Although U.S. finance capital didn’t back Donald Trump’s surprising path to the presidency, he will nonetheless represent the interests of the finance capitalist section of the ruling class. “Fascism represents the policy of large-scale capital, and not the revolt of petty bourgeois policies against large-scale capital,” says R. Palme Dutt, the early 20th-century British communist leader and author of Fascism and Social Revolution. Based on the people he’s appointed to cabinet-level positions and others under consideration, Trump could represent an opportunity to unify the rulers’ dominant section with the wing represented by more domestically oriented capitalists, like Charles and David Koch.
Throughout its history, the U.S. Military has used racism and sexism to divide and manipulate the working class in an effort to build a military to fight their wars.
- Not Recognized By Name
During the American Revolutionary War, the typical Black soldier was a private, often lacking a name or official identity. He was carried on the rolls as A Negro man, or Negro by name, or A Negro name not Known
- Denied Human Rights But Forced to Fight
During the Civil War, Black slaves substituted for White masters who
Washington, DC, November 19—Over 500 antiracists protested outside a conference of the racist National Policy Institute (NPI). These NPI scum are often called coat-and-tie white supremacists. During this years’ conference these Nazis got several tastes of militant, antiracist action. The Progressive Labor Party (PLP) also took a small step forward in building a movement for communist revolution.
DENVER, COLORADO, November 2—The Progressive Labor Party (PLP) brought the fight against racism and for a communist world to the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), an organization of public health professionals and policy makers whose mission is to
THE BRONX, November 17—“This makes me want to get even more involved!
“This felt really good!”
“For the first time in a long time, I don’t feel trapped!”
So spoke three college students in the Bronx after two weeks of antiracist organizing on their campus. This included a mini-walkout, forums, film showings, protests and study groups.
Members and friends of the Progressive Labor Party are playing a leading role in this growing fight back! We are discussing revolution and communism with our friends, old and new. The idea is catching on that “It’s not just Trump, it’s capitalism!”
BROOKLYN, November 12—In the face of rising anti-Muslim racism stirred up by president-elect Trump, members of Progressive Labor Party and others in our local Unitarian church organized an even bigger annual interfaith dinner this year. Over 100 people of all ages gathered at our Unitarian church for our 16th annual dinner with Muslim workers and their families! After the September 11 terrorist attacks,
Los Angeles, November 9—Donald Trump won the presidential election and the working class took to the streets! A multiracial group of angry workers and youth could not believe how such a racist and sexist could represent them. The Progressive Labor Party contingent was small but spirited because we’ve been out in the streets before. Under President Obama we’ve seen the ongoing murders of Black and Latin men and women by the police, the
HARLEM, November 5—Just days shy of the ruling classes over-hyped elections; a group of 40 multi-racial students, educators, and workers congregated at Columbia University for an election forum geared towards educating students and workers on the futility and deception of elections, as well as on the necessity of militant fight back as the gateway for true and lasting social change.
The forum which was organized by PLP’s college leadership committee was led by a trio of young communist leaders. The forum began with a female comrade delivering a skillful attack on the dangers of the lesser-evil stance, and demonstrated that Democrats and Republicans are just different sides of the same coin. She exposed the popular sentiment shared by many members of the working class that one should vote for the well-groomed and polished covert racist murderer Hillary Clinton in order to avert the more cantankerous racist and fascist Donald Trump.
The electoral victory of Donald Trump, a suit-and-tie Klansman, shows the power of racism in today’s United States. The main wing of the U.S. ruling class did its best to swing the presidential race to Hillary Clinton, a more reliable stooge for finance capital and U.S. imperialism. But in spite of overwhelming support from the bosses’ media, political donors, establishment politicians, and celebrity entertainers from Beyonce to LeBron James, Clinton couldn’t close the deal. The vicious racism stoked by Republicans and Democrats in equal measure—including the racist mass incarceration and welfare reform championed by Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s—has come home to roost.
The election confirmed the deep problems confronting the U.S. rulers. The bosses underestimated the impact of decades of wage-killing exploitation, economic crises, racist and sexist demagoguery, and ever-widening inequity. “It was a failure to capture the boiling anger of a large portion of the American electorate that feels left behind by a selective recovery, betrayed by trade deals that they see as threats to their jobs and disrespected by establishment Washington, Wall Street and the mainstream media” (New York Times, 11/9).
The blood-soaked reports and images coming out of Mosul, Iraq, and Aleppo, Syria, make it clear that the working class needs a worldwide communist movement to escape the clutches of mass-murdering imperialist powers. Never-ending