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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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Thursday
May222014

Profits Depend on Mass Murder of Miners

SOMA, Turkey, May 19 — “This is not something that suddenly happened. I can tell you that there are people here who are dying, people who are injured and it’s all because of money…They send us here like lambs to slaughter. We are not safe doing this job.”
That’s what a surviving coal miner told CNN Turkey about the fire that officials claim killed 301 miners. The actual number will be much higher. He also accused a supervisor of giving the wrong directions to trapped miners, leading them away from the oxygen supply. This fire was not a random accident. It was mass industrial murder.

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Thursday
May222014

How Bosses Sabotage May Day

NEW YORK CITY, May 1 — There were two marches here today. The one in Union Square was dominated by pseudo-left parties and groups and included some immigrant and community organizations. The one at City Hall was led by the NY Central Labor Council and the Democratic Party. On the surface, they appeared to be very different. But in essence, they were similar. Both stripped May Day of its revolutionary content and both reflected their lack of confidence in the working class.
And this is no surprise! These marches were organized by professional misleaders who seek to divide our class and fight for scraps instead workers’ power. A small PLP contingent marched, calling for a communist revolution. Many workers and passersby took the paper. A group of young women joined our chant, “Democrats, Republicans, All the Same. Racist Murder is the Name of the Game.”

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Thursday
May222014

Mexico May Day

MEXICO, May 1 — On May Day, 30 members and friends of PLP marched in two cities, Mexico City and Oaxaca. We distributed around 6,000 communist flyers, chanted our slogans and sang our revolutionary songs: The Internationale and Bella Ciao. Amongst a sea of phony leftists and reformists, it’s significant that PLP put forth the direct struggle for communism and publicly called workers to join us,  the international communist revolutionary party.

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Thursday
May222014

Colombia May Day

Bogota, Colombia —  A large group of workers, from different sectors, as well as students, farm workers, the unemployed, and right- and “left”-wing politicians,   participated in May Day, a celebration of the International Workers’ Day.
PLP’s contingent of workers and students joined the march from two different places, since the march had three different starting points, in addition to the neighborhood marches. Over time May Day has become a phony left electoral event, manipulated by trade unions, which have turned it into a carnival of whistles, nationalist street theater, and support for reformist “democratic left” candidates.

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Thursday
May222014

Why I Joined PLP: ‘Done watching capitalism destroy our lives’

What does capitalism mean?
You gotta fight back!
All of us, every single one of us has gone through the indoctrination machine, the behemoth which attempts to crush you from all sides, the machine which tries to dehumanize you and destroys any semblance of hope in our unity.

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Thursday
May222014

Winter Soldier Portrays Pentagon As Victim, Not War-making Villain

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel to 2011’s The First Avenger, set records for an April movie opening, bringing in close to $100 million. The movie is a two-hour long special effects blow-out, which Hollywood expects to bring in massive revenue.
Trading on the recent trend of comic-book movies that take their source material seriously, The Winter Soldier dabbles in some current themes that might surprise those skeptical of Hollywood blockbusters.

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Thursday
May222014

How Enemies of Communism Destroyed the GPCR and Workers’ Lives

Progressive Labor Party was established in 1965, just one year before the start of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Our Chinese comrades influenced our political line and inspired our work. They showed us the critical importance of breaking with revisionism — the fake-leftist ideology, put forward by “capitalist roaders,” that actually serves the bosses. They demonstrated the power of the collective. They taught us the importance of leadership from the masses, and the need to rely on workers over elite experts and technocrats. The Chinese comrades’ experience also underlined the danger of keeping remnants of capitalism — like money and wages — in a worker-run state, and how these elements pave the road to revisionism and the return of full-blown capitalism.
The first three parts of this first-person account told the story of a Chinese village factory and its workers—how their lives were changed by the Cultural Revolution and changed again by the CR’s reversal. Part Four illustrates the widening inequalities as Chinese society has continued to deteriorate since the Cultural Revolution was defeated.


Guan Dunxiao, another who bought a share of the village factory, became the most successful entrepreneur in our county. In 1987, he paid close to one million yuan in taxes. As the county’s biggest taxpayer, he was invited to join the Communist Party and became deputy chairman of the county’s political consultation conference. Most of the workers from the original factory left him.

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Thursday
May082014

From Ukraine to Iraq...Imperialists Plot for War

Millions of workers worldwide celebrated May Day 2014, the international working-class holiday rooted in the earliest fights for communism more than a century ago. The Progressive Labor Party is carrying forward this tradition in more than twenty countries on five continents. Despite the bosses’ efforts to bury this tradition in a wave of nationalism and imperialism, millions of 2014 May Day marchers advanced their anti-capitalist demands. They showed the potential of the working class to organize for communist revolution.
War Is ‘Good’ — For the Bosses
Meanwhile, the bosses are urgently proclaiming that war is good. On April 25, the ultra-imperialist Washington Post printed an op-ed piece headlined, “In the Long Run, Wars Make Us

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Thursday
May082014

Cuomo-de Blasio Racist Transit Contract Taking Workers for A Ride

NEW YORK CITY, May 5 — Workers here are under attack. Masses of city employees are slaving away under expired union contracts. The principle of “No contract, No work” — meaning if workers hadn’t won their demands when their contract expired, they would strike — now seems like ancient history. Gone is the militant, communist leadership that once steered NYC unions towards challenging capitalists’ constant drive to maximize profits off our backs. Instead we have union mis-leaders telling workers for years to hold on for a new, “better” mayor. Recent events have shown that putting faith in union hacks and politicians will get us nowhere!

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Thursday
May082014

Reject Racist Anti-student Contract

NEW YORK CITY, May 5  — The UCLA Civil Rights Project just named New York as the state with the most segregated school system in the U.S., with New York City leading the way.
Racist disparities between students of the same age show us each day how unequal our society is. An Annenberg Foundation report of September 2012 found that in black and Latino neighborhoods only 10% of students graduate “college ready.”

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