Soviet communism, we were told by the Moscow Leninists themselves 20 years ago, was dead. Let’s be honest, they lied so freedom lovers everywhere would let down their guard while “repackaged” revolutionaries continued the patient process of subverting freedom.
In the midst of an international debt crisis that is particularly acute in the USA and European Union, characterized by a jobless post-recession recovery in the USA, and threatening to bring down Greece’s debt-stricken socialist government, communists, “ex”-communists, crypto-communists, and neo-Nazis are speaking the same language and combining forces to overthrow the money-grubbing “Zionist Jewish” banking clique and other corporate execs in Washington, London and other global business hubs.
Most disturbingly, the political climate and economic woes of the 2010s appear to be resurrecting some of the dangerous racist, anti-capitalist rhetoric of Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler in the 1930s. After the Great Depression, the Soviets, in particular, vowed that world communism would never again fail to exploit such a crisis in capitalism.
Launched by Adbusters, a Canadian tree-hugging cabal founded in 1989, the Occupy protests began on Wall Street, New York City’s financial district, on September 17, 2011. The movement’s main slogan is “We are the 99 percent,” referring to those who are not the one percent of US citizens who reportedly control 40 percent of the wealth in that country. In May 2011 Colombia University economist Joseph Stiglitz touted these figures in an article for Vanity Fair, titled “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%.”
Since then, anti-capitalist, tax-the-rich protests have taken place on numerous occasions in many cities across the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and even Mongolia. For the most part peaceful, these protests have occasionally become violent. On October 15, for example, black-garbed anarchists in Rome committed numerous violent acts, tossing Molotov cocktails and other improvised explosives, burning and blowing up cars, torching buildings, and smashing up ATMs and shop windows. The church building Santi Marcellino e Pietro al Laterano sustained extensive damage, including a statue of the Virgin Mary being thrown into the street and destroyed. Over US$1.3 million in property damage was reported after the “Occupy Rome” rampage.
On October 15, John Bachtell, an Illinois-based community organizer and Communist Party USA national board member, addressed the “Occupy Chicago” protest. “I bring greetings and solidarity from the Communist Party,” Comrade Bachtell said to hoots and applause. “We are here, marching side-by-side. We’ll sleep here. We’ll be with this movement ’til the very – ’til we make all the changes that we know we have to make.”
Bachtell also organized a conference call, with an online call to action that linked the CPUSA’s involvement in the “Occupy” protests with the AFL-CIO’s “Week of Action for Jobs,” congressional Democrats’ push to pass President Barack Hussein Obama’s American Jobs Act, and the planned demise of the Republican Party in the 2012 elections. Incidentally, the AFL-CIO has backed the “Occupy” movement almost from Day One.
“While there is a wide range of political and ideological trends,” Bachtell wrote, “there is a consensus against corporate greed, getting money out of politics, taxing the rich and putting people before profits.” He added: “A big challenge for the CPUSA and left, progressive movements is to link these demonstrations with the labor led all-people’s coalition and help deepen understanding that the path to progress must be through electoral and political action including defeating Republican Tea Party reaction in 2012.”
This past Wednesday, anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 “Occupy Oakland” protesters blockaded the Port of Oakland for five hours, but not before listening to veteran communist/feminist and ex-Black Panther Angela Davis denounce capitalism. At the opening rally, Comrade Davis addressed a crowd milling about the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway: “We do not assent to economic exploitation, to global capitalism, to police violence, to corporate inequality, we do not assent to the prison industrial complex… We do assent to community, to education – free education, to health care – free health care, to housing, to happiness, to justice … to hope for our future.”
This sort of anti-elite rabble-rousing, of course, is typical of the “Left Coast” which, incidentally, extends north of the 49th parallel to the Canadian city of Vancouver, where Adbusters is based.
Not to be outdone, the swastika-worshipping groupies of the American Nazi Party have announced their support for the Occupy movement, forming an informal red-brown alliance that once again proves the convergence of views between “national socialists” and “international socialists.” In an October 16 statement, the typographically challenged, Michigan-based Hitler freaks ordered their brainwashed disciples to covertly join the Occupy protests, which are “TAYLOR [sic] MADE for National Socialists, as well as WN [White Nationalists] who are serious about DOING SOMETHING.” The e-rant continued: “I urgently URGE all of you to TAKE PART and JOIN IN when these protests hit your neck of the woods. Produce some flyers EXPLAINING the ‘JEW BANKER’ influence — DON’T wear anything marking you as an ‘evil racist’ — and GET OUT THERE and SPREAD the WORD!”
The US political fringe is not the only segment of society to support the Occupy demos. President Obama has downplayed the radicalism of the movement. “I understand the frustrations being expressed in those protests,” Obama told ABC News in an exclusive interview, published on October 18. “In some ways, they’re not that different from some of the protests that we saw coming from the Tea Party. Both on the left and the right, I think people feel separated from their government. They feel that their institutions aren’t looking out for them.”
Democratic Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has also given the movement her imprimatur: “God bless them for their spontaneity. It’s young, it’s spontaneous, it’s focused and it’s going to be effective.” Yes, Comrade Nancy, it’s all of these things and neo-communism to boot.
Into the left-right fray of US politics wades former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev who, even as he launched political and economic reforms in the Soviet Union in 1985, vowed never to repudiate communism. In an October 19 speech, delivered at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, Comrade Mike extended his sympathies to the Occupy movement and rebuked “US militarism”:
We are reaping the consequences of a strategy that is not conducive to cooperation and partnership, to living in a new global situation. People are asking “Why do our leaders want to decide everything at the expense of the people”?
Some people in the United States were pushing the idea of creating a global American empire, and that was a mistake from the start. Other people in America are now giving thought to the future of their country. The big banks, the big corporations, are still paying the same big bonuses to their bosses. Was there ever a crisis for them? . . . I believe America needs its own perestroika.
We need to build a society where human beings are at the center. A lot of brain power is concentrated in the military-industrial sector; we need to shift that to other goals.
History is not preordained. We can influence history if we understand the most important things.
As we have pointed out in past posts, Gorbachev’s perestroika (“restructuring”) and glasnost (“openness”) reforms were never meant to signal a repudiation of Leninism but, rather, were an application of the communist dialectic leading, after a few “zig zags,” to a mature socialist society in Russia and the rest of the world. This was Gorby’s unvarnished thesis in Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World (1987). Tragically, that’s not how Western expertdom interpreted the cosmetic changes in the Soviet Union during the Cold War’s last decade. Instead, our brilliant leaders swiftly agreed with the wily Soviets that communism was “dead.”