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EL IMPACTO EN EL IMPERIO DE LOS EEUU Y EN LA CLASE TRABAJADORA INTERNACIONAL POR EL “SORPRENDENTE” TRIUNFO DE TRUMP* por RAY LIGHT

BOLETIN — RAYO DE LUZ

    
         Diciembre 2016       Edición Especial


Publicación de la Organización Laboral Revolucionaria, EUA







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EL IMPACTO EN EL IMPERIO DE LOS EEUU Y EN LA CLASE TRABAJADORA INTERNACIONAL POR EL “SORPRENDENTE” TRIUNFO DE TRUMP*

por RAY LIGHT

[*Publicado en inglés en Boletín #99, Noviembre-Diciembre 2016]

La apertura de nuestra primera declaración integral sobre las elecciones presidenciales de 2016, que se remonta al comienzo del año, explica el más dramático resultado de las elecciones del 8 de noviembre, la elección de Donald Trump como Presidente de los Estados Unidos.



En ese momento, incluso antes de las asambleas de Iowa y la primaria de New Hampshire, observamos que “La carrera presidencial del 2016 en los EEUU refleja hasta el momento la amarga experiencia de la clase obrera, los pobres urbanos y rurales y la clase media con la austeridad capitalista para el 99% y los años de crecimiento casi sin precedentes para Wall Street y el capital financiero. Este asalto a nuestras condiciones de vida ha sido proporcionado por los ‘Republicratas’ bipartidistas bajo el presidente Republicano George W. Bush y el presidente Demócrata Barack Obama desde que la crisis económica golpeo en 2007 y 2008.” (“Un Enfoque Revolucionario a la Campaña Presidencial de Sanders,” Boletín Rayo de Luz Numero 37s, Mayo 2016)



Continuamos: “... los debates televisivos, las encuestas, las manifestaciones, y la constante cobertura en los medios de comunicación han revelado que hay muy poco apoyo a los grandes favoritos ‘Republicratas’ del 2016 (principales candidatos Demócratas y Republicanos, Hillary Clinton y especialmente Jeb Bush). En cambio, la robusta presentación de los candidatos del ala derecha, fascistas del Tea Party como Trump, Carson, Fiorina, Cruz, Rubio et al., del lado Republicano y el socialdemócrata Sanders por el lado Demócrata refleja un cierto nivel de rechazo popular de las masas al ‘dominio Republicrata’ y a la clase dominante imperialista de Wall Street que representan.” (ibíd., Énfasis en original.)



A lo largo de este año, “el rechazo popular de las masas al dominio Republicrata y a la clase dominante de Wall Street” ha seguido siendo una característica constante en la campaña. En la temporada primaria Republicana, la retórica cruda, militantemente populista, así como chauvinista e irrespetuosa de Trump resonó con los votantes Republicanos blancos enojados y desesperados y allanó el camino para su nominación sobre todos los políticos carreristas conectados entre sí y a clientes ricos.

Durante las Primarias Demócratas, la campaña de Sanders hizo una excelente exhibición, atrayendo a miles de entusiastas votantes, viejos y jóvenes (pero también en su mayoría blancos) a sus manifestaciones y millones de pequeñas donaciones a sus arcas de campaña. Al igual que Trump, Sanders también estaba enojado, pero su ira se centró más consistente y constructivamente contra Wall Street y su sistema amañado. En vísperas de la Convención Nacional Demócrata en Filadelfia, gracias a Wikileaks, se reveló el hecho de que Sanders fue traicionado y dejado fuera de la nominación del Partido Demócrata por el Comité Nacional Demócrata. La presidenta de DNC Debbie Wasserman Schultz tuvo que renunciar abruptamente y perder su papel prominente en la Convención. Cínica y descaradamente, la Campaña de Clinton la contrató inmediatamente “porque podía.”



 Sanders había hecho un trato para apoyar al elegido candidato Demócrata cuando se unió a los Demócratas (antes era “Independiente”). Incluso cuando resultó que el DNC había manipulado las primarias Demócratas en su contra y a favor de Hillary Clinton, se negó a romper con ellos. Durante la convención, Sanders intentó convencer a sus partidarios desilusionados y devastados de transferir su lealtad a Clinton. Pero, en su mayor parte, este sector más ilustrado del electorado le ignoro. A pesar de Sanders, y a pesar de la hábil coreografía de la Convención Demócrata, que incluía una lista de artistas superestrellas, políticos como el presidente y primera dama, héroes de guerra, jefes militares y jefes de inteligencia alabando a Hillary Clinton, la campaña de Clinton no pudo ocultar el hecho de que representaba “lo mismo como siempre.” En un año en que los votantes estaban apasionados de hacer “cambio,” ¡¿podría haber habido un representante más comprometido y atrincherado con el statu quo?!



En nuestra hoja suelta distribuida en el lugar de la Convención Nacional Demócrata hablamos de la “la amenaza Trump”. Señalamos que, “Donald Trump es un político fascista en el sentido clásico de Adolfo Hitler y los ‘Nacional Socialistas’ (Nazis). Combinó una retórica populista demagoga que proclama que el sistema está manipulado contra la mayoría de nosotros, por un lado, y con el odio hacia los inmigrantes latinos, los creyentes religiosos musulmanes, ciudadanos afro-americanos y muchos otros grupos étnicos ‘no americanos blancos’ aquí y alrededor del mundo, por el otro.” Continuamos: “Pero las similitudes de Trump con Hitler y el fascismo alemán de los años treinta no lo convierten automáticamente en el principal objetivo político que debe ser detenido a toda costa en este momento histórico particular. El fascismo llega al poder por diferentes caminos ...”

En este contexto declaramos entonces que, “Clinton, la Demócrata, es la peor candidata a apoyar ‘contra Trump.’ Como una herramienta leal de Wall Street, Clinton no educará a los votantes en contra de la oligarquía financiera, sino que disculpará y encubrirá a Wall Street. Junto con su retórica del Partido Demócrata, esto sólo enfurecerá a los votantes aún más, moviéndolos más hacia el campo de Trump. Fue precisamente el enfoque de Sanders en la economía y la política amañada de Wall Street que permitió que su candidatura prosperara en contra de todas las probabilidades. Con Sanders fuera de la carrera, la misma vieja retórica ‘Republicrata’ proporcionará combustible nuevo a la hoguera de Trump.” (¡Wall Street ha Acomodado al Sistema a su Manera!” folleto de la Organización Laboral Revolucionaria (EUA),  distribuido en DNC, julio de 2016)


Esto es precisamente lo que ocurrió. A medida que la campaña se desarrollaba, no importa lo escandalosa que fuera la conducta personal de Trump y las masivas exposiciones en los medios de comunicación, comenzando así después de una Convención Nacional Republicana amateur, la fortaleza de Trump continuó creciendo. Clinton siguió siendo el candidato de Wall Street y el statu quo; Trump siguió siendo el candidato del “cambio.” La deserción de la campaña de Trump de esa clase dominante Republicana como la familia Bush, incluidos los dos últimos presidentes Republicanos, del candidato presidencial Republicano de 2012, Mitt Romney y tantos otros, sólo sirvió para convencer a los empobrecidos, enojados y alienados que Trump los representa. De hecho, el 37% de los sindicalistas y el 41% de las familias sindicalizadas votaron por el multimillonario que declaró descaradamente que se paga demasiado a los trabajadores. De hecho, no cabe duda de que muchos de los que habían apoyado a Bernie Sanders, el candidato Demócrata de izquierda, terminaron votando por Donald Trump, el candidato Republicano derechista.

-Lo que fue sorprendente sobre el Triunfo de Trump-

En lo que se equivocaron los encuestadores y expertos de los medios controlados por el capitalismo monopolista se basa en la participación electoral. Ellos sobrestimaron universalmente la participación de los votantes de Clinton y subestimaron la participación de los votantes de Trump, especialmente el voto de los obreros blancos que muchos ignoraron por completo.



La arrogancia y la complacencia de los medios corporativos fueron fortalecidas por lo siguiente: Los ricos y poderosos y los movimientos políticos y culturales de los partidos Republicano y Demócrata estaban promoviendo a Clinton. Y sirvió a los intereses de la clase dominante de Wall Street para hacer pocas promesas a los votantes como fuera posible mientras trataban que su candidato fuera electo. Lo que resultó fue una campaña de “escándalo de la semana” por parte de Clinton, que hizo eco y se magnificó en los medios controlados por el capitalismo monopolista, cayéndole al dedo al insignificante, ignorante e imperioso Trump.



Además, la campaña de Trump fue de principiante de comienzo a fin. En contraste, la campaña de Clinton fue más ingeniosa y tradicional que el dinero podía comprar, tan ingeniosa que incluso a los líderes laborales de la Convención Nacional Demócrata se les impidió decir “clase obrera” o “TPP.” Gracias a la campaña Sanders la Plataforma Nacional Demócrata fue la más progresiva en memoria. Pero una vez que Sanders fue desechado y Clinton estaba luchando contra Trump, apenas hubo mención de asuntos que pudieran motivar a los votantes desesperados e insatisfechos a apoyar a Clinton. Por el contrario, reflejando las amplias y difíciles circunstancias del 99%, Trump quería hacer “Grande a los EEUU otra vez.” En un año en que los votantes buscaban “el cambio,” Clinton objetó con, “Los EEUU sigue siendo grande — todo viene en rosas.”

Supuestamente Clinton y los Demócratas también tenían un fuerte “juego puesto en tierra,” una máquina bien organizada para identificar, movilizar y que aparecieran sus votantes. Pero los hombres y mujeres de los sindicatos que por lo general componen el personal de esa máquina no fueron especialmente inspirados por la campaña y el candidato del statu quo. Muchos líderes sindicales burócratas y corruptos de la AFL-CIO y de Change to Win estaban privadamente preocupados por la alienación de sus miembros de Clinton y los Demócratas, pero mantuvieron la boca cerrada y siguieron jugando el mismo juego con los Demócratas. Del mismo modo, la mayoría de los miembros del Comité de Congresistas Negros, los líderes de la NAACP y otros líderes negros privilegiados habían ayudado a Clinton a bloquear y engañar a la campaña de Sanders y ellos hicieron lo mismo. A la luz del número récord de deportaciones de trabajadores indocumentados y sus familias por Obama, un punto enfatizado por Trump en el último debate, el hecho de que Hillary Clinton se aferró tan fuertemente a la capa del presidente Obama, también tuvo que haber disminuido su apoyo latino. Así, el corrupto y burócrata liderazgo laboral afro-americano y latino ligado al candidato corporativo del Partido Demócrata cayeron directo en las manos de las fuerzas Republicanas supremacistas blancas que llevaban a cabo esfuerzos de supresión de votantes.



La poderosa influencia de los medios de comunicación monopolistas controlados por los capitalistas se reflejó en la expectativa entre todos los estratos de la población de que la cuestión no era si Clinton derrotaría a Trump, sino por cuánto Clinton ganaría la presidencia y si podría liderar un movimiento demócrata que traería consigo un Senado Demócrata y tal vez una Casa Demócrata. De hecho, aunque recibió una cantidad fenomenal de tiempo en televisión que ascendió a decenas de millones de dólares en publicidad gratuita, sólo uno de los importantes periódicos de las principales ciudades de todo Estados Unidos respaldó a Trump.



-El voto del sector blanco de la clase obrera-

En otro lado señalamos: “En el período posterior a la Segunda Guerra Mundial, durante sesenta años de hegemonía imperialista estadounidense en el campo capitalista mundial, la clase obrera estadounidense, especialmente su sector más privilegiado, fue sobornado por las súper ganancias imperialistas de Estados Unidos. Aún más problemático desmantelamiento del movimiento comunista internacional. En conjunto, esto resultó en el extremo aislamiento político de la clase obrera estadounidense del resto de la clase obrera internacional.” (Página xviii, Introducción, “¡Nada que Perder para la clase trabajadora estadounidense fue la disolución del campo socialista, así como el pero nuestras cadenas - un Mundo a Ganar!” de Ray O. Light, 2013)



Especialmente el sector blanco de la clase obrera de los Estados Unidos se subordinó políticamente a la clase dominante capitalista monopolista de los Estados Unidos, ayudando a proporcionar un área local relativamente estable al imperialismo de Estados Unidos para que expandiera su explotación y dominación en los pueblos del mundo. Por lo tanto, a medida que el Imperio de Estados Unidos ha comenzado a declinar y los trabajadores, bajo el “gobierno Republicrata” en nombre de Wall Street, se han visto obligados a asumir la carga principal de la crisis económica y el declive, es “natural” que muchos trabajadores blancos busquen “hacer a Estados Unidos grande de nuevo” bajo la batuta de un egoísta, quizá un maníaco intimidador multimillonario como Donald Trump quien ofreció un camino chovinista hacia atrás e incluso simulo ser “independiente” de Wall Street. Los vuelos de fantasía de Trump y la combinación de chauvinismo y populismo son una reminiscencia de los llamamientos de Adolfo Hitler al pueblo alemán derrotado y humillado en la década de 1930s.



Mientras Sanders estuvo en la carrera, existió la oportunidad de que algunos trabajadores del sindicato y otros se reunieran alrededor de demandas pro-trabajo, pro-trabajadores al capital financiero de Wall Street en unión con el pueblo afro-americano, inmigrantes latinos y trabajadores musulmanes. Sin embargo, una vez Sanders fuera de la carrera, Trump fue el único candidato “serio” al “cambio.”

ALGUNAS CONCLUSIONES:



Durante esta campaña electoral del 2016, los votantes, especialmente aquellos que respaldaron a Trump y Sanders, expresaron su repugnancia con Wall Street y sus políticas marionetas Republicratas. Y este disgusto y rechazo de Wall Street necesita ser nutrido y activado en el futuro. En las elecciones presidenciales del 2016, después de apoyar críticamente a la campaña de Sanders en la temporada primaria, ROL, EUA instó a un boicot de la votación presidencial, junto con la votación a la votación subsiguiente o promovió un voto presidencial de terceros (Partido Verde, etc.) en oposición a los partidos Republicratas con los “importantes”candidatos más impopulares en memoria.



Pero, como señalamos repetidamente, incluso mientras críticamente apoyábamos la campaña de Sanders, ninguno de los candidatos del ala Demócrata o Republicana del partido Republicrata, incluyendo a Sanders, se opuso al Imperio de los Estados Unidos y a sus brutales guerras y ocupaciones imperialistas en el Oriente Medio y África del Norte, en América Latina y en otras partes del mundo. Es este aspecto internacional del Imperio de los Estados Unidos la que ha sido vanguardia del impulso hacia el fascismo en los Estados Unidos.


Desde ese punto de vista, una presidencia de Clinton habría sido más peligrosa para la clase obrera internacional y los pueblos oprimidos del mundo. Un ejemplo: la histeria anti rusa fomentada por la campaña de Clinton/Partido Demócrata en concierto con los medios de comunicación controlados por el capitalismo monopolista convirtió el problema de Clinton en Wikileaks en problema de Trump de supuestamente ser “blando” con Rusia y promover la interferencia rusa en las elecciones estadounidenses. Un presidente Clinton podría haber llevado en corto plazo a una guerra considerable entre Rusia y los EEUU, como el sangriento registro de Clinton como Secretaria de Estado en Libia, Siria, Honduras y otros demuestra. Ciertamente la elección de Trump ha hecho esta horrible perspectiva específica menos probable, al menos en un futuro próximo.



 De hecho, todas las fuerzas del mundo que están en contradicción con el Imperio de los Estados Unidos, con el capital financiero de Estados Unidos, con el aparato estatal de los Estados Unidos, incluyendo la clase obrera internacional y los pueblos oprimidos, deberían tener un período de oportunidad para promover sus causas y para acelerar el declive del Imperio de Estados Unidos. Pues la orientación de Trump es la de un aislacionista e ignorante de eso, y tomara tiempo para que los Republicratas tomen el control de su política exterior, incluida su política militar. Pero las fuerzas revolucionarias proletarias deben buscar la máxima unidad proletaria internacionalista en la lucha contra el capital internacional. Los camaradas alrededor del mundo deben ser despertados de su propio estrecho nacionalismo  y auto satisfecho sectarismo que ha plagado el communism internacional durante décadas y que ayudo a crear la base electoral que produjo a Trump en los EEUU.

En nuestra opinión, un fascista fue elegido presidente de los Estados Unidos, pero elementos fuertes del fascismo ya habían llegado aquí mucho antes de la elección de Trump. En nuestro folleto en la Convención Nacional Demócrata de 2016, la Organización Revolucionaria Laboral (EUA) señaló que “El fascismo estadounidense ha avanzado significativamente sobre los hombros de cada presidente de los Estados Unidos al menos desde Reagan a Bush I, de Clinton a Bush II, a Obama.” 


Mientras que Clinton era la más inmediatamente peligrosa con respecto a la guerra incesante del imperio de los EEUU en el exterior contra el resto de la clase obrera internacional y de los pueblos oprimidos del mundo, Trump representa un peligro más inmediato a los trabajadores y a las nacionalidades oprimidas dentro del estado multinacional de los EEUU. La campaña Trump con sus ataques escandalosamente chovinistas contra los musulmanes, los inmigrantes latinos, los afro-americanos, su misoginia hacia las mujeres y su antipatía hacia los LGBT, las personas discapacitadas y otras personas marginadas, la violencia alentada hacia tantos por Trump mismo, todo indica que se dirige hacia una sociedad y cultura fascista para que coincida con la política exterior bipartidista de Republicratas fascistas que ha incluido una guerra de terror sin fin durante los últimos 15 años contra los pueblos del mundo, incluso contra  algunos de nosotros en el vientre de la bestia misma.



Ciertamente, el papel sin precedentes del FBI, el brazo domestico de la policía nacional del Imperio de Estados Unidos, durante la última semana de la campaña, ayudó a llevar a Trump a la victoria. Y es una señal de la capacidad de Trump de ser el catalizador de una sociedad fascista consolidada en los Estados Unidos.



Al mismo tiempo, con Trump como presidente, promotores de ilusiones dañinas sobre Obama, Clinton y los Demócratas, como los guardianes socialdemócratas al frente de los sindicatos AFL-CIO, la mayoría de los ONGs afro-americanos y latinos, etc., estarán en una posición más débil para subvertir y desactivar las luchas antiimperialistas, antifascistas y democráticas contra el capital de Wall Street y el aparato estatal estadounidense. Por lo tanto, las fuerzas activistas en torno a temas como Black Lives Matter, Fight for $ 15/hora y el sindicalismo y la oposición a la deportación de inmigrantes latinos deben asumir inmediatamente un carácter más militante y determinado. Las protestas espontáneas después de la elección de Trump reflejan este potencial hasta cierto punto.

Aunque Trump corrió “contra Wall Street,” no hay duda de que el acomodamiento ya está en marcha. No debería tomar mucho tiempo para que las masas trabajadoras blancas que votaron por Trump tengan suficiente experiencia para comenzar una seria lucha contra este multimillonario reaccionario. Las fuerzas revolucionarias proletarias de todo el mundo, incluyendo a las pocas en los Estados Unidos, deben esforzarse y luchar por los corazones y las mentes de todos los trabajadores de Estados Unidos, incluidos los que votaron a favor de Trump, para señalar la necesidad y el camino hacia un EUA socialista.

Mientras tanto, militantes afro-americanos, latinos, musulmanes, nativos americanos y trabajadores blancos, hombres y mujeres, necesitan unirse en la lucha contra Wall Street. Como concluimos en nuestro folleto a los manifestantes del DNC en Filadelfia es aún más urgente cuando el régimen de Trump toma el timón del Imperio de los Estados Unidos:


    Debemos organizarnos para oponernos al empuje hacia el fascismo en los EEUU — incluyendo la defensa del pueblo afro-americano contra la brutalidad policial y los inmigrantes latinos en contra de las redadas del ICE y en contra de la creciente militarización de la policía doméstica y la sociedad estadounidense [y en contra del tiránico TPP y otros tratados internacionales que “legalmente” nos privan de nuestros derechos.]

    Necesitamos quedarnos en las calles y ... protestar contra las ... guerras imperialistas de Estados Unidos, incluyendo las guerras actuales en todo el Oriente Medio.

    Necesitamos involucrar a los grupos políticos recién organizados en las campañas de referéndum sobre temas de la campaña de Sanders como el pagador único de seguro médico, la defensa del medio ambiente y la ruptura de los grandes bancos, y postular candidatos independientes en elecciones locales en todo el país.

    Necesitamos exponer y aislar al Partido Demócrata [que embauco a la población de los Estados Unidos para la presidencia de Trump] y trabajar para construir un Tercer Partido antifascista de trabajadores y nacionalidades oprimidas.

    Necesitamos hacer “una revolución política.” Si usted está en serio por una revolución política que conduzca al socialismo, nos encantaría saber de usted.

¡Trabajadores del Mundo y Pueblos Oprimidos Uníos!























Friday, December 2, 2016

Highest Tribute Paid to Comrade Fidel from ILPS



Published: 26 November 2016

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson,
International League of Peoples Struggle

We, in the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, express our most heartfelt condolences to the Castro family, the Cuban people, the Communist Party of Cuba and government of Cuba over the passing away of Comrade Fidel Castro, the great revolutionary leader of the Cuban people and founder of the Communist Party of Cuba.

We pay the highest tribute to him for leading the revolutionary struggles of his people and achieving great victories in upholding national sovereignty and independence, advancing the cause of socialism, contributing to the worldwide struggles for national and social liberation and inspiring the people of the world to persevere in the struggle for socialism and communism against US imperialism and all reaction.

The greatness of the Cuban revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro is immediately recognized by considering the fact that Cuba is a small country that is only 90 miles away from the US and yet the Cuban people have succeeded in liberating themselves from this imperialist monster, in defeating its aggressive actions such as that in the Bay of Pigs, countering the threat of nuclear attack, frustrating countless acts of sabotage and the hundreds of assassination attempts on Fidel Castro and prevailing over the most sustained embargo ever waged by US imperialism against any country.

The Cuban revolution has been victorious because of the correspondence of Fidel Castro’s indomitable revolutionary spirit, mastery of strategy and tactics, daring and perseverance to the needs and demands of the Cuban people and their determination to fight and win when aroused, organized and mobilized. As a university student of law from a landed family, Fidel Castro sided with the oppressed and exploited people, opposed the brutal and corrupt dictatorship of Batista and founded an underground revolutionary socialist group called The Movement.

The Movement launched an attack on the Moncada barracks on July 26, 1953. It failed as a military operation but it succeeded in sparking the spirit of resistance among the youth and people. Fidel Castro together with many other participants in the Moncada attack were arrested. Imprisonment gave him the chance to read revolutionary works, including those of Marx, Lenin and Marti. His speech in court, “History Will Absolve Me”, became a powerful piece of propaganda.

Castro was released from prison in 1955 and left Cuba for Mexico. He regrouped The Movement and eventually renamed it as the July 26 Movement in honor of the Moncada attack. With his Argentine comrade Ernesto “Che” Guevara and others, he set sail for Cuba on the Granma in order to wage guerrilla warfare against the Batista regime. Under his strategic direction, the few guerrillas grew from small to big, from weak to strong, by destroying the 5000-troop backbone of the Batista army piece by piece at the Sierra Maestra.

In coordination with the revolutionary mass movement in the urban areas, the July 26 Movement won total victory on January 1, 1959. Fidel Castro proclaimed victory and proceeded to transform Cuba by ending Batista’s rule of terror, carrying out land reform and wealth redistribution, eliminating illiteracy and expanding education, realizing universal health care of high quality and providing other social services. He nationalized US-owned companies, refineries and land and thus earned the wrath of the almighty USA.

The US Central Intelligence Agency launched the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. This was thoroughly defeated and the revolutionary prestige of Castro and the Cuban revolution resounded throughout the world. Next came the 1962 Missile Crisis which exposed the vulnerabilities of the US to Soviet nuclear power on various geographic scales during the Cold War. It is estimated that Castro himself became the target of at least 638 assassination attempts and Cuba to countless destabilization attempts, aside from the relentless economic, trade and financial embargo.

Under the leadership of Fidel Castro, the revolutionary proletariat and people of Cuba have stood out as the most formidable revolutionary force inspiring the people of Latin America to fight for national independence, democracy and socialism against US imperialism. They have not wavered in taking the road of anti-imperialist resistance even during the “special period” when drastic adjustments had to be made in the face of the disintegration of revisionist regimes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union no less.

Up to recent times, they have cooperated with Venezuela and other Latin American countries in building the ALBA (Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas) in accordance with the principles of social welfare and mutual economic aid and in opposition to imperialist and reactionary policies, especially neoliberalism, subversion and military intervention. They are known for outstanding policies and acts of internationalism not only in Latin America but also on a far wider scale.

They have played a major role in the tricontinental movement of anti-imperialist governments and peoples earlier inspired by the Bandung Conference and then by the Non-Aligned Movement. Under the direction of Fidel Castro, Cuba played a major role in fighting the forces of imperialism, colonialism and neocolonialism. As an outstanding example, Cuban troops frustrated the armed forces of the South African apartheid regime and made way for the national independence of the people of South Africa. In several countries, Cuban doctors, agricultural specialists and teachers have helped on humanitarian missions.

When Fidel Castro became seriously ill in July 2006, he relinquished his presidential duties to the vice president Raul Castro, his revolutionary comrade and brother.. As soon as he regained physical strength, he wrote letters and articles on global issues and continued to influence Cuban policy. At the final session of the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party on April 19, 2016, he referred to his ripe age of 90 and declared, “This may be one of the last times that I speak in this room, but the ideas of the Cuban communists will remain as proof that on this planet, by working with fervor and dignity, we can produce the material and cultural wealth that humans need”.

Fidel Castro will always be remembered as a great revolutionary leader who held his ground in Cuba, accomplished what was possible and continued to fight for the cause of national and social liberation, for socialism and for the ultimate goal of communism despite the dismal conditions resulting from the betrayal of socialism by the modern revisionists, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent ideological, political, economic and military offensives of the US and its imperialist allies. He understood that we are now in a period of unprecedented worsening of capitalist crisis and inter-imperialist wars in transition to a new upsurge of revolutionary struggles on a global scale.###
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Monday, November 21, 2016

R.O.L, USA NEWSLETTER #99: NOV-DEC, 2016


 
Publication of the Revolutionary Organization of Labor, USA
RAY O’ LIGHT  NEWSLETTER                            
     November-December  2016       Number 99
 

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THE IMPACT OF TRUMP’S “SURPRISE” VICTORY ON THE U.S. EMPIRE AND THE INTERNATIONAL WORKING CLASS

by RAY LIGHT
 

 The opening words of our first comprehensive statement on the 2016 Presidential Election, back at the very beginning of the year, explain the most dramatic result of the November 8th election, the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA.

At that time, even before the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary, we observed that, “The 2016 Presidential Race thus far reflects the bitter experience of the working class, the urban and rural poor, and the middle class with capitalist austerity for the 99% and the almost unprecedented boom years for Wall Street and finance capital. The assault on our conditions of life has been provided by the bipartisan ‘Republicrats’ under Republican President George W. Bush and Democratic President Barack Obama since the economic crisis hit in 2007 and 2008.” (“A Revolutionary Approach to the Sanders Presidential Campaign,” Ray O’ Light Newsletter #94, January-February 2016)

We continued, “… the TV debates, polls, rallies, and constant media coverage have revealed that there is remarkably little support for the ‘Republicrat’ ‘2016 heavy favorites’ (mainstream Democratic and Republican candidates, Hillary Clinton and especially Jeb Bush).” “Instead, the strong showing of right wing, fascistic Tea Party candidates such as Trump, Carson, Fiorina, Cruz, Rubio et al. on the Republican side and the social-democrat Sanders on the Democratic side reflects some level of popular mass rejection of ‘Republicrat Rule’ and the Wall Street imperialist ruling class they represent.”(ibid. Emphasis in original.)

Throughout this year, “popular mass rejection of Republicrat Rule and the Wall Street ruling class” has remained a constant feature of the campaign. In the Republican primary season, Trump’s crude, militantly populist, as well as chauvinistic and disrespectful, rhetoric resonated with the angry and desperate white Republican voters and paved the way for his nomination over all the career politicians connected to each other and to wealthy patrons.

During the Democratic Primaries, the Sanders campaign made an excellent showing, attracting thousands of enthusiastic old and young (but also mostly white) voters to his rallies and millions of small campaign donations to his coffers. Like Trump, Sanders, too was angry but his anger was more consistently and constructively focused against Wall Street and its rigged system. On the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, thanks to Wikileaks, the fact that Sanders was being cheated out of the Democratic Party nomination by the Democratic National Committee was exposed. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to abruptly resign and forfeit her prominent role in the Convention. Cynically and brazenly, the Clinton Campaign immediately hired her “because they could.”


Sanders had made a deal to support the ultimate Democratic nominee when he joined the Democrats (he was previously “an Independent”).  Even when it turned out that the DNC had rigged the Democratic primaries against him and in favor of Hillary Clinton, he refused to break with them. During the convention, Sanders tried to convince his disillusioned and devastated supporters to transfer their allegiance to Clinton. But, for the most part, this most enlightened sector of the electorate didn’t buy it. Despite Sanders, and despite the skillfully choreographed Democratic Convention featuring a superstar line-up of entertainers, politicians including the sitting president and first lady, war heroes, military leaders and intelligence chiefs all praising Hillary Clinton to the skies, the Clinton campaign could not hide the fact that it represented “business as usual.” In a year when the voters were passionate about making “change,” could there have been a more compromised and entrenched representative of the status quo?!

In our leaflet passed out at the Democratic National Convention site, we addressed “the Trump menace.” We pointed out that, “In style and substance, Donald Trump is a fascist politician in the classic Adolph Hitler and ‘National Socialist’ (Nazi) sense.” He combined “demagogic populist rhetoric proclaiming the system is rigged against  the majority of us, on the one hand,  with hatred toward Latino immigrants, Muslim religious believers, Afro-American citizens and many other ‘non-white American’ ethnic groups here and around the world , on the other.” We continued, “But Trump’s similarities to Hitler and German fascism of the 1930’s does not automatically make him the main political target who must be stopped at all costs at this particular historical moment. Fascism comes to power through different paths...”

In this context, we then stated that, “Clinton, the Democrat, is the absolute worst candidate to support ‘against Trump.’ As a loyal tool of Wall Street, Clinton will not educate the voters against the financial oligarchy but will apologize and cover up for Wall Street. Coupled with her Democratic Party rhetoric, this will only enrage the voters all the more, moving them further into the Trump camp. It was precisely Sanders’ focus on the rigged Wall Street economy and politics that allowed his candidacy to thrive against all odds. With Sanders out of the race the same old ‘Republicrat’ rhetoric will provide new fuel to the Trump fire.” (“Wall Street Has Rigged the System,” Revolutionary Organization of Labor (USA) leaflet distributed at DNC, July 2016)

This is precisely what occurred. As the campaign unfolded, no matter how scandalous Trump’s personal conduct and how massive the media exposures of Trump became, starting way behind after an amateurish Republican National Convention, Trump’s strength continued to grow. Clinton remained the candidate of Wall Street and the status quo; Trump remained the candidate of “change.” The defection from the Trump campaign of such Republican ruling class mainstays as the Bush family, including the last two Republican presidents, 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, and so many others, only served to convince impoverished, angry and alienated voters that Trump represents them. In fact, 37% of union members and 41% of union families voted for the billionaire who blatantly stated that workers are paid too much! Indeed, there can be no doubt that many of those who had supported Bernie Sanders, the leftist Democratic candidate, ended up voting for Donald Trump, the rightist Republican candidate.
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-What was surprising about the Trump Triumph-


What the pollsters and pundits of the monopoly capitalist controlled media got wrong was based on voter turnout. They universally overestimated the turnout of the Clinton voters and underestimated the turnout of the Trump voters, especially the white working class vote that many ignored entirely.

Corporate media’s arrogance and complacency was strengthened by the following:  The rich and powerful and the political, cultural and media movers and shakers of both the Republican and Democratic parties were promoting Clinton. And it served the interests of the Wall Street ruling class to offer as few promises to the voters as possible while getting their candidate elected. What resulted was a “scandal of the week”campaign by Clinton, echoed and magnified by the monopoly capitalist-controlled media, that played into the hands of the petty, ignorant and imperious Trump.

Moreover, the Trump campaign was amateurish from beginning to end. By contrast, the Clinton campaign, was the slickest and most traditional that money could buy — so slick that even the labor leaders at the Democratic National Convention were prevented from saying “working class” or “TPP.” Thanks to the Sanders campaign, the Democratic National Platform was the most progressive in memory. But once Sanders was disposed of and Clinton was battling Trump, there was hardly any mention of issues that might motivate desperate and dissatisfied voters to support Clinton. On the contrary, reflecting the widespread difficult circumstances of the 99%, Trump wanted to make “America Great Again.” In a year that voters were seeking “change,” Clinton countered with, “America is still great – everything’s coming up roses.”

Clinton and the Democrats also allegedly had a strong “ground game,” a well organized machine for identifying, mobilizing and turning out their voters. But the union men and women who generally staff such a machine were especially uninspired by the status quo candidate and the campaign. Many top bureaucratic and corrupt AFL-CIO and Change to Win union leaders were privately concerned about their members’ alienation from Clinton and the Democrats but kept their mouths shut and continued to play the same old game with the Democrats. Likewise, most Congressional Black Caucus members, NAACP leaders and other privileged Black leaders had fronted for Clinton in helping to block and cheat the Sanders campaign and they did the same. In light of Obama’s record number of deportations of undocumented workers and their families, a point emphasized by Trump in the last debate, the fact that Clinton clung so tightly to President Obama’s coattails, also had to have diminished her Latino support. Thus, the corrupt and bureaucratic labor, Afro-American and Latino leadership tied to the Democratic Party’s corporatist candidate played right into the hands of the white supremacist Republican forces carrying out voter suppression efforts.

The powerful influence of the monopoly capitalist-controlled mass media was reflected in the expectation among all strata of the population that the question was not whether Clinton would defeat Trump but by how much Clinton would win the presidency and whether she could lead a Democratic sweep that would bring about a Democratic Senate and maybe a Democratic House. Indeed, though he received a phenomenal amount of TV time that amounted to tens of millions of dollars of free advertising, only one major city newspaper in the entire USA endorsed Trump.

-The white working class vote-

Elsewhere we have pointed out: “In the post World War II period, during sixty years of U.S. imperialist hegemony in the world capitalist camp, the U.S. working class, especially its more privileged sector, was bribed out of the U.S. imperialist super-profits. Even more problematic for the U.S. working class was the dissolution of the socialist camp as well as the dismantling of the international communist movement. Taken together, this resulted in extreme political isolation of the U.S. working class from the rest of the international working class.” (page xviii, Introduction to Ray O. Light’s “Nothing to Lose But our Chains – A World to Win!,” 2013)

Especially the white sector of the U.S. working class became politically subordinate to the U.S. monopoly capitalist ruling class, helping to provide a relatively stable home base area as U.S. imperialism expanded its exploitation and domination of the world’s peoples. Thus, as the U.S. Empire has begun to decline and the workers, under “Republicrat political rule” on behalf of Wall Street have been forced to shoulder the main burden of economic crisis and decline, it is “natural” that many white workers would seek to “make America great again” under the baton of an egotistical, perhaps maniacal, billionaire bully such as Donald Trump who offered a chauvinistic path backwards and even appeared to be “independent” of Wall Street. Trump’s flights of fancy and combination of chauvinism and populism is reminiscent of Adolph Hitler’s appeals to the defeated and humiliated German people in the 1930’s.

While Sanders was in the running, there was the opportunity for some union workers and others to rally around pro-labor, pro-worker demands on Wall Street finance capital in unity with the Afro-American people, Latino immigrants, and Muslim workers. Once Sanders was out of the race, however, Trump was the only “serious” candidate for “change.”

SOME CONCLUSIONS:


During this 2016 election campaign, the voters, especially those who backed Trump and Sanders have expressed their disgust with Wall Street and its Republicrat political puppets. And this disgust and rejection of Wall Street needs to be nurtured and activated in the period ahead. In the 2016 presidential election, after critically supporting the Sanders Campaign in the primary season, ROL, USA urged a boycott of the presidential vote coupled with down ballot voting or promoted a third party (Green Party, etc.) presidential vote in opposition to the Republicrat Parties with the most unpopular “major” candidates in memory.

But, as we repeatedly pointed out, even while we critically supported the Sanders campaign, none of the candidates of either the Democratic or the Republican wing of the Republicrat party, including Sanders, opposed the U.S. Empire and its brutal imperialist wars and occupations in the Middle East and North Africa, in Latin America and elsewhere across the globe. It is this international dimension of the U.S. Empire that has been the leading edge of the drive toward fascism in the USA. 

In that light, a Clinton presidency would have been more dangerous for the international working class and the oppressed peoples of the world. One example: The anti-Russia hysteria fomented by the Clinton/Democratic Party campaign in concert with the monopoly capitalist-controlled mass media turned Clinton’s Wikileaks problem into a Trump problem of allegedly being “soft” on Russia and promoting Russian interference in the U.S. election. A President Clinton could have led in short order to a major war between Russia and the USA, as Clinton’s bloody record as Secretary of State in Libya, Syria, Honduras et al. demonstrates. Certainly the Trump election has made this specific horrific prospect less likely at least in the near future.

 Indeed, all the world’s forces outside of the USA that are in contradiction with the U.S. Empire, with U.S. finance capital, with the U.S. state apparatus, including the international working class and oppressed peoples, should have a period of opportunity to advance their causes and to hasten the decline of the U.S. Empire. For Trump’s orientation is that of an isolationist, and an ignorant one at that, and it will take time for the Republicrats to take control of his foreign policy, including his military policy. But proletarian revolutionary forces should be seeking maximum proletarian internationalist unity in the struggle against international capital. Comrades around the world should be awakened to their own narrow nationalism and self satisfied sectarianism that has plagued international communism for decades and helped create the electoral base that produced Trump in the USA.

In our view, a fascist was elected U.S. president, but strong elements of fascism had already arrived here long before Trump’s election. In our leaflet at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the Revolutionary Organization of Labor (USA) pointed out that, “U.S. fascism has significantly advanced on the shoulders of every U.S. president at least from Reagan to Bush I to Clinton to Bush II to Obama.”

While Clinton was more immediately dangerous regarding the U.S. Empire’s unceasing war abroad against the rest of the international working class and the oppressed peoples of the world, Trump represents a more immediate danger to the workers and oppressed nationalities within the U.S. multinational state. The Trump campaign with its outrageously chauvinistic attacks on Muslims, Latino immigrants, Afro-Americans, its misogyny toward women as well as antipathy toward LGBT, disabled and other marginalized folks, the violence encouraged toward so many by Trump himself, all point toward an increasingly fascist culture and society to match the fascistic bipartisan Republicrat foreign policy that has included an unending war of terror over the last 15 years against the peoples of the world, including those of us in the belly of the beast itself.

Certainly, the unprecedented role of the FBI, the domestic national police arm of the U.S. Empire, during the last week of the campaign, helped carry Trump to victory. And it is a sign of  Trump’s capacity to be the catalyst for a consolidated fascist U.S. society.

At the same time, with Trump as president, promoters of harmful illusions about Obama, Clinton and the Democrats such as the social democratic gatekeepers at the helm of the AFL-CIO unions, most Afro-American and Latino NGOers, etc. will be in a weaker position to subvert and defuse anti-imperialist, anti-fascist and democratic struggles against Wall Street capital and the U.S. state apparatus. So activist forces around issues like Black Lives Matter, Fight for $15/hour and a union, and opposition to deportation of Latino immigrants should immediately take on a more militant and determined character. The spontaneous protests following the election of Trump reflect this potential to a degree.

Even though Trump ran “against Wall Street,” there is little doubt that accommodation is already well under way. It should not take too long before the white working masses who voted for Trump have had enough experience to begin a serious struggle against this reactionary billionaire. Proletarian revolutionary forces around the world, including the few in the USA, should reach out and struggle for the hearts and minds of all the workers in the USA, including those who voted for Trump, to point out the need and path toward a Socialist USA.

In the meantime, militant Afro-American, Latino, Muslim, Native American and white workers, men and women, need to unite in struggle against Wall Street. As we concluded in our leaflet to the DNC protesters in Philadelphia and is even more urgent as the Trump Regime takes the helm of the U.S. Empire:

    We need to organize to oppose the drive toward fascism in the USA — including defense of the Afro-American people against police brutality and Latino immigrants against ICE raids, against increased militarization of the domestic police and U.S. society [and against the tyrannical TPP and other international treaties that “legally” deprive us of our rights.]

    We need to stay in the streets and ... protest the ... U.S. imperialist wars, including the current wars throughout the Middle East.

    We need to involve our newly organized political groupings in Referenda campaigns on Sanders Campaign-type issues like single-payer universal healthcare, defense of the environment and breaking up the big banks, and run independent candidates in local elections around the country.

    We need to expose and isolate the Democratic Party [which set up the U.S. population for the Trump presidency] and work to build an anti-fascist labor/oppressed nationalities Third Party.

    We need to make “a political revolution.” If you are serious about a political revolution leading to socialism, we would love to hear from you.

Workers of the World and Oppressed Peoples Unite!
The opening words of our first comprehensive statement on the 2016 Presidential Election, back at the very beginning of the year, explain the most dramatic result of the November 8th election, the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA.

At that time, even before the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary, we observed that, “The 2016 Presidential Race thus far reflects the bitter experience of the working class, the urban and rural poor, and the middle class with capitalist austerity for the 99% and the almost unprecedented boom years for Wall Street and finance capital. The assault on our conditions of life has been provided by the bipartisan ‘Republicrats’ under Republican President George W. Bush and Democratic President Barack Obama since the economic crisis hit in 2007 and 2008.” (“A Revolutionary Approach to the Sanders Presidential Campaign,” Ray O’ Light Newsletter #94, January-February 2016)

We continued, “… the TV debates, polls, rallies, and constant media coverage have revealed that there is remarkably little support for the ‘Republicrat’ ‘2016 heavy favorites’ (mainstream Democratic and Republican candidates, Hillary Clinton and especially Jeb Bush).” “Instead, the strong showing of right wing, fascistic Tea Party candidates such as Trump, Carson, Fiorina, Cruz, Rubio et al. on the Republican side and the social-democrat Sanders on the Democratic side reflects some level of popular mass rejection of ‘Republicrat Rule’ and the Wall Street imperialist ruling class they represent.”(ibid. Emphasis in original.)

Throughout this year, “popular mass rejection of Republicrat Rule and the Wall Street ruling class” has remained a constant feature of the campaign. In the Republican primary season, Trump’s crude, militantly populist, as well as chauvinistic and disrespectful, rhetoric resonated with the angry and desperate white Republican voters and paved the way for his nomination over all the career politicians connected to each other and to wealthy patrons.

During the Democratic Primaries, the Sanders campaign made an excellent showing, attracting thousands of enthusiastic old and young (but also mostly white) voters to his rallies and millions of small campaign donations to his coffers. Like Trump, Sanders, too was angry but his anger was more consistently and constructively focused against Wall Street and its rigged system. On the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, thanks to Wikileaks, the fact that Sanders was being cheated out of the Democratic Party nomination by the Democratic National Committee was exposed. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to abruptly resign and forfeit her prominent role in the Convention. Cynically and brazenly, the Clinton Campaign immediately hired her “because they could.”



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A Letter to our Readers

A Special Feature Article in each of our 2017 Newsletters
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the
Great October Socialist Revolution
Dear Reader,

The election of Donald Trump as U.S. President just a few days ago should be a wake-up call to workers and anti-imperialists in the USA and throughout the world that the task of fighting for a Socialist future is urgent. The vote for Trump here, coming on the heels of the Brexit vote in Britain and with Marine Le Pen on the French election horizon, and so much more, underscore the fact that, if the path to Socialist Revolution is not taken, the international working class and all toiling humanity are on a collision course to a major world war and possibly an end to the potential of the planet Earth to remain a human habitat.

Nine years ago I wrote:

“The imperialist propagandists wish for us to believe that socialism is an impossible dream. These bourgeois spokespeople have been given invaluable support in their effort by the liberals and pacifists, the social democrats, Trotskyites, and revisionists. To the extent that they have succeeded in getting proletarians and oppressed peoples to believe their propaganda in the first years following the dismantling of the socialist camp, it made it much easier for the imperialist masters to vanquish our struggles throughout the globe. As the international proletariat and oppressed peoples feel the intensified lash of imperialist exploitation and oppression, and increase their determination and resolve, they will come once again to discover the remarkable achievements of the first Socialist state, the USSR. And they will recognize the need to take the same path.” (“The Revolutionary Significance of the Great October Socialist Revolution on its 90th Anniversary,” Ray O’ Light Newsletter #46, November-December 2007)

This 99th issue of Ray O’ Light Newsletter happens to coincide with the 99th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia which took place on November 7, 1917 (“October” under the old Tsarist calendar). At the Second Conference of International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations (ICOR) two years ago, all the affiliated organizations agreed to carry out a year-long 100th anniversary celebration of the Great October Socialist Revolution in 2017. The Revolutionary Organization of Labor, USA has decided to publish a feature article in each of the half dozen issues of the Ray O’ Light Newsletter to be published in 2017 focusing on some of the monumental achievements accomplished by the workers and all the toilers in the Soviet Union, over an almost forty year period beginning in 1917. Armed with this knowledge, I am confident that many of you will be ready to take up this most noble cause in all the world, the liberation of humanity.

—Ray Light, Editor


Let the serious and honest proletarian revolutionaries of today drink deeply of the wisdom of our great communist poet of Latin America and the world, Pablo Neruda:
 
“Soviet Union, if we could gather up
all the blood spilled in your struggles,
all you gave as a mother to the world
so that freedom, dying, might live,
we would have a new ocean
larger than any other
deeper than any other
vibrant as all rivers
active as the fire of Araucanian volcanoes.
Sink your hand into this sea,
man of every nation,
then withdraw and drown in it
all that has forgotten, outraged,
lied and stained,
all that joined the hundred small curs
of the Western dump-heap
and insulted your blood,
Mother of free men!”

(Pablo Neruda, “Let the Railsplitter Awake,” 1948)


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Poking the Bear

by CINDY SHEEHAN


It won’t come as a surprise to many reading this that the US has been sowing seeds of imperial disaster around the world for several centuries, but not since the “Cuban” Missile Crisis has the world been on the brink of such a disaster as the US has put all of us in right now.

What’s happening in Syria today has been going on for over five years and is not a civil war. The conflict began as a US funded and supported effort to depose President Bashar Assad and install a puppet government in Damascus friendly to US interests. I am sure there are some legitimate forces in Syria who oppose the government of Assad, but the US does not care about democracy: after all Assad was elected by his people.

Also in Syria, dozens of militias are not only trying to overthrow the Assad regime, but are fighting each other. The ranking Democrat on the US Congressional House Intelligence Committee is uber-Zionist Adam Schiff of California. Recently Schiff said of the phenomena of CIA funded militia fighting Pentagon militia in places like Aleppo: “It’s part of the three dimensional chess game.” This chess game played by empires for millennia profit the wealthy and as always, the citizens of the country pay the heavy price.

We are learning that China with its array of nuclear weapons and military force is contemplating joining Russia (with its array of nukes and military force) and Syria in its alliance to protect the sovereignty of Syria and for stabilization in the Middle East.

The US has long provoked weaker countries like Afghanistan and Iraq which had little hope of retaliating, but have used what resources they do have to fight off US imperialism. However, this provocation of Russia in places like Syria and Ukraine seems to be the height of arrogance and stupidity for a nation not known for much restraint when it comes to war, anyway.

For many years, Vladimir Putin (although blamed for everything from Crimea to email hacks) has been the rational actor to this insane US provocation, but the Russian Bear is getting ready to fight back: reportedly holding civil defense drills, warning Russians abroad, and even testing nuclear missiles. The Bear can only be poked for so long before it roars and the inevitable result is another world war that could really be the “War that Ends all War” and we as a species.

Some of us here in the US see no hope for the misleaders here to provide some sanity in its foreign policy. Recently, in the US presidential debate between Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R), the war criminal Clinton (just as bad as her husband, the Bushs and Obama before her) reaffirmed her hardcore stance to go to war with Russia, through Syria, if necessary. Clinton also declared her support for a No Fly Zone (NFZ) over Syria which the chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said would require 70,000 US troops to maintain and would definitely mean war with Russia.

The only thing that can really stop ruling-class carnage is a force of the International working-class organized around socialism, national sovereignty, and the demand for workers to refuse to be used as “hired killers for Capitalism.”

Our very survival as a species could depend on such international solidarity.
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 Revolutionary Organization of Labor (ROL), USA is a revolutionary working class organization that fights for working class power and the elimination of all human exploitation. Ray O’ Light Newsletter is the regular publication of ROL, USA. We believe, with comrade Lenin, that the working class “… needs the truth and there is nothing so harmful to its cause as plausible, respectable petty bourgeois lies.” In the spirit of Karl Marx who taught that “our theory is not a dogma but a guide to action,” we welcome your comments.

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