Left? Left Politics?
mauro.jr at iol.it
mauro.jr at iol.it
Fri Oct 13 04:14:07 MDT 1995
Politics of the Left? Some points, just for provoking a dramatically
serious discussion on what's Left.
1. Politics is nothing but the art of managing the given State, or the
given society (as marxists, we would say the given social formation). The
word comes from the ancient Greek ... (and blah blah). Politics is the art
of the mediation; mediation between the different interests.
2. In the democratic (or social-democratic State and epoch, the mediated
interested can be also antagonist. Democracy, and social-democracy, is the
best clothing of the bourgeois dictatorship just because it acts as
mediator between the capital and labor interests, inside the sacred
establishment. The defence of proletariat inside and thru the
establishment, never denys it, and of course cannot refuse the mode of
production whose defence is its main task.
3. Beforehand, in Europe, the citizen (le citoyen, der Bürger) was more or
less equal facing the law etc., but the right to vote was only for the
entitled people (the rich one). When the socialist movement won the
universal suffrage, many socialists belie ved to have won the possibility
to get socialism without the revolution. But they won universal suffrage
just because already they had mistaken the universal suffrage (and the
consequent conception of the politics) for the strategic target of the
class' m ovement, giving thus to the ruling class the concrete, political
subject for the democratic "mediation"(?). They were such political
subject. They were the Left. And when they showed their inability to
control the working class' struggles, which threatene d the capitalist
order and the bougeois rule, the ruling class was quick to replace
democracy with the other face of its rule: the dictatorship, the fascism.
In Italy fascism followed the Red Two Years and the formation of P.C.
d'Italia... The communist revolution didnt' occur, the historical answer
to the crisis has been the opposite. In Germany this process took some
yars more, but the dymamics are similar. (This truth has something to say
about the discussion on fascism today?)
4. Meanwhile, the Russian proletarian revolution could not go on its
revolutionary path. A real counterrevolution took place inside the russian
state-party and, consequently the Third International, led by the russian
party crossed the wall. The vanguard parts of the working class, the
thinking heads and the general staffs of the proletariat, didn't recognize
what was going on under their eyes and believed the historically tragic
lie that Russia was still building socialism and was the homeland of the
in ternational working class. Until they gave support to the partecipation
of the USSR to the second imperialist war. Afterward and for a long
period, until say the second half of 70s, this "communist" parties assumed
two contemporary and a bit contradictory roles: to be the instrument of
the foreign politics of USSR in thei own countries and to be national
parties, for the best national politics. That's why the PCI, although its
electoral strenght, has always been kept outside the governemental area:
it was a bourgeois party, yes, but of the hostile imperialist front.
5. They, the C.Ps and all the S.Ps, the Left, made always politics, for
defending, as far as possible inside the establishment and for its
defence, the immediate economical and social interests of the working
people. They made, I said. Eventually, when the crisis of the present
accumulation's cycle arose, they lost this capacity. The most tepid
defence of the working class means today to clash with the capitalist
compatibilities and with the establishment. They simply can not, that's
not their role. For ideologically justify such betrayal, they (and
particulary the italian party) discovered the end of the class struggle
and of the same classes: we are all citizens...
6. Many others, left orphan of a party which defended the working people,
the poors, the oppressed as such, today are trying of replacing that
party, Inner, of course, the establishment. They make politics, in
different ways, with different perspectives a mongst them, but they
actually make politics. Thay are the Left of the bourgeois formation.
Allied of the working class? Mhmm... Just until the real class struggles,
that is the class confrontation.
7. The revolutionary communists do not make politics: they make
revolutionary militancy which is propaganda, agitation, organisation of
the vanguards for building the new international party of the working
class for the revolution. We are against the esta blishment, we want to
change the mode of production and we know this implys to destroy the
bougeois state and building a proletarian semi-state. That's why, for
instance, we do not line up with the fronts of the war(s) in ex Yugoslavia
and we act for propaganda, agitation and revolutionary organisation in
those countries, against the bourgeois war for the future class war.
What do you say about?
Mauro jr mauro.jr at iol.it
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