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The dismal track record of the Green Party in Germany should sound the alarm for workers everywhere. The conclusion of this article relates Karl Marx's projection of advanced capitalism's decadence which is here now but the Green Party seems to be unable to comprehend it. This should serve as a warning to US workers on what to expect from the Green Party of America in a time of crises.
Two years ago the Green Party of Germany entered the coalition government with the Social Democrats under the chancellorship of Gerhard Schroeder. Two of the more prestigious positions in the new federal government were assigned to Mr. Tritin for the environment and Jaschka Fischer for Foreign Minister, both of the Green Party.
It didn't take long before this coalition partner was whipped into line. Under the new government, the dismantling of the so-called SOZIALSTAAT (loosely translated, a government with across-the-board social programs to serve the people) proceeded rapidly. These were reforms previously gained before the Capitalist State again became solidly entrenched after World War II; something the previous CDU-FDP government didn't dare to do. Despite lip service and objections from the Greens, that program is proceeding unabated. Today, there is still two-digit unemployment in the eastern part of German since reunification 10 years ago. The present administration has wholeheartedly endorsed the inhuman and criminal war against Yugoslavia by NATO with the active participation of the German army under the command of Minister of Defense, Rudolf Scharping.
The point is that despite all the good intentions one must remember that the political state has always been and will continue to be the executive committee of the ruling class. It is combined and well organized in every industrialized country. Nothing short of a social revolution by the working class can abolish the antisocial system of private ownership of the industries around the world.
Reforms and compromises only re-enforce and perpetuate that system and will only tighten the iron collar of wage slavery around the necks of the workers of the world. The oppressed and exploited proletariat of the world is looking to the US working class for inspiration. Let us work towards the overthrow of capitalism here as well as in the rest of the industrialized world rather than tinkering with reforms which only strengthens the ruling class.
To ignore the history of when the darling of labor, the Social Democratic Party (now glorified by the Greens), betrayed the German workers by opening the door to fascism, is to invite a repeat performance. The current latent reactionary element is held secure by the "dumbing down" of the working class with patchwork reform sops. It lurks in the sidelines of the political state ready to spring forward whenever the capitalist class beckons. That time will arise when the capitalist system once again nears bottom in the pit of decadence.
The German public may wax indignant towards the antics of National Democratic Party (NPD) followers but the skinheads do not have institutional organizing capability. No more so than the brown shirts and black shirts had when the Third Reich was instituted. When the eleventh hour arrived it took the services of the working elite, judges, lawyers, engineers, doctors, etc., to institutionalize, codify and legalize fascism and implement it by conducting its nefarious programs. Did these workers have proper social education? Were they class conscious from the standpoint of being workers? Absolutely not. Was the capitalist class educated class consciously from the standpoint of being the ruling class? Absolutely yes. The result was that the capitalist class acted in its own material self interest while many workers, especially among the best educated, acted in servitude to the ruling class in conducting the operations of the diabolical Third Reich.
As has been the case of all political leaders under ultra reactionary capitalist rule, Hitler was extracted from the working class. Such specimens throw themselves into the fray with more fervor then any member of the capitalist class could muster. For that matter why should they when they can recruit fanatics to do the dirty work for them. And the added beauty of it is that coming from the working class, who are the vast majority, these tyrannical charlatans are accepted wholeheartedly by that class as one of their own.
While this was transpiring in Germany, the American capitalist class was not a holy innocent either. Go back to the end of World War I with the signing of the peace treaty. It brought the German country to its knees economically. Militarily, Germany was compelled to dismantle and destroy its military arsenal. This included biplanes that were already becoming obsolete by capitalism's future weapons of mass slaughter which were already appearing on the drawing boards. US capitalism's military supremacy of the skies was soon to come. Now flash forward to the scene of the Battle of Great Britain and observe the German bombers raining tons of bombs on London. These planes were carried back and forth with engines manufactured by General Motors of America right in Germany. Substantially, other military production was conducted in Germany by the American holy innocents such as General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and DuPont. The destruction of Germany's military arsenal after World War I turned out to be fortunate for US capitalism by providing it with a lucrative market. The same goes for all the iron and steel supplied to Japan for the build up of its war effort. US capitalists reaped huge profits while the sons and daughters of the American working class were killed and maimed.
If it were not for Germany and Japan providing such a convenient opportunity for the US capitalist class to crank up its production to the maximum, the US working class might have got its own Hitler and Third Reich. Sinister conduct was already on the move with members of the ruling class and high level underlings busily practicing and promoting anti-Semitism. Anti-labor sentiments by the ruling class were running high precisely because workers were becoming dangerously restless. Capitalist markets were scarce, production was severely curtailed, the stock market was flat and mass unemployment prevailed. US society had all the ingredients of an outbreak of fascism. But as has been pointed out, fortune played into the hands of the American capitalist class when Germany and Japan were provoked into commencing World War II. The US capitalist made sure these countries had an ample military stockpile to start a war. It could then jump into the melee and crank up its own production several notches to produce for the US war effort which is precisely what happened.
During the time leading up to this social upheaval, the political scene abounded with liberals hawking their feeble reform sops to the working class in every industrialized country. Despite that, the inevitable happened. The capitalist class went berserk and threw the world into chaos and human slaughter. And with that came the spectacle of many of these do-gooders jumping ship and prostituting themselves by helping the capitalist class to expedite the war effort. Reflecting on that we can see what Daniel De Leon meant when he said, "Scratch a liberal and out jumps a reactionary." Interestingly, as of this writing, the American working class was patronized by the christening of their illustrious leader during that black mark in history, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His statue was dedicated in honor of the sops instituted under his administration. Never mind that during his presidential campaign he promised that no American son would die on foreign soil.
This is a brief account to illustrate that when capitalism has reached the point when it can longer contribute to social progress; when it actually hinders it, then all of the reform posturing of liberals is like a worn out shoe. In the industrially advanced countries, liberalism is a feeble obstacle to capitalist reaction. All of them, including the Greens, hovering from their ivory tower of intellectualism, will easily be swept aside leaving the working class vulnerable to capitalist reaction. In the penetrating words of Karl Marx, "On a level plane simple mounds look like hills and the imbecile flatness of the present bourgeoisie is measured by the altitude of its intellectuals." The same goes for the American Trotskyites and Russian styled communists who cling to the despotic tendencies of pseudo Marxism with an intellectual death grip and the phony socialist parties who were out reformed by the great reformer, FDR.
We have seen that the capitalist class is class conscious and will always act in its own material interest. It has the compulsion to pursue this to the point of destroying civilization. The only remedy for this is for the working class, the vast majority, to become class consciously educated and organize to promote its own interest. Since conventional educational institutions are a reflection of capitalism's status quo, its educators just don't get it because they have already been indoctrinated by the very same educational process they are engaged in. To achieve class consciousness, workers must set up and pursue their own educational process.
A group of workers in Minnesota has done exactly that. Its organization is called "Real Union Of Social Science" and is dedicated to educating their fellow working men and women about the class struggle between the capitalist class and the working class. Its guiding authority is the truth and principles that serve to emancipate the working class from wage slavery by replacing capitalism with a real union social system.
Indispensable to working class education is the truth about Marxism. By the way, Karl Marx did not incite the world working class into revolutionary fervor when he and Frederick Engles composed the Communist Manifesto. Long before, and up to that time, millions of workers had already gone through revolutionary struggles. Notable among them were those in the Communist League who commissioned Karl Marx and Frederich Engles to compose a party program for that organization which ended up being the Communist Manifesto. Therefore it was not dictated by Marx to the working class but democratically approved and adopted by workers in that organization. This is in stark contrast to the claim by the cabal of intellectuals, braying ever since that manifesto was issued, claiming that it was a sinister and diabolical scheme concocted by Marx which led the impressionable working class astray. Small wonder that Marx referred to these self proclaimed geniuses as he did in the quote mentioned above. Following are quotations from the Communist Manifesto pertaining to capitalism. Material and social conditions that have transpired during the 20th Century demonstrates proof positive that Karl Marx's analysis is correct.
"The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his "natural superiors," and has left no other bond between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous "cash payment." It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervor, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single unconscionable freedom-Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation."
"The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honored and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage-laborers."
"The bourgeoisie has torn away from the family its sentimental veil, and has reduced the family relation to a mere money relation."
"The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the whole surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere."
"The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all nations, even the most barbarian, into civilization. The cheap prices of its commodities are the heavy artillery with which it batters down all Chinese walls, with which it forces the barbarians' intensely obstinate hatred of foreigners to capitulate. It compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the bourgeois mode of production; it compels them to introduce what it calls civilization into their midst, i.e., to become bourgeois themselves. In a word, it creates a world after its own image."
"...it has made barbarian and semi-barbarian countries dependent on the civilized ones, nations of peasants on nations of bourgeois, the East on the West."
"...For many a decade past the history of industry and commerce is but the history of the revolt of modern productive forces against modern conditions of production, against the property relations that are the conditions for the existence of the bourgeoisie and of its rule. It is enough to mention the commercial crises that by their periodical return put the existence of the entire bourgeois society on trial, each time more threateningly. In these crises a great part not only of the existing products, but also of the previously created productive forces, are periodically destroyed. In these crises there breaks out an epidemic that, in all earlier epochs would have seemed an absurdity-the epidemic of overproduction. Society suddenly finds itself put back into a state of momentary barbarism; it appears as if a famine, a universal war of devastation had cut off the supply of every means of subsistence; industry and commerce seem to be destroyed. And why? Because there is too much civilization, too much means of subsistence, too much industry, too much commerce. The productive forces at the disposal of society no longer tend to further the development of the conditions of bourgeois property; on the contrary, they have become too powerful for these conditions, by which they are fettered, and no sooner do they overcome these fetters than they bring disorder into the whole of bourgeois society, endanger the existence of bourgeois property. The conditions of bourgeois society are too narrow to comprise the wealth created by them. And how does the bourgeoisie get over these crises? On the one hand, by enforced destruction of a mass of productive forces; on the other, by the conquest of new markets, and by the more thorough exploitation of the old ones. That is to say, by paving the way for more extensive and more destructive crises, and by diminishing the means whereby crises are prevented."
"The weapons with which the bourgeoisie felled feudalism to the ground are now turned against the bourgeoisie itself."
"But not only has the bourgeoisie forged the weapons that bring death to itself; it has also called into existence the men who are to wield those weapons-the modern working class-the proletarians."
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