Statement of Workers World Party
Dangerous talk of revolution
These are the best of times and the worst of times. The
awful truth about capitalism can no longer be hidden. Even the
moneyed oligarchs who have gathered in New York to celebrate
their world system are haunted by the specter of Enron and the
inner turmoil its collapse reveals within the incestuous web of
U.S. industry, finance and government.
An economic crisis is unrolling that started in the
financial markets, is spreading to the factories, offices and
stores, and can engulf the political structures of capitalist
governments everywhere, as it is doing so spectacularly at this
very moment Argentina.
This crisis is driving the Bush administration's adventurous
military expansion, which has two aspects: an attempt to
resuscitate the flagging fortunes of U.S. capital with a strong
jolt of war spending and imperial conquest; and a
media-coordinated scare-mongering campaign to divert workers'
attention from the scandalous and criminal theft of so much
wealth by the cabal intertwined with the Washington elite.
As the World Economic Forum meets, outside will be a glimpse
of the new movement--global, like the system whose crimes it is
protesting--that is a forerunner of things to come. Each
protester speaks for a multitude around the world who "stand
outcast and starving midst the wonders we have made," in the
words of the old union song.
This movement is young and hopeful, despite all the doomsday
scenarios confronting it. Yes, it is saying, you are damaging
our beloved planet, starving and stunting the world's people,
bringing them exploitation and war instead of clean water
plowshares, but we believe another world is possible.
Those determined to rule this world reply, "Be careful what
you say. Such talk is dangerous. Don't force us to lock you up
or even shoot you down, as in Genoa."
Yes, the truth is dangerous. And hopeful truth is the most
dangerous kind. It can infect the millions whose jobs hang by a
thread, who are mired in debt to billionaire banks, who suffer
the daily indignities and injustices of a racist, sexist,
anti-gay system, and who see no way out.
There is a way out. Every day workers of all nationalities
show their skill, ingenuity and reliability in making the
global network of modern production function almost seamlessly.
They are the social class that can rescue humanity from the
grave the capitalists are digging for us all--and they are
everywhere, as numerous as the leaves on the trees.
But today the workers are organized by the capitalist class,
and their existence is tolerated only as a category necessary
to the pursuit of profit. When profit cannot be obtained from
their labor, they are cast out. The suffering in the wake of
Enron's collapse shows why all workers desperately need to
organize independently, to protect their own class interests
against the predatory bosses. Who else will represent them?
Every branch of the state is compromised by its intimate
relation with the banking/corporate Robber Barons.
If all those now fearing pink slips were to assert their
right to their jobs, were to band together and refuse to be
sent away, were to demand recognition of the sweat equity that
makes them the true owners of this economy, then we would be on
the path leading to that better world.
Today, we are on a different path--Bush's path--the path of
neocolonial war, death, destruction and counter-revolution
abroad, while fleecing and repressing the workers at home.
What can be done about it?
Workers World Party has no confidence in any of the
political structures of U.S. imperialist society. They function
to serve the interests of the capitalist ruling class. Their
pretense of following a democratic mandate is a sham.
Bought-and-paid-for elections politically disenfranchise the
workers. The crude manipulations revealed in 2000 confirmed
this country's long racist tradition of trampling on Black
voters. The result is a government of the rich, by the rich and
for the rich, that yields only to mass struggle.
WWP has the greatest confidence in the revolutionary
potential of the multinational working class of this country to
break out of this trap and create their own organs of struggle
and, eventually, of power. The power to lead society out of the
abyss--that is what the struggle is all about. A revolutionary
Marxist party is always on the lookout for ways that the
workers can realize and express this power.
An organization that takes seriously the great
responsibility and dangers thrust on the working class must be
accountable for its own actions. It cannot be a debating
society--there are plenty of those already. It must be a party
of action and combat, able to advance or retreat as a unit,
inspired by a common program. It must be flexible enough to
consider varying viewpoints when deciding on analysis and a
course of action. It must be united in carrying out the
struggle and in explaining and defending its program to the
The workers must know that they can trust the party to do
what it says, and not go in a hundred different directions when
action is called for.
This takes a unique blend of democracy and centralism.
This communist form of organization brings forward the
revolutionary leadership potential of the most oppressed in
this society--especially those held down by racism, sexism and
genderism--while it enables the greatest solidarity in practice
among all who want to defeat this rotten system. It is the
antithesis of the way a capitalist political organization
functions--where money dictates policy and public debates are
only window dressing.
Dangerous words. And meant to be.
Reprinted from the Feb. 7, 2002, issue of
Workers World newspaper
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