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Those who oppose the war in Iraq have a profound and inescapable responsibility, not only to fight for the immediate withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, but also to build a new and powerful political movement against the capitalist system that is ultimately responsible for militarism and war.
The lessons of the 2004 election must be drawn. The massive anti-war protest movement that erupted in the global demonstrations of February of 2003 was driven into a blind alley because it was channeled behind the Democratic Party and the campaign of its presidential candidate, John Kerry.

Workers and young people in the United States must link the struggle against war with the broad masses of working people around the world, who overwhelmingly oppose the Bush administration and the crimes of US imperialism.

The fight against war must be connected to a struggle against the attacks on the social conditions of the American people: the assault on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education and pensions, and the relentless attack on the jobs and wages of workers. It must also be linked to the defense of democratic rights, against the police-state policies of the government.

This means the struggle against war must be connected to a social policy directed to the defense of the interests of the working class one that places human needs above the drive for profit and the accumulation of personal wealth: that is, a socialist policy.

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Please explain this to me 20.Mar.2005 12:00

Mike stepbystpefarm <a> mtdata.com

"to build a new and powerful political movement against the capitalist system that is ultimately responsible for militarism and war."

I can understand why one might reasonably believe that replacing capitalism with a socialist system could be expected to eliminate social injustice within the society. But this expectation that it would also eliminate militarism and war puzzles me. WHY do you think that?

Yes of course, capitalist societies will fight wars for capitalist reasons just like feudal socieites fought wars for feudal reasons and Neolithic farming communities fought wars for reasons which made sense to them << remember, Jericho had a substantial town wall 7000 years ago -- and walls 20' high and 8' thick aren't to keep cattle from straying>> Capitalism can not be "the ultimate cause" why humans fight wars if wars predated capitalism (and of course they did).

So while I can't precisely explain the reasons why socialist societies might find what seem to them to be good reasons to make war upon one another that doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy feeling that they would not. Can you give me a reason to be more optimistic, Noah? A reason beyond ideological faith?

PS --- That is NOT an argument in favor of retaining capitlaism. I am simply saying that we shouldn't expect more from socialism than the DIRECT benefits promised (elimination of inequity of distribution among the people of that society). Also promising to eliminate war or restore us humans to balance with the rest of Nature --- well it would be nice if these happened as a result but there is no good REASON to expect it.

hmmm 20.Mar.2005 12:39

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Organization is really great. Don't get me wrong. However, hierarchical organization is every bit as corrupt, wrong and harmful as capitalism is in total, if not more so. People are tired of reactionary politics, hell, people are tired of classic, reformist, liberal, beaurocratic, etc. politics. I think that people have figured out that state socialism isn't really "all power to the people"... even with the word "equality" stuck in front of it. People want DIRECT democracy, which socialism plays a hand in, but only economicaly- not politicaly. Only when there are no more politicians, or rather, we are all polticians in a government made entirely of everyone without control of others, will there be true equality.

Work towards those ends as our comrades around the world are now doing, and you will gain support. Otherwise, you are doomed to the sad demise that every "party" has met and will meet.

Nationalize vital interests for the People, not Profiteers 20.Mar.2005 15:44

tree

The strong arms in power now are not for nationalization of resources but I am.

bioregional co-operative commonwealth 20.Mar.2005 21:43

cascadian

I have been exploring the idea of merging the best of bioregionalism and a co-operative commonwealth (which seems to take the best of socialism and syndicatism).

Get stratetgy straigth or els edeceive.. 21.Mar.2005 09:16

Rachel mescuelas_revolt@yahoo.com

" ... people in US must link the struggle against war with the broad masses of working people around the world, who overwhelmingly oppose the Bush administration and the crimes of US imperialism. The fight against war must be connected to a struggle against the attacks on the social conditions of the American people: the assault on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education and pensions, and the relentless attack on the jobs and wages of workers. It must also be linked to the defense of democratic rights, against the police-state policies of the government. This means the struggle against war must be connected to a social policy directed to the defense of the interests of the working class one that places human needs above the drive for profit and the accumulation of personal wealth: that is, a socialist policy.

Cooment - This is great if it were written for almost anywhere except the US - it would seem that the authors expect this wonderful linking toihether of issues to coinvucve people ti nhe US to vote socialist -

THaT IS VERY ABSURD -
Nothing politcally posistive can ever be achieved in the US - or - WELL EXPLAIN HOW - You fools!! -

Rasie awareness among the wroking class in US - yes - all 1o percent of population that fit thois catoegoir - though so few have class conscuiousness! AND what for ?? - the only poisitive - non-violent things we can imagine people doing in the US is to raise money for revolutions in the Andes...

come on now lets really debate...
 mescuelas_revolt@yahoo.com