Resistance is globalized
Published May 19, 2006 10:44 PM
Today there are more than 200 million migrant workers globally. And that
number is growing by millions every year. The largest number is in the U.S.,
where there are more than 34 million immigrants with papers and 12 million
Every industrialized capitalist country is dependent on
super-exploited, low-paid workers with no benefits, no protection, and no
rights. This is true not only in the U.S.
Consider the rebellions against
racism that swept France this spring. Millions of workers and the children of
the second generation from North and West Africa rose in rebellion against the
relentless racism of imperialist French society.
Look at the wave of
strikes that gripped Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman in the Persian Gulf, where up to
90 percent of the population are immigrant workers living in conditions of
modern-day slavery. Last week a strike in Dubai shut down work on what is to be
the world’s tallest building. In Kuwait Bangladeshi workers stormed their
own embassy in protest of unbearable working conditions. In Saudi Arabia, where
more than half the population is migrant workers, there is rising
Hundreds of millions of other peasants and small farmers are
daily being forced off their lands and into the cities of the developing world.
These vast internal migrations are equally disruptive.
There are cartels
that deal in human trafficking-a modern-day slave trade. The trade in women for
the sex industry is organized on a global basis.
countries’ primary source of revenue is the remittances workers send home
to their families.
Imperialist tentacles reach into every village.
Capitalist relations uproot centuries-old traditions in the most isolated
corners of the globe.
High in the Himalayas a revolutionary movement is
sweeping Nepal. A general strike of more than 2-and-a-half million shut down the
capital, Kathmandu. A Maoist insurgency has wide support in the countryside.
Nepal is one of the poorest and most isolated countries in the world. Its main
export is labor. Its main income is workers’ remittances.
Capitalism has no solutions to the chaos it causes. The giant
transnational corporations must maximize profit, not just over the long term,
but every minute in order to survive, without regard for human life or the life
of the planet itself. This drives them into a frantic race literally around the
world to find the lowest possible wage rate. The result is run away shops,
outsourcing, free trade zones, and special economic zones with no labor
The pressure to expand and to maximize profit is relentless.
Markets are blas ted open using full scale military attacks, political coups,
and economic sabotage.
Due to the cycle of disruption, U.S. impe rialism
is increasingly the target of rage on a global scale. Imperialism has
internationalized production and is creating at a faster and faster pace
millions of new wage slaves-capitalism’s grave diggers.
globalization has not only vastly expanded the working class. Technology has
connected the working class. Communication is instantaneous. The workers are not
only more numerous but far more educated and technically skilled. They are
increasingly conscious of their own potential.
The U.S. ruling class is
determined to use its military and economic power to shape events and dominate
the world. U.S. imperialism is determined that no area remain outside its
control—regardless of how small, poor or underdeveloped—from Sudan
to Nepal, Haiti to Albania.
But with all that power and enormous
weaponry, what the bourgeoisie fears most is a powerful mass movement that can
overwhelm them and sweep them aside. Their problem is that more and more is
happening on a world scale that is outside their control.
begins, resistance changes consciousness. It changes the view of what is
The spirit of internationalism and resistance of millions of new
workers provides a material basis for the revival of socialism. It will push the
whole class struggle forward.
We can feel that spirit of resistance
growing and finally it has even taken root here—in the very center of the
—Sara Flounders, Secretariat WWP
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