Progressive Labor Party on Race & Racism



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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Pharma profiteer Pfizer sickens workers

New York City, March 3—Today 150-200 healthcare workers, medical students, Aids organizers, municipal and CUNY (City University) retirees and others picketed the big Pharma profiteer, Pfizer, and then marched through the streets of midtown Manhattan. Angry chants like “Pfizer’s greed kills” and speeches denounced the capitalist medical system which forces millions to choose between food, rent and prescription drugs. In addition, many protesters called for support for a single payer health plan (e.g., Medicare for all, paid by the government) to take “excess” profits out of the hands of healthcare profiteers. While it is important to call out the greedy healthcare industry, we in Progressive Labor Party (PLP) explain that a system that doesn’t meet the medical needs of the working class doesn’t deserve to exist. In the U.S., Black and Latin workers are the most likely to lack access to quality medical care and needed medications. It was disappointing to see that few Black workers took part in this demonstration, since because of racist conditions, Black and Latin workers face the worst health and health care coverage. Perhaps it was because the union movement was noticeably absent. Union misleaders have opted to divide the working class by merely protecting their members, who have medical and drug coverage, while largely ignoring the needs of workers who do not. Retiree organizers at today’s march are fighting against that kind misleadership, which weakens the working class and in effect helps, put more money back into the bosses’ pockets.
Some organizers of today’s march put forward a divisive chant, “Health care is a right, not just for the rich and white.” Instead of equating white workers with their bosses, we should be promoting struggle and unity. At demonstrations to stop hospital closings we’ve had better chants, such as “Health care is a right, fight fight fight” and “Men and women, Black and white to win better health care we must unite.”Moreover even a single tax payer system, or medicare for all will not guarantee good health for all, because under capitalism there is no incentive to maximize the health of anyone who is not working– be it the unemployed, disabled, old, or imprisoned.
Participating in the movement against medical industry profiteers is necessary as we fight to survive in this racist capitalist system and helps us show our friends why communist revolution is needed to insure equal access to medical care.

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