Lenin and the Key Link
The current revolutionary situation in America may well have most people confused, and for good reason. It is confusing. With that in mind, may I suggest giving serious consideration to that which Lenin advised, when faced with a similar situation.
In various writings, Lenin consistently stressed the importance of the key link. In one of his most important writings, that of What Is To Be Done?, he said: ”Every question ‘runs in a vicious circle’ because political life as a whole is an endless chain consisting of an infinite number of links. The whole art of politics lies in finding and taking as firm a grip as we can of the link that is least likely to be struck from our hands, the one that is most important at the given moment, the one that most of all guarantees its possessor the possession of the whole chain.”
That was written at a time of revolutionary motion, similar to that which we are experiencing today. His advice is as valid today as when it was first written.
In my opinion, the key link in the chain today is preparations for the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat. It is the Proletariat which has to be trained to exercise Dictatorship over the bourgeoisie.
Preparations for that dictatorship involve raising the level of awareness of the working class, the proletariat. They have to be made aware of the existence of classes and the irreconcilability of the interests of those classes. They also have to be made aware of their duty to exercise dictatorship over that class of human parasites, the bourgeoisie. A little training in that respect should prove most valuable.
For the benefit of those who are just now becoming politically active -welcome, my brothers and sisters, my comrades- I will mention that the scientific name for the working class is the proletariat, and the scientific name for the monopoly capitalists is the bourgeoisie. They are also referred to as imperialists, as the age of monopoly capitalism is the age of imperialism.
I am sure all of you are aware of the scientific meaning of the word dictatorship, so I will not bore you with that which you already know. Suffice it to say that after the revolution, the capitalists will be separated from their wealth as well as their power. They will be held accountable for their crimes and not be allowed to hide behind an army of lawyers. They will be denied any and all democratic rights. The proletariat, the working class, will have the exclusive right to democracy. There is no other way to prevent the bourgeoisie from returning to power.
As an aside, I will mention that all workers must learn the correct scientific terms, as otherwise, the capitalists will use our ignorance against us.
The recent spate of shootings, mass murders in the country, are seen by the bourgeoisie as an opportunity. They do not see it as the tragedy that it is. In particular, they see it as an opportunity to divert the revolutionary movement. They are now blaming these acts of violence, this senseless slaughter of civilians, on video games. As if video games drive people to murder!
No, the problem is one of capitalism, and capitalism in its highest, most rotten form, monopoly capitalism, which is imperialism. The imperialists, the bourgeoisie, are completely reactionary, which is to say that there is nothing progressive about them. They can, and do, go to any lengths to preserve their wealth and power. As for those who are skeptical, consider the various wars in which the country is involved. The capitalists always have money for war, but they cannot afford to feed their own people.
The fact is that in the richest country of the world, people are going hungry. Seniors are suffering and dying because they cannot afford the medication they so desperately need. Children are neglected and abused because their parents are forced to work two and even three jobs, in an effort to make ends meet. People are forced to live on the street because they cannot afford to pay rent. There are various slums in the cities, filled with the homeless and unemployed.
It is also a fact that immigrants, people who are as desperate as they are poor, seeking a better way of life, are being arrested and thrown into prison. Children are being separated from their parents, and the children are being placed in prison. We are not allowed to see the suffering of these children, as cameras are not allowed inside those prisons. We are only allowed to hear those poor infants crying for their mothers.
These are the same people whom Trump has referred to as thieves, killers and rapists! As if infants are capable of rape and murder!
Then consider the fact that the president has referred to a major American city as a slum! As if it is the fault of the people who are forced to live in poverty!
Now consider the fact that the capitalists, the billionaires, the bourgeoisie, have more money than they can ever hope to spend, and it is not enough. They want more, and they are further determined to not pay any taxes. It is the bourgeoisie that is the problem.
It is to be stressed that the problem is not one of video games. Nor is the problem that of Trump. Impeaching him and removing Trump from office will not change the fact that the bourgeoisie are in charge. To replace him with one of the couple dozen Democratic candidates, the so called ”20-20 contenders”, those who are currently plugging up the airways with their drivel, will change nothing. The bourgeoisie will remain in charge. Such a change of face will merely replace Trump with another figurehead.
Now there are a great many young people -young from my rather ancient viewpoint- who are very fond of video games and object to the fact that the capitalists are blaming the video games on these senseless acts of mass murder. As they are rather worked up, I can only suggest that Leftist people suggest to these people, those who are fond of video games, that they take action. By that I mean that they should also join the two mainstream political parties, Democratic and Republican. That way, as party bosses, they will have a great deal to say about the candidates to run for any and all political offices, and that includes the presidency.
The point is that we should take advantage of all forms of discontent, and use this against the bourgeoisie. Those who join the two parties will gain valuable training and experience in the class struggle, in the sense that such training will be put to good use after the revolution, in exercising dictatorship over the bourgeoisie. The reason they have for joining the two parties is secondary. It is the raising of their level of awareness and the training they receive, in the class struggle, which is the main thing.
They can join such people as the students, who are mainly concerned with tuition. The seniors, who are very concerned with the cost of medication and their pensions. The workers, who are quite concerned with the minimum wage. Together, they can and will learn from each other. With some helpful input from Leftist people, they will soon learn that the problem is the bourgeoisie, and the solution lies in the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat.
No doubt there are those who think I am expecting too much from working people. To such people I can only respond that the working class is not to be underestimated.
There are a great many talented people within the working class. Most of them may not be aware of this yet, as they have never had an opportunity to exercise those talents. But now that so many working people are ”waking up”, as they phrase it, those talents will no doubt be revealed.
As I have mentioned in previous articles, the approaching revolution can be successful only if it follows the revolutionary theories of Marx and Lenin. That requires workers to be familiar with the fundamentals of Marxism, and I have covered that before, so there is no need to go into it again.
Now we want as many Americans to join the two mainstream political parties as possible, especially those who display discontent. If that discontent is based on video games, so be it. We also want those who are defending our democratic rights to join the two parties, including those who are defending our right to bear arms and our right to free speech. Any other differences we have with those people we can hash out later.
Also in the news, the revolutionary upheaval in Hong Kong is instructive. The people there are resorting to different tactics, referred to as ”hit and run”, which is an excellent idea. They have also closed down the major airport, which is quite an accomplishment. As yet they are not strong enough to challenge the police in open combat, so they are hitting in one place, running to another, and then another. Strangely, they have yet to start opening fire hydrants, which will reduce the water pressure, strictly limiting the use of water cannons. I am surprised they have yet to hit upon that tactic.
As such revolutionary motion tends to spread, it is entirely possible that similar revolts are taking place in other parts of China. The Chinese government may simply be keeping that well hidden.
Back on the home front, we can safely say that the only people who have proven themselves capable of organizing a nation wide march and protest, are the students and the women, and many of them are involved in various causes. The only way in which the capitalists, the bourgeoisie, can be overthrown, is by uniting in one common front, and not just by students and women. Men of the working class and the middle class, the petty bourgeois, will have to unite with those people, with the goal of overthrowing the bourgeoisie, and establishing the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat.
No one wants a lengthy civil war, so the seizure of power is critical. Technically, this is referred to as an insurrection, and ideally, it should be quick and bloodless. Power should be seized within a day or two. The idea of keeping the plans for the insurrection a secret is not practical, as the bourgeoisie are masters of electronic eaves dropping. Of course, there is also no shortage of paid informers. They are a natural byproduct of capitalism.
With that in mind, upon the day which is appointed as the ”day of insurrection”, millions of working people should march, across the country, seizing key installations, including military bases, such as the Pentagon, government headquarters, such as the White House and Capitol Hill, communications centres and the stock exchange, such as are located in New York City, air ports, bridges, railroad stations and sea ports. Perhaps a ”dress rehearsal” should be carried out, just to make sure there are no glitches in the system.
Without doubt, the ruling class of capitalists in Hong Kong is also well informed, and yet the revolutionaries were able to shut down the major airport. We can learn from them.
Similar tactics in America should also prove to be most helpful. The politicians and members of the Trump administration should be harassed and humiliated, allowed no peace. Banners and posters should contain class content. Videos should be produced and placed on the internet, explaining the class struggle. The buildings which are the location for the 20-20 debates should be occupied, just as the main airport in Hong Kong was occupied. We should strive for as much mainstream press coverage as possible, as a means of carrying our message. We can and must raise the level of awareness of millions of people.
At the same time, there is an urgent need for a true American Communist Party, one which advocates for the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat. The membership in that Party must be rather few, limited to true Marxists. It is up to such people to provide the true leadership, as otherwise the revolution will only succeed in replacing one group of rulers with another.
As for those who are current or former members of the petty bourgeois, aware of the class struggle, serious students of Marxism, may I suggest that along with knowledge and education comes responsibility, if only on a moral level. The proletariat is counting on you, true Marxist intellectuals, to take the bull by the horns. Form an American Communist Party, Dictatorship Of Proletariat.
As ever more Americans become card carrying members of the two mainstream political parties, they will become more politically active and their level of awareness will rise. These advanced workers will also receive valuable training, which well serve them well after the revolution.
Destroy the Old, Embrace the New
Socialism is on the horizon. Countless working people are speaking of this, without quite knowing the meaning of the word. As well, a great many capitalists and their supporters are referring to socialism, the difference being that the capitalists are well aware of the meaning of the word. It means the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat, and it is their greatest nightmare. It terrifies them, with good reason.
Yet there are a great many people, middle class as well as working class, who are afraid to face socialism, for no good reason. Perhaps because it is different, and for some reason, there are people who become accustomed to the old, the familiar, and appear to be scared of the new. To such people, most of whom are probably in their declining years, I can only suggest that you embrace socialism, as it is far more comfortable, at least for the working class. Capitalism is old, it is dying, it is rotten to the core. Socialism is new, different, fresh, growing and gaining strength. Feel free to embrace the new and different. Socialism is the future, it is almost here, and it is here to stay.
It may help to think of capitalism as an old, broken down, rusty vehicle, a rattle trap. To throw a coat of paint on such a vehicle does not change the fact that it is worn out, ready for the scrap yard. In much the same way, to send new faces to Washington does not change the fact that capitalism is worn out, about to be scrapped, and no change of face, regardless of how pretty the face, will change that.
The fact is that the only way to socialism is through destruction. Revolution could break out any day, which is civil war, the class struggle at its highest pitch, a legitimate war to overthrow the bourgeoisie. There is no other way to liberate the working class, to end their oppression and exploitation, except through revolution and the subsequent Dictatorship Of the Proletariat.
Without doubt there are a great many starry eyed optimists who dispute that statement. To those honest, misguided souls I can only suggest that you take a moment, give it some serious thought and face the fact that destruction, in this case in the form of revolution, is about to happen. There is no other way. It is absolutely necessary, and it is a wonderful thing.
All Marxists are well aware that it is not possible to ”introduce” socialism. It takes shape in the course of the most intense, acute class struggle and civil war. As Lenin put it, ”violence is always the midwife of the old society”. He went on to say that ”a special system of organized coercion of a definite class corresponds to the transitional period between the bourgeois and the socialist society, namely the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat.” The implication is that even after the conquest of power by the proletariat, after the bourgeoisie is overthrown, a state of simmering war will continue. The bourgeoisie will not resign themselves to their fate. They are not about to bow down to their conquerers and pledge allegiance to the new social order. On the contrary, they will resort to every subterfuge, probe for any weakness, and at best bide their time until they think the time is ripe, and then they will strike. That is precisely the reason the proletariat must be ever vigilant, constantly using armed force against the bourgeoisie.
The proletariat must be educated in the class struggle. They have to learn the skills required to become the ruling class and crush the bourgeoisie. These skills are not dropped from the sky as mannah from heaven. Even before the revolution, the working class must wage a stubborn, desperate struggle against the bourgeoisie, as experience is a fine teacher. The skills the workers learn now will serve them well after the revolution, as the resistance of the bourgeoisie will not fade away, but on the contrary, increase ten fold, as they make every effort to restore their ”paradise lost”. As for those who doubt this, bear in mind the fact that no one wants to lower their standard of living. The billionaires, those who are accustomed to spending millions of dollars on themselves every month, if not every day, are no exception.
In the spirit of educating the working class and at the same time destroying the bourgeois state apparatus which has been set up to ”govern” the country, I can suggest that Americans join the two parties, Democratic and Republican, and encourage their family and friends to do the same. It may help to think of this as killing two birds with one stone. As countless Americans join the two parties, they will accomplish that which a great many Leftist people have tried to do over the years, but failed. They will succeed in destroying the two party system which has served the capitalists since the days of the Civil War. In the process, they will receive a valuable education in the existence of classes and the struggle between the classes. The education they receive now will serve them well after the revolution, when they will take an active role in exercising dictatorship over the bourgeoisie.
At the moment, the press is focused on Trump and the presidential debates. This is orchestrated by the bourgeoisie as a means of diverting the revolutionary working class movement onto some harmless sideline, such as impeaching Trump and focusing on a possible candidate to replace him. They want the working class to focus on anything but the fact that the bourgeoisie is the problem and no change of face in Washington will change that. The working class has to learn that Trump is not the problem. The bourgeoisie is the problem, and that whole class has to be overthrown and crushed.
For that reason, I am suggesting that if there are enough working class people who join the parties as card carrying members, then the presidential debates will be meaningless, as those same card carrying members will decide the candidate to run for all offices, and that includes the presidency. Not only the presidential debates but also the impeachment and removal of Trump from office will then be meaningless.
Assuming that millions of Americans join the two parties, then the bourgeoisie will no doubt change their method of rule, and the workers will receive a further education. That response could well trigger an insurrection, resulting in the overthrow of the bourgeoisie. That will in turn result in an entirely new historical period, one which is required for the suppression of the capitalists, the bourgeoisie. That historical period is referred to as the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat. I suspect that day is closer than most people suspect. With that in mind, I can only suggest that the posters and banners proclaim:
Dictatorship Of the Proletariat!
Workers of the World, Unite!
Marx and Lenin Forever!
Need For American Communist Party
The revolutionary motion in America is gaining strength. Ever more working class people are becoming politically active, dissatisfied with life under capitalism. For the most part, this is rather instinctive, as they are not aware of the existence of classes. The life as a proletarian does not lead to the awareness of classes. The members of all other classes are aware of that existence and aware that each class has its own class interests. Those classes include the nobility, the peasants, the middle class or petty bourgeois, and of course the monopoly capitalists, the bourgeoisie.
I am sure that a great many working class people, those who have recently become politically active, are reading this, so I must stress that all learn the correct scientific terms for each class. The capitalists take great delight in using our ignorance of these terms against us.
The capitalists are also well aware of the revolutionary motion and are determined to divert this motion. They of course own the press and have ordered the journalists to focus on the 20-20 presidential debates and also attack Trump. Even though Trump is one of their own, they have no loyalty towards each other. There is no honour among thieves.
This tactic appears to be somewhat effective, as the people on the Left, those who refer to themselves as Socialists, Independent Socialists, Anarchists, Social Democrats, Marxists, Communists, Bolsheviks or various other names, are now rather silent. By this I mean that recently, there have been no marches or demonstrations. The politicians and members of the Trump administration are not being exposed and publicly humiliated. The same is true of the various presidential candidates, all of whom are in the service of the same class, the bourgeoisie.
This is class war, the capitalists against the workers, the bourgeoisie against the proletariat. It has been going on since the industrial revolution, which gave rise to the creation of new classes, the capitalists and the workers, the bourgeois and the proletarians. It will soon break out into open warfare, as the working class challenges the capitalists for political power. We had best be prepared.
With that in mind, we want to attack the enemy from all sides. I am calling upon all Americans to join the two mainstream political parties, Democratic and Republican. As card carrying members of the parties, you determine the candidate for any and all political office, and that includes the presidency. Assuming a few million Americans join the two parties, and those card carrying members of both parties decides that each party will endorse Sanders for president, then there will be no need for any and all presidential debates. Nor will there be any need to decide the proper candidate to challenge Trump, as the Republican Party will not be endorsing him to run for a second term. Problem solved.
I am also suggesting a careful reading of key works of Lenin, especially State and Revolution and Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism. This will help to educate the members of the working class.
Not only that, but I am also calling upon the various womens’ groups to once again come together, be active, as you were when you marched upon Washington. With that march, you proved, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that you are capable of organizing a proper insurrection. In fact, you are the only Americans who are capable of such organizing abilities. Your skills are desperately needed.
This is not to say that you should put aside your considerable differences, as that is not reasonable. It is to say that all have a common enemy, and that enemy is not Trump. It is the class he represents, and that class is the bourgeoisie. Until that class is overthrown and crushed under the iron boot of the proletariat, the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat, then nothing of substance will change.
With that in mind, I can suggest more marches and demonstrations, embarrassing and humiliating various servants of the bourgeoisie, including politicians and members of the Trump administration. The farce of the presidential debates should be disrupted, especially as that should give rise to some fine press coverage.
I can also suggest raising this to a new level, carrying posters and signs which contain class content. As well, perhaps a speech by the leader of the demonstration, to be posted on one of the social media outlets of the internet, drawing attention to the class conflict. With any luck, such a speech will go viral, assuming that is the correct expression. The internet has provided us with tools to use against the bourgeoisie, so feel free to use them.
Then there are the members of the working class who are men, very likely fellow sinners, male chaunanists one and all. You are conspicuous by your absence. It is your women who are leading the revolutionary motion, and they need your help. As you are well aware, it is the job of a man to protect the women. Very soon, those women are going to need all the protection they can get. Of course, I am referring to the time, in the not too distant future, when the class war becomes violent. That is referred to as the day of insurrection. On that day, we can expect the capitalists, or at least the officers within the military, to order their troops to open fire on the revolutionaries. The troops may or may not obey that order. A great deal depends upon the strength of the revolutionary motion, and upon the preparation of the people taking part in that insurrection. This is to say that if the insurgents are armed and prepared to return fire, then that can dampen the enthusiasm of the troops.
It is also true that the troops now have computers and other digital devices, so that they can be sent the message beforehand that we do not see them as the enemy. They are free to join us and be treated as an equal. Their past conduct will not be held against them.
As for those who are skeptical, feel free to point out the experience of the Russian Revolution of November 7, 1917. The Karensky government was forewarned of the insurrection and took refuge in the Winter Palace of the Czar. They were guarded by shock troops, the Savage Division. For the most part, those troops refused to open fire on the revolutionaries. Immediately after the success of the revolution, those men were allowed to sign a paper, swearing not to challenge the revolution, and then released. They were even allowed to keep their weapons.
In much the same way, after the success of the American insurrection, after the capitalists are overthrown, the troops guarding the capitalists and their henchmen, such as the Secret Service, will be required to sign a paper, agreeing not to fight the revolutionaries, and then released.
As well, the working class will be faced with another problem. That problem is one of replacing the government of the capitalists with a government of the workers. That is where State and Revolution comes in so handy. The state apparatus must be smashed and replaced with a proletarian apparatus, one which will be used to crush the desperate and determined resistance of the capitalists, the bourgeoisie.
The current state apparatus has been set up by the capitalists, the bourgeoisie, to crush the working class. A tiny minority has found a way to subjugate the vast majority. That state apparatus must be destroyed and replaced by a proletarian state apparatus, the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat.
No doubt there will be a great many people on the Left who will dispute this. They will be anxious to maintain the existing state apparatus and use it for their own purposes. This is to say, they will try to set themselves up as the new rulers!
That is where a proper Communist Party, Dictatorship Of the Proletariat, comes into play. Only such a party, a true leader of the working class, can explain to working people the absolute necessity of such a dictatorship, and make sure this happens. The one and only way in which this can happen is by smashing the state apparatus which has been set up by the bourgeoisie, for purposes of subjugating and exploiting the working class. Otherwise, the revolution will succeed in merely replacing one set of leaders of the capitalists with another.
I can only stress that there is a desperate need for a Communist Party in America. The fact is that people need leaders, just as every ship needs a captain, and those who say otherwise are simply demagogues. It is only those who follow the theories of Marx and Lenin, which is to say Communists, who are the true leaders of the working class. Without such leaders, the working class can be compared to a ship without a captain, at the mercy of the wind and waves, drifting aimlessly around the sea. But a ship with a captain is able to chart a course and head straight for port.
In the case of the working class, that port is the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat, or DOP. I use capital letters in order to stress the importance. It is not enough to overthrow the capitalists, the bourgeoisie. After the revolution, they must be crushed, ground into the dust, absolutely precluded from once again weaselling their way into power.
As for those who think that is rather harsh, bear in mind the fact that the capitalists were able to return to power in Russian and China, precisely because they were not crushed, or at least not with sufficient enthusiasm. The working class of those countries did not exercise sufficient dictatorship over that class of parasites.
A true Communist Party advocates the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat. Those who deny the necessity for that dictatorship or gloss over it, neglecting to mention this, are not Marxists but revisionists. Some of these parties openly claim that it is necessary to revise the theories of Marx and Lenin, while others are more shy about this. They do their best to avoid the subject, and hide behind the fact that workers are not discussing this. Of course that is true, as most workers are not aware of the necessity of first overthrowing the bourgeoisie and then crushing them under the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat. This awareness has to come to the working class from an outside source, the petty bourgeois intellectuals.
No doubt there are those who are of the opinion that differences in such matters are about as exciting as arguing over the colours of a rainbow. At what point does yellow become orange? At what point does blue become violet? Who really cares?
To such people I can only respond that such is not the case, as a difference of opinion concerning a matter of revolutionary theory may appear unimportant today, but may be of critical importance tomorrow. The stakes are nothing less than political power. Either the capitalists are in charge, crushing and exploiting the working class, or the working class is in charge, exercising dictatorship over the bourgeoisie. There is no middle ground.
Without doubt, a true American Communist Party, Dictatorship Of the Proletariat, or ACP, DOP for short, will win the support of the vast majority of working people. Equally without doubt, there will be a sizeable minority who will support other parties and groups. The Democratic Socialists of America comes to mind. As they have done some fine revolutionary work in the past, and have an impressive membership of possibly fifty thousand people, they are well respected. It is entirely possible that they may form a coalition government with the ACP,DOP.
A similar situation took place in Russia in November of 1917, after the reactionary regime of Karensky was overthrown. At that time, a great many peasants were supporting the Socialist Revolutionaries. That being the case, the Communists, led by Lenin, adopted the agrarian program of the Socialist Revolutionaries. They in turn were furious. Sore winners! They got exactly what they wanted and complained bitterly.
After they calmed down, those same Socialist Revolutionaries, or at least one of their factions, joined the Communists in forming a coalition government, in honour of the newly created Soviet Union.
That is the reason I am calling upon class conscious people, by whom I mean people who are aware of the revolutionary theories of Marx and Lenin. to come together and form an American Communist Party, Dictatorship Of the Proletariat.
It is very likely that most of the people who respond to that call and form the ACP,DOP will be current or former members of the middle class. Just bear in mind that Marx, Engels and Lenin were also members of the middle class, so that places you in good company. The class background is not important. The message that is being carried, that of Marx and Lenin, is all important.
It is perhaps not an exaggeration to say that the success of the socialist American revolution depends upon you. So feel free to take action, in the interests of raising the level of awareness of the working class to that of Marxists, starting with various slogans:
Workers of the World, Unite!
Dictatorship Of the Proletariat!
Women With Power
The recent Womens’ March on Washington has proven one thing beyond any shadow of a doubt. Women have power. In fact, they very likely have far more power than they can imagine. It is also very likely that they have no idea of just how much power they really have. Otherwise, they would be exercising that power.
So I say to those women who took part in the Womens’ March: WAKE UP!
As I mentioned in a previous article, the upper stratum of the proletariat in America, as well as other industrialized countries of the world, have been bribed by the capitalists, the bourgeoisie. They are now receiving a rather handsome paycheque, at least compared to the vast majority of working people, and in turn are careful not to ”rock the boat”. In short, these highly skilled, well paid workers, the majority of whom are men, are no longer revolutionary. They are quite happy to not challenge the capitalists.
If the vast majority of working people, especially the women, feel betrayed, there is a reason for this. It is because they have been betrayed.
As a result of this betrayal, countless women, middle class as well as working class, have risen to the occasion. They have formed various womens’ groups, each of which has a particular set of demands. That is a big step in the right direction, but only a step. An even bigger step was the coalition of womens’ groups which marched on Washington, and across the country. At the same time, women marched in numerous countries around the world, all in support of American women.
The final, major step has yet to be taken. Women have got to face the fact that the problem is one of class, and that class is the bourgeoisie. I can only stress that it is a class struggle, the capitalists against the workers, the bourgeoisie against the proletariat. That is also the way in which it has to be presented to the members of the working class, as so many people are not aware of the technical terms.
True, this womens’ movement is very likely being led by middle class women, members of the petty bourgeois. No doubt those people are feeling slightly desperate, as they are being squeezed ever tighter by the bourgeoisie. For years, these women had visions of becoming ever more rich and successful, and even joining the ranks of the monopoly capitalists, the bourgeoisie. Who can blame them?
But now reality has set in. The ranks of the bourgeoisie are not growing, but shrinking, as they impoverish not only the proletariat and the middle class, but also each other. They do not hesitate to ”cut the throats” of each other, as they phrase it. In fact, they attack each other with a certain enthusiasm, as the profits that result from separating other billionaires from their wealth are enormous. The starry eyed optimists of the middle class, those who dream of joining the bourgeoisie, are easy money. The bourgeoisie prey upon them as wolves prey upon sick moose.
As a result of the increasing impoverishment of the petty bourgeois, many of them have been forced to join the ranks of the proletariat. Others are desperately hanging on, trying to maintain the life style to which they have become accustomed. At the same time they are sliding ever more deeply into debt. These frantic souls are very likely enthusiastic members of the womens’ movement.
Then there are the working class women. They are not starry eyed optimists, as they never had any illusions of joining the ranks of the monopoly capitalists, the bourgeoisie. That door has been closed to them from birth, and they know this. As a result of this, they are the bedrock of the womens’ movement.
Now it is time for the two classes to come together, to combine the skills and training of the middle class, or former members of the middle class, with the determination and dedication of the working class. They can learn from each other. Both classes must focus on the enemy, which is the bourgeoisie. It is not Trump, although he has been put forward as the decoy, the red herring, the lightning rod for the revolutionary movement. Anything to draw attention from the real enemy, the bourgeoisie.
Now optimistic souls are pushing forward the former first lady as the person to defeat Trump in the 20-20 election. As if that would solve the problem! Even if she is elected as president, the bourgeoisie will remain in charge, the working class will continue to be exploited, the middle class will continue to be decimated, and the profits of the capitalists will continue to soar. Nothing of substance will change.
Now it is time for millions of Americans, including those who took part in the Womens’ March, to take action. The bourgeoisie must be challenged on various fronts. They must be allowed no peace. It is necessary to join both mainstream political parties, as card carrying member. As party bosses, you can decide the person to run for office. As well, more marches and demonstrations are required. Feel free to flex your muscles. Call attention to the existence of classes and the necessity of a revolution. You have done it before and you can do it again. Attack the bourgeoisie from all sides. Let them know that it is just a matter of time before you mount an insurrection and overthrow the capitalists. You are also going to flood Washington with socialists, and there is nothing they can do to stop this. Pay no attention to the talk of impeaching Trump and the presidential debates. Draw the attention of the press to the class struggle and the revolution. Embarrass and humiliate Trump and the members of his administration, as well as politicians of both parties. Support the Squad. Invite men, including fellow male chauvinists, to join the uprising. Use the internet, also referred to as social media, if I am not mistaken, to carry the message. Plant the seeds of revolution anywhere and everywhere.
It may help to think of further marches and demonstrations as preparation for the Big One, by which I mean the insurrection, the day working people overthrow the capitalist American government and replace it with a truly socialist society, the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat.
Do not be surprised if working people in other countries follow suit. At the same time that the American capitalists meet their Waterloo, the capitalists of other countries may also be overthrown. Just as the Womens’ March on Washington triggered similar marches around the world, so too the insurrection in America may inspire people in other countries to also overthrow their capitalist governments. If anyone can do this, it is American women. You have done it before, and you can do it again. Do not place any restrictions on yourself.
You are in the vanguard of the revolutionary working class movement of the world. The hopes and dreams of countless people are in your hands. God Bless You, One and All.
The Importance of Organizing
At present, America is a powder keg. It is set to explode at any day. Any spark could set it off. The country is deeply divided, capitalists against workers. The class conflict is about to break out into open warfare. The length and severity of that conflict depends largely upon the preparation of the working class. The first day or two of that conflict, referred to as the insurrection, are absolutely critical.
In Russia, on November 7, 1917, the working class and peasants overthrew the bourgeois government, led by Kerensky. This is referred to as an insurrection, and it was almost bloodless. Key government buildings, bridges, communications centres and railroad stations across the country were occupied at the same time. This was planned and organized by the Communist Party, led by Lenin. It should be stressed that the working class seized power literally overnight.
This was quite an accomplishment, especially considering the fact that it did not come as a surprise to the capitalists. Of course Lenin and the Communist Party knew the value of surprise, and were determined to keep the planned insurrection a secret. The trouble was that there were two traitors on the Central Committer of the Communist Party, by the name of Zinoviev and Kamanev. They went public with the plans for the uprising, tipping off the capitalists. So much for the advantage of surprise!
As yet in America, there is no Communist Party, although that will take shape as the revolutionary motion gains strength. In the mean time, we have got to work with what we have. Of course, I am referring to the womens’ groups. The fact is that they organized the Womens’ March on Washington, and it was a great success. Women marched not only on Washington, but all across the country, as well as countries around the world. That is precisely the sort of organizing skills we need for the approaching insurrection.
With that in mind, I am appealing to those womens’ groups, and in particular to the leaders of those groups. You ladies have proven to be superb organizers, and that is the very thing which we so desperately need now. No other groups of people have proven themselves capable of organizing on such a scale. The country is counting on you to lead the revolution, and that includes the insurrection.
No doubt there are many people who are of the opinion that it is not fair to place such a burden on these women. To those people I can only respond that this is war, class war, and in time of war, fair does not apply.
We are all blessed with certain talents and skills. This comes at a price, as those same people who are more blessed than others are morally obligated to use those skills, in the interest of the common good. That means the important thing now is to overthrow the capitalists, which is going to require a proper insurrection, one that is well organized, coordinated, and country wide. Further, it is doubtful that the capitalists will be surprised by this, as they are experts at eavesdropping.
To put this in perspective, if the insurrection is not immediately successful, then the country is facing a long, drawn out civil war, similar to the Civil War of 1861-1865. No one wants that.
As for those who object that the Russian revolution was followed by a lengthy civil war, I can only respond that the situation was quite different. The country was surrounded by enemies, in the sense of capitalist countries which were determined to destroy the first socialist republic, with the help of Britain, France and America. Those are the countries which supplied the countries close to Russia with vast amounts of weapons and equipment. Those neighbouring countries then went to war with Russia, in an attempt to restore both the monarchy and capitalism. That is not a problem we face today.
The important thing to remember is that we have got to hit the capitalists with overwhelming force, one which is going to immediately crush them. Even the capitalists have an expression for this. They call it ”shock and awe”. During World War 2, this was referred to as blitzkrieg, or lightning war. It is as effective now as it was then.
This is not to say that the successful insurrection will be the end of the class war, as it will not. It just means that the defeated capitalists will be forced to perform useful, productive labour, for perhaps the first time in their lives. If that labour is limited to such simple tasks as they are able to perform, such as milking cows and shovelling manure, then so be it.
From within these womens’ groups, Marxists will have to emerge. The only way in which the revolution can succeed is by following the revolutionary theories of Marx and Lenin. The Marxist literature is readily available and should be carefully read. I have gone into this in a previous article so there is no need to repeat it here.
In preparation for the insurrection, and in the interests of raising the level of awareness of the working class, further marches and demonstrations should carry signs and posters which contain a class content. Such slogans as Down With Capitalism!, Scientific Socialism!, Proletarian Power!, Workers of the World, Unite!, Marx and Lenin Forever!, Democracy For the Working Class!, Dictatorship of the Proletariat!, are suggestions. The idea is to carry the message to the millions of working class people who are not aware of the existence of classes.
It is also to be hoped that a great many more men will join their women folk. The women may or may not choose to once again wear their ”pussy hats”, as they refer to them. Either way, I can only suggest that men wear red scarves, as a symbol of revolutionary motion. The capitalists refer to workers as ”rednecks”, which is meant as a derogatory term. Feel free to turn it around and embrace it.
For the moment, the capitalists are determined to divert the revolutionary movement by having the press focus on the possible impeachment and removal from office of Trump. As well, the press is spending a great deal of time discussing the various presidential candidates for the Democratic Party. The point has to be driven home that Trump is not the problem, just as no change of political party will solve the problem. After all, both parties serve the same class. That particular class is of course the bourgeoisie, the capitalists, the billionaires. This must be explained to workers in this manner, using both the popular terms and the technical terms.
Any further marches and demonstrations should be aimed at embarrassing the members of the Trump administration, as that gets the coverage of the bourgeois press. As well, other presidential debates should be disrupted, as that is where the press is located. Let them have something of substance to report, rather than the meaningless mumbo jumbo of the presidential hopefuls.
The signs and posters can also encourage working people to join the two mainstream political parties, Democratic and Republican, as card carrying members. Let people know that there is no difference between the two parties, tweedle dee and tweedle dum. As workers join the two parties, they will learn this for a fact. At the same time, they will become aware of the existence of classes, and the conflict between the classes. The experience will be valuable, if not pleasant.
It is safe to assume that the same women who are such excellent organizers are also proficient in the use of the computers. They are going to need those computer skills on the internet, if only in determining the level of awareness of the working class. It is only when the level of awareness of the working class is at a high level that a successful insurrection can be staged. The country is already at the point where the middle class, or at least the remnants thereof, are coming together with the working class, in an attempt to overthrow the capitalists.
We have no way of knowing the exact day the revolution will break out. The capitalists may well force an insurrection upon the American people. That could happen even before the 20-20 election. As citizens become card carrying members of both parties, and take part in deciding the candidates to run for political office, the capitalists may well become frenzied, and do something supremely stupid, such as mount a coup. That could well trigger an insurrection. We had best be prepared.
This is not to say that the success of the approaching revolution depends upon the level of organization of the insurrection, which is in the hands of the women who organized the Womens’ March. It just means that the immediate success or failure of the insurrection will determine the length of the civil war. The longer the insurrection drags on, the longer the civil war, the more bloodshed. The shorter the insurrection, the less bloodshed. That places a heavy burden upon the shoulders of the women responsible for organizing the insurrection. But then I am sure they will rise to the occasion. I have complete confidence in those ladies. In that spirit, perhaps I should close this article with that which I have previously mentioned:
Workers of the World, Unite!
Dictatorship Of the Proletariat!
Marx and Lenin Forever!
Concerning Marxism and Insurrection
All Americans are now supremely well aware that the country is deeply divided. In fact, it is close to civil war, to revolution, whether people are aware of this or not. Open class warfare is right around the corner, capitalists against workers, bourgeoisie against proletarians. It is very likely that most working class Americans are not aware that it is class warfare. The blame for this lies with conscious people, those who consider themselves socialists but have failed to bring to the working class the awareness of itself as a class, complete with its own class interests.
For that reason, I am appealing to the most advanced American workers. You have a history of revolutionary motion, of which you can be most proud. You have thrown off the yoke of British rule in 1776, and later, in 1861, destroyed the class of slave owners, the same class of people who brought shame and disgrace onto your country. Now you are once again being called upon to destroy another class, the bourgeoisie, those who are crushing and exploiting American working people. They too are a shame and a disgrace. The whole world is watching, as you are in the vanguard of the world revolutionary working class movement. You are leading the proletarian revolution in the United States (America) as well as in all of North America, and very likely South America. It is a tall order, but I have no doubt that you will rise to the occasion, as your forefathers have in the past.
Working people around the world are being inspired by you, and that includes proletarians, petty bourgeois and peasants. You are not alone.
The revolution will almost certainly break out in America and spread to other countries. The success of the conflict will depend largely upon the level of preparation of the working class. By that I mean the preparation of the most advanced stratum of the working class, as the less advanced workers tend to follow the more advanced. This second civil war need not be as long and drawn out as the Civil War of 1861. If fact, the working class, the proletariat, could well seize power within a matter of a day or two, several days at most.
As for those who are skeptical, consider the fact that in Russia, on November 7, 1917, the common people, by whom I mean the workers and peasants, overthrew the bourgeois government. This happened literally overnight, but then it was well organized. The first socialist republic was established, by which I of course mean the Soviet Union.
This revolution was successful because the workers and peasants, led by Lenin and the Communist Party, followed the advice of Marx. It was Marx, no less, who stressed the fact that insurrection must be treated as an art, that you must win the first success and then proceed from success to success, never ceasing the offensive against the enemy, taking advantage of the confusion in the ranks of the enemy, etc. The defensive is the death of every armed uprising.
With that in mind, I am encouraging all working class Americans to read carefully an article Lenin wrote immediately before the Russian revolution of November, 1917, that which overthrew the capitalists, the bourgeoisie. It is titled Marxism and Insurrection, and can be downloaded from the internet. It is most encouraging, as there is currently no party to lead the working class in America, which is to say no American Communist Party. By that I mean, there is no true Communist Party, one which calls for the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat.
In this article, Lenin gave advice on the subject of the approaching armed insurrection. By this he meant the time the proletariat would openly challenge the ruling Russian government, the government set up by the capitalists, the bourgeoisie, with Kerensky at the head. As it is so important, I have chosen to quote it at length.
As Lenin states, ”To be successful, insurrection must rely not upon conspiracy and not upon a party, but upon the advanced class. That is the first point. Insurrection must rely upon that revolutionary upsurge of the people. That is the second point. Insurrection must rely upon that turning point in the history of the growing revolution when the activity of the advanced ranks of the people is at its height, and when the vacillations in the ranks of the enemy and in the rank of the weak, half hearted and irresolute friends of the revolution are strongest. That is the third point…Once these conditions exist, however, to refuse to treat insurrection as an art is a betrayal of Marxism and a betrayal of the revolution.”- all italics by Lenin.
At that time in Russia, the various classes included that of nobility, capitalists, landlords, peasants, small business owners or petty bourgeois, and the workers or proletarians. It was the class of workers, proletarians, which composed the advanced class. The peasants, or at least the vast majority of poor peasants, supported the workers. The petty bourgeois tended to vacillate, supporting the bourgeoisie one day and the workers the next, depending upon the class which seemed to be winning the conflict. Of course the two classes of landlords and nobility generally supported the bourgeoisie, but frequently fought among themselves. The more they fought among themselves, the weaker they were. The weaker they appeared, the more the petty bourgeois supported the common people, the workers and poor peasants.
The current situation in America is different only in the sense that it is simpler. There are fewer classes involved, as Americans gave the nobility their walking papers many years ago. As well, the peasants or farmers have practically been wiped out by the monopoly agrarian corporations. There are still a few small business owners, middle class, those whom the corporate monopolies have yet to destroy, so the petty bourgeois is yet limping along in America. As they are under extreme pressure, they are more likely to side with the revolution, supporting the workers.
As well, advances in communications have made great strides. In particular, the internet has made possible instant communication with all parts of the world. Now we are no longer restricted to ”word of mouth” or even the press. With the various digital devices, which include computers, cell phones, tablets, smart phones and whatever else, we can now keep in touch with each other immediately.
By contrast, in Russia of 1917, it was necessary to send loyal Communists to the factories and barracks, to the workers and military personnel. That was the one and only way in which the temperament of those people could be determined. As well, that was the only way they could be notified of the approaching uprising. Now that we have the internet, such is no longer the case. We would be fools not to use the tools at our disposal.
At that time, there were two major cities in Russia, Saint Petersburg, also known as Petrograd, and Moscow. Saint Petersburg was at that time the capital, the seat of power, as well as the cultural centre of the country. It was Lenin who directed the insurrection. The Provisional Government, led by Kerensky, was seeking refuge within the Winter Palace of the Czar. The revolutionary forces, that of workers and military personnel, stormed the Winter Palace. The shock troops who were guarding the members of the Provisional Government were brushed aside and the members of the Provisional Government were arrested. At the same time, in Moscow, the revolutionary forces also seized key buildings.
Immediately afterwards, in fact the next day, a new government was established, that of workers and peasants, called the Council of Peoples Commissars, led by Lenin. It was the first true Dictatorship of the Proletariat.
The insurrection in America, which is to say the outbreak of the revolution, should follow a similar course. The seat of power is in Washington, so that the White House will have to be stormed. It is quite possible that the members of the government will seek refuge in the White House, which is to say the members of the Cabinet, the Senators and members of Congress. It is also imperative that the Pentagon be captured. All members of the administration, as well as all military personnel, especially the Joint Chiefs of Staff, must be arrested.
Once these key people are arrested, they must be denied access to any and all communication devices. Even one phone call can prove to be disastrous, as they will immediately activate a relief expedition. The revolutionary workers and soldiers who guard these people must be truly resolute, as government personnel are accomplished, professional liars. They will no doubt resort to the subterfuge of faking heart attacks or some such illness, demanding medical attention. If they get their hands on a cell phone, they will use it to call for help. All requests for medical assistance must be denied by the guards. Those same guards may take comfort in the fact that even if the sickness is legitimate, one less imperialist in the country is no cause for mourning.
The other major city in the country which deserves special attention is New York. At the same time that Washington is being secured, the stock exchange and communications centres in the financial capital of the country must also be seized. Spokespeople must go on the air and announce that the working class is now in control of the country. The American citizens must be told that the capitalists, the billionaires, the bourgeoisie, are no longer in charge. They can also announce that the military is being disbanded. The troops are coming home, and they are coming home alive.
Other major cities should also receive special attention, such as Los Angeles, which is the cultural centre of the country. This may be thought of as going from success to success, as Marx stated. It is absolutely essential to stay on the offensive, keeping the enemy off balance. There can be no greater mistake than going on the defensive.
Major bridges must be secured as well, as the capitalists may use the roads to try to send in troops to crush the rebellion. The railways certainly must be locked down, the rail stations secured. As well, the airports must be shut down. The airport workers can be of great assistance in blocking runways, as that is another port of entry. The shipping docks are to be shut down, as they will try to send in the navy, perhaps with their finest, well trained shock troops, perhaps Marines. We can expect them to send in paratroopers, who tend to be supremely well trained, and we have to be prepared for that. It is essential that the revolutionary forces be armed, and prepared to use those weapons.
It is very likely that many of the people taking part in the insurrection, possibly a majority, will be women. It is to be hoped that many of their husbands will ”grow a set” and join them, but so far women have been leading the revolution and that will likely continue. This could even work in favour of the revolution, in that even the most highly trained, most brutal troops, may be reluctant to fire upon fellow Americans, especially if those fellow Americans are women. Even so, be prepared to return fire, even if that fire is to be directed at only the officers.
Those women have proven themselves to be excellent organizers, as the Womens’ March on Washington proved beyond any doubt. Not only was the march on Washington a raging success, but in almost all cities and towns across the country, women also marched, at the same time. That is precisely the sort of activity we need for the day of the insurrection. Only those who have proven themselves to be such excellent organizers can be counted upon to do so again. The difference is that this time, the goal will be to seize power for the working people, the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.
No doubt this American womens’ organization exists, even though it has been dormant for some time. I have no idea of the name of the organization, although it may be a coalition of various womens’ groups. The precise name is secondary, as is the fact that it arose spontaneously. The important thing is that it exists, it is nation wide, and it has the support of womens’ groups around the world. The fact is that at the time of the march on Washington, women around the world marched in a show of solidarity.
As best I can gather, it is the one and only such organization in the country. These American women have distinguished themselves, and for that they deserve full credit. It is very likely the first time a revolution has been led by women. We can only hope that countless men will be inspired by their example and join the women in the front lines of the class war.
The Womens’ March on Washington proves, beyond a shadow of doubt, that American women are capable of organizing, of planning and carrying out a simultaneous nation wide demonstration. As that is the case, they are also quite capable of organizing an insurrection. It is also the case that the revolutionary motion is gaining strength, so that it is reasonable to assume that a great many men will also be inspired to join their women folk. In that case, the insurrection is sure to succeed, as it did in Russia, within a day or two.
I also suspect that the womens’ organization is an alliance of current or former members of the middle class, with members of the working class. That also is most encouraging, precisely the thing needed for the revolution, an alliance of classes. Now it is up to these American ladies, or at least the leaders of these women, to gauge the correct time to strike. That is where computers and other digital devices come in handy.
In order to gauge the maturity of the working class, it may be necessary to put forward a slogan such as ”All Power to the Working Class” If countless working class people embrace the slogan, then the time for the insurrection is upon us. We may even be able to put forward this slogan on the internet, perhaps facebook or youtube, and see the response we get. It may not be necessary to put forward the slogan on signs and posters and rely upon the bourgeois press to carry the message, although that is still an option.
Possibly the most difficult problem will be to keep the precise timing of the insurrection a secret from the capitalists, the bourgeoisie. There are various government agencies which specialize in eavesdropping on all electronic communications. The less advance warning the capitalist have, the less prepared they will be for the insurrection.
I have complete confidence in those American ladies. They have done it before and they will do it again. No doubt they will rise to the occasion. I am also sure that they will find a way to motivate their husbands and boyfriends. The time is fast approaching when there will be a crying need for those who are proficient in the use of firearms and the application of brute force. That being said, as long as the insurrection is well planned and carried out, the blood shed will be kept to a minimum.
No doubt, the bourgeoisie will send in shock troops to crush the rebellion. Equally without doubt, many of them will be reluctant to shoot fellow Americans, especially if those fellow Americans are prepared to shoot back. With any luck, those shock troops will join us.
For now, I can only suggest a careful reading of Marxism and Insurrection. At the crucial moment, it is proper and necessary to mount an insurrection. The same American women who organized the Womens’ March can use their internet connections to determine the crucial moment. That crucial moment is the point at which the vast majority of working people are prepared to overthrow the bourgeoisie.
Allow me to close this article with the words Lenin chose in closing his article, italics by Lenin: ”It is impossible to remain loyal to Marxism, to remain loyal to the revolution unless insurrection is treated as an art.”
Tasks For the Approaching Revolution
The current American situation is very similar to the situation of Russia in 1917, immediately after the spring revolution. The Russian monarchy was overthrown, which is to say that the Romanov’s were no longer in power. That particular family had been ruling Russia for three hundred years, but the spontaneous uprising of the people of the Russian empire ended that dynasty. A great many of those people were not even Russians, but members of different nationalities, crushed under the rule of the Romanov’s. Now in America we also have people of different nationalities who are being crushed under the rule of the American empire. As well, many of the people who are currently taking part in the revolution are also doing so spontaneously, not fully aware of precisely that which they are doing.
In the case of 1917 Russia, the Marxists, the leaders of the workers and peasants, cannot be blamed for the lack of awareness of the working people. Almost all of them had been arrested under the rule of Czar Nicholas and were either executed or exiled. That includes Lenin, whom had been exiled and was living in Switzerland at the time of the spring Russian revolution. As well, most of the people of Russia were peasants, and the majority of them were illiterate. Then there was the fact that the press was strictly controlled by the agents of the Czar. Any and all socialist literature was strictly forbidden.
The difference is that now in America, most people, but by no means all, are literate. As well, there are very few peasants in America, and those that remain are referred to as farmers. The members of the middle class, small business owners, technically referred to as petty bourgeois, have been all but wiped out by the monopoly capitalists, the imperialists. As for socialist literature, it is available, if only on the internet. Works of Marx and Lenin can readily be downloaded, and the capitalists have no way of controlling this.
The vast majority of people now have computers, or at least have access to computers. The young people in particular have various digital devices, all of which are used as a means of communication. These electronic devices serve the same purpose as the press.
There are also a great many conscious people in America. By that I mean people who are aware of the existence of classes and the conflict between the classes. Most of them are current or former members of the middle class, petty bourgeois, usually people who have been financially ruined, forced into bankruptcy, driven into the ranks of the working class. These people I refer to as Leftist people, or people who are on the Left. Most of them consider themselves to be Marxists or Socialists, while others are politically active because it is the right thing to do. All such Leftist people have my respect.
This is in stark contrast to those who are aware of the current situation, of the fact that the working class is being crushed and exploited by the capitalists, and are further determined to strengthen and further this exploitation. Those people I refer to as members of the Right, or the BCBL, which stands for Belly Crawling Boot Lickers. It should come as no surprise to any reader that I have no respect at all for those people. They are truly contemptible, many of them working class, traitors to their own class.
The important thing to remember is that the working class is not aware of itself as a class, and this class awareness must be brought to the working class from an outside source. That outside source is the middle class, the petty bourgeois. Bear in mind that Marx, Engels and Lenin were middle class, petty bourgeois. They sacrificed a comfortable middle class life style in order to do the right thing, to fight for the working class, the proletariat. Sadly, a great many of the class conscious people in America, those who consider themselves as Marxist or even Leftists, are not following suit.
The fact is that those who are class conscious people, current or former members of the middle class, whether Marxists, Socialists, Communists, Bolsheviks, Independent Socialists, Democratic Socialists or merely progressive people, are not doing their duty.
I realize that is a strong accusation, and no doubt many people will be offended by this. Yet I stand by that which I have stated. Any and all conscious people have the duty to bring the awareness of classes to the working class, the proletariat.
True, there were demonstrations made in the past which were quite successful, but nothing recent. Among other things, I am referring to the marches to the houses, banks and restaurants which are frequented by the members of the Trump administration. This caused considerable embarrassment to certain American officials, and more to the point, was shown on the mainstream press. People loved it, as it was entertaining. Yet the banners and posters were devoid of Marxist slogans, such as Workers of the World, Unite! or Scientific Socialism! or Down With Capitalism! The idea is that workers must be made aware of the existence of classes, and the struggle between the classes. We want to bring that awareness to millions and tens of millions of working people, and the best way to do that is by saying it in a manner which is entertaining.
Without doubt, there are a great many Leftist people who are professional entertainers. The members of the Me Too movement are living proof of that. Now it is a simple matter of persuading those Leftist people to do that which they do best, to entertain, while at the same time carrying the Marxist message to the working class.
It is entirely possible that the revolutionary movement has been -temporarily- side tracked by the uproar to impeach Trump and remove him from office. The monopoly capitalists, the bourgeoisie, may have decided to ”throw Trump under the bus”, as they refer to it, in an effort to derail the revolution. As they are completely devoid of principle, it is not beneath them.
Certainly the press is focused on this spectacle, including the conflict between the Speaker of the House and the members of the Squad. The press is also quite gleefully pointing out the lies and hypocrisy of Trump and his merry band of boot lickers.
As the press is owned and operated by the capitalists, it is clear that the journalists have been turned loose on Trump, in much the same way that well trained attack dogs are turned loose on people. The journalists are also well trained and are tearing into Trump with a vengeance. It is very likely that they hate the man -who can blame them?- and are doing a fine job of pointing out the obvious. For this they deserve full credit.
The fact remains that Trump is a mere figurehead, a puppet who is being manipulated by some very highly placed American officials, loyal servants of the bourgeoisie. They refer to themselves as the Resistance, and I refer to them as the White House Resistance, in order to distinguish them from the Leftist resistance. This White House Resistance very likely is composed of most, if not all, of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, among others. They are the puppet masters who pull the strings of Trump.
This point was driven home recently when Trump was prevented from going to war with Iran. Not that Trump referred to it as war, but as a ”proportional military strike”. As if changing the name changes the nature of the beast! The members of the White House Resistance knew precisely what it was, and decided to stop Trump, not out of respect for any humanitarian concerns but only because they considered that it would adversely affect their profits. If nothing else, this drives home the point that the military are firmly in control of the country.
Having said that, I will now appeal to the millions of working people who have recently become politically active, as a result of the revolutionary movement which is currently sweeping the world, and which is being led in North America by the United States (Americans), and in particular American women. Way to go, American ladies!
To such people I can only say that it is perfectly understandable if you find the situation confusing, if not depressing. To see the country that you love so deeply divided! No doubt it reminds people of the Civil War, when it was neighbour against neighbour and brother against brother. That is true, just as it is true that the end result of that war was the defeat of the class of slave owners. That is the way we have to look at the civil war which is on the horizon, the second American revolution. It is a war between classes. It is a war which has to be fought, and the workers have to win that war, because the bourgeoisie have to be defeated. This is another way of saying that it is a just war.
In fact, the current American situation is much simpler than the situation of Russia in 1917. Now there are only two classes in conflict, the capitalists, technically referred to as the bourgeoisie, and the workers, technically referred to as the proletariat.
As I mentioned, I am writing this with the members of the working class in mind, so I am explaining these technical terms and being repetitive. These are terms with which all working people must become familiar, as knowledge is power, and if we are not aware of these terms, then the capitalists will use this against us.
It may help to think of the billionaires as the bourgeoisie, because that is precisely what they are. They are parasites, leaches on society, taking everything and giving nothing in return. They contribute nothing to society, possess more money than they can ever hope to spend and are never satisfied. Whatever they have, it is not enough. They are constantly trying to squeeze ever more money from the working class. They have more money, in total, hidden in ”offshore accounts”, than the country owes. To put this in perspective, the national debt stands at twenty two thousand billion, or twenty two trillion. That is a mind boggling amount, and yet the capitalists, the bourgeoisie, have more than that amount of money placed in banks in other countries. They are determined to hang on to this money, and even add to it, while at the same time not paying any taxes.
As the Leftist people are not doing their duty, I can only suggest that working class people -I also refer to such people as common people- should take the bull by the horns and do that which most common people in Russia could not do, and that is educate themselves.
This may not be as difficult as it may sound, as there is no need to read everything Marx and Lenin wrote. For that matter it is not practical. It is not necessary to immerse ourselves in Marxist literature. We just have to focus on that which is most relevant.
Of course I am referring to State and Revolution, written by Lenin in the fall of 1917. After the overthrow of Czar Nicholas in the spring of that year, Lenin managed to return to Russia in a sealed train, and carry on his revolutionary work within the country. It did not take long before the newly created bourgeois republic, led by Kerensky, determined that Lenin was a supremely dangerous man, and decided to kill him. For that reason, he was disguised as a peasant and fled to Finland. In secret, faced with the difficulties of overthrowing the bourgeoisie and establishing a new socialist society, he wrote that which is widely considered his greatest masterpiece, State and Revolution.
This work of Lenin is available in pamphlet form and can be bought online or it can simply be downloaded from the internet. For older working class people, those who may not be all that familiar with high tech, I can suggest enlisting the assistance of the younger generation. I have found them to be quite helpful, in that respect, if nothing else. To be referred to as a Caveman can quickly become rather tiresome. Yet my children never seem to tire of it. But then I spoiled my children when they were growing up, and now I am paying the price.
The important thing to remember is that the country is now a powder keg. Any spark could cause an explosion, by which I mean a full blown revolution. Class against class, workers against capitalists, proletariat against bourgeoisie. There is no middle ground. The revolution may break out before the 20-20 election. We have no way of knowing. The only thing we know for sure is that we had best be prepared.
Just as in the eighteen fifties, in America, the country was deeply divided. Everyone knew the country was on the brink of civil war, but on one wanted to admit this. But then no one was terribly surprised when Fort Sumter was attacked in 1861, as that was the start of the Civil War.
This is not to say that the common people, by whom I mean the workers, farmers and small business owners, were aware that it was a class conflict, the capitalists against the slave owners. Those two classes are traditional enemies, as capitalism and slavery are incompatible. The capitalists want to invest their capital, taking advantage of any and all natural resources, as well as hiring an inexpensive labour force – they refer to it as cheap labour – while the slave owners want to keep growing their crops -this is referred to as an agrarian economy- using slave labour. Of course the two classes were on a collision course, and the end result was the Civil War.
At that time, the American workers, farmers and small business owners of the north, aided the capitalists in crushing the slave owners. Then too, the southern slaves, or at least those who were able to escape from bondage, were also of service. Many southern escaped slaves were able to join the Union Army and fought the Confederates, and in fact they distinguished themselves. It is safe to say that those soldiers were more motivated than most Union troops.
To return to the current situation, it may help to think of capitalism as wage slavery, because that is precisely what it is. Now as workers, proletarians, we are forced to sell ourselves by the hour. We have no choice in the matter. If nothing else, it beats starvation. We in turn take pride in our work, and the capitalists express their appreciation by blaming us for their incompetence, firing us on impulse. Welcome to the wonderful world of the class struggle!
The good news is that the capitalists, bourgeoisie, have managed to simplify the class struggle. They have pretty well destroyed the petty bourgeois, the small business owner, and the owner of the family farm, as well as the slave owners. Bully for you, capitalists! You have done a fine job of digging your own grave! Do not be surprised when we place you in those graves.
My heart goes out to working class Americans, because they are a heroic people, blessed with a proud revolutionary history. Now they are once again going to have to break the bonds of tyranny, as they previously did, first in 1776 and later in 1861. First they threw off the yoke of British rule and later they crushed the class of slave owners, each time at the great expense of American blood. Now they are leading the American working class revolutionary movement, (very likely throughout North America and probably South America), preparing to crush the monopoly capitalists, those who are technically referred to as imperialists. These American workers have my utmost respect.
No doubt there are many who think that no war, revolutionary or not, can justify the violence, the bloodletting, the loss of life. To such people I can only say that my heart goes out to you, and I deeply regret that it is not true. Just consider the following facts:
American working class seniors, those who built the country, are now suffering and dying because they cannot afford the meds they so desperately need
American working class students are staggering under student loans, which they very likely will never be able to repay
American working class children are being neglected because their parents are forced to work two or even three jobs, just to make ends meet
American workers are losing well paying manufacturing jobs for various reasons, including automation and factory closures, and forced to seek minimum wage jobs
Americans workers are facing bankruptcy and mortgage foreclosures, losing their homes, in record numbers
Americans workers are living on the streets and eating from trash cans, being completely degraded
Immigrants who came to the country in desperation, seeking a better way of life, just as our ancestors did, are being separated from their children and thrown in jail
The children of immigrants are also being thrown in jail, the infants crying for their parents
American capitalists are enjoying record profits, with the stock market at an all time high
American president Trump is now telling Americans to leave their country
I can only stress that these are facts, and these facts speak for themselves. For the workers, to paraphrase a famous British author, this is the worst of times, while for the capitalists, this is the best of times. There is a reason for this. The capitalists, the bourgeoisie, make their profit off the labour power of working people. The harder they work us and the less they pay us, the higher their profit. That which is best for the capitalists is the worst for the workers. The profits of the capitalists are at a record high because the poverty and suffering of the working class is at a record high.
This brings us back to educating the working class, or more accurately, encouraging the workers to educate themselves. I can only suggest that workers, or better yet groups of workers, get together and read that which is perhaps the greatest masterpiece of Lenin, and one which is especially relevant. Of course I am referring to State and Revolution. In this book Lenin explains quite clearly just what the proletariat will have to do in order to free themselves from capitalist tyranny.
It is only natural that working class Americans may wonder just what Lenin means by the State. In America, that mainly refers to the vast military, which contains many branches, as well as the various law enforcement agencies, complete with jails, prisons, courts and other coercive institutions. This is referred to as a state apparatus or a ”public power”, or a ”special coercive force”, to use the expressions of Engels. This public power was established by the ruling class, in this case the bourgeoisie, in order to keep the ”lower class”, in this case the working class, the proletariat, in subjugation. That is the one and only reason for the existence of the state apparatus, the public power. It is set up to crush and exploit the working class.
Lenin goes on to explain that this same state apparatus, this public power, must be destroyed, crushed, at the time of the revolution. It must be replaced by a new working class state apparatus, an apparatus set up to crush the tiny minority, the monopoly capitalists, the bourgeoisie. This new state apparatus is referred to as the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat. As Lenin points out, ”The suppression of the bourgeois state by the proletarian state is impossible without a violent revolution.” Further, he goes on to say that ”Only he is a Marxist who extends the recognition of the class struggle to the recognition of the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat.” –my italics.
It is to be stressed that the capitalists, the bourgeoisie, cannot be overthrown by taking over Washington, complete with the various government agencies and organizations. Those same agencies and organizations must be crushed and replaced with a working class state apparatus, one which can and will be used to crush the bourgeoisie, the Dictatorship Of the Proletariat.
I repeat, a careful reading of State and Revolution by all working class people is the way forward.