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 Assault on the Capitol:

Bourgeois Democracy Showed its True Face - Only the Working Class Can Offer a Future!

 

                                                   Internationalist Voice

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In November 2020, the US electoral circus declared Biden the winner. A year ago, the bourgeois propaganda machine was launched to attract more people to vote in this election. Even the opposition (American Maoists) entered the circus, announcing the danger of the advance of fascism to make the election show more attractive and more serious. Apparently, the round-the-clock efforts of the right and left of capital resulted in the engineering of public opinion, and the US election in 2020 had the highest turnout in the last 120 years. [1]

Republicans, led by Trump, have called for the election results to be annulled, claiming widespread electoral fraud. The allegation of widespread electoral fraud in the world’s largest democracy, which has been campaigning for democracy for at least the past 30 years and proposed exporting democracy through war, practically undermines and calls into question the concept of democracy. On 6 January, the US Congress was scheduled to count the Electoral College votes and announce the final result so that democracy would not be tarnished. At the same time that Trump was speaking to his supporters from behind a glass guard, Trump called on his supporters to move to the temple of democracy (the US Congress) and show that they will never give up, stating:

“We will never give up. We will never concede… You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically, make your voices heard today.” [2]

Following the call of the charismatic leader, Trump supporters stormed the temple and symbol of democracy (the US Congress). Five people were killed during the unrest – the storming of Congress was more like a protest against the election results in dictatorial countries. It would be naive to think that following Trump’s speech, some mobsters and fascists who became emotional and attacked Congress.

The fact that these American gangsters removed the mask of civilization in the war of power and showed the true face of their bourgeois democracy shows the depth of the rift that has gripped the world’s largest bourgeoisie - the American bourgeoisie. The claimants of democracy, whose democracy was supposed to be a model for others around the world, have now captured the temple of their democracy. The economic, political and social contexts of the obvious gap in this democracy must be discussed. The political and economic hegemony of national capital is the main reason for the rise of populism, not only in the US, but also globally.

After World War II, the US became the undisputed leading global power, and subsequently established its hegemonic dollar across the world. Although the US has been in an economic crisis since 1991, the 2008 economic crisis meant the US lost more and more ground. In these new world conditions, we are witnessing a new arrangement of imperialist powers. [3] In these new circumstances, Trump began his work by promising to restore the status quo prevalent in the US of the 1950s and 1960s, and by chanting “America first” – meaning American interests first. Trump terminated several contracts that did not serve US interests well and signed several contracts at the same time - in one case signing a $110-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The US trade deficit with China had risen to about $400 billion by the time Trump came to power. Trump announced that by imposing tariffs on non-US goods and capital, he would bring job opportunities back to the US, and it was in this context that he entered into a trade war with China and, to some extent, with the European Union. With such actions, Trump managed to reduce unemployment in the US by 1%.

But with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, millions lost their jobs, and in a short period of time, unemployment rose to 15% (it is now around 6.7%). During this pandemic in the US alone, the number of people who have to date lost their lives is greater than the total number of American military fatalities during World Wars I and II. [4] All of this indicates that American society is facing serious problems that will lead to social tensions.

The rise of populism marks the retreat of the working class from its position on the world stage. Four years ago, following Trump’s victory, we wrote:

 “The crisis in the Capital Camp provides an alternative to the populist tendency of capital to emerge from the capital crisis. The progress of the populist tendency of capital would not have been possible without the retreat of the working class.” [5]

Populism has been poisoning the working class through the “ideology of democracy” and the danger of fascism, and governmental and non-governmental ideologies of capital have played a significant role in the formation and perpetuation of the “ideology of democracy”.

Trump is leaving the White House, but populism is preparing for future battles, and it is not going to give up easily. Republicans are preparing for a power struggle, with or without Trump. In other words, the American political and social milieu will not be without tensions. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican in the US House of Representatives, has announced that she will be filing articles on impeachment against Joe Biden on his first day in office for abuse of power. [6]

In the absence of the working class as a social class capable of stamping its will on social events, there is a danger that the working class will act as a (supernumerary) black army of bourgeois factions in the war for power. Bourgeois democracy and bourgeois dictatorship are two sides of the same coin, and that coin is the savagery of capitalism. Either the working class of the world’s largest economy finds its way into the class struggle with its own independent line and advances its class demands, or we will see the continuation of savagery, and more exploitation to produce more surplus value to pay for the capitalist crisis. Only the working class can respond to the crisis of capitalism through class struggle. More than ever, the future of humanity is in the hands of the working class.

Capitalism smells of blood, dirt and sludge. If the working class does not follow its historical decree, that is, the overthrowing of capitalism through communist revolution, the destruction of humanity is inevitable. The destruction of humanity must not only be achieved through world war but also through the brutality of capital, the virus pandemic and environmental catastrophes. To put an end to the barbarism and savagery of capitalism, the alternative of the internationalists is more valid than ever:

Communist Revolution or the Destruction of Humanity!

 

Firoz Akbary

17 January 2021

Notes:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_turnout_in_United_States_presidentia...

[2] https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-speech-save-america-rally-transcript-january-6

[3] See the pamphlet “The New Arrangement of Imperialist Powers in the New Global Conditions”.

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war

[5] See the article: The crisis in Capital Camp, on the fringes of populism and Trump’s Victory.

[6]https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/biden-trum...

 

 

 

Kamerling
Welcome to the statement of IV

I welcome the statement of Internationalist Voice. I am in agreement with the general the spirit and following passages in particular:

  • “Announcing the danger of the advance of fascism (…) resulted in the engineering of public opinion, and the US election in 2020 had the highest turnout in the last 120 years.”
  • “The storming of Congress was more like a protest against the election results in dictatorial countries [and] shows the depth of the rift that has gripped the world’s largest bourgeoisie - the American bourgeoisie.”
  • “American society is facing serious problems that will lead to social tensions. Trump is leaving the White House, but populism is preparing for future battles.”
  • “There is a danger that the working class will act as a (supernumerary) black army of bourgeois factions in the war for power.”

But there is one point I want to elaborate more in detail and that is the question of populism. You write that “the political and economic hegemony of national capital is the main reason for the rise of populism, not only in the US, but also globally”. But the political and economic hegemony of national capital is not sufficient to explain the rise of populism because this exists already 200 years. So there must be another element to explain the emergence of populism in the past twenty years.

In another sentence you say that “The rise of populism marks the retreat of the working class from its position on the world stage. (…) The progress of the populist tendency of capital would not have been possible without the retreat of the working class.” But while populism has become stronger over the years the working class was not absent from the world stage, The struggle against the CPE in France in 2006, the struggle on the Indignados in 2011, the struggle in Iran in 2018 and, as the last expression, the struggles of the working class in France against the reform of the pensions

What we see is that with the reactions of the working class, and even with important reactions of the working class, populism is extending in many parts of the world, becoming a global phenomenon. Behind the rise of populism is The absence of any perspective (other than day-to-day stop-gap measures to prop up the economy) around which it could mobilize as a class (…) creates within the ruling class, and especially within its political apparatus, a growing tendency towards indiscipline and an attitude of “every man for himself”” (https://en.internationalism.org/ir/107 decomposition)

This “each for himself” leads to the stirring up of antagonisms, the increase of rifts in society, and the growing loss of control of the bourgeoisie of its political game.

In this framework the phrase: “populism has been poisoning the working class through the “ideology of democracy” and the danger of fascism” is not very clear. The populist fractions of the bourgeoisie do not poison the working class through the danger of fascism. This comes from its bourgeois political opponents, such as the Maoists and the anarchists, who falsely identify populism with fascism. The populism of Trumps is in the fact that he says to speak in name of the people (the workers of the “rustbelt”) against the Democratic Party which, in his vision, represents nothing else than the “urban elite”.

You are completely right to write that “The destruction of humanity must not only be achieved through world war but also through the brutality of capital, the virus pandemic and environmental catastrophes”. This is the position the ICC defends since the collapse of the Eastern Bloc and what it calls decomposition. But decomposition actually includes more phenomena than the ones mentioned in our statement, such as state terrorism, local wars, gangsterism, massive waves of refugees, major accidents such as Chernobyl, etc. Some of them are more harmful than others, but they are all phenomena of decomposition of capitalism and contribute to the slow but dangerous decent of human society into the abyss, unless the proletariat raises its head and is capable not only to develop its resistance against the economic attacks on its living conditions but to transform this also in a massive and unified political struggle against the capitalist state.

Is Internationalist Voice in agreement with this framework of decomposition as is developed in the ICC's Theses on decomposition?

Draba
Thanks to Comrade Kamerling for his efforts to make events in th

Thanks to Comrade Kamerling for his efforts to make events in the US transparent. Unlike other ‘inter’-nationalists who are only in their own world, Comrade Kamerling twice has commented on the articles of the Internationalist Voice, which I think has been very rich and in line with the transparency of the political milieu. Before expressing my opinion, I will first point out 2 misunderstandings:

  • The text is not a statement of Internationalist Voice  but an article published by Internationalist Voice
  • The poison is not populism but democracy. The danger and poison of the “ideology of democracy” has been repeated many times in the article. Maybe the sentence you mentioned is not formulated in the best way.

Four years ago, following Trump’s victory, Internationalist Voice wrote:

 “The crisis in the Capital Camp provides an alternative to the populist tendency of capital to emerge from the capital crisis. The progress of the populist tendency of capital would not have been possible without the retreat of the working class.”

The retreat of the working class is one of the factors for the rise of populism. For a better analysis of the progress of populism in terms of the Internationalist Voice, please take a look at the article below.

The crisis in Capital Camp, on the fringes of populism and Trump’s Victory

 The danger and poison of democracy have been repeated many times in the article. I agree with you that populism is not equivalent to fascism. Fascism represents the defeat of the proletariat, but populism is the result of the retreat of the working class. In order for World War to take place, the following two conditions must be satisfied:

  • the existence of two political, economic and military imperialist blocks
  • a working class which has been defeated worldwide.

In the past three decades, even though two coherent political, economic and military imperialist blocks do not exist, tensions have been witnessed between the large gangs. However the working class is not ready to provide the sufficient support necessary for its alternative, i.e. a Communist Revolution against the barbarity of the capitalist system. But it is not defeated. Therefore imperialist wars are tending more toward regional wars, like the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and dozens of other small regional wars.

But the most interesting, important and instructive part of your comment is that you wrote:

“But while populism has become stronger over the years the working class was not absent from the world stage, The struggle against the CPE in France in 2006, the struggle on the Indignados in 2011, the struggle in Iran in 2018 and, as the last expression, the struggles of the working class in France against the reform of the pensions.”

For years, the ICC has valued popular struggles as the crystallization of the class struggle and perhaps continues to do so. When the ICC depicts the working class as a black army in the popular protests under the title of “class struggle”, the working class will retreat more than ever before because of its class identity. But Comrade Kamerling ignores popular protests and points to the real class struggle of the working class. This is very good.

The second important issue in Comrade’s comment is that the ICC not only “denied” the class struggle in Iran in 2018 but also boycotted any information about these workers’ protests.

“The retreat of the working class” is not equivalent to “the working class was not absent”; no one says the working class has been absent. This should be dissected more without including together with other items.

You wrote:

“You are completely right to write that’The destruction of humanity must not only be achieved through world war but also through the brutality of capital, the virus pandemic and environmental catastrophes’. This is the position the ICC defends since the collapse of the Eastern Bloc and what it calls decomposition.

Then you asked: “Is Internationalist Voice in agreement with framework of decomposition?

I agree with the definition you made in the text above of “the decomposition of capitalism” and of course, because the text is published by Internationalist Voice, it must agree. What is meant by decomposition when it comes to the development of capitalism? We see that the International Fraction of the Communist Left also talks about decomposition in the 1930s.

 “Like Lenin, to whom it referred, the Fraction saw imperialism as the final stage of capitalism. In this phase in the transformation of capital, there was a struggle between different capitalist states to divide and re-divide the globe, in particular for the control of sources of raw materials needed for production.”[The Italian Communist Left published by ICC– page 111]

The war of 1914 meant “the decline, the decomposition of capitalism”[The Italian Communist Left published by ICC– page 113]

Comradely I replied to your question. Now my question is, when the ICC depicts the working class as a black army in the popular protests under the title of “class struggle”, the working class will retreat more than ever before because of its class identity:

Polemic with the International Communist Current:Working Class or the Masses?

And the ICC not only “denied” the class struggle in Iran in 2018 but also boycotted any information about these workers’ protests:

Polemic with the International Communist Current:Excuses of Revolutionary Publication

Do you agree with me?