Inside: The Dispossessed – Political Center of Gravity
Globalization and the shift from electro-mechanical to electronic production means of production have created a new class of proletarians. It is a new section of the working class, a new quality within it. Increasingly driven out of the relationship between worker and capitalist, the actual program of this new class is to abolish private property, and this communist program is in the interests of all society. For this reason, the new class is politically decisive.
“Los Angeles Rebellions: Turning Points of Revolution” takes a look at this, first at the Watts Rebellion in 1965, when the industrial working class was beginning its decline, and the 1992 Rebellion, which was the “opening round of revolution for this new class” who has been displaced from industrial production.
The world is in constant motion. Revolutionary politics conform to change. Change in the economy creates shifts in the political center of gravity. Revolutionaries concentrate on the current center of gravity and shift with it.
The progression of electronics has now hit the center of American politics. This bribed sector of the industrial working class and a section of the intelligentsia bound the mass to the capitalist class. The destruction of this middle is of the greatest political importance. This is a huge sector of the working class, a section of the working class that once had something. They are educated, socially conscious and used to organization. They have become dispossessed. They are the current center of gravity that both sides have to fight over. They will be turned toward fascism, if the revolutionaries do not win over at least a section of these workers.
The focus on the dispossessed as the center of gravity is a political question. They have the potential to pull the whole class forward. But this opportunity, this necessity, will not last forever. The League’s program is the program of the new class. Our current point of concentration is the newly dispossessed.
“New Stage of the Movement, Build an Organization of Revolutionaries” emphasizes why Michigan, a Rust Belt state, is a key battle ground of struggle to win over the dispossessed. There they have experienced tremendous job loss, and are “coming face to face with a State that enforces water shutoffs, condones police murders, jails leaders who fight for democracy, and allows corporations to buy up Michigan’s public assets.”
As it is spelled out in “Standing in the Way: Private Property”, the ruling class’ whole strategy revolves around the defense of private property. Consequently, the program of the new class is “the abolition of private property and the distribution of the social product based on need.”
A political report on the “Implications of the War on Syria and Iraq” takes an in-depth look at the Middle East and the Ukraine, illustrating how the strategy of the United States ruling class is to defend private property on a global scale, and at all costs.
“From the Editors: Unite on Common Economic Interests” looks at the deep processes underway today that underlie the escalating violence of the police and the rise of the movement against this violence. “The reality is that all workers, regardless of color, are being thrown out of the economy and into the struggle for the basic necessities of life.” The answer is to create a society where poverty no longer exists.
Economic crisis, foreclosures, more layoffs, and millions of unemployed are adding to the dispossessed. There is a growing motion to unite, based on a common condition and cause.
In “On Strategy”, for the League and for all revolutionaries, we rely on the objective motion of this new class by “waging a propaganda war that focuses on the inability of the system to provide the workers with the basic necessities of life” and put forward a vision of a new society.
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Rally, Comrades ! May/June 2011