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Progressive Labor Party (PLP) fights to destroy capitalism and the dictatorship of the capitalist class. We organize workers, soldiers and youth into a revolutionary movement for communism.

Only the dictatorship of the working class — communism — can provide a lasting solution to the disaster that is today’s world for billions of people. This cannot be done through electoral politics, but requires a revolutionary movement and a mass Red Army led by PLP.

Worldwide capitalism, in its relentless drive for profit, inevitably leads to war, fascism, poverty, disease, starvation and environmental destruction. The capitalist class, through its state power — governments, armies, police, schools and culture —  maintains a dictatorship over the world’s workers. The capitalist dictatorship supports, and is supported by, the anti-working-class ideologies of racism, sexism, nationalism, individualism and religion.

While the bosses and their mouthpieces claim “communism is dead,” capitalism is the real failure for billions worldwide. Capitalism returned to Russia and China because socialism retained many aspects of the profit system, like wages and privileges. Russia and China did not establish communism.

Communism means working collectively to build a worker-run society. We will abolish work for wages, money and profits. Everyone will share in society’s benefits and burdens. 

Communism means abolishing racism and the concept of “race.” Capitalism uses racism to super-exploit black, Latino, Asian and indigenous workers, and to divide the entire working class.

Communism means abolishing the special oppression of women — sexism — and divisive gender roles created by the class society.

Communism means abolishing nations and nationalism. One international working class, one world, one Party.

Communism means that the minds of millions of workers must become free from religion’s false promises, unscientific thinking and poisonous ideology. Communism will triumph when the masses of workers can use the science of dialectical materialism to understand, analyze and change the world to meet their needs and aspirations.

  Communism means the Party leads every aspect of society. For this to work, millions of workers — eventually everyone — must become communist organizers. Join Us!

 

 

 

 

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Friday
Oct132017

U.S. Imperialism, Not Hurricane, Devastates Puerto Rico

Under capitalism, a society’s first priority is profit, not people. This is all too clear for the workers of Puerto Rico as the United States, the world’s richest superpower, has refused to pull resources from the bosses’ inter-imperialist agenda and send adequate aid to people whose homes and livelihoods have been torn away, and who now face a public health catastrophe.

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Oct132017

Solidarity with St. Louis Rebellion

ST. LOUIS, MO, October 1—Weeks after the racist acquittal of kkkop Jason Stockley for the 2011 murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, the fires of anti-racist, working-class fightback are still raging across the St. Louis area. A small collective led by Progressive Labor Party (PLP) joined this militant struggle, offering working-class solidarity and communist leadership.
Anthony, 24, had a one-year-old daughter when he was killed after a high-speed chase. Just before the legalized lynching, based on video and documents obtained by St. Louis media, the racist Stockley said, “Going to kill this m*therf*cker, don’t you know it.” The killer cop then planted a silver revolver on Anthony and claimed self-defense. Though the only DNA on the revolver belonged to Stockley, a judge still found the kkkop not guilty—an outrage that has sparked a widespread uprising and more than 120 arrests in a single night.  

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Oct132017

Bolshevik Revolution Centennial Series: Bolsheviks’ Work in BAKU OIL FIELDS

This is the  part of in an extensive series about the Bolshevik Revolution and the triumphs, as well as the defeats, of the world communist movement of the 20th century. We welcome your comments and criticisms, and encourage all readers to discuss this period of history with their friends, classmates, co-workers, family, and comrades.
The following illustrates Bolshevik work under the Czar before the Revolution of 1917.


Progressive Labor Party is following in the footsteps of Bolshevik leaders Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin in struggling to “fit the reform struggle into the revolutionary struggle,” making revolution primary. This is very hard to do when the bosses still rely on liberalism to fool the working class. But this liberalism is in the process of turning into fascism. If we have followed our line of “revolution and reform” and have prepared a base for communism among the working class, we will be prepared to turn the bosses’ fascism into its opposite—workers’ communist revolution. A look at the history of the Bolshevik party illustrates this.
In What Is To Be Done? (1902) Lenin denounced the tendency of putting trade union work around reform issues on an equal or even a higher footing with Party work. The “economist” or reformist outlook Lenin criticized was dominant in the Second International. It turned the German Social Democratic Party, the party of Marx and Engels, into a pro-imperialist, anti-worker party by 1914 (see Schorske, German Social Democracy). The Mensheviks, that part of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party with which Lenin and the Bolsheviks split, also practiced it. The occasion for this split in 1903 was Lenin’s insistence upon the primacy of illegal Party (revolutionary) work, and on making sure that communist politics guided all reform activity.

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Friday
Oct132017

Chicago Airport Anti-Deportation Protests Take Flight

INDIANA, October 6–Confronted by a fascist police force in military gear, Progressive Labor Party comrades joined over 200 multi-racial anti-deportation fighters today in a demonstration at the city’s airport. Our communist contingent made progress in sharing our revolutionary line that safety for our immigrant sisters and brothers won’t be achieved through another reform, but only by the destruction of capitalism and its borders, through international working-class revolution.

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Friday
Oct132017

DC Protests Capitalist Genocide in Myanmar

Washington, DC, September 30—Today the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) held a rally, march, and protest in solidarity with the oppressed workers of Myanmar (formerly Burma), in particular against the genocidal campaign by the military against the Rohingya Muslim minority workers and farmers. The army has driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya off their land into neighboring Bangladesh, where they meet rejection of refugee status by the Bangladeshi rulers. Ostensibly the army is acting in response to terrorist attacks on Burmese police stations by an organization of Rohingya jihadists, but the masses are made to suffer.
Refugees from many countries meet similar rejection in Europe and elsewhere, leaving them homeless and without livelihoods, as warring imperialists from the U.S., Europe, Russia, and China fight each other for oil, natural gas, and minerals over the dead and dying bodies of workers and farmers whom they mislead into believing that these wars are in their interests.

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Friday
Oct132017

Brooklyn School Victory for Antiracist Fighters against DoE Fascism

BROOKLYN, NY, October 10—After a McCarthy-style investigation that lasted half a year, the New York City Department Of Education’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) has declared that it cannot substantiate accusations of wrong-doing against teachers, some communists, in Park Slope Collegiate. This is a huge victory for the school and its community.
It is also continuing to investigate several minor claims against the principal and a bogus conflict of interest charge against one of the teachers.

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Friday
Oct132017

Kitchen Sink Drama: Workers, Students Stir Up Trouble for CUNY Bosses

BROOKLYN, October 10—As the students, workers, and faculty at Kingsborough Community College (KCC) are learning, this disaster of a racist profit system affects our lives at every level and can only be defeated with multiracial unity. KCC is one of the largest campuses in the country’s largest urban university system (see CHALLENGE, 9/27), the City University of New York (CUNY). While KCC’s working class is a reflection of the segregation and divisions imposed by capitalism, they’re also becoming a model of multiracial fightback.
Members and friends of the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) have been routinely selling CHALLENGE outside of campus, and learning and organizing a great deal.

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Friday
Oct132017

Las Vegas Shooting Capitalism Creates Monsters

In a period of escalating inter-imperialist competition and declining U.S. presidential support, the capitalists will seize every opportunity to use tragedies such as mass shootings for their own purposes. On October 1, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas strip, killing 58 people and injuring 489 others. The brutality of capitalism is able to take this tragedy and use it to ramp up support for the police force and increased fascism.
The police have been heralded as heroes of the night and calls for increasing their presence at large events is now abundant. The ruling class has jumped on this opportunity for rising fascism: more searches, SWAT special reaction team sharpshooters in place at large events, and increased calls for a “see something, say something” atmosphere. The capitalist system is what workers really need to “say something” about. 

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Friday
Oct132017

Mexico Earthquakes Capitalism, Nationalism Deadly for Workers

MEXICO CITY, October —The hundreds killed in the earthquakes in Mexico show that capitalism is deadly.
The U.S. Geological Survey predicts as many as 1,000 died in the earthquakes of September 7 and 19 in Mexico. Countless are injured or homeless, and two thousand schools are damaged. Natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes are inevitable, yet when people’s safety is a priority preventive measures can be taken. But under capitalism profits are more important than workers lives.

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Friday
Oct132017

NFL Take-A-Knee Protests U.S. Anthem and Flag are Symbols of Racism & Imperialism

The Star-Spangled Banner and the American flag are symbols of racism, but they also represent the never-ending wars and mass destruction of U.S. imperialism. When Colin Kaepernick first ‘took the knee’ during a National Football League (NFL) game last August, he was specifically protesting the racist police killings of Black people. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color…this is bigger than football and it would be selfish … to look the other way. There are bodies in the street…and people… getting away with murder.”

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