Manifesto for Revolutionary Liberation: Chapter III. The Reactionary Offensive of the Ruling Class




Since the beginning of the present period in 2008, we have witnessed different phases of the class struggle. When the popular masses felt the consequences of the Great Recession, they rose up against the ruling class. The most important revolutionary upswing took place in the Arab world, where the masses overthrew the dictators in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen in 2011 and continue their heroic resistance in other countries in which the rulers have defended and, and for the time being, managed to retain their power by all available military means (Syria, Bahrain, etc.).


In addition to the heroic armed uprising of the Syrian people against the Assad regime and the ongoing resistance against the military dictatorship in Egypt, a series of other important class struggles have taken place in recent years: the teachers struggle in Mexico; the popular protests in Brazil in 2013 as well as the resistance against the coup in 2015/16; the 2012 Marikana miners’ strike in South Africa; the biggest general strikes in human history in India, in which 150-180 million people participated in September 2015 and 2016; the Black Live Matters movement in the USA; more than 35 general strikes in Greece; and the mass protests against the Labor Law in France in 2016.


However, as these mass struggles were mostly spontaneous, they sadly lacked a leadership with a perspective which would enable them to overthrow not just specific rulers, but the entire ruling class of their respective countries. As a result of the absence of revolutionary leaderships, these struggles came up against immense obstacles. Again and again, the ruling class managed to either pacify these movements or to brutally suppress and defeat them.


As a result, the working class is now experiencing reactionary offensives by the local ruling class in many areas of the world. Not only is the bourgeoisie continuing and intensifying its reckless austerity attacks and privatizations programs, driving larger and larger sectors of the working class and the oppressed into poverty and social insecurity; it also is increasingly attacking the basic democratic rights of its citizens. Thus, for example, we are witnessing reactionary offensives like the military coup d’état in Egypt; the return of the Ben Ali clique in Tunisia; the 2016 institutional coup in Brazil; the advance of the right-wing forces in Argentina and Venezuela; the 2014 military coup d’état in Thailand; the general exacerbation of Islamophobia and racism against migrants and refugees; and the increasing militarization throughout the Western world and among Russian and Chinese imperialism as well.


With their armories bulging at the seams, the imperialist Great Powers have stepped up their military interventions in the semi-colonial world in order to defeat any popular resistance. As a result, tens of thousands are slaughtered by the rockets, bombs, and shelling of the US, France, Britain, Russia and Israel, or by their local lackeys in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Mali, Libya, Somalia and other countries.


Furthermore, the Great Powers – the US, EU, Japan, China and Russia – are whipping up militarism and chauvinism as well as the use of economic sanctions to increase their respective spheres of influence at the expense of their rivals, and to chauvinistically rally their domestic population behind their expansionist programs.


Already now we see an increase of economic protectionism, de-globalization, the creation of regional blocs and isolationism. The exit of Britain from the EU (Brexit) is an example for this. The rise of rabid chauvinists (e.g. Trump, Le Pen, Strache, Farange) is another indicator. A disintegration of the EU as a result of Le Pen und like-minded figures in key countries of the EU or a termination of the “Atlantic Partnership” between the US and the EU under a President Trump would be dramatic world political events and would lead to a massive escalation of global political and economic contradictions.


In short, in today’s world we are witness to an increasingly massive exacerbation of contradictions along all three axes of economic and political antagonisms – the class struggle between the capitalists and the workers and oppressed; the struggle between the Great Powers and the multi-national corporations against the oppressed peoples of the South; and the conflict between the rival imperialist powers.


These reactionary offensives of the ruling classes have resulted in a number of serious defeats for the working class and the oppressed. But they also inevitably provoke new upsurges in the class struggle – economic struggles, general strikes, popular uprisings, armed resistance against foreign occupiers, and insurrections. Before us lies a period of sharp and explosive class struggles full of revolutionary potential and counterrevolutionary dangers.



About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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