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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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Friday
Aug122016

Russian Imperialism Strikes Back

Frontal engagements of large formations of forces at the strategic and operational level are gradually becoming a thing of the past. Long-distance, contactless actions against the enemy are becoming the main means of achieving combat and operational goals...
—Valerie Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation (2013)


Imperialism is the highest stage of capitalism.
—Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin (1917)


As the capitalist bosses of the U.S., Russia and China intensify their fight over global resources, from Eastern Europe and the Middle East to Africa and Latin America, their lethal competition is taking on a more complex form. Known as “hybrid war” or “non-linear war” or “new generation warfare,” these inter-imperialist conflicts are mostly indirect and undeclared—and far less expensive than a conventional ground war. They use a broad mix of elements, from special operations assassins and private-sector mercenaries to cyberattacks and social media propaganda.
In the South China Sea, Beijing is building artificial islands and making territorial claims to fend off both regional rivals and President Barack Obama’s “pivot” to Asia. The U.S., while still relying on the threat of NATO’s brute force in Europe, used a computer virus to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program; it funded “color revolutions” to undermine pro-Russian regimes in Eastern Europe.
Meanwhile, the “Gerasimov Doctrine,” named after Russia’s top strategic military planner, combines “low-end, hidden state involvement with high-end, direct, even braggadocio superpower involvement”—most significantly in Ukraine and Syria (Association of the U.S. Army, 5/20). Dealing from a position of economic and military weakness versus the U.S. and—increasingly—China, clobbered by falling oil prices, President Vladimir Putin is using “a number of equalizers,” wrote Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center think tank.
These will range from increased reliance on nuclear deterrence to the creation of local balances in Moscow’s favor; from swift decision-making and bold action, including the use of force, to ambiguity and hybrid operations (3/18).

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Friday
Aug122016

OLYMPIC NATIONALISM AIMS TO DOPE WORKERS

A sign placed above Olympic Park in Brazil reads, “The Olympics Bring So Much More Than Just the Olympics.” For the international working class, that slogan carries a lethal meaning. The media hype for the Olympics hides the Games’ vicious anti-worker reality. Behind the surface appearance of internationalism, beyond the flags and costumes and music, lies a relentless promotion of nationalism—the capitalists’ essential tool to keep workers loyal to “their” nation and “their” bosses.
Rulers worldwide, and especially rival bosses in the U.S., Russia and China, need intensified nationalism to prepare the working class for wider war. The real winner of the 2016 Olympics is imperialism; these Games are another step toward devastation for the working class. Workers in Brazil have already experienced this terror firsthand—and are fighting back.

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Friday
Aug122016

KKKop Chief Bratton: Wanted for Racist Crimes Worldwide

NEW YORK CITY, August 10—While the ruling class laments the departure of  their darling “top cop” William Bratton, the working class knows better! Under his first watch (1994-1996)  many Black and Latin workers and youth were murdered in cold bood by the NYPD, including  Anthony Baez, Hilton Vega, Anthony Rosario, Nicholas Hayward Jr.—and under his second watch ( 2013-2016) Shantel Davis, Kimani Gray, Ramarley Graham, Akai Gurley, Eric Garner, Kyam Livingston —and countless others. According to a report by Amnesty International, for instance, there was a 34 percent increase in people fatally shot by NYPD in Bratton’s first year as Police Commissioner alone.

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Friday
Aug122016

Metro Workers Driving Towards Strike

Washington, DC, July 30—Union misleaders of the Metro transit system are working around the clock to derail the fight back efforts of over 500 transit workers who rallied today against racist attacks on wages, pensions, inadequate safety provisions and management abuse. Yet, transit workers and PLP members are eager to take militant actions to end these racist attacks.
Transit workers came to the rally hoping that union leaders would lay out a plan for launching a serious fight that would smash the racist attacks. Instead, they found themselves being the receivers of empty words by union leaders, local politicians and management officials.

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Friday
Aug122016

Shut Down System that Protects Klan

LOS ANGELES, July 23—The Orange County, California District Attorney re-filed charges against seven of the antiracist fighters who fought the Ku Klux Klan scum earlier this year (see CHALLENGE 3/23). The original charges against the antiracists were dropped, after the DA’s office kept most of the antiracists in jail for three days, including four who sustained serious injuries from the Klan. They were released with a warning that the charges could be re-filed up to four years later, under California state law.

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Friday
Aug122016

J.E.B Stuart High School: Multiracial Youth Battle Racist Legacy

FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA July 28—A multiracial group of students in the Social Justice Club at J.E.B. Stuart High School are leading a fight to change their school’s shameful racist name. J.E.B. Stuart was a Confederate general who fought and died to preserve slavery. The school mascot was a Confederate cavalryman, a raider, flying a Confederate battle flag. Recognizing the Confederate flag’s offensiveness, school officials shaded out the flag in 2001 so it looks like a solid blue pennant. But everyone knows they simply painted over a flagrant symbol of racism and that the raider was still fighting to preserve slavery. Today’s students have made a video declaring they are not raiders! (http://bit.ly/2aSPchz)

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Friday
Aug122016

Phyllis Scheer, Lifelong Warrior

Comrade Phyllis Scheer died on July 25 peacefully in her sleep near her family in Houston, Texas. She was 86.
Phyllis will long be remembered as an anti-racist fighter who lived all aspects of her life as a communist, reflected in her relations within her family, with all those around her and in her unceasing struggle for a communist world. She was part of the group of men and women who founded the Progressive Labor Party. She remained active in the party throughout her life.

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Friday
Jul292016

Turkey: Battleground for U.S., Russian Bosses

The failed Turkish military coup, a doomed attempt to seize state power from President Recip Tayyip Erdogan, represents a win for Russian imperialism, a bitter defeat for U.S. rulers, and another sign of growing instability in the petroleum-rich Middle East.
Erdogan—once hailed as a model “democratic” leader—has jailed more than 10,000 people, including 42 teenaged schoolchildren accused of treason (dailymail.co.uk, 7/25). Thousands of schools and hospitals have been seized; tens of thousands of government workers, teachers, and university deans and professors have been fired. Turkey presents a clear case of rising fascism, a reign of state terror to smash internal factions and terrorize the working class.

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Friday
Jul292016

U.S. Elections: Racist Lies

The Republican and Democratic national conventions are designed to build a nationalist, racist consensus around the attacks in store for workers as U.S. capitalism spirals into a deepening crisis. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two sides of the same ruling-class coin. One spews openly racism to divide the working class; the other makes empty appeals to “racial justice” while trying to hide a four-decade track record of racist, sexist, anti-worker advocacy and political misleadership.  

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Friday
Jul292016

RNC: In Memory of Tamir Rice—Fight Back!

CLEVELAND, July 21—“I agree with the communists,” said a retired worker at the Cudell Recreation Center, where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and murdered by the Klan-in-blue in 2014. As part of our summer project during the Republican National Convention, a small and inexperienced but enthusiastic contingent of Progressive Labor Party focused on raising class-consciousness among families in Cleveland.
In both the counter-RNC protests and neighborhood organizing activities, PLP raised communist politics and revolution as the only alternative to the bosses’ electoral sham.

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