Posted: March 15, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Statement, Ukraine
Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) would like to express its solidarity with the working class of the Ukraine that is under attack from U.S. and E.U.-sponsored fascist shock troops of Svoboda Party and the Right Sector, among others. Our thoughts are with the Jews, ethnic Russians and other minorities in the Ukraine as well as communists, leftists and unionists who are now facing violence from these anti-communist, anti-Russian, Neo-Nazis. These forces uphold Steven Bandera, who collaborated with the Nazis to fight the Soviet Union in WWII. Many are flying Nazi flags and the Celtic Cross, as well as the slave-holding Confederate secessionist flag of the which was hung in City Hall in Kyiv. These ultra-rightists are destroying statues of Lenin as well as monuments to the defeat of fascism in WWII and the liberation of concentration camps.
We are outraged that billions of dollars from the US are used to fund this ultra-right coup in Ukraine. FIST acknowledges that president Yanukovich is no friend of the working class and that many Ukrainians became involved in the Euromaidan protests to voice their displeasure with him. We also recognize there is an important difference between those who attend a movement and those who lead it. Pro-E.U. liberals and outright fascists, with support from Washington and Brussels, led a coordinated effort to violently remove a democratically elected president that was anti-E.U. in order to install a pro-imperialist, illegal junta government that would carry out the will of Wall Street and conceivably pave the way to bring a NATO base to the border of Russia. We acknowledge the actions taken by Russia in the newly independent Crimea and eastern Ukraine to be defensive in nature against the proxy war instigated by the West. We respect the right of all Ukrainians who do not want to be ruled by the new pro-imperialist puppet regime and we support whatever actions they deem necessary to repel the threat imposed upon them by the West.
FIST supports the working class of Ukraine in their powerful effort to resist the new pro-imperialist government in Kiev. We are working to build actions across the US to stop the US-funded takeover. While the US government gives another $10 billion in loans to an illegal, right-wing regime, across the US children and familes are faced with $8.9 billion in cuts to food stamps. Every move the US makes towards war costs us billions of dollars that should go towards funding schools, paying unemployment benefits to the 2 million who have been cut, canceling trillions of dollars of student debt, or bailing out cities like Detroit who have been robbed by the banks.
Whether you are a student, a low-wage worker, unemployed, or a parent, you are effected by US imperialism’s drive to conquer the rest of the world. These wars only lead to countless atrocities, such as in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, or Vietnam generations before.
We call on young people across the US to take action to stop another US-funded war! Join one of the many demonstrations, listed at IACenter.org, or organize your own in your area.
As revolutionary youth in the US, we demand:
Down with the fascists in Kiev!
Down with US and EU imperialist proxy wars!
Money for jobs and education, not for another dirty war!
Posted: March 13, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Ukraine
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2012
By Caleb Maupin, NYC FIST
Hillary Clinton’s recent comparison of Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler is just the latest in a long string of analogies to the Second World War made by US leaders to justify their foreign policy actions.
George W. Bush almost turned such analogies into an art form, going as far as to compare those who disagreed with his invasion of Iraq to “those who appeased Hitler.”
The constant use of analogies involving the Second World War, is due to the fact that mythology around the war is part of the popular right-wing narrative of US history.
The popular re-telling of the Second World War is that Hitler was carrying out the Holocaust and attacking other countries, and so after a little isolationist hesitation, the US leaped into action like a Hollywood superhero. In this fantasy retelling, the US rushed into Europe, rescuing everyone from evil Hitler, and defending “truth, justice, and the American way.” The US was on the side of democracy, the story goes, fighting Hitler, the dictator, and after the war, everyone loved the United States, for it proved to be the “home of the brave and the land of free.”
Some aspects of this narrative resemble the truth. There is truth in the undisputed evil of the Nazis, Italian Fascists, and Japanese imperialists. No sensible human being can deny this. The images of Auschwitz will haunt humanity until the end of time.
However, the popular US narrative leaves out the many contradictions of the period leading up the war, and role big business, the Soviet Union, and other key actors in the events of 1939-1945.
Wall Street, the Real ‘Appeasers’
The US relationship with Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Japanese Imperialism was not a strictly hostile one. Many Wall Street businessmen and industrialists had friendly relations with the Nazis.
At the time, Wall Street was terrified of the Soviet Union, and of its allies, the working class movement in the United States. In the early part of the 1930s the Communist Party, the US affiliate of the Communist International, organized Unemployment Councils. These Communist led community organizations stopped people from being evicted from their homes, and broke into warehouses to distribute food to hungry families. The Communist Party led the famous 1931 “Bonus March” on Washington, where Veterans occupied the capital city, with four of them being killed in an ensuing battle.
By 1937, the US Communist Party was playing a key role in the rise of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Big business was being forced to sign contracts with its workers, while “reds” were leading mass strikes and protests. In many of these “sit down” strikes, the workers took over factories, refusing to leave until their demands were met. President Roosevelt responded to these mass uprisings by passing the Works Progress Administration, Social Security, and other popular reforms. Taxes on the rich went up.
Many of the billionaires openly thought Hitler and Mussolini had much better methods of governance; outlawing labor unions and the Communist Party, massively funding the armaments industry, and providing free labor for capitalists in prison camps.
Henry Ford, one of the most well-known industrialists in the United States at the time, was known for his pro-Fascist sentiments. He sponsored “The Dearborn Voice”, a publication that spoke of Hitler in glowing terms. He printed books such as “The International Jew” which promoted the same anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that became official state doctrine in Germany. Ford visited Hitler and was awarded the Iron Cross.
The IBM computer company designed the punch card machines that were used to run the concentration camp system. Even after the US and the Nazi state were at war, IBM technicians were updating and repairing the machines, making sure the network of death camps could continue to operate, with a primitive computer keeping track of each victim.
Prescott Bush, the grandfather of the George W. Bush, did stock market trading for leading Nazis on Wall Street. His bank account was seized in 1942 under the “Trading with the Enemy Act.”
Father Charles E. Coughlin, the famed “radio priest” broadcast pro-Hitler sermons across the US on his radio program. His program was sponsored by many major corporations, and his rhetoric seethed with hate.
During the Spanish Civil War, when Hitler’s ally Francisco Franco overthrew the democratically elected government, the US made it illegal for anyone to support the people of Spain. People from the US who wanted to aid the Spanish people in fighting against fascism were forced to do so in violation of the law, and risked criminal prosecution.
The rhetoric of the Pro-Nazi sectors of the United States was always the same. Hitler was a good ally against “the Red Menace.” The horrors of fascism should be ignored, they said, because the main enemy should be Marxism-Leninism.
“The greatest military achievement in all history”
While many people in the US seem to be convinced that the defeat of Hitler was due singlehandedly to the efforts of US armed forces, the reality is quite different.
Even when the Second World War finally broke out, the US did not dare enter the European theater until the war was almost over. The US left the Soviet Union and its European allies to fight Hitler alone, while focusing on the Pacific. The US did not land at Normandy, until the Red Army was already marching toward Berlin, liberating concentration camps and executing Nazi war criminals.
So many would have us believe that Hitler and Stalin were allies because of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The fact is that the Soviet Union’s record of anti-fascism was by the far greatest in the world.
Immediately after Hitler seized power, the Communist International called for a “People’s Front Against Fascism.” Shortly afterward, the Soviet Union was the only country on earth to defend Ethiopia when it was invaded by Italian fascists.
The Soviet Union’s allies in the world Communist movement were the greatest enemies of fascism. They organized underground anti-fascist resistance within France, Germany, Yugoslavia, and elsewhere. To many people in the 1930s, the words “Anti-Fascist” and “Communist” were synonyms.
The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was only signed after years of Soviet efforts to build a world anti-fascist coalition. The United States, Britain, and other countries seemed to have no real interest in such an alliance. The 1939 pact was a necessary maneuver, and it did not last very long. Once the fighting began, over 20 million people in the Soviet Union died fighting against the Nazi invaders.
Hollywood movies such as “The North Star” and “Mission to Moscow” cheered the amazing heroism of the Soviet people in fighting the fascist invaders. US Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson declared“History knows no greater display of courage than that showed by Soviet Russia.” General Douglas Macarthur called the Soviet Union’s fight against Hitler “the greatest military achievement in all history.”
The war lives in Ukraine
The US media often sounds confused about why people in Ukraine continue to bring up the Second World War in reference to the current conflict. The reasons should be obvious.
Svoboda openly professes love for the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, that fought against the Soviet Union during the Second World War. Svoboda has also held marches against Hassidic Jews and other national minorities.
In Kiev, after anti-Russian extremists seized the capitol building, they unfurled not just the Nazi swastika, but also the Celtic Cross insignia of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Confederate Flag of the slaveholding secessionists in the United States.
The outlawing of minority languages, and the destruction of monuments to those who fought against the Nazi invaders are sending a message. It is not subtle at all.
While Hillary Clinton compares Putin to Hitler, it is she and the US government that are backing the pro-Hitler elements in Kiev.
When the Red Army drove the Nazis from Ukraine, it drove the western banks out with them. Ukraine and the rest of the Soviet Union were the key pillar in the Socialist Bloc of countries that emerged in the post-war period.
When people across the globe broke the economic shackles of colonialism and imperialism, the Soviet Union was on their side. The Soviet Union aided South Africa, while the US dubbed Nelson Mandela to be a terrorist. The Soviet Union funded the economic development of Cuba, and the basis for what China’s calls its “great revival.” The most economically prosperous period in Egypt’s history was when Abdul Nasser spoke of Arab Socialism, and developed the economy with Soviet aid.
Struggles for independence around the world could always depend on Soviet aid. This did not just come in the form of AK-47s, but in doctors, nurses, literacy campaigns, and industry.
After the Second World War, what had started in 1917 became a global economic phenomenon. Countries all over the world declared that they did not have to be controlled by Wall Street and London. They could chart their own course of development.
The power of symbols
The government of Ukraine has been overthrown because it dared not to join the European Union and dared to refuse some measure of IMF and EU-led economic enslavement. It has been overturned by forces who admire the Third Reich.
In Crimea, where Russian speaking Ukrainians have rejected the new regime and formed self-defense units, they are waving the “Hammer and Sickle” emblem. This is the symbol, representing power for the working people, that once defeated Adolf Hitler and his allies.
To millions of people in the world, in 1945 and today, it is this flag, not the stars and stripes, that represents anti-fascism, and the struggle for peace, democracy, and equality. Hillary Clinton may not know this, but the people of Crimea certainly do.
Originally published on RT.com
Posted: March 5, 2014 Filed under: Marxism
From basic Marxist concepts to explanations of historical revolutions and workers states that have built towards socialism, “The Truth About Communism” clearly and concisely lays out the Marxist-Leninist view of society, history, and revolution.
The Truth About Communism PDF
Excerpts from “The Truth About Communism”:
You are a worker. You may have a job working
behind a counter, sweeping floors, selling things,
answering phones, working on an assembly line,
cooking food, teaching, building things, or doing
anything else. You may have a job serving the public.
You may have a job producing things. You may have a
job fixing things or advising others. You may have
multiple college degrees. You may have a very specific
and rare skill. You may be unemployed at the moment.
You may be a student. You may be disabled. You may
be in prison. Regardless of the specific aspects of your
job situation, you are a worker.
A “Prison Industrial Complex” has been set up.
Capitalists are making lots of money from locking
people in prison. So, naturally they push for a “war on
drugs,” lengthy prison sentences and other expansions
of the prison system, in order to make more profits.
The fact that over 2 million people are prison in the
In the “Prison Industrial Complex”, capitalists make profits
from locking up working people.
This is not a “conspiracy theory.” There is no
secret cabal or mystical plan being put into operation.
The problems faced by billions of working people
today are simply the result of capitalists trying to
make more profits for themselves at the expense of
the rest of humanity.
What is good for capitalists tends to be bad for
workers. Wars, unemployment, environmental
destruction, mass imprisonment and poverty are all
bad for workers. But they all also mean more profits
for the capitalists.
To see Socialism fully blossom, we must see
world revolution. Only when imperialism has been
brought down, and no longer threatens the people of
the world, can the full development of socialism come
into being. Only after Socialism has thrived as a global
system, and greatly increased the technological
capabilities of the human race, can the higher stage of
Communism begin to unfold.