetings to discuss the successes of particular campaigns should be evaluated at all levels: local, regional and national. Agitation campaigns that are ineffective in organizing the working class should be abandoned, and Party cadres should make all effort to keep the messages and communications of the agitator up to date, pertinent to the lives and thinking of the working class given his material conditions and consistent and reflective of the Party’s overall platform. Local functionaries of the Party should continue activities that promote the growth of building close ties between the Party and the working class, and discontinue those activities which are either inconsistent with the Party’s aims, or ineffective in mobilizing, organizing and raising the overall political consciousness of the proletariat.

The German Nazis committed the Katyn massacre

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Source: August 31, 2009 Edition of Proletarian, official organ of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist).

The hype surrounding the film Katyn suggests that ‘we’ have been misled for years into thinking that it was not the Soviets but the German Nazis who committed the massacre of Polish officers at Katyn.

The opposite is the case. The most cursory examination of history books and the internet will prove that we have been told over and over again that it was the Soviets who committed this heinous crime – and in most cases the possibility that it could have been the Germans is not even mentioned.

The facts

The fact is that the bodies were shot by the Nazis and with German bullets. These bullets were still in the bodies when they were exhumed.

Goebbels, who masterminded the campaign to put the blame on the Soviets in order to cause trouble between the Soviet Union and Poland in a vain attempt to save the German fascist empire, wrote in his diary on 8 May 1943: “Unfortunately, German ammunition has been found in the graves at Katyn … It is essential that this incident remains top secret. If it were to come to the knowledge of the enemy the whole Katyn affair would have to be dropped.”

The German Nazis had killed the Polish officers in order to ensure permanent weakness in the Polish armed forces, which might otherwise have been able to resist them. According to Nazi propaganda, the Slavs, including the Poles, were an inferior race which had to give way to the needs of the Germans forLebensraum (the Nazi quest to expand eastwards to occupy new land and utilise the space and raw materials for Germany). All Slavs were expendable.

The historical context in which these events occurred arose out of the peace treaty that followed the first world war. After this war it was necessary to allocate disputed territories between various contending parties. To define Poland’s eastern frontier, recommendations made by Lord Curzon were accepted, but Poland laid claim to more territory than this, to areas largely inhabited by Byelorussians and Ukrainians (with very few Poles) to the east of what came to be known as the Curzon Line and which had been ceded to the Soviet Union.

Poland forcibly seized back this territory, and kept hold of it until 1939. The Soviet Union reoccupied it after the Nazis invaded Poland and the Polish government fled. Hundreds of Polish army officers who had resisted the Soviet advance were imprisoned at Katyn in the Ukraine, where they were given road-building and other such types of work.

Two years later, on 22 June 1941, Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union by surprise. The Red Army was forced hurriedly to retreat and the Ukraine was taken over by the Germans. During this hurried retreat, it was unfortunately not possible to evacuate to the Soviet interior the Polish prisoners of war, and they were left behind to be taken over by the Germans, who then massacred them.

Goebbels’ lies

The idea of blaming the massacre on the Russians did not arise until some two years later. This big lie was initiated by Goebbels in order to prevent Germany’s opponents from uniting. The Germans even purported to announce the names of the Soviet camp commandants who had been in charge of the massacre, attributing to most of them jewish names! All these names were fictitious.

Although there was plenty of evidence that it was the Germans who committed this atrocity, including the evidence of pathologists who examined the corpses and affirmed that the date of death had to have been during the time of the German occupation, this evidence has been suppressed, while Goebbels’ lies have subsequently been taken up by all powerful anti-communist forces, from the wealthy press barons, through Polish landlords, to Gorbachev, who has since admitted that he devoted his whole life to the surreptitious dismantling of communism.

All these haters of communism have joined together to put into effect the Goebbels maxim of repeating a big lie often enough because in this way people will believe it. These lies are disseminated through school and university textbooks, but, just in case this isn’t enough, now we are subjected to them in popular culture in the form of a film designed to play on emotions in order further to popularise fear and hatred of communism.

Why has this film appeared now?

It is surely no coincidence that we find ourselves at the start of what will probably be the worst recession the world has ever experienced to date.

This recession is caused by the fatal and irremediable flaw in the capitalist system, namely, that to maximise profits it is necessary to reduce the incomes of the vast majority of the people in the world. Relatively impoverished as they are, they cannot purchase the vast masses of goods and services that are today produced using less and less labour power.

But all capitalist wealth depends on being able to sell the products of capitalist industries. There is no shortage of people who want to buy, but a very dire shortage of people who can afford to buy.

Capitalism can never avoid its cyclical recessions because of this trap that it is helpless to do anything about. And the major recessions exact a terrible price in human terms – increased deaths from starvation, subhuman living conditions for the vast majority of humanity, more environmental degradation and, worst of all, the probability of a new world war.

The only way out of this vicious cycle is to deprive the multi-billionaires of their ownership of the means of production and to institute planned production aimed at directly satisfying the needs of the working people rather than allowing the economy to remain in the hands of multibillionaire capitalists who will only produce and distribute good if they can make a profit. This is the socialist system that the Soviet Union established, and which the lies about the Katyn massacre seek to discredit.

The severely increased misery and hardship that lies ahead for working people is bound to cause them to question the capitalist system of production and to realise that socialism is the only possible alternative. This is especially the case in the former socialist countries, where people are finding out the hard way how much better off they were under socialism.

The rich, powerful and influential of the capitalist world, however, stand to lose everything if the mass of working-class people are mobilised to overthrow capitalism and establish socialism, because socialism deprives them of the wealth they have accumulated by exploiting the working class (ie, keeping for themselves a substantial part of what is produced through the labour of the working class).

The capitalist class will commit any crime to keep that wealth. To tell lies to avert the possibility that they will ever be required to hand it over is as nothing.

A film like Katyn, if it keeps or makes enough people anti-communist, or even if it neutralises them in the inevitable future struggle to put an end to capitalism and replace it with socialism, will have achieved its purpose of prolonging the agony of the vast majority of humanity so that capitalism can live to fight another day.

Katyn massacres – a Nazi, not a Soviet crime!


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