The joke called the US economy keeps tumbling along. After the capitalists have looted and raped the working class, people continue to wonder where will it end. Wonder, if you will, because a long hard ride for working people lay ahead for the foreseeable future.
This situation has to be defined as a crisis for working class people, first and foremost, a crisis in the making since 1981 with the introduction of an economic policy variously known as supply-side, cut-and-spend, laissez-faire and, most accurately of all, voodoo economics.
Because the question of violence is something which we have to analyze, African people must understand how their labor built Imperialism, a system arrayed against them. And Africans must also use this understanding to educate other people who share the same class interests as they. Only then will we be able to effectively assist the Motherland, by neutralizing the violent, racist tendencies inherent in America’s class-based society. So we also must deepen our understanding of Imperialism and its effects upon working people.
Within a State notable for supporting anti-labor practices, intense capital export, entrenchment of colonial-era politics, massive corruption in the finance sector, and enriching private interests thru public resources, these features earmark neo-fascism in every way. Neo-fascism forms the primary danger in the growing anti-labor economic crisis.
Labor forms the pivotal point in the entire economic scheme. Labor will define what happens in the future, regardless of what policy attempts to shape the economic landscape. Labor provides everything society needs for its maintenance. It is labor which produces food, clothing and shelter. The fruits of labor build wealth, however, that wealth is stripped away by a class which behaves as a parasitic redundancy upon society. By that, redundancy means it serves no useful purpose, it is passe, useless. It exists because of a bloodsucking relationship to the vast interwoven social fabric that stretches across the globe. That parasitic redundancy is the capitalist, who is to the worker what the master was to the slave. We do not need masters and rulers to exist, to live and to thrive.
We Need a Revolutionary Black Workers Organization!
Because society cannot exist without workers; yet the world can still thrive if no bankers, financial institutions and super wealthy robber barons continue to manipulate society. Labor will define what happens by how it responds to Imperialism; whether it joins arms with it or takes up arms to defeat international finance capitalism, we must prepare our communities.
So while real wages have fallen over the last thirty years, not keeping up with inflation, production has increased and the US worker puts more hours on the job more than any other worker in the industrialized world. Wages have not kept pace with inflation. So the introduction of the debt culture was invented to keep the working class enslaved. People worked harder and longer, had less union protection, fewer benefits, and less to show for it. If playing video games along with increased substance abuse is living, then they have it made.
This brief look into the systemic problems in society emphasizes how a violent class war carried out by the State and the wealthy capitalists eroded working people’s rights, culture, and living conditions.
Notably, the alienation which defines the workers’ isolation in society has significantly played to the capitalists’ advantage. Alienation deals with the individual’s search for meaning. Alienated from what they produce means workers fail to recognize their genuine value to society. This leads to false consciousness.
The bourgeoisie, the capitalists, the ruling class, basing their value on wealth and power, define for society what is important. Hence, the worker, lacking personal wealth and power, falsely believes meaning derives from personal and private accumulation. That forms the basis for every swindle that the bourgeoisie have used to dupe the working class.
In this way, the reactionary sector of hip hop dominated culture to the extent that our community suffers from a deepening political and social crisis alongside the terminally racist economic conditions imposed upon us by capitalism. False consciousness has our folks believing in capitalism, and not enuf opposition to that view expresses itself. The black middle class, which poses as the leadership of our community, class most definitely believes in capitalism and conspicuous consumption. So while objections arose from the violent drug economy of the lumpen proletariat, this simply relates to capitalist aspirations. And the lumpen proletariat, the working class parasite who preys upon the working class, merely aspires to belong to the middle class, the petty bourgeoisie.
In a country where ruling families like the Kennedys bootlegged liquor, the Clintons looted Savings and Loans, and the Bushes laundered drug money, crime appears to be a starting point for success and respectability. In fact, rising to power and status off the enslavement of others has always been the American way.
Democracy cannot function properly without an organized labor movement. It cannot function if workers remain unwilling or unprepared or afraid to strike, take over plants, fight for what they see as theirs. Because production will continue at a premium that only the wealthy will be able to pay. If the auto market crashes, if the housing market crashes, if construction crashes and retail follows close behind, the four horsemen will not slaughter the rich. They will be unleashed upon an unprepared and misinformed working class, a class turned against itself, believing in all the myths fed to them by their enemies, the rich, fat, bourgeoisie.
Ultimately, then, the black community must forge its own way out the crisis forced upon the working classes. We must articulate our own demands in the face of the bourgeois reaction currently shaping up against bail outs for homeowners, small businesses, and the growing unemployment lines. Being last hired and first fired, we better get fired up for the long, hard struggle ahead.
Our only solutions to the crisis facing us include building collectives, cooperatives and intensifying the demand for Reparations. We have to fight for our communities by refusing to allow the banks and sheriffs from seizing homes, by fighting landlords and finance companies. We need takeovers of plants and businesses. People have to organize to do serious battle over the long term. If we do not become prepared to fight, we will dig our own graves.