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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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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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Thursday
Feb232017

When the South Side of Chicago Saw Red

The following is an excerpt from Left Front, a journal put out during the early 1930s by the Chicago John Reed Club, a communist Party-led organization of radical writers and artists.
This article focuses on the CP's milit­ant  opposition  to  evictions, an  opposition  that rapidly gained for the communists  a massive work­ing-class base.
Since May Day, the holiday of the international working class, is less two months away,  readers of CHALLENGE may be interested  in taking a les­son from the boldness of the 1930s conununists in con­fronting (and returning) the violence of the police. Note the multiracial unity of workers, and the dead-end politics of the Black nationalists.

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Friday
Feb102017

No Ban on Muslim Workers—ABOLISH BORDERS

President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, banning travel to the U.S. from seven mainly Muslim countries, has endangered and torn apart thousands of workers’ lives. A four-month-old baby from Iran was denied life-saving heart surgery. A breastfeeding Sudanese mother was separated from her 11-month-old child while both were detained at a Dallas airport. Countless refugees were trapped in life-threatening situations. Entry was denied to an Iraqi translator who’d risked his life for U.S. imperialism in the bosses’ war in Iraq; to an Iranian biologist working on a cure for tuberculosis at Harvard; to countless other scientists, doctors, researchers, and students.

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Friday
Feb102017

U.S. and Chinese Imperialism: Already At War in Africa

Africa is emerging as a massive battlefield between U.S. and Chinese imperialism, who covet total control over the continent’s enormous resources, labor, and emerging markets. The multilingual, multiethnic working class is caught in between this rivalry, having already endured centuries of pillaging and underdevelopment by European imperialism, with nothing but more violence, bloodshed and devastation from either bosses’ side.

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Friday
Feb102017

5 Years Later, No Justice for Stephon Watts under Capitalism

CALUMET CITY, Feb 1—Today’s rally marked another year no justice served for the racist murder of Stephon Watts.
Five years ago, on the morning of February 1, 2012, Calumet City kkkops William Coffey and Robert Hynek forcibly entered the home of 15-year-old Stephon Watts and shot him dead in his basement. The Watts family still struggles with the pain of losing their loved one, and the fact that his racist murderers are still free to terrorize other working-class youth and their families. PLP was active in planning the rally that marked the fifth anniversary of his murder, continuing the fight for justice for Stephon and for all other victims of capitalist state violence.

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