Inside: Transformation of Society Requires Revolutionary Strategy
The goal of the revolutionaries is a peaceful, cooperative society, based on the material foundation of the new means of production. To do this, we have to develop and influence the social force that will inevitably have to fight for a new society. This social force is the new class. New means of production are creating this new class. It is a new section of the working class, a new quality within it. This class cannot survive unless it changes the property relations. The actual program of this class is to abolish private property, and this communist program is in the interest of all society. This objectivity is its strength, our strength, and the enemy’s weakness.
“Vision and Our Strategic Path” shows how the vast movement for the right to the basics of life is in reality a movement for the overturning of the system of class exploitation forever, replacing it with one based on peace and cooperation.
Strategy is defined as the scientific planning for large scale operations. For revolutionaries this means the task of preparing the class to emancipate itself and to transform society in its own interests. In all the various stages of the struggle of the working class against the ruling class, the revolutionaries always and everywhere represent the interests of the movement as a whole.
To succeed, strategy must be based on an objective estimate of the overall relationship of forces, the strategy and tactics of the enemy, their weaknesses and strengths, as well as our own. This method allows revolutionaries to consider every aspect of the battlefield, and use the objective forces underway to defeat the class enemy.
Revolutionary organizations are created to solve the principal problem of a specific quantitative stage of history. Today that problem is that the masses are going into battle against the most powerful ruling class ever in history, without any consciousness of the cause of the problem or the solution. Thus, making the new class conscious of itself, putting forth a vision and a strategy – a way to get there – is foremost on the agenda.
“The U.S. Corporate State and the Danger of World War,” assesses the goals of the U.S. internationally to weaken, dominate or destroy its rivals for the world’s markets and geopolitical position. It shows how war becomes so entangled as an instrument of policy that if the policy is going to be put forward, war becomes the inevitable means of developing and implementing that policy. Inevitably, this will shape the struggle, as the government prevents the American people’s access to basic necessities, while it funnels trillions to war.
Revolutionaries use their examination of the environment to identify the key struggles, assess the thinking of the people, and identify the ideas that are needed to move our class in its own interests. The forms of these struggles vary, but they are all tied together by same process of transformation taking place in the world.
“Women and the Fate of Society,” looks deeply into the historical position of women to show how women’s integration into the class structure of society today marks a turning point in the fight for women’s emancipation, placing women as equals with their male counterparts in the class struggle. Women stand the most to gain from the fight for class power, against all forms of slavery, and for a society that guarantees human needs are met. Revolutionaries must unleash this power.
“The Digital Revolution and the Transformation in Public Education,” shows that the role of revolutionaries in education – be they faculty, students, staff or community members – is not only to fight against the destruction of higher public education, but more importantly to raise the political understanding of those fighting to defend the public’s right to an education, and to teach how the new technology is the objective basis for the creation of a society where education is part of the basic rights of every person to a cultured life.
“Book Review: The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights,” shows how Robin Blackburn’s book sets the historical basis and context for the us to see the scale of transformation that is underway, and the indispensable role of the human mind and will in shaping its outcome. It reminds us that human beings make their own history and yet at the same time we are our history. We do not choose the world we are born into, yet it is in this crucible that we set about making our own history. We stand at the threshold of something new that is emerging, and what we become is up to us.
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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