Mittwoch, 15. März 2017
The world's peoples need to rise against the global threat of a fascist America
14 March 2017. A World to Win News Service. In the wake of the installation of Donald Trump as president of the United States and the furious massive protests against this in the US and around the world, A World To Win News Service urges its readers to follow the websites of Revolution newspaper www.revcom.us and of www.RefuseFascism.org as closely as possible. Under the battle cry, "In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!", these sites have emphasised:
"With the dizzying and aggressive pace of the Trump regime's lies, threats, and vicious assaults on whole groupings of people here and around the world – and on the planet itself, these two points are essential to understand:
"One, that this regime is indeed fascist and as such poses a mortal threat and must be defeated. And two, that there are people – millions and tens of millions – who can potentially be mobilized to fight against it and who must be led to step outside the confines of politics-as-usual (including protest-as-usual) to actually OUST this horrendous monstrosity."
The Trump regime is xenophobic, misogynist, racist, cruel, but it is much more than all that – it is fascist. As revcom.us explains:
"Fascism is the exercise of blatant dictatorship by the bourgeois (capitalist-imperialist) class, ruling through reliance on open terror and violence, trampling on what are supposed to be civil and legal rights, wielding the power of the state, and mobilizing organized groups of fanatical thugs, to commit atrocities against masses of people, particularly groups of people identified as 'enemies', 'undesirables', or 'dangers to society'."
The Trump regime is a product of the system of capitalist-imperialism, and it is ramping up the everyday horrors characteristic of that system to whole new levels: against immigrants, Muslims, women, Black people, Mexicans, homosexuals and other minority groupings. It is hammering into place openly white supremacist rule, rapidly shoving aside the previously prevailing liberal democratic norms. It is stepping up US intervention in the Middle East and other parts of the world, threatening new wars on top of the ones continuing from Obama and Bush, and openly brandishing the use of nuclear weapons; it is clamping down brutally on critical thinking and attacking the concept of truth itself. And the US ruling class is – some grudgingly and some enthusiastically – either going along with all this or at most offering petty amendments.
The situation is extremely serious for the planet and its people, and what is happening and what to do about it have become questions millions of people are grappling with in every part of the world. As Carl Dix, Sunsara Taylor, and Andy Zee, the three people who initiated refusefascism.org, wrote in a 25 January open letter about the situation in the U.S.:
"Every day they carry through some new outrage, be it in the realm of reactionary and repressive executive orders or appointments or proposed legislation, in threats of war or the re-legalization of torture, or in the almost equally dangerous assertion of their 'alternative facts' (that is, their lies) as the truth. They surely have more, and worse, yet to come....
"Precisely because this regime is fascist and a qualitative change from the 'normal workings' of this system, and because millions of people – correctly – view this regime as utterly illegitimate, the possibility of crisis erupting at any time is great.
"There could be some new outrage – an attack from the Trump-Pence fascists on some section of the people which calls forth resistance and pushes people into the streets in a mushrooming sort of dynamic. There could be a conflict within the ruling class brought on by some move of Trump deemed by others at the top to be too risky, posing too much of a threat to the functioning of the established order and to what they see as their imperialist interests. We should all keep this in mind and remain tense and attuned to seize on even the hints of such possibilities."
To take just one example of what even a seemingly small initiative can accomplish in this taut situation, a march of several thousand in Manchester, one of many throughout the UK on 30 January, including 20,000 people outside Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street office to protest her government's complicity with Donald Trump, was initiated 48 hours beforehand by a lone young man who said he was inspired by this tweet originating from the US:
"Remember sitting in history, thinking, 'If I was alive then... ?' You're alive now. Whatever you're doing is what you would have done."
This reference to the Nazi era – and the lack of sufficient resistance to stop it – has resonated deeply and broadly around the world, with the installation or rise of similar fascist movements in more and more places. We must not underestimate the powerful resonances of protests in different parts of the world against the rise of this fascist regime in the most powerful and most dangerous imperialist power in history.
People across Europe and everywhere should go to revcom.us and refusefascism.org to closely follow developments and build the most powerful protests possible in their own countries right now and report on these to refusefascism.org, revcom.us or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To understand the roots and dynamics of this, get into these two pieces by Bob Avakian:
"The Truth About Right-Wing Conspiracy... And Why Clinton and the Democrats Are No Answer"
"The Fascists and tthe Destruction of the 'Weimar Republic'...And What Will Replace It"