Stalling impact of Neo-Liberalism: A revolutionary task?

The real issue in short is not what we call the Modi administration (its extremely dangerous character is not altered one iota by what we call it); it is not even whether there can be any basis for an understanding with the bourgeois neo-liberal elements (a common minimum programme can always be worked out even with them which advances the people’ interests and stalls the impact of neo-liberalism; indeed the Left has to make such a programme happen). The real issue is to recognize the political imperative for fighting the Modi administration, which is itself a revolutionary task for the Left. Uniting all possible forces for doing so, and working out the practical possibilities for such unity, and practical proposals for alleviating the consequences of neo-liberalism towards this end, is not a “reformist” task but something that is demanded today, above all, by the needs of the Indian revolution…… — Prabhat Patnaik
My rejoinder (The comment was brought to my notice by another comrade):
Good morning Comrade. I do not have idea of the background of Prabhat Patnaik’s comment. Yet will like to comment here as you brought this to me.
“…..stalls the impact of neo-liberalism ……” We the revolutionaries are not interested in stalling the impact of neo-leberalism or capitalism as the social democrats or even some right wing political parties may be!
What should Left do is surely concern of the proletarian class in the present time, unity being another concern. But first thing is to analyse the present state of capitalism.
Is it sheer neo-liberalism that has made it something special and we need to fight? Or is it Crony Capitalism? Or worse, is it Fascism, the most rotten and violent form of capitalism? Incidentally, fascism is also characterised as a movement, a social movement, a reactionary and anti people “social” movement, where a small section of the working class itself sides with the capitalist class in name of religion, nation, “restoration” of the golden past culture and some great personalities!
Surely it is fascism, that has controlled the state, all its departments, media, education & science faculties, judiciary, EC, CAG, SBI Governor, President, etc, etc.
It can be seen here very clearly that present form of capitalism is qualitatively different than any other forms, mention in above para, including state capitalism, conscious capitalism, Emergence of 1975, etc. Neo-liberalism is there, so is bureaucratic capitalism but the real cause of present time rot in capitalism is due its own widening contradictions, narrowing profit margins, rising unemployment and commotion among the working class and peasants, visible in our country every day and in the world. Here the methods adopted by Neo-Liberalism failed to find the solution to this contradiction, very clearly visible after 2008 economic crisis!
Yes, the Left failed to give alternative due its own revisionism, opportunism, penetration of bourgeois ideology and its saboteurs physically as well! The a section of people turned towards the ultra right, like in US, Indian, Ukraine, etc and controlled all outlets of the governance, which was partially for the people as well, for the use of the big capitalists and their henchmen, touts!
So, now to revert back to “good old” capitalism is folly and by no means a revolutionary movement! Only proletarian class, united with its revolutionary party can and will smash fascism, along with its mother, the capitalism, mother of all evils!
Yes, the Left unity can not be on common minimum programme, but on maximum programme, which is to defeat fascism and continue its movement till the establishment of capitalism! Again, a national front should consist all left as well as all progressive forces to resist fascism but the aim must be solely, the state power to the proletarian class!
To change the aim itself, socialism, can never be a revolutionary movement or task! The intermediary tasks, if taken, as an aim in itself is nothing else but derailing the historical task of the proletarian class, delaying the emancipation of the mankind, which is already delayed due restoration of capitalism in USSR after the death of Stalin and elsewhere!
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SC Issue: CPM’s Meaningless Statement

“The integrity and independence of the judiciary, particularly the Supreme Court, is a vital pillar of the Constitution and non-negotiable.”
If a Communist Party, which is committed for a proletarian revolution, through class struggle, by taking over the state power and by replacing all the earlier bourgeois institutions, this statement lacks any resemblance with that of a revolutionary party and its class understanding!
“It is to be hoped that all such issues will be resolved…..” Such statement could have been issued by even Congress or any other bourgeois party!
I would have prefered to see no press release by CPM at all, rather this damp squib statement, as a routine work, which is being done by other parties, engaged in the services of the bourgeois class!
Why such incidence occurred? What forced such biling point? This is the internal fight among the bourgeois class, where a section, liberal or opposed to fascism, is revolting in a peaceful manner! Ground is not sheer economic, but social, political, etc!
Are we really worried or sad for such reaction? Unprecedented? Yes, but do we expect during revolution or prior run up to that, “known” and less volatile incidence to take place? Are we to fight to restore the lost value of Constitution?
Yes, if you say that past was better and to rally the mass around you, this is a tactics, then are you explaining same to your cadre?
This lack of dialectical analysis of any situation, especially during crisis, is only a sad reminder that the leadership lacks in comprehension of extraordinary situation, for which the party is formed. The party is no more suitable to train, organise and lead the working class for any revolution but to solely make the working class a vote bank, win some seats in Parliament, etc and share bourgeois facilities, may be “honestly”, which is again not related on class line!
This party is suitable for peacetimes and not for the present time, when crisis is unfolding faster than what we expect.
Fascism cannot be defeated by sheer rhetoric and that too by upholding old, bourgeois values, institutions!

 

(Supreme Court Issue

Date:
Friday, January 12, 2018

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

 

Four of the senior most judges of the Supreme Court have held an unprecedented press conference.  They have raised important issues which have a vital bearing on the institution of the Supreme Court such as the way the roster of judges are allocated to hear cases.

 

The integrity and independence of the judiciary, particularly the Supreme Court, is a vital pillar of the Constitution and non-negotiable.

 

It is to be hoped that all such issues will be resolved keeping in mind the principles of democratic functioning and transparency regarding the highest court of the land.

http://cpim.org/pressbriefs/supreme-court-issue)

The Rise of Fascism in the USA

Indian fascists are in power today. Yes, its social movement, aided by the billions worth aid by the big capitalists, 10K paid trolls on Social Media, corporate’s media.
All state machinery, including judiciary, police, bureaucracy is controlled by the fascist government.
Its tools here are religion, nation, personality cult, fear of Muslims growing & taking over the country, establishing the past “glory” of the “Hindu” civilisation!
Only the proletarian revolution can and will crush fascism and establish socialism, end all evils of capitalism!

Red Youth

Popular discourse in the US has been focused on the ‘Alt-Right’ for some time now, popularly described as a new far-right movement which made a name for itself during Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign in 2016, utilising strategies ranging from the use of memes on social media and image boards like 4Chan to spread their agenda to the open and active use of terrorist violence, as in the case of James Alex Fields, who drove into counter-protesters at the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville last year, murdering Socialist organiser Heather Hayer in cold blood. The so-called ‘Alt-Right’ is a terrorist, nationalist, anti-modernist, anti-communist and, primarily, capitalist movement. It is a movement of the intellectual class masquerading as the working class, using the rhetoric of the oppressed to fight for a system which only serves to intensify oppression. The Alt-Right, as a label, is used to recuperate the ideas of…

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Left workers joining Right: Bengal!

Why CPM and other Left cadre are quitting “revolutionary parties” and joining TMC or even worse a far Right Wing, Fascist party, BJP/RSS?

Something has gone wrong drastically. After being in power for more than 3 decades, its leaders and cadre are not being wooed only for money & power but even ideologically. They are part of religious ceremony, communal activities and other petty bourgeois activities, which even a sympathiser would be ashamed of. Their ignorance and superstition could not have suddenly germinated and grown but must have been developing since long.
The leadership lost the touch of their party members, as they were busy in parliamentary democracy (Down to Vidhan Sabha, MLCs, Mukhiya, etc), which was nothing but bourgeois politics. Left was more worried to protect bourgeois constitution than the right wing political parties. The constitution was created by Congress with the help of Ambedkar to serve the interests of the big capitalists and landlords and not the working class and peasants.
The training of the working class, peasants, students, youths was abandoned. Even the cadre and leaders were not part of any study circle, training. Class Struggle remained a theory in books and it became meaningless in practice. It naturally led to opportunism even in top leaders and that followed revisionism!
Time to wake up? What we see now is panic actions to recover the lost ground through processions, meetings, more efforts to win elections, more and serious activities on social media, more participation in people’s function, like religious and cultural functions, etc. But is there any call or training to unite on class line to capture the state power and establish dictatorship of the proletarian class? Is there any effort to revive the party on Bolshevik line?
I am not aware, but surely I have not seen any “Self criticism”, a potent weapon of any Communist Party to correct its deviations, mistakes. Defeat after defeat, like Congress and the effort is to save its vote bank and seats in LS/VS!
I may be wrong, but the result is bad. It’s shrinking base, running away cadre to the more powerful and richer party, total disregard to the building of proletarian culture and revolutionary ideology is highly disturbing.
Still, the Left is not talking of any revolution and out of Bengal, its falling back to even AAP in Delhi, Punjab, etc. In Kerala, its cadre are being harassed by RSS, even though it has its own government. Is this a culture of a revolutionary party? It still has not accepted that fascism is within our society & government and all its machineries!
Hope there is self criticism among the lower and middle level cadre, some soul searching, going back to classical Marxism Leninism, back to revolutionary ideology, understanding of class unity and struggle, need of a revolution, which will establish dictatorship against the bourgeois class to negate any possibility of restoration of capitalism!
Working class is not attracted to any Communist Party, which is devoid of revolutionary ideologies and revolutionary programmes!
 

 

Lenin remains on Red Square: Bill ordering Bolshevik leader’s burial rejected by govt: RT

“Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin’s remains were placed in a mausoleum in Red Square soon after his death in 1924, although the present stone building was erected only in 1930. UNESCO considers the existing stone mausoleum a world heritage site, as part of the Red Square architectural ensemble.”
Right wing philistines always try to alter the history, hide or distort the revolutionary ideologies of the great revolutionaries in hope of murdering the revolution.
That is not possible, as the revolution is not conceived, planned by some genius philosophers or anthropologists, which they thought for the welfare of the mankind. But they only discovered the laws of the nature and the human civilisation based on the material conditions, which would ensure the victory of the revolution. Again, this material condition was presented to these human scientists at a particular era in human civilisation, when the productive forces had developed to a certain level, earlier it was impossible.
Revolution is inevitable as 90-95% of the wealth creators are in miserable conditions, despite working very hard, producing Trillions worth wealth, usurped by less than 1% parasitic oligarchs, with the help of the state and its machineries, meant to serve them and rule the rest!
Marxism Leninism is a science, which has developed even more than what it gave us a century back, laden with the experience of building socialism in USSR (Under the leadership of CPSU and Stalin as its leader) and other socialist nations, defeating nazis, painful restoration of capitalism due mainly internal treachery and now the resistance against the attacks on the labour by the imperialist capitalism.
Victory of the proletarian revolution is a historical necessity and is inevitable (Historical materialism). Need of the hour is to free ML from the bourgeois ideologies, which has been infested by the bourgeois class and the traitors, raise class consciousness among the working class, unite with them with the revolutionary party, the sole instrument of any revolution and destroy the base of private property (mother of all evil), establish scientific socialism.
Long live revolution. Workers of the world unite!

(Full article: https://www.rt.com/politics/402473-bill-setting-legal-grounds-for/)

Has Socialism Failed?

I disagree socialism failed, where it was built by the workers and peasants. It had abolished illiteracy and discrimination & exploitation against women, small nations, colours. The USSR, a backward agricultural country, caught up advanced Western countries and even surpassed in various industries, technologies, science, arts.
It built up military, with the help of workers, which defeated the Nazis single handedly (West joined the war, when it saw Nazis retreating to share the war proceeds), which had led the biggest military campaign in the world with the latest fighters, tanks, submarines and other lethal weapons! Many of the counter weapons were conceived by the workers, planned and manufactured. Are you aware, there were 9 Lakhs women fighters in Red Army, which consisted fighter pilots and partisans, who fought behind the enemy lines!
Even after the war, the devastated USSR, which had lost more than 2 Crores of its finest workers, farmers and its agriculture, industry, education & health institutions were destroyed, it took few months to restore its pre war level of development!
This building of a socialist society, where the commodity production was abolished, hiring of a man by another was banned, was success of Bolshevism, of Marxism Leninism and the biggest practical refutation of the myth that the working class cannot run an industry without a capitalist! This was the success of USSR and CPSU, its members and leaders!
Yes, everything is lost today, which includes the other socialist blocks as well. The treachery by Khrushchev, Tito, Trots, Social Democrats, Anarchists and their various cliches internally defeated the working class, which they never foresaw coming. Capitalism was restored.
If you google, you will find, the so called democracy, which actually was capitalism, 500 years back, when it replaced feudalism, lost 100s of times in various countries, with or without the help of American imperialists and allies. But that did never meant, end of capitalism and returning back to monarchy or feudalism!
Yes, we lost after French Revolution, learnt lessons, now lost a beautiful socialist world and learnt painful lessons. We will win again, history cannot go back unless a third WW with Nuclear weapons, destroys the civilisation!
Socialism and eventually Communism is inevitable. Historically capitalism is redundant. Politically we have not succeeded!
Historical materialism, discovered by Marx, tells us so! Yes, many will refute this ideology, but they are either right wing ideologues or inconsistent Socialists!
Long live revolution! Workers of the world unite!

Democracy & Dictatorship: Two Sides of A Coin!

What is democracy? 100% employment to all the working hands. Free education & health to all as the basic right to all humans. Sharing the produce of the society to all the produces.
If this basic is not met to the toiling masses, democracy has other “face”, that is, right of the super elites, 1%, to exploit others for amassing & concentrating the social wealth, increasing the miseries of the toiling masses.
That is, dictatorship against the proletarian class, peasants, working women, oppressed nationalities and other sections of the exploited class, like Dalits, Tribes, Minorities!
Democracy is not absolute but relative. We must reverse the present to ensure democracy of the people, who are more than 90-95% in any country. That is dictatorship of the working class!
How could this be ensured? Through a revolutionary party of the proletarian class, with a revolutionary ideology.
Comrades, here we definitely mean a party on the line of Marxism Leninism. A party on principles of Bolshevism, that is Democratic Centralism. We also uphold Stalin, as the leader of CPSU and the exploited people of the world, the Socialism that was built in USSR, though later capitalism was restored by the renegades, like Khrushchev, Tito, Trotsky, Anarchists, Social Democrats, Imperialist powers, etc.
Never confuse the relation between Democracy & Dictatorship, both are interrelated & relative, especially in a class divided society. Marx developed the idea of Proletarian Dictatorship and later same was successfully experimented in USSR and other Socialist blocks!
With such vast experience and scientific revolutionary ideology, we cannot be oppressed for long!
Long live Revolution! Workers of the world unite!

World Bank’s Economic Chakravyuh Is Trapping Indian Farmers

I took this article from GGI news, the link is http://gginews.in/world-banks-economic-chakravyuh-trapping-indian-farmers/#comment-254 ! The article analyses the plunder of the peasants well, which is true to most of the undeveloped countries world over, may be in bit variable conditions.

One must read the full article and here is my comment:

“It was in 1996 that the World Bank directed India to move 400 million people out of agriculture in the next 20 years, by 2015. Since every World Bank loan comes with roughly 140 to 150 conditionalities, each loan re-emphasised the urgency to move farmers out of agriculture. Former PM Manmohan Singh had time and again expressed the need to shift 70% farmers. Raghuram Rajan, former RBI Governor had said that the biggest reforms would be when India moves farmers out of agriculture. Then only will cheap labour be available for infrastructure development.”
And
“For nearly 3 decades, more so after the economic reforms were ushered in, agriculture has been a victim of deliberate neglect and apathy. Successive governments had deliberately created conditions turning farming non-viable thereby forcing an increasing number of farmers to abandon agriculture and migrate to cities. Meanwhile, food imports have soared. According to Down to Earth magazine, food import bill for 2015-16 stood at Rs 1,402,680,000,000. This was more than the annual budget for agriculture.”
Do you remember having read that India is primarily an agricultural country, where 75% population survive here, with employment & basic subsidies. Further, we were self sufficient in food with white, green revolutions!
This is past and now India is a Capitalist country, where in, its state lead by state machineries, politicians and the government do everything (albeit in name of reforms, in name of nation, in name of the people) for the big capitalists, big financiers, foreign MNCs, to increase their profit rate by ‘forcing’ the farmers, agricultural workers to the cities, towns to increase competition among themselves, reduce their wages in absolute as well as in relative terms.
Here lies the basic reason in so called “jobless growth”, which is nothing but capitalist accumulation & concentration.
Further, “..It has already laid out a target of bringing down the population engaged in agriculture from the existing 57 per cent to 38 per cent in the next five years, by 2022…”!
Capitalism (Read Monopoly capitalism, which is visible here as well, where not only the capitalists are ‘united’ to exploit the workers, farmers but even their “own proxy” government is working day & night by ensuring policies, which will destroy the agricultural economy to favour national & international capital) is the root cause of farmer’s miseries.
Abolition of capitalism only will ensure the contradiction of urban & rural economy, contradiction of industry & agriculture to vanish. Socialist economy of USSR is an excellent example of what we are discussing here. There is no alternative than to replace the production for profit to production for the need of the society, collectively. In short, it means Socialisation of land and other means of production, which happens to be next stage in the evolution of mankind, though it has to be brought in through conscious effort of the proletarian class, the most advanced class in the history of the mankind and is destined to usher socialism by way of class unity and struggle!

Batman System: Feudalism?

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“In New Delhi, the Army Headquarters described the clash — the worst of its kind since some units mutinied in 1984 — as “an incident of indiscipline,” not a mutiny. The Army has set up a court to inquire into the incident.”
“The batman system was long abandoned in the British Army, from which India drew it; even Pakistan dropped the institution in 2004. In India, however, it remains in place — a major cause of humiliation for men enlisted to serve their country.”
(From the post in name of “Ladakh troop revolt underlines Army class tensions” in HT dated dated 12 May, 2012. Full article: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ladakh-troop-revolt-underlines-army-class-tensions/article3412907.eceP)
Old news but situation has not changed. The Army HQ has reviewed this system this year only and have decided to continue it. We had recent resistance in many other services as well against this degrading works and over the quality of food served to the soldiers.
This exists in worse conditions in para military forces, police and even in judiciary, bureaucracy where lower ranked employees, like peons, drivers, sweepers have to do “Begari” (Unpaid job) at the officers’ residences.
When the feudalism has been replaced in India, capitalism exists in every corner of the society, government departments, why the feudal privileges are continued? Due massive unemployment, where the lower ranks have to accept menial jobs and humiliations. And the force and oppression!
Time to do this much needed “Reform” in our bureaucracy, armed forces, judiciary and of course, the biggest ‘Feudal” lords, the ministers, lawmakers, capitalists themselves!

Resist Fascism with a Revolutionary Ideology

“We will not allow such nefarious plans to succeed. Under Mamata Banerjee’s leadership, the Trinamool Congress will keep Bengal safe and secure. And secular.”
(From the post of a member of TMC, quoted at the bottom of the post)
High hopes. What you analysed is right but the conclusion is illogical, which I have quoted. What we are facing is nothing but fascism, the worst criminal & degenerated form of capitalism, qualitatively more dangerous than other forms of capitalism; like Crony Capitalism, State Capitalism, Equitable Capitalism, Social Democracy, Emergency (Where even the limited democratic rights are suspended), Imperialism, etc.
Can Fascism be fought by another capitalist party? In fact; its these capitalist parties, Congress (And BJP) and their various allies in the past (TMC, SP, BSP, RJD, JDU, DMK, AIADMK, SS, MNS, PDP, AAP, Swaraj India, etc) have helped to prepare the ground for fascism, to let the big capitalists plunder the working class, farmers.
Fascism is not for merely capturing power, but to enhance the rate of profit of the big capitalists, even forcibly, plundering the land of the tribes to let capitalists harvest super profit, destroy all the Labour Laws, let MNCs capture our market and natural wealth, FDIs.
(Incidentally, the rate of profit has a tendency to fall continuously, despite all technical advancements, human resources techniques, miserly expenditures. Result is seen in reductions in wages of the workers, lengthening their working hours, inflammation, unemployment. This is inherent in capitalism. Cut in labour expenditure, wage forces economic crisis at a regular period, as the products cannot be purchased by the wages dished out by the capitalists, service providers, financiers.)
Fascism has economic goal, masked by religion, national chauvinism, personality cult, caste, colour, creed. Naturally, to fight against fascism, the base must be destroyed, that is capitalism must be replaced by socialism, which you are deadly against!
So, forget about defeating this monster. This has to be done by the working class, peasants who are the worst sufferers and must unite to dispossess the criminal parasites. This unity must be on a revolutionary ideology, which understands capitalism as a transient phenomenon in human civilisation, which replaced feudalism 500 years back and is now old and on deathbed and must be replaced by Socialism.
Lastly, secularism in capitalism is on the mercy of the ruling class and not its natural character, and it can be destroyed as and when “needed”, especially during economic crisis, to break the unity of the exploited class and accelerate the plunder with force, with a section of the society, with paid goons in street & on Social Media as well and with the State itself.
Bhagat Singh! #HSRA!

http://www.ndtv.com/opinion/rumour-spreading-society-rss-and-bjp-playing-with-fire-1721665 (Rumour Spreading Society (RSS) And BJP Playing With)