Agitate-organize! Don't Vote!
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Sat Aug 10 00:15:38 MDT 1996
Marxists want to use their political efforts to raise the workers consciousness
and actions to a higher level. The democratic states voting mechanisms does
the exact opposite in our epoch, discouraging and corrupting the workers.
Bourgeois parliamentarianism NO! Active abstentionism YES!
To advocate a vote for the open parties of bribed capitalist/reactionary
or the various 'socialist' wannabees on the ballot is to throw your
principles and programme away.
This is more true today as capitalism and its parties are launching the most
and vicious assaults on the workers livelihoods.All the bi-partisan winners on
Nov 5th will only join the cut-back, layoff, speed -up blitzkreig demanded by
the needs of the market and capital accumulation.
The active abstentionist position of communists to promote is a principal basis
for the creation of effective class organizations of the workers.
NO vote agitation means NO acceptance of the legititimacy of bourgeois power
at least its state administration of hightened exploitation of workers so
capitalism can hard ride the workers more.
NO vote can break down some of the electoral mystification so as to deepen the
class divide. Do we want more illusions in congress and the president or
by the class vanguard via the socialist truth connected to the class?
The workers can easier rediscover itself when it has the conscoiousness and
combativiity to dump the ballot and Congressional. Votes today are a lure , a
weapon to delude the workers about the key decisions they make about their own
The capitalist state is cutting back the workers social and human services to
transfer MORE wealth back to the rich for accumulations sake. Even Reforms
today cannot be won in elections but only through building up active class
actions on the political and industrial fronts . Organized Actions like those
recently of French, German, Belgian and Brazilian workers can show the way .
Mere abstention alone is not enough. it must be active politically conscoius
Millions of workers today abstain, this is their righteous disgust..
But this leads to renunciation of politics if militant activists , communists
active inside the demos, meetings and rallies, in the communities of the class
and the workplaces where workers congregate and some millions are open to
finding a NEW way out.
Agitate for class struggle organizing even inside election rallies!
True, you don't "punish' the political swindlers and liars just by watching
football and sit-coms on election day!
Socialist agitation alone is not enough either, also we must activlely-
participate in all active struggles of the class in order to spread the will
and self-confidence to help re-organize mass struggle on a higher plane.
To arouse the the strength and conscoiusness to fight better is also
to smash the trap of bourgeios election circuses.
most of us can agree that is this desperate period, only the highest revival
serious class struggle against the capitalist offensive can give substance to
a class strategy that supports the primacy of organizing day to day struggles
in the communities and workplaces.
Communists don't drop swindlers ballot papers in a box.
Leave the voting booths empty and fight agitationally and organizationally
for revival of the workers class struggles and politics.
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