US Political Crisis Demands Communist Response

[IB writes]

September 3: Ayanna Pressley won an upset victory in the Massachusetts Democratic primary, promising “activist leadership.” She will become the first black woman to represent the state in the House of Representatives.

September 5: In an anonymous New York Times op-ed piece, a top White House official described Trump as incompetent and out of control. But don’t worry! There are “adults” like him in the room.

What do the insurgent Democrat and the conservative “establishment” Republican have in common?

They are both crazy anxious to build patriotism and make sure that the masses put their trust in capitalist democracy.

“We have together ushered in something incredible,” Pressley told supporters. “People [especially black people and women] who feel seen and heard for the first time in their lives, a stakehold in democracy and a promise for our future,” she said. “That is the real victory.”

Anonymous cited the late imperialist icon Sen. John McCain. “All Americans should [have] the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation…. The real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.”

Don’t believe them.

Democracy’s promise is a lie. We live in a capitalist dictatorship over the masses that only communist revolution can end. In communist society, the masses will not just “feel seen and heard.” We will have real power.

Capitalism’s patriotism is a lie. Workers in the US have everything important in common with workers in the rest of the world. We have nothing important in common with the tenth of a percent of the US population – the ruling class — that owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%.

The values shared by most workers – community, cooperation, mutual assistance, meaningful work and relationships – are in essence communist values. The only things that the capitalist class truly values are wealth and the power to keep increasing their wealth.

Is communist revolution – and communist society – possible?

Even in the US, most workers cannot continue to live in the old way. Close to one quarter of families with children face food insecurity. Over a third of the US population lives in poverty or near poverty. Three out of four worry about losing their homes.

No wonder that so many – especially among young adults – are embracing the most radical alternatives they see before them.

The rulers’ disarray shows that they can’t rule in the old way. Many admit as much when they warn of a “constitutional crisis.” McCain orchestrated his own funeral as a response.

But the crisis is not only political. It stems from a general crisis of world capitalism – a crisis of overproduction, not only of goods but of capital.  Within and because of this crisis, sharpening contradictions among imperialist powers are leading to world war. US imperialism has the most at risk and the most reason to fight.

The US ruling class, through both major political parties, is pulling out all stops to mobilize the masses – to vote in November. Sooner than you might think, they will have to mobilize us for war.

Is this a revolutionary situation? What’s missing?

What’s missing is you.

An International Communist Workers’ Party (ICWP) that’s large enough and rooted enough in the working class would be calling right now for political strikes for communism. It would be preparing the masses for armed insurrection and revolution.

A mass ICWP with an even more massive base would have plans in place to begin building, immediately, a society without buying and selling, without borders and nations. A communist society based on voluntary collective work to meet everyone’s needs. Mass direct participation, organized and led by ICWP, in making and carrying out the decisions that affect our lives.

Communism – not impeachment, or Article 25, or the November elections – is the answer to the capitalist crisis. We need you to join and build the ICWP! Contact us at and find out how.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.