Saturday, June 06, 2020

A Global Intifada

Across the globe, people are rising up to resist their ruling regimes. While African-Americans in Minneapolis may have led the way, they were joined by many white and brown people too. They are also angry about the injustices that are against them as well. Poverty-stricken and helpless working people that has been mistreated for decades by its own ruling class have finally taken to the streets to express their despair. Our fellow-workers, black, white and brown have all suffered demeaning and sustained poverty, political powerlessness and decades of broken promises of change. The dehumanisation of the people has triggered mass protests. One demand stands out that captures the imagination and that is the call for "dignity" - not wealth, not power, not revenge, but to be treated with simple human dignity. We now recognise that the politicians who pledge reform and make promises, offer little but platitudes and palliatives, willing to say anything to preserve their power and privilege, particularly to protect the present political order that enrich them and impoverish everyone else. The mainstream media can no longer mask the interconnected and deep-rooted grievances of the subjugated. What is now required is a worldwide intifada, revolutionary resistance, to the capitalists and capitalist society.

 We must become a movement of solidarity. As members of a world community they have the responsibility to care for one another. We cannot abandon our fellow-workers. As citizens of the world we have a choice—either the capitalist market’s laws of competition and unlimited profit or the laws of humanity and follow our minds and our hearts, to re-shape our society. We need to recognise that everybody are members of one family. We need to end the economy that acts in the interests of the 1% to one that provides for the common good and well being of all.

 Only socialism can unite our diversities and bring ourselves together to escape the destructive rule of the capitalist class so we can all breathe free. The Socialist Party seeds our collective future with new ideas and a vision of what could be. The inability of the capitalist exhausted economic system to provide for the needs of the people and to sustain itself has been once again exposed by recent events. It is an absurdity that today’s advanced technology which is capable of meeting the needs of people ten times over, fails to provide for billions worldwide. Production and distribution must be controlled by those who actually create the wealth of society, not those who live off the sweat of others. Without the socialist intifada, the rich will continue to get richer and our misery will keep multiplying.

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