The struggle is global and increasingly so. What has happened on the
streets of Athens, Paris, Dhaka, Cairo, Tunis, Shanghai, is a global
reaction to the increased exploitation of labour by capitalism since
2007. And the dawning realization that THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE for the
working class, especially not cozy retreat into NAtionalism and
Keynesianism in the face of bare-faced corruption and whole-scale
plunder by the elites. The working class, on a global basis, is now very
much conscious of the fact that the elite intend to pummel it into
obedience through the threat of mass unemployment. The reserve army of
Capitalism has become the most potent weapon to keep the rabble in line,
and people the world over are being pushed back to accept wages that can
barely enable the reproduction of labour power. In every industrial park
around the world, you will hear workers openly state that THEY have got
the upper hand and that WE are divided, fearful, angry, but that events
are coming to a head.
Bangladesh, China, USA, Indonesia, Europe, India : workers are bitterly
resentful and lament the fact that their unions are led by bureaucracies
that are part and parcel of the establishment. Following the Tunisian
example, workers are setting themselves alight in front of workplaces
all over the globe.
They are not stupid, they do not equate "free and fair elections" with
emancipation, even though they welcome the end of feared dictators with
trepidation. But there is something more in their thirst for "democracy"
than simply casting a ballot and cheering tanks on the streets.
NAtionalism is not going to solve unemployment, AND THEY KNOW IT,
although they recognize NAtionalist politicians as taking steps in teh
right direction by curbing the power of the corrupt elites linked to the
interests of transnationals.
But again, the global working class is not stupid, and if anything, is
more aware than ever of the fact that those who rule it are self-serving
I'm not going to start preaching again about self-management and
workers' councils, but ultimately, THAT is the only possible outcome
that can really destroy the foundations of Capitalism (wage labour and
division at the production level). It will take a renewed bout of
experimentation, what with the 60-70s so far behind us, and the 2010s so
menacingly full of heightened control over the workforce and decreased
levels of unionizing.
Well, Leonardo Kosloff seems to have it spot on with his calls for
>>"the issue of making the
struggle a bit more “scientific” (sorry if that sounds “bombastic”),
with more “independent
research” and no indoctrination. So, for instance, I want to question
a lot of people on the left have about monopoly capital and other
versions of 3rd
wordlist Marxist nationalism, not because I am for a US invasion of Cuba
the Castroist dictatorship, or whatever people wanna call it, but, on
contrary, because keeping ourselves illusioned about post-capitalism in
abstract ideological propagandistic struggle helps neither Cubans nor
here to understand “what is to be done”.