Prospects for near-term protracted civil unrest in the Unites States -- and the role of revolutionaries...

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Prospects for near-term protracted civil unrest in the Unites States -- and the role of revolutionaries...
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This analysis is from the first and last articles in the upcoming work, 'Subversion in Capitalist America: A User's Manual,' which examines a pattern of aggressive ultra-left direct action as it evolved over a 30-year period in the late 20th to earlt 21st century U.S:

"In the early 1980’s the rulers of the United States were emerging from their post-Vietnam foreign policy hangover.  President Ronald Reagan’s avowed goal of spending the Soviet Union into an arms race it could not win increased the possibility of a global nuclear war.  One third of the human species lived under regimes that claimed to be post-capitalist.  The deindustrialization of the United States was under way but the accompanying massive redistribution of wealth upward and away from blue collar and middle strata wage-earners was still in its earliest stages.  Marxism-Leninism and Trotskyism had a virtual monopoly on what little working class-oriented political action there was to the left of the Democratic Party.  In those days anyone who claimed to be seeking an anti-capitalist social revolution in the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world was understandibly dismissed as a fantasist. 

This is not the case today. The United States is spiraling downward into a converging pattern of profound irreversible structural emergencies, Capitalist America’s political class is no longer even minimally adequate to its required managerial tasks, and the old fake opposition is gone.  Our rulers are rapelling off the end of their historical rope. Dedicated energetic subversives can contribute to this process by engaging in new forms of aggressive ongoing public action relevant to contemporary working people’s conditions...

"...Marxism-Leninism and Trotskyism were the politics of the counter-revolution in Russia, but the Leninist left often attracted energetic, capable, dedicated people of a caliber not found among today's anarchists and ultra-leftists. Militants of these forms of left-capitalist politics often played a central role, and sometimes a positive one, in real world social struggles. With the collapse of the Soviet Union the Leninist branch of the left-wing of capital effectively became defunct.  Most M-L and Trotskyist groups went belly-up a generation ago.  Nothing has arisen to fill that corresponding empty space. More significantly, liberal democracy no longer has the ideological allegiance of the majority of the populace.  An opportunity without historical precedent is being neglected.  This must change now.  We are in a unique position.  Authentic anti-capitalists can assert an entirely new kind of mass politics in a rapidly deteriorating society ruled by an ever-more inept and self-discrediting political apparatus.

Some of the specifics of how a small, organized and energetic extremist tendency can come into being, establish rigorous internal political cohesion and contribute effectively to a larger society-wide dynamic are examined in my article ‘The Anarchist Subculture and the Leftist Protest Ghetto...’
 
"...We need ongoing public action among mainstream wage earners, not protesty-protester shit.

We should get involved in fights of wage earners against employers. We should assert direct action solidarity with immigrants against the U.S. government.  We should take part in fights over housing, gentrification and public space.  But our central ongoing emphasis should be on public transit system operators and riders in major cities -- and -- for obvious reasons -- on enlisted people in the Armed Forces.

A well-organized group of anti-capitalists can spread its message, with an effective reach out of all proportion to its small numbers, and reach a strategically significant segment of the wage-earning class, by maintaining an extremely narrow focus among employees of public transit systems. Along with this, we can reach the widest and most diverse working class audience possible through low tech mass communication among transit system riders.

A widespread self-organized movement emerging from joint action between transit system employees and riders can effect an entire urban region. Good ideas of this kind can spread from transit system to transit system, from city to city, and into non-transit workplaces. 

We need to think big. This is about the working class recovering the political autonomy from capital that was lost in the U.S. eighty-plus years ago with the New Deal.  And we should be wildly visionary: self-organized and extremely self-aware mass wildcat actions growing out of labor strife in metropolitan transit systems could conceivably develop, in depth and breath, and in ways that cannot be predicted at present, to create a working class-propelled political crisis for the regime we live under.  A combative working class must become the central force in the unfolding crisis in this society.  Mass action on mass transit could be the way that a new social movement begins..."