What is the League’s strategy? In general, the League’s strategy is to rely on the spontaneous movement, which is the objective movement of the working class for food, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities of life. This is because the spontaneous movement is already objectively headed in the direction of communist revolution. More specifically, our strategy is to strike the enemy where he is weak, by waging a propaganda war that focuses on the inability of the system to provide the workers with the basic necessities of life, and in the process we put forward a vision of the new society that is both possible and necessary.
Technology is replacing labor, and the bourgeoisie has no intention of feeding labor they don’t need. Thus, on the one hand, the objective process is for the bourgeoisie to allow the workers who are no longer needed to starve to death (or massacre them); on the other hand, the workers are forced to fight for the necessities of life. The confrontation between classes is inevitable, and from the workers’ perspective, it can only be resolved by making the means of production public property and building a cooperative society. The League’s strategy (striking the enemy at the weak point in his lines) is based on what is objective; we align ourselves with the direction history is already moving.
Strategy cannot simply be plucked out of the air. Strategy has to be rooted in what is objective. We cannot be “revolutionaries in general,” trying to attack on every front. He who attacks everything attacks nothing. We focus on the weak point in the enemy’s lines, and that weak point is objective.
The basic tactic of the bourgeoisie is to isolate everything – to reduce each issue or event to a marble in a bag of marbles. The job for communists and revolutionaries is to place events in their social and historical context so that the participants can see the actual cause of the problem and what the solution is. We’re trying to evolve tactics that help the average participant in the struggle to see that what they are actually involved in is a class struggle for a new society. The League strives to participate in the struggle in such a way as to recruit influential people, so we can influence those who are active.
Our task as revolutionaries in the U.S. is to politically attack our own bourgeoisie. We do this by relying on our basic strategy of hitting the enemy where he’s weak, and not deviating from this. We do not let the bourgeoisie frame the parameters of the debate. To do this would be to essentially operate without a strategy, simply reacting to the initiatives of the bourgeoisie. By not deviating from our strategy the League guarantee s that we do not dilute or weaken our efforts.
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The age-old vision of a world without scarcity, without exploitation, class domination, organized violence, and stultifying labor has been the dream of millenia. The new completely socialized labor-eliminating means of production ... sets the basis for its realization. Now human history can begin, the light of the individual shining in the full brightness of liberated life, that can only be realized within true equality and cooperation: communism, a cooperative society.'Without Vision, the People Perish'
Rally, Comrades ! May/June 2011