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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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Wednesday
Mar032010

Palestine-Israel: Combating Nationalism Key to Workers’ Unity Part II

(Part I — CHALLENGE, 3/3 — detailed Israel’s attacks on Gaza, its apartheid conditions enforced on Palestine, the racism towards Arabs and Muslims and relations between Israeli and U.S. rulers.)

In Palestine there were mass uprisings against Israeli rule in 1987 and 2000, but today there is very little resistance. Since 1990, the governing Fatah party has negotiated with Israel, with the U.S. as mediator, and has become the administrator of much of the West Bank, without ever achieving independence. Most Palestinians view Fatah as corrupt and incompetent. It has now even taken over many internal policing duties from the Israelis.

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Tuesday
Feb232010

Haiti: U.S. Bosses’ Puny ‘Aid’ Covers Up Tightening Military, Economic Domination


It becomes clearer by the day that the U.S. invasion and blockade of Haiti has imperialist and racist, rather than charitable, goals. Besides maintaining a grossly underpaid or unemployed, U.S.-dominated, almost entirely black cheap labor pool there, the top U.S. priority is seizing political and military control of this strategically-located country. It stands at the geo-political crossroads of Caribbean trade routes, the Panama Canal, Cuba and Guantanamo Bay, Venezuela and potential off-shore oil reserves.

This follows a century of imperialist exploitation of Haiti, making it the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, leaving it completely vulnerable to such an earthquake.

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Tuesday
Feb232010

Obama’s Terror Trial Troubles: Blood-Soaked Liberals On Thin Ice  

Khalid Sheik Mohammed, at the center of bosses' NYC show-trial controversyThe furor over where and how to try the 9/11 attack ringleaders stems from both Obama-vs.-Bush partisan fighting and Obama’s concern for preserving his liberal cover. The Obama regime wants to maintain the fiction of “the rule of law” in place of the reality of capitalists ruling workers. Ideally, Obama would like an open civil show trial in media-capital Manhattan. But it’s not just the openly fascist Bush-Cheney camp’s demands for secret military proceedings that hinder Obama.

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Tuesday
Feb232010

N.J. Students’ Rally on Haiti: ‘200,000 Deaths Are Not Natural — It’s Capitalism!’  

NEWARK, NJ, February 3 — Today, over 20 students, teachers and local workers protested the U.S. occupation of Haiti. Signs such as “Haiti: this is what capitalism looks like” and “200,000 deaths is not natural, It’s Capitalism!” attracted many commuters walking by. Some joined the demonstration, while drivers honked in support. A high school student group called the rally.

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Tuesday
Feb232010

NY Communist School: Movie; Study; March vs. Racist Cops, Bailed-out Bank

NEW YORK CITY, February 14 — This past weekend, members and friends of the PLP from throughout the city met, guided by the slogan of “sharpening up the contradictions” between communism and capitalism.

We started on Friday by taking a collective of students and teachers to see the movie “Valentine’s Day.” This film was a piece of crap but the theater was packed and millions more went to see it over the weekend. So we figured we would too, and try to sharpen up the struggle against the racist, sexist and imperialist ideas the bosses need us to absorb.

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Tuesday
Feb232010

Youth Blast Newark Mayor: Capitalism=Poverty  

Newark Mayor Cory BookerThe bosses want nothing more from their schools and youth organizations than the preparation of the next generation of loyal workers and soldiers. It is a positive development that in the debate world lots of students argue against capitalism. Over the past weeks debate teams have organized picket lines at Senate offices protesting the imperialist invasion of Haiti and also protested Newark Mayor Corey Booker’s opening remarks at a tournament with eighteen letters reading CAPITALISM = POVERTY.

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Tuesday
Feb232010

Exposing Airport Workers to PLP’s Ideas on Unity, Resistance and Revolution

QUEENS, NY — “You know we’re gonna get screwed on this,” said the PLP’er. His coworker and CHALLENGE reader shrugged.  At today’s briefing (the meeting at the beginning of a shift) the boss tried to force extra work onto a group including the PLP’er and several CHALLENGE readers. They would have to work a flight, and fuel vehicles.

One worker objected to the group having to do two jobs at the same time. Not surprisingly, the supervisor ignored the criticism since without class struggle he controls everything and doesn’t have to listen to a word we say. Furthermore, the white boss’s arrogance takes on a racist character as he ignores the input of the mainly black and Latino workers.

 

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Tuesday
Feb232010

Obama’s Fascist ‘Race to the Top’ Dumps Students on the Bottom  

January 19th was the deadline for state grant applications under Obama’s “Race to the Top” (RttT) program. The program’s goal is to restructure the public education system on a national scale, by bribing states to bust teachers’ unions, centralize and privatize public education. At least eleven states (including CA, NY, MA, IL, and TN) are changing their state laws to be eligible for tiny amounts of grant money ($4-5 billion to be distributed nationwide over the next four years, about  $110 per school-age student per year. This top-down policy change, which attacks the working class and centralizes the power of the ruling class, is a clear example of how fascism is developing in this country.

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Tuesday
Feb232010

Toyota ‘Quality’: Profits Trump Workers’ Safety  

In the factory at lunch I asked my friend “what do you think is the reason for all these recalls?” He answered: “It’s probably because the factories where the recalled parts are made run as fast and dangerous as the one we work in.”

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Tuesday
Feb232010

Workers’ Fight Wins More Staff But Warn of Bosses’ Take-back  

BROOKLYN, NY, February 4 —

Today a group of black female lab workers at a hospital here went on the offensive and demanded that the hospital bosses hire more workers. A meeting was arranged between the supervisor and the 1199 SEIU union delegate, who suggested that everyone should attend the meeting, since they all work in the department together. Perhaps unknowingly, the union delegate illustrated that, whatever the fight, when workers are united victory is possible. In this case, the reform fight was for more workers and not the revolutionary fight for communism. This fight also exposes the racist and sexist nature of the system. Black women are the most exploited section of the working class in the U.S., where being overworked with too little staff and paid very low wages is common. 

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