Action against US Imperialist Election

An action was taken on behalf of the boycott of the bourgeois elections. Militants placed severed pigs heads and placards protesting the elections at polling places and campaign offices in and around  Austin. We received the following photographs.

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severed pig head outside of imperialist Robert Francis O’Rourke’s campaign office, the note appears to be written in blood

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Sign reads, Cruz and O’Rourke are imperialist pigs. Elections, no! Revolution, yes! 

If you have photos of actions taken against the bourgeois elections email them to redguardsaustin@protonmail.com

Death to US imperialism! 
Boycott the bourgeois elections! 
Elections no! Revolution yes!

-Red Guards  Austin, 2018

 

 

Antifascist Victory, Case Dismissed!

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On December 9th of 2017, four antifascists were arrested confronting the reactionary organization Hiwaymen. Two of these comrades received serious, first-degree felony charges for allegedly assaulting DPS state troopers with axe and sledgehammer handles attached to red flags.  These charges carry decades in the enemy’s prison. We are happy to announce that the comrade with the most serious charges has had the case dismissed. The storm troopers of the ruling class lost another battle against Communists.  No matter how many of us they arrest or set up we will always produce more Communist fighters, and we cannot be stopped.

This victory was won through fighting, by refusing to settle for business as usual, refusing to settle on unjust plea bargains offered by the desperate State.  We wish to be clear: we do not consider using revolutionary violence against fascists as anything but a service to the people, and we do not consider using self-defense against the reactionary police who regularly make violent attacks on us to be a crime.  The reactionary, decaying old State are the only people backward enough to consider these acts criminal, so they make up charges knowing full well they cannot convict.  In these battles we consider it correct to rebel against reactionaries, to fight back and resist their attempts to apprehend us. We applaud the courage of the political prisoners who took charges while serving the people, and we celebrate this victory.

We wish to extend special thanks to all those who held fundraisers, especially our comrades in Los Angeles. Comrade Dallas who donated some of the money raised for him to the victorious defendant so that legal representation could be procured.  We thank and applaud every individual supporter who donated online to the defense of these comrades.  Behind every blow we strike there is an army of supporters who are not on the front line who do the crucial work of prisoner support, raising bail money, and securing defense. This work is just as important and honorable as physically confronting fascism and the police in the streets. We will continue doing our modest work and we will be successful with the continued support we overwhelmingly receive. Communists fear nothing; jail or even death will not impede the march of our class.

The fight is not yet over; one of the arrested comrades still has serious charges yet to be dismissed. These charges lack evidence and we are confident in a favorable outcome. For our supporters and those reading this: we encourage you to get involved in genuine red antifascism, to reject the bourgeois leadership of revisionists. Maoism leads in antifascism; this has been proven in practice with demonstrable results.  Do not allow fearmongering promoted by liberals to discourage the use of revolutionary violence.  Do not allow the incorrect “leadership” of revisionists to liquidate combative action in our city.

Drown fascism in a sea of resistance!
Dare to struggle, dare to win!
Todos somos antifascistas!

-Red Guards Austin, 2018

Election Boycott Speech on the Occasion of the 69th Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution

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On October 1st, a speech was given in Austin to promote the election boycott and commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution led by Chairman Mao. Communists and revolutionaries assembled to release 69 floating lanterns adorned with revolutionary slogans and images of Chairman Mao.  Many among the masses showed interest in the event and the speech resonated with them, as the working class more and more comes to understand that bourgeois elections are a farce they become more and more accepting of the necessity of armed revolution and Protracted People’s War.

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Mao Zedong said, “Revolutions and revolutionary wars are inevitable in class society, and without them, it is impossible to accomplish any leap in social development and to overthrow the reactionary ruling classes and therefore impossible for the people to win political power.” He would prove this 69 years ago today when the Communist Party of China under his great leadership would accomplish conquering state power and establishing the second socialist country in the world, uniting more than half of the world’s population under the red flag.

Capitalist counter-revolution and restoration would take place in both the Soviet Union then in China, leaving revisionism the dominant ideology in the so-called left, revisionism tails the ruling class, and dreams of coming to power through bourgeois elections. One of their chief services to counter-revolution is through promoting such shame elections. Let us then insist on the revolutionary road of Chairman Mao and the universal law of revolutionary violence!

The US elections are, and could not be anything else—mainly the tools of the imperialist ruling class, the old crooked order which desperately tries to maintain its crumbling grip on the throat of the world.  While it calls itself democratic and will deploy these diversionary elections, it maintains itself here and throughout the world on the basis of reactionary violence. Through its fascistic border patrol, its ICE raids and its black dreams of endless war. These are not things which can be discussed peacefully with simple solutions like voting for this or that imperialist.

More than 40% of those registered to vote chose not to in the 2016 US presidential elections. The less money a person survives on, the less likely they are to vote. This is because the masses of people in their millions are already well aware of the criminal nature of the ruling class elections.  The imperialists will not be voted out, whoever you vote for an imperialist wins. This is because the US elections are tools to dominate the people in the interests of imperialism and not tools to transform the system for the people. Professional con artists will spit their best game to drag the masses back into the trap of voting in elections so that the cycle of reactionary violence can continue unopposed.  It is up to you and to all of us to break this cycle, to finally begin exiting the abusive, manipulative relationship between the constituents and the politicians.  In Texas, there is only one type of bloodsucker more detested that the mosquito and it is the bourgeois politician—we are right to hate them!

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So what does breaking this cycle of abuse and manipulation look like?  It looks like organizing in your communities, stepping outside of bourgeois structures of the old decaying state. It looks like building the Communist Party through direct confrontation with recognized class enemies. Mainly this means uniting under Maoism, establishing self-defense units which are in time converted into a mighty Red Army, encouraging the self-administration of the community under the protection of this army, forming a new state posed to make war on the old.

This great change does not happen overnight or all at once. It occurs through the course of organized class combat, class against class.  The necessity of revolution must be grasped and this matter can no longer be delayed by the clownery imperialist elections. Develop the combined strength of the proletariat, its allied classes, the Party and its Red Army.

On this great day, October first, we not only celebrate the anniversary of the great Chinese revolution, which lives on in our struggle, we announce the boycott of the US elections in solidarity with our comrades in the Revolutionary Communist Party of Canada who have assembled today in Montreal to combatively demonstrate against the Canadian elections. Maoism is leading the reconstruction of the Communist Parties throughout the world and we take up our post to implacably combat revisionism and imperialism, we will not be deterred, and in this struggle we will overcome all odds.

Boycott the Bourgeois Elections!

Elections, no! Revolution, yes! 

Salvo el poder todo es ilusión

asaltar los cielos con la fuerza del fusil

The ruling class will rule no more! Revolution, Peoples War!

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International Solidarity on the Election Boycotts

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Election Boycott Poster  in Austin, Texas

To celebrate our boycott of the 2018 bourgeois elections we wish to highlight some election boycotts taking place in other countries. We express our utmost solidarity with these struggles as internationalists. We seek to expose the imperialist nature of the US elections, US imperialism is the world’s main aggressor as the sole hegemonic imperialist power today. While it is experiencing deeper and more profound crisis its desperation to legitimize itself among its own people has never been more evident.

We extend our international solidarity to the youth of Brazil, we have included two unofficial translations of articles detailing their election boycott which is taking place right now. We also wish to extend revolutionary greetings and support to our comrades in Canada of the Revolutionary Communist Party (PCR-RCP.CA) who will be mobilizing the people for a combative demonstration against their own imperialist bourgeois elections on the streets of Montreal on October 1st.

The website unidadevermelha.com, which has produced evidence of solidarity with Comrade Dallas, has released two excellent articles which expose the nature of bourgeois elections. From the Favelas, the countryside, and the Universities, the voice of the Brazilian youth ring out in rebellion against the crimes of imperialism and the ruling class elections.

Long live the election boycotts!

Long live international solidarity!

Death to imperialism, reaction, and revisionism!

-RGA

Down the Election Farce! Do not vote, FIGHT!

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Elections no! Long live New Democratic Revolution! 

To the students and the youth of Brazil!

Companions and companions,

The 2018 elections will be the most fraudulent in the history of our country. On the other hand, this will be the year that the boycott of the elections will reach record numbers, being able to surpass more than 50% of the electorate of our country. The boycott of the elections expresses the spontaneous rejection of our people to this false democracy, to this rotten and corrupt political system, which every two years forces the Brazilians to vote. If the vote changed something for the better in this system, it would not be mandatory. We are obliged to vote to legitimize this secular system of exploitation and oppression and its old genocidal and rotten state to the core; give us the false right to choose who in the next four years will preside over repression and attacks on the interests of the people and the Brazilian nation.

But the Brazilian people have put an end to this rot. In the last decade, of election in election, the abstentions, the null and white votes grew. This is the most conscious participation in the electoral farce and that in recent years has ceased to be an individual revolt or an isolated protest before the polls to become a powerful mass movement of denial and rejection of the reactionary policy of this bourgeois-latifundia state, servant of imperialism. This uprising in recent years has exploded in great waves of popular rebellion, such as the workers ‘uprisings in the great works of the PAC in 2011, the gigantic demonstrations of youth combatants in 2013, and the spectacular truckers’ strike in 2018. Youth more than ever before, realize that only a Great Revolution can take our country out of misery and ruin!

And if in Brazil, elections have always been a democratic farce, where only the owners of power, that is, the great bankers, big bourgeois and landowners bless, this year the electoral farce is even more fraudulent. The arbitrary arrest of former President Luís Inácio and the illegal cassation of his candidacy reveal once again that in Brazil we never live in the so-called “democratic state of law.” Laws are valid according to the interests of the ruling classes. And that is why the same Luís Inácio, who in 2002 and 2006 was promoted by the interests of the international financial capital, the big bourgeoisie and the landowners to apply their economic policy and demobilize the masses with the conciliation of classes, compacting with a lie that serves only to give a democratic veneer to a dying state;

And it is this judiciary that defines who can and who cannot be candidate, the same that has carried out an endless series of attacks on the rights of our people. In August, the STF legalized the outsourcing of the end activity, this means that a private school can outsource the hiring of teachers! The bosses thus have no responsibility for the labor rights of their outsourced teachers. It was also the judiciary that authorized the Army to crack down on the just truckers’ strike and approved last week’s increase in its own wages!

We cannot trust any of those rotten powers! We must fight them all! Let us remember that the Law against Terrorism was a proposal of the manager Dilma Roussef, approved by the corrupt National Congress and that already is being applied by the judiciary against the popular fight. This is what is already being heard in the lawsuit against the 23 activists in Rio de Janeiro. This old state and its three powers want to turn every popular movement into a “criminal organization” and every manifestation of workers, peasants or students in acts of “terrorism.”

Candidates who stand for election are all flour from the same bag! They all swear to comply with the reactionary laws of the old state, and what they are disputing, in fact, is who will assume the function of managing the systemic crisis that affects our country, as part of the international crisis of the capitalist system.

Jair Bolsonaro says he is a nationalist, but has been a congressman for more than twenty years and has never defended Brazil’s interests. Bolsonaro is just another US bootleg patriot, has said he would sell Petrobras to the Yankees and is in favor of handing the Alcântara Military Base to the Americans, who want to take control of part of the national territory as part of its dominion on the continent. Fernando Haddad (PT) was the mayor of São Paulo in 2013, and what did he do at that time? Allied to the then governor Geraldo Alckmin, PSDB, to command the repression against the combatant youth. It was in Sao Paulo that the major demonstrations began that year, and we will never forget that Haddad not only favored the increase of the passages, but also publicly defended the repression. Ciro Gomes (PDT) is a member of one of the most powerful families in Ceará. In his youth he was a member of the party of the military regime (the former Arena), a minister of FHC and Lula. His speech is all aimed at the interests of the latifundio and the national proposals are only to appear left. Marina (Network) and Alckmin (PSDB), merge the liberal privatization speech with electoral demagogues such as family purse and gas purse. They are all: flour of the same bag!

Boulos (PSOL) and Vera Lúcia (PSTU) talk about popular struggle and rebellion, but when the youth survey of 2013 broke out, what did they do? They attacked the combativeness of the masses and sabotaged important demonstrations. We cannot forget that on the eve of the opening of the FIFA World Cup in 2014, Boulos, then at the MTST, and the São Paulo Subway Workers’ Union, then run by the PSTU, promised a major demonstration to prevent the game from taking place. The fighting youth of São Paulo appeared in weight; already Boulos, after a phone call of Dilma canceled the manifestation, exactly what also did the PSTU. Therefore, these do not represent the position of the left, they represent the sowers of illusion, who spread among the masses that through election and legalism some transformation of our country will be possible.

The true left, the really popular forces, know that no popular interest will be won by the electoral route. Only the struggle can guarantee us our rights, only an Unbroken Democratic Revolution to Socialism can truly transform Brazil. Neither these elections nor any of these candidates will defend anything for the people! On the other hand, the military who try to present themselves as the moral salvation for the country, quite the opposite, are the ones most responsible for the situation reached. The high command of the Armed Forces, especially of the army, is the great representative of imperialism in Brazil, these milicos are the greatest defenders of the latifúndio, of the great bourgeoisie and of the American empire. The military intervention in Rio de Janeiro is another demonstration of what they really serve, very blablablá on country, but in the hour that they act is to oppress the town and to assassinate poor people. Since its inception, the Brazilian Army has been brave to face the unarmed people and a cowardly and ferocious massacre of its own people to defend the rich in the name of the order imposed by imperialism. So it was in the war of Paraguay, at the behest of England; so it was in Canudos, at the behest of the landowners of the Northeast; and also in Contestado (boundary between Paraná and Santa Catarina) in 1912; thus it was against the rebel Movimiento Tenentista in 1922 and 1924, against the Column Prestes 1924-1926, against ANL-National Liberating Alliance in 1935; so it was in 1964, always at the behest of Yankee imperialism; and so it was in Araguaia, to cite the most expressive cases. The only progressive action that was involved was to enter World War II on the side of the Allies, yet as an Expeditionary Force under popular pressure and under the command of the US military. Military intervention is already underway in our country and will not solve any of our problems, on the contrary, it will aggravate all of them.

We Brazilians, the true democrats and patriots, must defend and support the realization of a Great Revolution in our country. Only through the revolutionary way will the peasants have land, the workers will have work and decent wages, only through the revolution will we have a scientific and democratic education at the service of the masses of our country. Only with a revolution can we expel the imperialists, especially the Yankees, who infiltrate Brazil and steal our mineral wealth and devastate our forests to plant soybeans for export. It is only with the revolution that we will be able to do real cleansing against all this rottenness in politics and put an end to violence against the people and an end to delinquency.

We urgently need this Revolution! A revolution that gives us a New State, a revolutionary people’s state that gives the people everything, everything they need. We need a proletarian state, without any privileges, to allocate all public resources for the progress of the people and the nation. A state free of such corrupt powers as there are, of mafia officers, corrupt deputies, and reactionary judges. We need a state that finances food production, which drives industrialization, which guarantees labor and wages for our people. And this, comrades and companions, is only possible for the Revolution.

And revolution is not an impossible task or a distant future! The secular struggle of the peasants for the land, of the workers for wages and rights, of the students by free public education, finally of the whole people for their liberation and of the nation of imperialist clutches, especially as more recent the revolts of 2011, 2013 and the strike of the truckers of 2018 point the way in which the Brazilian people are uniting around this revolutionary goal! Revolutions like these have already happened in other countries such as the Great October Socialist Revolution and the Great New Democracy Revolution in China. In these processes the bourgeoisie has restored its power and in these countries the insurgency of new revolutions is still necessary today. But these processes teach us: it is possible to change! It is urgent and necessary to transform,

You student, young without school, young unemployed! Come, join our movements and let’s make history together! Let’s change our country once and for all! Let’s defeat these powers, these military forces and all that is reactionary! Enter MEPR and UV-LJR! The people will win, no matter what! And the Brazilian youth will be more than ever: “The shock troops of the Revolution!”

-MEPR

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http://unidadevermelha.com/index.php/102-mepr-abaixo-a-farsa-eleitoral-nao-vote-lute

 

 

Election is farce! Do not vote, fight! 
Organizing the people for the Revolution

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Red  Youth of Brazil! 

It is already unbearable the situation of oppression and exploitation in which the people live, amid serious attacks on rights won with much struggle, sweat and blood of the masses of workers. Particularly we youths, clustered in the peripheries of the great metropolitan regions, are subject to the genocide promoted by the repressive apparatus of the police forces of the old state, we suffer all kinds of police abuse and racism, while we have no right to study, to get around and have fun.

Against all this, our youth has risen. Especially since 2013, in which the youth combatants of the cities have placed themselves on the frontlines of the most radicalized protests, in the struggles for transportation, education and against all the dearth of life. Also in the countryside, where the young peasants stand in the front line in the struggle for land, for the destruction of the latifundia through the Agrarian Revolution, democratizing the ownership of the land, distributing it to the poor peasants without land or with little land, as a part of the new-democratic revolution.

And to prevent this uprising, the old state is preparing a counterrevolutionary military coup, whose first step was the military intervention in Rio de Janeiro, which promotes genocide and extermination in slums and poor neighborhoods. In other metropolis of the country, the police also increase the genocide of the poor and black people, especially the youth.

Elections are a scam! 

Every two years we are offered farce elections, whose sole purpose is to refer and legitimize this old order of exploitation and oppression, and worse still, blame the left and right on the people for all the ills and disasters that come of this rotten system, under the excuse that “they do not know how to vote”. But vote for who, pale face? And for what?

After all, who are the candidates who present us every two years, if not the most shameless representation of great bourgeois, landowners and imperialism? The same political oligarchies, the same groups for centuries. And what are your plans for government, but what, in the last instance, to apply the booklet of imperialism, under different colorations and mystifications? Now with demagogic speech supposedly of ‘left’, now with proto-fascist discourse! All the acronyms of the Single Party of the big bourgeoisie and the latifundio are right wing and all of them have already managed the old state at federal, state and municipal levels and what has changed? Bolsonaro, a delirious proto-fascist, ‘nationalist’ half-bowl and American bootlegger, Haddad a post of the opportunist mor Luiz Inácio, Ciro a truculent and fascist social colonel, Alckmin a lunch thief, Marina an eco-opportunist and eco-employee of Yankee bankers and NGOs … they are all flour of the same bag! For all of them, without a single exception (which would serve only to prove the rule), are committed to maintaining the state as it is: A poor grinding machine in the hands of the great bourgeois and landowners! All a soup of letters that shelter all surrenderers, sells homelands, servants of Yankee imperialism, great bourgeois and landowners.

What Brazil needs, in fact, is a Great Revolution! And for this, it is necessary not to deceive ourselves with the electoral farce, but rather to raise our awareness and political action, through the revolutionary organization, to fight against this rotten system of oppression and exploitation and to build a great destiny in which the people can decide their own future.

This is what the Red Unit – Revolutionary Youth League proposes. Boycott the elections to denounce it as a farce, but not only. Mainly, to organize the youth combatant for the Revolution, politicizing it and propagandizing the agrarian, anti-feudal and anti-imperialist Revolution as part of the revolution of new democracy and in an uninterrupted way the socialist revolution towards the luminous future of humanity, which is the communism.

Youth is the dawn of the new world and the future belongs to us! Therefore, we declare:

Do not vote, fight! 
Long live the fighting youth! 
Neither election nor military intervention! Revolution! 
Election is farce, does not change anything, no! Organize the people for the Revolution!

-UV-LJR

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http://unidadevermelha.com/index.php/103-manifesto-uv-ljr-eleicao-e-farsa-organizar-o-povo-para-a-revolucao

In defence of the life of Chairman Gonzalo, hoist higher the flag of Maoism!

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We repost this important statement from the International Communist Movement which appeared originally on the website Dem Volke Dienen:
http://www.demvolkedienen.org/index.php/en/t-dokumente-en/2656-in-defence-of-the-life-of-chairman-gonzalo-hoist-higher-the-flag-of-maoism

Finally now, listen to this. As we see in the world, Maoism is marching unstoppably to lead the new wave of world proletarian revolution. Listen well and understand! Those who have ears, use them. Those who have understanding – and we all have it – use it! Enough of this nonsense. Enough of these obscurities! Let us understand that! What is unfolding in the world? What do we need? We need Maoism to be embodied, and it is being embodied, and by generating Communist Parties it shall drive and lead this new great wave of the world proletarian revolution that is coming. (Speech of Chairman Gonzalo, Sep. 1992)

We, the signing Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties and Organizations, reaffirm ourselves, in this solemn celebration of the 26th year of the historical and transcendental speech of Chairman Gonzalo, in its full validity and especially in defending the life of this Titan of Thought and Action, the Great Leader of the Communist Party of Peru and the Peruvian Revolution; who has defined Maoism as the new, third and superior stage of Marxism and who established, that to be a Marxist today is to be a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, principally Maoist. We understand that the defence of Chairman Gonzalo implies to struggle in the most consequent way to impose Maoism as the sole command and guide of the New Great Wave of the Proletarian World Revolution, which is already developing. We understand that this struggle is part of the task to reunite the communists of the world, which implies to put the principles of Marxism, the class interests of the international proletariat, the struggle for liberation of the oppressed peoples and nations, and in the end, the struggle for Communism, in the first place.

The campaign for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Karl Marx – that was preceded by the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Great Proletarian Culutral Revolution and the 100th Anniversary of the October Revolution – has marked a leap in the struggle to unite the communists in the world. It is a campaign, principally propelled by the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties and Organizations of Latin America, which is demonstrating a higher ideological, political and organizational unity of a significant part of the International Communist Movement (ICM) and in its development, new forces are joining. Since the campaign for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Chairman Mao Tsetung, there was no similar campaign in the ICM. For no one to be confused: the campaigns to support the People’s Wars have obviously not been of the same character, as this is a campaign of Parties and Organizations with an explicit communist character – this fact calls for serious reflection, because it is an expression of how the struggle for unity is developed on practice, putting Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism, the struggle against revisionism and serving the world revolution as a starting point, in summary, how the slogan Unite under Maoism! Manifests.

It is also important to highlight, for everyone who is willing to see, that an important impulse in the ICM was given in the last years. In many countries where the communist forces were on a very underdeveloped stage, Parties and Organizations that uphold Marxism-Leninism-Maoism reemerged and who struggle to reconstitute their Communist Parties that were destroyed by revisionism. The majority of these forces took clear position for the definition of Maoism made by Chairman Gonzalo. This makes some people, aloof from any Marxist criteria, label them as “Gonzaloists” and impute the left to be “sectarian and dogmatic”. Apart from the obvious – that opportunism and revisionism have always branded Marxists this way – it reveals that they have not understood that we are in the period of struggle to impose Maoism as the sole command and guide of the Proletarian World Revolution and that when assuming Maoism as the third stage of development of the ideology of the international proletariat, many parties and organizations, in essence, have only seen it as changing one formulation, that to speak of Maoism was a “more modern” form to speak about Mao Tsetung Thought.

So the problem in the ICM is not principally rooted in that Maoism is not formally acknowledged, but how some understand it, and this is why it is important to start with who defined Maoism as the new, third and superior stage of our ideology; because it is only by starting from what was scientifically established by Chairman Gonzalo that we can understand Maoism as one unit, as one harmonic system. If one does not take the work of Chairman Gonzalo as a starting point, one falls into eclecticism, counterposing quotes but not understanding the ideas. If we understand this, we can understand the reason why there are not few Parties and Organizations that, while taking longer time, have become stuck and have not made leaps in their processes, while those who put the most effort into learning from Chairman Gonzalo are, in general, advancing principally in qualitative terms, but also in quantitative terms. We advice those who rush to give labels to open their eyes to the material truth instead of getting carried away by their imaginations.

If we see the real state of the struggle for the reunification of the communists in the world we can see that in many aspects we are much better off than we were during the best moments of the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement (RIM), because although the RIM was correctly characterized by Chairman Gonzalo as a “step forward”, he also pointed out – with his proper precision – that “as long as it follows a just and correct ideological-political line” the RIM will be a step forward, and it was, and it served to unite the communists on the basis of the red line and this could be no other than the line of Chairman Gonzalo. That is to say, the principal in the evaluation of the RIM is to state that it served the Proletarian World Revolution – and particularly the struggle to reunite the communists, while it served the struggle to impose Maoism as its sole command and guide – that is to say, the struggle which was led by Chairman Gonzalo – and that it ceased to play a positive role when the revisionists of the “RCP” from United States – taking advantage of the problematic situation of the left due to the bend in the People’s War in Peru – turned to totally hegemonize it. We must never forget that the unity is to serve the revolution and it only serves it, if the interest of the proletariat is imposed. The unity of the communists today in the world can only be achieved on the basis of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism, or else it is not a unity of communists but a kind of “front” with revisionism and opportunism.

RIM was liquidated by revisionism’s handling of the two-line struggle. The maneuver of Avakian was, to state – as a starting point of his “criticism” of the second Right Opportunist Line, revisionist and capitulationist, in Peru – that supposedly “the author would not matter, only the line”, which precisely led to centering the debate on who “the author” was. Or did this miserable not know that the communists of the world would rise when their Great Leadership was questioned? This is how the two-line struggle was derailed. The Problem for the left in the ICM was the hard and complex situation in which the PCP entered after the arrest of Chairman Gonzalo.

Despite everything, the PCP continued fulfilling its role as the Red Fraction in the ICM and the People’s War continued to be beacon and guide of PWR. Because the life of the party can never be detained and the People’s War was not stopped for even a moment. However, situations like the lack of the Great Leader caused problems in the left. The right could then state their positions (the attacks on the dictatorship of the proletariat, the “justification of peace negotiations as tactics”, the negation of semifeudality and evolution of bureaucratic capitalism, the negation of the three characteristics of imperialism, etc.) and all this remained in second place because the attention was centered on “debating” the maneuvers of the psychological warfare of imperialism and the sinister actions of traitors. Around the turning of the century, the struggle was sharpened. Then the left went into trouble and a great part fell into Avakian’s trap, the initiative fell into the hands of the right and they could lead the two-line struggle into exploding and thus revisionism liquidated the RIM.

No one can blame the Marxists for revisionism’s crimes, but this self-critical evaluation of the left is indeed necessary, its leadership lacked the necessary maturity and foresight to prevent the intrigues of revisionism, a problem that was extremely worsened by infiltration and usurpation of whole apparatuses by secret services and police of the reaction.

Prachanda has even formally renegated Marxism-Leninism-Maoism while uniting with the revisionists of UML, proving once again that he never was a Maoist, that he was never the “great leader” that those who wanted to negate what was put forward by Chairman Gonzalo and the PCP claimed so much, unmasking himself before the world as the most miserable upstart, trafficker and intriguer that has been seen in the last few decades in the ICM. This miserable can not be qualified as a traitor anymore because he has shown that in his whole life he was never a communist, but the only thing he was interested in was his personal power and this is why they have no choice but to call executioners of Nepalese revolution, such as the rats of UML, “comrades”.

Years have already passed since the gallant Avakian catapulted himself out of the ranks of the ICM.  His “new synthesis” is a rupture with Marxism, is an absolute demarcation with the ideology of the international proletariat, is an open and shameless negation of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. Avakian, just like Alexander, proclaimed himself god, the difference is that the latter did so to maintain his empire and to control his new forces, while the former did it to maintain his small degenerated court and to be able to continue vegetating in the mud.

Although the revisionist positions of both – principally the one of Avakian, for being the head of the right – are still repercussing and the struggle against them can not be declared finished, due to the fact that both fled from the internal struggle in the ICM they can not be taken as the center of the two-line struggle. To state that the center of the struggle is to criticize those two miserables is to put forward the conciliation with revisionism and is to leave the empty field to the right.

The principal problem is not with those who have gone away, the renegades, but the ones that are part of the ICM. Yes, their poisonous line must be dismantled and crushed, but that must be done particularly to further unite on the base of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism, with the contributions of universal validity of Chairman Gonzalo and this implies to debate the central points and particularly to achieve a generalized understanding of Maoism as a unit.

There are those that until now insist on spreading the counterrevolutionary hoax (that Chairman Gonzalo is the head of the opportunist, revisionist and capitulationist right opportunist line,).They argue with what was stated by traitors (“he told me” or “he embraced me” and other gossip), with what is controlled by imperialism and the psychological warfare of the reaction (“courts” and “filtered” videos). Anything that comes from whoever wants to throw mud at Chairman Gonzalo supposedly has to be taken very seriously, has to be “analyzed” and has to break our heads to enter into a discussion “whether or not it is him”. They are wrong, because they do not understand that “the debate” has already been closed, the communists have already taken a position and the matter is settled: It was demonstrated that Chairman Gonzalo has not denied the Party Unity Base of the PCP for a moment. He is the Great Leader of the Party and the revolution, the greatest living Marxist-Leninist-Maoist on the face of earth, keeping on struggling to transform the concentration camp of Callao Navy Base into the most Shining Trench of Combat of the People’s War.  What corresponds is to defend his life with People’s War. 26 years have already passed in which Chairman Gonzalo could not directly communicate with the Party or the ICM; 26 years of absolute isolation, this is what it concretely is. That imperialism, the reaction and revisionism will continue to plot intrigues is clear, the contrary would be that they have changed their nature (a thesis of the disciples of the sacred Avakian, which is impossible), but we must not allow that these intrigues stop the advance of the communists.

To be clear: We communists reaffirm ourselves in the principle of criticism and self-criticism and the seriousness of a Party that, as Lenin taught us, is measured by its capability to assume self-criticism. This is why we do not close the door to anyone, except to those who stained their hands with the blood of the masses. Hence, if those who committed grave mistakes and errors really want to correct themselves they are very welcome; for this they have to demonstrate their condition as communists and close ranks with the left, understand that to be a Great Leader you have to move more than your “close and dear ones”, that a proletarian Great Leader is not a ridiculous big shot but someone who knows how to lead the transformation of the world.

On this occasion of celebrating a new anniversary of the Speech of Chairman Gonzalo, we particularly want to greet the comrades from the Communist Party of Peru who are advancing through firm steps in the general reorganization of the Party, that is already approaching the days of its culmination; a process that is made in the midst of the People’s War, proven one again with the recent forceful actions of the People’s Liberation Army that maintains the People’s Committees and Base Areas. We communists of the world acknowledge the extraordinary role of the PCP and no one can doubt that the culmination of the reorganization of this Party will mean a significant impulse for the Proletarian World Revolution and will be a decisive piece in the struggle for the reunification of the ICM.

We must understand that what Chairman Gonzalo said on September 24, 1992, is being fulfilled: Maoism is being embodied by the peoples of the world, is generating Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Communist Parties, is starting to lead the New Great Wave of the Proletarian World Revolution. What is up to us is to struggle for it to be further embodied, that the ongoing People’s Wars advance, that the People’s War is as soon as possible initiated in each country where there are Communist Parties, that the struggle for the reconstitution of the Parties in those countries were none of them exist gets propelled further, so that they become Parties to initiate the People’s War. Understanding Maoism as a unit, we will march with ever more clarity and firmness towards the reunification of the communists on world level, smashing imperialism, the reaction and revisionism, learning from Chairman Gonzalo.

Long live Chairman Gonzalo!
Unite under Maoism!
People’s War will inevitably win!

 

Signatures:

Communist Party of Ecuador – Red Sun

Communist Party of Brazil (Red Faction)

Peru People’s Movement (Reorganisation Committee)

Red Faction of the Communist Party of Chile

Maoist Organization for the Reconstitution of the Communist Party of Columbia

Nucleus for the Reconstitution of the Communist Party of Mexico

Committee Red Flag – FRG

Committees for the Founding of the (Maoist) Communist Party, Austria

US Red Guards

Serve the People – Communist League of Norway

Red Flag Collective (Finland)

Intersectional Imperialism

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Intersectional Imperialism
And the US midterm elections

The 2018 US elections demonstrate the deepening crisis of US imperialism as well as the lengths it will go to in order to preserve itself. The decaying order of the old State, in its growing desperation, has to try on “new” masks in order to maintain the appearance of legitimacy. Politics that seem unusual can be a successful gambit on the part of the ruling class to draw more voters into its trap, a counterinsurgency mechanism it desperately needs. In such conditions the importance of election boycotts and agitation around the revolutionary politics of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism, cannot be understated.

In a recent article in the theoretical journal Struggle Sessions on the topic of social fascism, it was explained that in such moments of crisis the US imperialist class will reach out for things that stable capitalism in the US typically sees as too far from establishment politics. We aim to bring this home by analyzing the 2018 elections and the maneuvers of the two main bourgeois parties. For the Republican Party this means more open adherence to their proto-fascist ideas and a more aggressive pursuit of fascist policy. Their rhetoric is in some cases pulled straight from the “white genocide” fearmongering of the “alt-right” fascists, as they attempt to appeal to the white labor aristocracy and petty bourgeoisie, who constantly fear displacement. They attempt to frame basic economic issues—that is to say the effect that the crisis of imperialism is having internally in the world’s largest imperialist superpower—not as a problem of imperialism itself, but as an identity-based issue. They portray all problems as an example of power slipping from the old white boys’ club, and the Democratic Party is too happy to make use of this angle by propagating their own response in the form of intersectional imperialism.

Trump’s approval rating, even according to bourgeois estimates, is in the 30th percentile; however, this number is not established with any real social investigation among the majority of people, who are not registered to vote. Going among the masses would put the approval rating considerably lower. His approval is the highest is among white and wealthy demographics, and this forces the Republican Party to double down on its racist rhetoric in the conventional sense. It compels them to use what worked in the Trump campaign to attempt to appeal to the populist fascist sentiment among mainly white Christian men and to a lesser degree women from the same demographic. It compels them to keep up their “radical” “anti-establishment” façade. The rise of fascism in the US is becoming increasingly apparent. The ruling class is not fundamentally united regarding its method of rule; those most early to panic are the very same ones making fascist policy and fascist appeals to a growing organized fascist base among sections of the masses. This includes Trump’s public sympathies with the fascists of Charlottesville, the family separation policy, the use of ICE as SA troops, and the use of border patrol as its SS—deployed to terrorize and torment people near the US-Mexico border. This grim reality only feeds the desperate back into the arms of the Democratic Party, an organization that has never been anything but anti-people. In short, crisis has compelled the Republicans to increase their flirtation with fascism, largely to the benefit of their twins, the Democrats.

Diversity, for the imperialist class

The Democratic Party, having run a total caricature of an establishment candidate in the last presidential election, is also entrenching itself further into its position, with only slight modification. Their use of identity politics, whose goal was to make the identities of their candidates void out their politics, failed them in the presidential elections. The masses, fed up with the imperialist-imposed crisis, were looking for anything but an establishment candidate. And what did the Democrats do but bank on Hillary Clinton, the most establishment candidate they could find—and then highlight the fact that she is a woman! This somehow made her meaningfully different according to them. Throughout the 2016 presidential elections the Democratic Party highlighted Clinton’s gender as her major selling point over and over again, deaf to the fact that even those who do vote (a small minority of people) still found her nauseating, playing into to Trump’s fake “anti-establishment” campaigning.

The Democrats then switched to conspiracy-mongering more typical of the Republicans by incessantly howling about the specter of Russian interference. This switching of tactics is not uncommon for the ruling-class parties, as in essence they are alike, representing identical class interests. What the Democratic Party has adjusted is its tolerance for “anti-establishment” candidates. Unlike many who vote Democrat, the party itself is well aware that many who supported Sanders went to the Trump camp on this basis. The fascists and social democrats are but two sides of the same coin, and the imperialist bourgeoisie polish this coin in crisis. So we enter the period where the mainstream parties will increasingly flirt with their respective kinks: for the Republicans this is proto-fascism proper; for the Democrats it is proto–social democracy, otherwise known as social fascism. Both achieve a certain clearing of the way, a transitional period for fascism proper to make use of. Both are a harbinger of the most sickening future.

While doubling down on its diverse and colorful imperialism and at the same time flirting with aspects of social democracy and tolerating candidates they normally would not, the Democrats have presented voters with a buffet of candidates appealing to marginalized identity: they boast the first trans woman candidate for Senate, from Vermont; the first Muslim woman candidate, from Michigan; the first native woman, from New Mexico—it goes on and on, including candidates running not only on race and gender but on the basis of sexuality as well. As if changing the identities of individual administrators of the ruling class can at all alter class identity of Congress and the State.

The Democratic Party understands its long history of coopting legitimate people’s struggles and delegitimizing them. It believes that if US imperialism is to overcome its current crisis it must embrace diversity, identity politics, and postmodernism: it must become intersectional imperialism. They have done this in the military and applauded the Israeli publicity stunts that promote a gay and vegan version of their fascist settler agenda; as long as it’s vegan gays helping carry out genocide, they can still call it “progressive.” The idea that those murdered, imprisoned, and abused will somehow feel better if their jailer or killer is transgender/native/Muslim (etc.) is particularly hard to stomach as Democratic Party shills keep up what they have always been telling the people: this time it’s different. We heard the same thing when promised a Black, Democratic president—one who, once in power, bombed more countries and deported more people than his white Republican predecessor. Identity politics have been the con of the Democrats for quite some time; they are just improving the scam.

Improving the scam means accepting not only the fact that the youth, who they hope to tap into since the Republicans hope to tap into the elderly voters, have been steeped in identity politics, on both the right and slightly left of the right, but also the fact that younger voters proved willing to jump ship on transparently establishment candidates. The Democrats are forced to fake it and make concessions to the social democrats.

This is most remarkably exemplified in Ocasio-Cortez, who not only fits the criteria for a diverse imperialism, but also claims to be a “democratic socialist.” The Democratic Party offering space inside of itself to a Democratic Socialists of America caucus is further evidence of this despair-driven trend of ploys to recuperate votes for a totally bankrupt party. If the 2016 presidential elections did not forever stain and expose the total uselessness of the Democrats, nothing will. The result will likely be that the DSA will grow in the next five to ten years to contend with the Democrats, if the Democrats do not assimilate it into their ranks to better control it. This will result in a line struggle internal to all DSA branches. The majority, more right-wing than even the rest of the organization, is pushing for liquidation into the Democratic Party—but both sides are aiding in rehabbing the public image of the decaying old Democratic Party.

As the Republicans dust off Nazi-esque propaganda relics, which pose the “other” as shady criminal immigrants set to prey on “stable” white Americans, they have not in essence broken with the classic Nazi scapegoating of Jews. This time, it’s framed in terms of propaganda about “Hollywood” (a code word for Jews) controlling the government through elections. Of course, in capitalist society all major media is controlled by the ruling imperialist class or their compradors. This fearmongering about Hollywood Jews is not far off from the far-right conspiracy theories of “reptilian overlords” and a “Zionist Occupied Government”.

The Democrats on the other hand merely seek to whitewash imperialism’s crimes against the world in order to stabilize it so it can continue extracting superprofits from the most oppressed. This is one respect in which social democracy clearly serves imperialism’s purposes, helping it appeal to labor aristocrats and the lower petty bourgeoisie, who rely on these superprofits to maintain a certain mode of life as well as the worldview that comes with it.

By keeping up their “anti-establishment” disguise the Democrats have been able to turn an election that would normally be a lost cause into a close race between Robert Francis O’Rourke and Ted Cruz, two imperialist monsters. One is a white-bread gringo rich kid who assisted in the gentrification and displacement of barrios in El Paso and is a firm supporter of Israel’s militarized fascist borders; the other is a gusano Cuban American whose family has long been in service of US imperialism, going back to the days of the reactionary comprador Batista regime. Where the Democrats have attempted to brown-wash O’Rourke by popularizing the nickname “Beto,” which was bestowed upon him by a Latin American house servant, Cruz is a white man of Cuban ancestry—both are alike in their parties’ pandering to their respective identity-politicking con games.

Another word on identity politics and postmodernism

Identity politics and its parent, postmodernism, are bourgeois inventions and bourgeois devices that are in essence anti-Communism and objectively in the category of fascist social conditioning. Not only are these devices concretely used to divide various oppressed sections of the masses and turn worker against worker, but the CIA’s shady history with French philosophy shows that they are also consciously employed by imperialism because they offer imperialism a tangible benefit.

Sometimes identity politics and postmodernism are offered to the left, with the main purpose of replacing Marxism, which is a major threat to the ruling class. In other instances they are deployed to appeal to the right and are in this case deployed inversely, not to compete with Marxism, but to spread fears of “cultural Marxism.” The right conflate Marxism with the very ideas they espouse when utilizing postmodernism, in an effort to propagate a conception of power that sees it as diffused, in order to take the blame off the State. Once more, the Democrats oblige the Republicans with a shifting of the matter onto “cultural” problems that they claim can be solved culturally, in order to prevent concerted attacks against capitalism. The Republicans are happy to parrot their version of this narrative when blaming Black culture, foreign culture, and so on to spread jingoism and reactionary nationalism and capitalize on the fears of those who maintain a settler-colonial ideology and mode of life. The problems become spiritual problems and are no longer the result of exploitation by capitalism. The so-called left and the right unite on this platform, making their disagreements nothing more than a circus, a red herring. Democrat and Republican unity against the proletariat and the people of the Third World is uncompromised, the workers of the world being their greater enemy. When it comes to “spreading democracy” (bombing and plundering the oppressed nations), they might disagree on methods but are unified in their objectives.

All revolutionary politics are anti-imperialist, and it becomes crucial to understand that if any politics, even reformist politics, in an imperialist country are to be considered progressive, then the measure for progress can only be whether or not the politics are anti-imperialist. Feeding labor aristocratic workers the superprofits of imperialism more equitably is not “progressive”—it is reactionary. Highlighting identity to safeguard imperialism’s ability to subjugate and plunder the entire world is not “progressive”—it is reactionary. The major bourgeois parties are united to accomplish this, and just play to different identities to do it, dressing it up in different language. Postmodernism, having been spurred on by the CIA, has firmly entrenched itself in academia in the US, to the point where it is almost seen as “common sense.” One of the key maneuvers of postmodernism is its overemphasis on language. It centers performance and communication, so it is well adapted to making the form of the disagreement between Republican and Democrat principal over the essence of their agreements. This has been valuable in their shared interest in swindling the masses—or at least the minority of them who still actually vote.

Conclusion: Boycott the bourgeois elections and agitate for revolution!

While deepening imperialist crisis has caused the ruling class to panic and start its flirtations with fascism and social fascism, the number of voters steadily drops and the number of young people interested in  Marxism increases.

Real Marxism, which is today Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism, remains firm against identity politics and wages tireless struggles against it penetrating our ranks and our thinking. We challenge it in the mass movement and overcome it internally. This necessitates exposing it within the bourgeois electoral farce that has still pulled the wool over the eyes of the so-called left (in reality they stand right of center). MLM also means we combat both imperialism and revisionism implacably. The revisionists for the most part champion bourgeois elections, with the farthest-right revisionists demanding a “lesser of two evils” approach and the centrist revisionists arguing for third parties and so-called socialist candidates. All of them are seeking, in essence, a pacifist, peaceful transition to socialism: even if they claim to support armed struggle, they see it as a hopeless distant future and completely unrealistic. They are therefore content to agitate against revolution and in the interests of the State, fulfilling their historical task as counterinsurgents in the service of imperialism.

Communists on the other hand have declared that we too will fulfill our historic task: to overthrow the ruling class of this country as part of the proletarian world revolution, which has reached the stage of strategic offensive. We have fully committed to agitating for revolution, and against capitulation and liquidation into bourgeois class enemy organizations. This means demarcation, struggle, and war are our present and future conditions. For us revolution is a process in continuous stages. We build and build our violent act of overthrowing the ruling class, which means going against their popular agents in both left and right costumes. Our path has been charted by history, and we will win. Revolution is never a straight line, and there are many bends in the road, many setbacks, and all of them contain lessons that strengthen our understanding and application of revolutionary science—of Maoism. The capitulations in Nepal, “tactical peace talks,” the betrayal of the International Communist Movement by the Avakianite revisionists, and the struggles against right-opportunism have honed our revolutionary knowledge and skill.

In the face of bourgeois elections we only offer one thing: proletarian socialist revolution. This means turning the popular passive boycott already carried out by the majority of the masses into an active, politicized boycott that promotes armed struggle and Protracted People’s War as the only viable path to meaningful change in this country.

In the face of fractured, opportunist identity politics we offer proletarian unity, national liberation, and socialism. In the face of rising fascism and its twin, social fascism, we offer resistance, the path to equality. In the face of all bourgeois parties and organizations we offer the only organized expression of our class: the Communist Party, which we aim to reconstruct. Around it we intend to build a mighty Red Army and a United Front. Conditions for stepping outside of the sham of bourgeois politics have never been better; if today is characterized by the most bloody imperialist enemy, then it must be responded to with the staunchest Communist fighters. We only have to be willing to dare to struggle if we hope to win. They have elections to win; we have a world to win.

What do we have? Nothing!
What do we want? Everything!

Elections, no!
Revolution, yes!

 Protracted People’s War is the only strategy for conquering power for the proletariat!

 Power is the central question of our ideology!

 Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism!

—Red Guards Austin, 2018

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Boycott the Elections!

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Elections are backward and outdated

 

“Every few years the oppressed are authorized to decide which members of the oppressor class will represent and crush them in parliament!”

—Karl Marx

Imperialism is in a constant state of crisis. The so-called “democracy” is democracy only for the upper, elite classes—and it is anything but democratic for the working and poor of the country. Yet in their desperation to win people’s support for their dark campaigns of global plunder, the US ruling class always seek to legitimize themselves through elections. Many progressive people are tricked into chasing after the dream of casting the right votes for the right people and finally seeing big changes—this is the perfect mindset for stripping people of real and meaningful democracy, and the elite rely on finely honed methods to keep people thinking this way. By giving you nothing meaningful to vote for and then getting you to vote anyway, the system has you trapped. The way out of this trap is to stop playing the game and make opposing their sham elections a basic political principle: Boycott the elections and demand something better. Dare to fight for revolutionary change.

 

As the political crisis in the ruling elite deepens, their contradictions with the people become sharper

If the elections of 2016 taught us anything, it is that whoever you vote for, an enemy wins and the people always lose. This is because the very system that legitimizes voting delegitimizes the actual voices of the masses. It is not democracy to cast a vote when the rich tell you it’s time for a changing of the guards; democracy means fighting for basic rights and a better future. We must no longer let this fight be managed by the ruling class or their stuffed shirts in office. The more dysfunctional and abusive this system gets, the more organized we must become in our resistance to it.

 

We must come to see elections as tools of domination

Most people already know that elections are a way to trick the people, which is why the vast majority of working-class people do not participate in the electoral farce. Voter rates go down and anger with the system goes up. Interest in Marxism is seeing an increase. Nonetheless there are those who would claim to be Marxists who insist on dragging the masses backward, by registering them to vote. They peddle corrupt or hopeless candidates and exhaust themselves going nowhere. They see elections as tools of progress—exactly how the ruling class wants them to think. We on the other hand see the election for what it is—a tool to dominate us and keep us pacified, preventing us from starting to talk about real ways we can conquer power outside of the system’s rat-maze.

We understand that all states, regardless of which flavor of bureaucrat is in office, are dictatorships of one class over another and we are fed up with living under the dictatorship of the owning class. We know our power comes from the people themselves and that in order to gain and maintain power we must topple the current ruling class and replace it with a state run by the working class.

While the rich will go to any lengths to win elections, we maintain our principle of opposing them and their treachery, regardless of whether they are butchers from the Republican Party, con-artists from the Democratic Party, or vultures just waiting for scraps representing one of the “socialist” third parties.

 

Boycotts develop the people’s hatred for the system!

The fact that most people do not vote, including half the people who register to vote but end up not voting, is a good thing. These are people who are just too honest for the lies peddled as democracy in this country. This is a sign that people are sick to death of the way things are and have come to hate the system for what it is.

By turning an already-existing passive boycott into an active political stand, one that you promote, you help encourage revolutionary action in place of voting. By boycotting the sham elections we offer others an honest political position that does not whore itself out to the “lesser of two evils.” We build together on the anger and distrust we are already feeling for good reason—we clearly identify our friends and our enemies and begin preparing for the long road of revolution. Dignity means not having to treat our friends as enemies (by voting for people who will harm our friends) and not having to suffer our enemies as friends (by not having to vote for scum).

Elections seek to process the people’s struggles into useless consumer goods devoid of heart and soul. The ruling class receives help luring people this trap by all those who are privileged enough to think they can sit at the same table as the oppressor without dining on so many corpses of poor people and black and brown people.

 

Instead of voting, act!

There are many ways to reclaim the dignity that voting has taken: attend community events, get organized into revolutionary mass organizations, and fight back every time fascists and racists gather to march. Take up the boycott by expressing your outrage in the streets and on the walls of your neighborhood. All of the above activities have more dignity than the humiliation of participating in the system that exploits us. Most importantly, speak up about why voting is not only pointless, but also backward and outdated. Educate your community! Do not let the electoral cretins portray you as apathetic or lazy—expose them as manipulative enemies of the people!

 

Voting gives imperialism a pass

While most progressives already recognize the open reactionary nature of the Republican Party, there are still those phony progressives who rely on the long history of the Democratic Party’s cooption of left-leaning and progressive movements to insist that it is the lesser of two evils. Every election season, local and national, these people serve as agents for the bourgeoisie. They will tell you to vote Sanders, vote “Beto,” etc., etc. Every season they use their activist credentials and social contacts to become shills for some Democrat or another.

When people rightly insist to them that Sanders, or Robert Francis O’Rourke (this is “Beto’s” actual name) are imperialists themselves who shamelessly back Israel and US military butchery around the world, the phony progressive will just keep repeating that everyone does this, because that’s just part of the way the system is rigged. They have no shame in simultaneously admitting that the system is rigged, while still preaching support for it, via voting for it!—as if supporting the genocide of the Palestinian people somehow allows someone to be the lesser of any evil. They can be concerned only with minor perceived benefits to the upper strata of workers in their own imperialist country.

These “progressives” make excuses and justifications for imperialism, sinking themselves into reactionary nationalism at the expense of the world’s majority. They do this work for free because they are still ideologically aligned with the owning class. They socially and materially benefit because of their own class position within imperialism itself. These types must be politically confronted in the interest of upholding a genuine anti-imperialist line.

According to pigs like O’Rourke, “Israel is critically important to the United States. Because it is the home of the Jewish people, because it is an exemplary democracy that shares our values, and because it is a crucial contributor to our national security objectives in the region, the U.S. should do everything we can to support the state of Israel.”

Israel, far from being an exemplary democracy, is a settler-colonial, fascist, apartheid state, which since 1967 has imprisoned approximately 40 percent of the remaining Palestinian male population. When he says they share “our values,” O’Rourke simply means they uphold the values of the US imperialist ruling class, not the values of the average working person. When he says they are a crucial contributor to “our national security objectives in the region,” the objectives he’s talking about are the geopolitical interests of the US imperialist ruling class, who desperately maintain puppet governments, wage endless wars of plunder, and prop up fascist apartheid occupations like Israel as part of their strategy in their inter-imperialist struggles with Russia.

While many of the “anti-war” types will hail the “progress” of candidates like O’Rourke, their bullshit detectors turn off when it comes to a man who cannot tell the difference between a fascist occupation and an exemplary democracy! Their only argument comes down to “We do not want Cruz to win, to hell with the Palestinians!” This attitude is what has allowed the Democrats and Republicans alike to assimilate into one another, bringing all mainstream politics further and further to the right at the expense of the whole world, including the US working class.

The only sensible thing to do when you have two candidates pushing defense for a fascist state is to remain an antifascist, never compromising on this principle, never supporting those who collaborate with Israeli fascism.

 

What about the social democrats?

All states, without exception, are instruments of class rule—that is to say they are dictatorships of one class over another. Without revolution and the destruction of the old state, we will remain under a dictatorship of the owning class, through finance capital, condemning the working class to servitude and plundering the world for super profits. Any promises of working-class empowerment under this system are blatant lies. They are a toxic pill sold to sections of our class so that they will hesitate to support any revolutionary program. In reality, these promises are part of a well-oiled counter-insurgency machine in which social democrats, “democratic socialists,” and whatever other silly formula they claim are all key players. As we are bombarded by the spamming and online “activism” of social democrats this fall telling us to endorse this or that capitalist politician, we would do well to remember the history of phony socialists winning elections in other countries.

Many so-called leftists won’t shut up about Salvador Allende the former Chilean president and treat him as if he was somehow not the head of a big semi-feudal state, which was in the interests of the big landlord class. He could not be anything else but a servant of the reactionary capitalists and big landlords, no matter what he said or desired to accomplish. Even those who view him through rose-tinted glasses must surely admit that the reason he was quickly overthrown was that his plan for coming to “power” lacked any actual way to defeat the old state. By virtue of him being “the lesser of two evils,” the other evil, with the backing of US imperialism, initiated a coup that led to the mass persecution of all progressives and intellectuals as well as actual revolutionary Communists. This is what happens if you try to “work within the system”: the fascist generals you appoint will bombard and overthrow you in due time—that is, if you do not capitulate as much as the right demands.

In the US, the social democrats still peddle hopeless candidates who stand little chance of winning, and when they do get elected all they do is take up a post in the old, decaying state, helping repress the people.

 

Elections, NO! Revolution, YES!

The cynicism and lack of faith in the masses are displayed naked in the bourgeois elections of the US—the largest and most oppressive imperialist power in the world today. As working-class people and people who face specific oppressions at the hands of US imperialism, who are caged as its “citizens,” we can no longer stomach the farce presented to us as “electoral options.” We have all taken the firm position of the boycott of the bourgeois elections, and in doing so we have taken up the task of making revolution against them.

Rebellion against the ruling class cannot be contained on a ballot. It cannot be diverted there, and it is time to fight the whole process that leads people away from revolutionary action. All the bourgeois parties and all of their supporters agree to carry out the rule of the big capitalist class; you must not agree to be ruled any longer by participating in their farce! We must remind ourselves daily to be revolutionaries, to carry out our task of revolting against bourgeois elections! To do this we of course refuse to vote, but we go further than that: we expose the very nature of these elections as a tool against the people. To make this meaningful we do not stop at exposure of the class enemy: we fight daily and organize for revolution—we admit the fundamental truth that political power grows from the barrel of the gun.

Revolution, and armed struggle, do not happen all at once, but instead build over time. By accomplishing small and modest acts of meaningful resistance, revolutionaries improve their ability to fight and enhance their levels of resistance. As more and more people see through the sham of the elections, more and more people will turn their non-participation in the elections into active resistance against the elections, and these people will come to support revolution. We must dare to think beyond the narrow confines of bourgeois “democracy,” which as stated is democratic only for the rich. We must dare to accomplish revolutionary action with increased escalation against the enemies of the people.

 

ELECTIONS, NO! REVOLUTION, YES!

DEFEND ARMED STRUGGLE AS THE ONLY WAY TO POWER!

BUILD THE COMMUNIST PARTY THROUGH THE ELECTION BOYCOTT!

 

—Red Guards Austin, September 2018

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