OUR FIGHT

 

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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Saturday
Mar112017

Hidden Figures Hides Mass Fightback, Embraces Individual Gains

Hidden Figures is being hailed as an anti-racist, anti-sexist film. While it presents some of this, it is inevitably a capitalist movie that does not truly challenge the systemic racism and sexism faced by the main characters or by workers today. Hidden Figures follows the struggles of a group of Black women mathematicians working for NASA during the U.S.’s race to beat the Soviet Union in space travel.
Hidden Figures is mainly a story of celebrating exceptional individuals. This individualism is typical of the ruling class’ culture—a feel-good movie meant to have the working-class feel like things have gotten better. It’s supposed to show that though there was racism in the U.S.’s history, through struggle by carefully selected icons, it’s a better place now. Celebration of mass fightback against systemic racism and sexism is too dangerous because they are crucial to the survival of capitalism! So instead we are given individuals to celebrate, and are convinced that a few people “making it” means racism and sexism are conquerable under this system.

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Saturday
Mar112017

LA Communist School: Study & Collectivity Build Morale

Los Angeles, CA—Members of Progressive Labor Party, with our coworkers and friends, spent the weekend at a cadre school with the theme, “It’s Not Just Trump, It’s Capitalism!” (see letters, page 6).
The weekend kicked off with a rich discussion of political economy. We analyzed the inner workings of capitalist exploitation by examining our own current and previous jobs. The diversity of our stories as workers helped us to understand that all workers create surplus value (profits) for the ruling class. We also saw how racism and sexism are used to maximize these profits.
In the afternoon we focused on the Russian Revolution and a time where one-sixth of the world was able to eliminate some of the ills of capitalism. We read essays from Langston Hughes’ book Good Morning Revolution. We learned that when a society is not driven by profit, the need for racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination dissipate. For example, the Soviet Union enforced strict policies and rules that outlawed racism. As a result, within 15 years, threre was significant progress in eliminating racial discrimination against Jewish people and other minority groups.

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Saturday
Mar112017

Undocu Students Lead Solidarity Rally

BROOKLYN, NY, February 28—A crowd of over 40 multiracial students, high school teachers, and college professors rallied alongside and in solidarity with immigrant students at the entrance of Kingsborough Community College (KCC). High school student groups, led by undocumented and DACA students (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) organized the rally with their teachers and staff. KCC’s sprawling south Brooklyn campus is also home to Leon M. Goldstein High School, known as LMG.
Students and LMG/ KCC faculty stood on either side of the school’s entrance, where parents line up and drop students off in their cars. LMG students produced a newsletter that was distributed to students and their parents for the rally, which contained anonymously written immigrant student stories, and some facts about the struggles of life in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant.
PLP salutes the students and faculty of LMG and KCC! In a dark night of intensifying racist and sexist anti-immigrant terror, we aspire to follow the example of these students.
As high school and college students, faculty, and campus workers unite and fight side by side in the growing nationwide “Sanctuary” movement, we must continue to support and organize rallies like these to raise international working class consciousness. Defending and fighting along our immigrant sisters and brothers means joining our local pro-immigrant mass organizations—like churches and other community groups with national affiliations—and sharpening the fightback against racism. The struggle continues!

Saturday
Mar112017

Organize vs. Fascism & Liberal Misleadership

WORCESTER, March 1—The intensity of working class opposition to Trump’s fascism and for an egalitarian society has surprised the bosses. They are now scrambling to mislead the anti-fascist movement, which the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) and its friends in the Massachusetts Human Rights Committee (MHRC) participate in and sometimes lead.
On January 21, PLP and MHRC held a rally in Worcester in solidarity with the Women’s March in other cities around the country. The fascist bosses stayed away and the liberal bosses made their way to the huge Boston rally.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Imperialist Tensions Grow—World War Inevitable 

In his first few weeks in office, imperialist-in-chief Donald Trump has shown his willingness to serve the U.S. ruling class’s murderous war machine. From putting Iran “on notice” to openly threatening to block China’s expansion into the South China Sea, Trump is desperate to project the appearance of strength in an ever-weakening U.S. empire. He has escalated Barack Obama’s murderous war in Yemen (see page 2) while continuing to amass troops on Russia’s doorstep, inching the world closer to World War III.
The U.S. ruling class and its massive military, once the world’s leading superpower, now operate in a world where the Russian and Chinese imperialists are challenging U.S. bosses for control over resources and profits. All three imperialist powers understand that Eurasia—the gigantic landmass composed of Europe and Asia—is the key to global supremacy. To control it, they are willing to slaughter the world’s working class.
Russia’s bosses continue to test their U.S. rivals on multiple fronts. In the space of one week in February, Russia secretly deployed an intermediate-range cruise missile in violation of a Cold War-era nuclear forces treaty; stationed a spy ship 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut; and sent four aircraft to buzz a U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea. In the face of disarray in the Trump administration, and the steady weakening of the U.S. empire, the Russian bosses are growing bolder by the day.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Black and Red: The Untold History

Black and Red: Untold History of Black Communists

 History has segregated the fight against racism and the fight for an egalitarian system, communism. In reality, the two were connected like flesh and bone. Many Black fighters were dedicated communists and pro-communists of their time. Below are quotes from a few of the antiracist Marxist women and men who fought in the interest of the working class.

Lucy Parsons (1853—1942)
Labor Organizer, Communist
Texas

"So many able writers have shown that the unjust institutions which work so much misery and suffering to the masses have their root in governments, and owe their whole existence to the power derived from government we cannot help but believe that were every law, every title deed, every court, and every police officer or soldier abolished tomorrow with one sweep, we would be better off than now."

Chicago Police Department description of Lucy Parsons: "More dangerous than a thousand rioters..."

 

W.E.B. Du Bois (1868—1963)
Journalist, Educator, Communist

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Thursday
Feb232017

Boston PL’ers Sow Communist Consciousness in Budding Fightback

BOSTON, Feb 12—From the inauguration to the Muslim Ban, the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) and friends here have been exposing fascism as an outgrowth of a capitalist system in crisis. The working class is searching for an explanation and ways to fight back.
Inauguration: Day One of Lifelong Fightback
Just hours after the Inauguration 175,000 people came to Boston from the whole New England area—New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and from south Connecticut and Rhode Island—to stand strong against Trump’s racism and sexism. For many it was the first time they had ever demonstrated. There was a fighting spirit in the air. Many shared the sentiment that we can’t continue to conduct business as usual. People understand that there is a crisis in the system and hundreds of people listened to Progressive Labor Party’s bullhorn rally and came up to take pictures of the banner “It’s not just Trump, it’s capitalism.”
PLP talked to people about the need to abolish capitalism because the democrats are not “our friends” either. Multiple times, PL’ers heard, “I agree with you.”

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Thursday
Feb232017

Chicago Transit Workers Push for Strike

CHICAGO, IL—“As long as we have each other, we are not alone…When my inside begins to question if this is good or bad, right or wrong, and how the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) and Mayor’s Office will respond, I am made stronger when I envision the City in grid-lock because not one bus or train is moving. If I have that vision, I know the powers that be also share the same vision.”  As more than 300 members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 308 voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike vote, this train operator and many other workers understand that the whole damn capitalist system has to go and the working class has the power to make that happen!

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Thursday
Feb232017

Facts vs. Fiction of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Recently I tried to get some Chinese language practice by making small talk with a woman worker sitting next to me on an airplane to China. Somehow, the conversation got around to the Cultural Revolution. Like many workers in China you might meet today, she immediately felt compelled to tell me how that particular ten year period, 1966-1976, was a disaster for China.
This worker’s idea of this period being a “disaster” for China comes from the capitalists who run China today. China’s educational system, like that of the U.S. and every other capitalist country, teaches the lies that the capitalists want workers to believe—and they have the gall to call themselves the “Chinese Communist Party.” China’s capitalist bosses use their state power to attack the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution with a ferocity matched only by professional anticommunist academics in the U.S.
The attacks on the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution serve to mask the achievements of millions of workers won to communism, who dared to defend the 1949 Chinese Revolution, when the working class seized state power. Today, despite calling themselves “communist,” the bosses hold state power in China. Our class lost power there around the time of the Cultural Revolution, and the entire world we live in is controlled by a tiny capitalist class in each country who live by the labor others do for them: the international working class.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Arrest of Turkish Journalist Reflects the Link of War and Fascism

On December 30, 2016, Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Sik was arrested and charged with spreading “terrorist propaganda” for a tweet. He is among 144 journalists who are currently in jail in Turkey since the failed coup against President Erdogan last July. The right-wing ruling Justice and Development Party (AK) launched a massive purge of the police, judiciary, media, schools, and universities in response to the coup attempt. Thousands of teachers, municipal workers, and journalists have lost their jobs, and dozens of newspapers and TV stations have been closed.

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