IMPERIALIST FINALE, MARXISTS WITHOUT BASE AND ENTRYISM, Editorial #7
It is in the finale of a great imperialist match that Venezuela and North Korea have found themselves. These are two states that are still resisting, at a high price, the world capitalist order. Even the driving force, soul and head of the capitalist imperialism today – the United States – have also found themselves under attack by their own policy of global imperialism: the state is devastated for a great number of jobs that are, in the master's greed for infinite profit, transferred to the cheap labor force markets. That is why many companies in America are closed down, including even the whole industrial branches (coal mines, for instance). Capitalism, in its gluttony, eats its own body besides gulping down the small and the powerless. The Republican Party has won the election under the slogan „America First“ which means it would withdraw from its imperialist adventures and take up the renewal of its ruined nation. That is why the conservatives' program was greeted by many notable communists all over the world. Still, all this is, as proverbially said, making a bill without the bartender. As early as 1961 American President Eisenhower warned that the state was led by the “military-industrial complex (MIC)”. However, the guys from the MIC, those that the Democratic Party has quite a fair understanding with, have nothing to do in America. They need new markets and new wars. Here one should remember Chomsky’s words about the MIC being not “specifically military”; it is simply the very heart of American industry. As well as the heart of capitalism, we’d like to add. This refers to the companies such as Boeing and Hewlett-Packard. After having recently devastated the Balkans, North Africa, Near East and Afghanistan and after having overmastered Eastern Europe, they turned to the finalists, Venezuela and North Korea.
Introducing capitalist order in Venezuela and North Korea is not only a matter of prestige. Venezuela is one of the biggest world producers of oil as well as the state possessing the greatest reserves of oil in the world. After the collapse of the USSR in the nineties, exactly when imperialism and its collaborators began their bloody predatory campaign east, in Venezuela appeared Hugo Chavez who was to take it out from the American backyard towards socialism. Today this is a possessed country of marauding gangs of mercenaries that Tramp has recently imposed new sanctions on. The state faces the shortage of food and drugs; the price of oil it exports is record low. The propaganda war against Venezuela is led most intensively from Australia; yet all the states subordinated to the USA have to spit on it. North Korea, in order to defend itself from the predators, had to produce an atom bomb. Maybe it is the very bomb that would destroy the empire and half of mankind with it.
On the other hand, the organized workers have been, all over the world and after the collapse of the USSR, decimated. The major part of its leadership has crossed over to the capitalist side, to opportunists, while some groups of Marxists have remained without base which means they have been pushed astray to the extreme Left (Left that needs no class). It often happens that class actions are replaced by Internet ones (“Web Marxism”) and involvement in social networks – especially popular is Facebook thanks to its enabling painless ranting of revolutionary fantasies: everyone can put a couple of red flags on his FB page and thus proclaim himself a revolutionary. The more flags and five-pointed stars, the greater revolutionary. Another phenomenon to observe is the making of obscure political marriages with politically suspicious elements (recently, in America, Antifa’s activists, certain people from the Serbian Left and Lukashenko’s pawns as well as magazines such as Jacobin, financed by the Democratic Party of the USA). All of them are manifestations of the lack of base. The editorial board of the Novi Borac (New Militant) is of the opinion that the revolutionary work is possible only from the clear class position and that the union is the basic cell of organized workers without which we cannot talk about representativeness. Even when the unions are few in number, they, in their companies, in their production activities and thus in the state, have a great power. In the eighties in Britain 180,000 miners led a struggle against the state for two full years. Today we see the power of 1,500 cabin crew of the British Airways that they have accrued during – for them quite a long – 85-day strike. The first task of every revolutionary Marxist is to set up contact with the class and join it, to become its part (even if it means employment at a lower level than one’s qualifications). Since it is only within the class that one can practice Marxism. This is the essence of “entryism” that Trotsky, in other circumstances, spoke about. This is the very essence of revolutionary activity.