How West-Germany released Nazi criminals

It is a silent story of the early Cold War. After the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany, the anticommunist government of Konrad Adenauer choose to release many war criminals. Many of those who were pardoned by the conservative Adenauer, were guilty of crimes against humanity. Yet the West-German justice commuted people like Hermann Reinecke, who was responsible for the creation and implementation of the POW policy that resulted in the deaths of approx. 3.3 million Soviet prisoners of war!

There was a clear ideological reason for this. In many post-war countries, anticommunist governments decided that many Nazi’s and their collaborators ”deserved” an early release from prison. Left-wing groups protested, especially the communist parties. However the anticommunist climate of the 1950’s made their protest marginal. The Red Scare was far more powerful in indoctrinating millions into hating leftists and their ideas. In this hostile climate many high-ranking Nazi’s were set free. They were all welcomed by capitalist companies who employed many. By the end of the 50’s, West-Germany had pardoned most war-criminals who were supposed to spend the rest of their lives in jail!

Here is a list of Nazi war-criminals who were pardoned by Konrad Adenauer in the 1950’s:

Albert Kesselring: General of the Luftwaffe, sentenced to death in 1945 for ordering the murder of 335 Italian civilians and for inciting and commanding his troops to kill civilians in reprisals. Winston Churchill and many allied leaders opposed his sentence. They respected the man who killed 335 Italians as a ”good commander”. Therefore he was released in 1952! 

Hermann Reinecke: Head of the General Office of the Armed Forces, responsible for the creation and implementation of the POW policy that resulted in the deaths of approx. 3.3 million Soviet prisoners of war. Sentenced to life in prison in 1945, released in 1954!!

Walter Warlimont: Deputy Chief of the Operations Staff, responsibility for drafting the Barbarossa Jurisdiction Order, which allowed the murder of civilians on the pretext of counteracting partisan activity. Sentenced to life in prison in 1945, released in 1954!!!

Walter Blume: Mid-ranking SS commander and leader of Sonderkommando 7a. The unit perpetrated the killings of thousands of Jews in Belarus and Russia. Blume was responsible for the deportation of over 46,000 Greek Jews to Auschwitz. Sentenced to life in prison, released in 1955!!!!

Waldemar Klingelhöfer: SS-Sturmbannführer, responsible for the murder of 2,500 Soviet citizens. First sentenced to death in 1948, then life in prison in 1951 and finally released in 1956!!!!!

These people were responsible for the deaths of many innocents. Yet the capitalist government of Adenauer released most of them. Why? Simply: West-Germany was ruled in the first 10 years after the war by the same bureaucrats who governed between 1933-1945 under Hitler. Konrad Adeneaur never purged German society of high ranking Nazi’s. Also during the 1950’s, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) adopted many ex-members of the now banned: National-Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). Chancellor: Kurt Georg Kiesinger (1966-1969) was a member of the NSDAP for 12 years, before joining the Christian conservative party!

The propaganda of East-Germany was partially correct when it claimed that West-Germany was run by ex-Nazi’s. Although Konrad Adenauer did not joined the Nazi Party, many ex-Nazi’s remained on important functions during his chancellorship (1948-1963). Most of them never abandoned their hatred of communists, leftists and democracy in general. They put up a democratic facade by joining Adenauer’s CDU and supporting the USA. One ex-Nazi who did that was Carl Schmitt, a close friend of Chancellor Kiesinger. Schmitt played the role of crown jurist of the Third Reich. After the war, he supported the Franco dictatorship in Spain and gave many lectures for the Spanish far-right!

Just six years after the war in 1951, a German armed force was set up. It became known as the Bundesgrenzschutz (Federal Border Guards) and its weapons, helmets and uniforms were identical to those of the former Nazi army. Reinhard Gehlen was a specialist for the Wehrmacht military-intelligence on the Eastern Front. After the war, he was allowed by the CIA to set up the Gehlen Organisation. Its members got recruited from former Wehrmacht general staff officers. The Americans had no problems with these officers since most were anticommunist and pro-American. Gehlen created the Bundesnachrichtendienst in 1956, the successor to his CIA group. He served as its leader for 12 years. West-Germany’s army was by all accounts set up by former officers who hailed Adolf Hitler!

Because ex-Nazi’s made up civil society and the new military, it is no surprise that many war-criminals got to be commuted. West-Germany portrayed itself: ”democratic”, yet it banned the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) in 1956, on the grounds that it was a ”undemocratic” party. The KPD was by no means a threat to West-Germany, its Stalinist ideology had turned the West-German communists into a sect of propagandists for the German Democratic Republic (DDR). Yet because of the Red Scare, the Adenauer government choose a witch hunt and banned the KPD. Party members who used to be trialed by Nazi jurists under Hitler, found themselves trialed again by the same people. This is because many state prosecutors and judges had started their careers under the Nazi: People’s Court (1934-1945)!

The western allies did not complained about the release of so many war-criminals. This is because the German far-right gave support to NATO. This is ironic because today the far-right claims to stand against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. But in the 50’s, most ex-Nazi’s gave their full support to the USA led alliance. There was only one far-right party in Germany who opposed NATO and claimed it would support the USSR. This political party (made up of ex-Nazi’s) got banned by Adenauer, while at the same time many Nazi war-criminals were released from jail. The Socialist Reich Party (SRP) was set up in 1949 and led by Otto Ernst Remer. This neo-Nazi party turned out to be anti-western and pro-Stalin. Why? Because the Soviet-Union was financing the SRP!

Stalin did not gave financial aid to the KPD, instead Moscow gave money to the Socialist Reich Party. Otto Remer never criticized Stalin and said that his supporters would welcome a Soviet invasion of Western Europe. This was something Konrad Adenaeur could not tolerate. He was willing to accept former Nazi’s if they put up a democratic facade, but pro-Stalin Nazi’s could not be tolerated by ”democratic” Germany. The SRP got banned in 1952, four years before the KPD. By the dawn of the 1960’s most high ranking war-criminals were free again. Only the top leaders of the Third Reich remained in jail, this included people like Albert Speer and Karl Dönitz. Out of all Nazi leaders only Rudolf Hess served a true life sentence. He was in prison from 1941 until 1987!

As Hitlers killers were released, the West-German state sentenced many KPD members. Their crime? They were ”antidemocratic” because their party supported the Soviet-Union and the DDR. West-Germany between 1948 and 1969 did not confront itself with the crimes of Nazi Germany. By all accounts, the Federal Republic of Germany (BRD) tolerated ex-Nazi’s as ”ordinary” Germans. 10.000 prison sentences were carried out against West-German communists, who were stigmatized after their release from prison. Even after 63 years it remains painful for the victims of anticommunist hysteria, who have never received an official apology from the BRD!

In the history books of the western world, the BRD is portrayed as a ”free democracy”. East-Germany is portrayed as ”communist” and ”undemocratic”. The reality is not as black and white. Yes, West-Germany was more democratic compared to East-Germany. But under Konrad Adenauer there was a stigma against leftism, while far-right ideas were tolerated. The anticommunist state was very selective over what was ”democratic” and what was ”undemocratic”. In the same year the KPD was banned, the Bundeswehr was set up with many former Wehrmacht officers joining. In the 21st century, it is reported that far-right ideas are part of this ”democratic” Germany Army!

 

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East-German propaganda in the 1950’s about ex-Nazi’s serving in the West-German government. It was partially right!

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Unfair and biased: Fox News

Don’t we all love the hypocrisy of the right-wing media? Just look at the American: Fox News channel and how they hated Obama for his willingness to speak to Kim Jong Un, now the same Fox News praises Donald Trump for doing just that: Talking to Kim Jong Un. Another proof of the unfair and biased way of this propaganda network for the Republican Party!

Hungary removes Imre Nagy

In a move to return Hungary to the era of right-wing authoritarianism (1919-1945), the conservative regime of Viktor Orban relocated the statue of Imre Nagy, the communist who stood up to the Soviet-Union in 1956. Imre Nagy and others like Pál Maléter and Miklós Gimes were all communists. At first they were loyal to Moscow and served under the brutal Stalinist government of Mátyás Rákosi. But the cruelty of Hungarian stalinism turned them not only against Rákosi, but also against the very country that had supported their Stalinist coup in 1948!

Hungary today is growing more authoritarian as the conservatives try to rewrite history to favor anticommunists only. What the history books of Viktor Orban and many capitalist countries do not tell is the ironic fact that the ”anticommunist revolution of 1956” was in fact led by communists. Many revolutionary leaders of the Hungarian Revolution belonged to the Hungarian Working People’s Party (Magyar Dolgozók Pártja). A communist party that was set up in 1948 to rule the Hungarian People’s Republic. After 8 years of Stalinist brutality, the working class rose up against the MDP. Mátyás Rákosi was dumped and Imre Nagy selected as the next leader. This was done in a desperation because the workers turned against the MDP and marxism-leninism (stalinism)!

This Imre Nagy was no stranger. He already tried to reform the Stalinist system between 1953 and 1955, when he was prime minister under Rákosi. However the hard-liners were still in control of the party, it was not until the famous anti-Stalin speech of Nikita Khrushchev that the Stalinist-wing of the party was paralyzed. Nagy was not ready to brake with the top-down system at first. But as workers started to demand massive reforms he realized that there were only two choices. Nagy choose to side with the proletariat while the pro-Soviet reformist-wing led by Janos Kadar embraced the moderate Stalinist ideology of Khrushchev. It was decided by both Nagy and Kadar to build a new political party as the MDP had been completely discredited!

Janos Kadar became leader of the new Hungarian Socialist Workers Party (Magyar Szocialista Munkáspárt). This party got the support from Moscow to crush the government of Imre Nagy. The Hungarian People’s Army was in no position to defend the country. On the orders of Moscow, the Hungarian People’s Republic was instructed to arm only 65.000 men. The army was never given an order to attack the invading Soviet armies. This was because army leader Pál Maléter believed he could negotiate with the Soviets. Against all international standards, the Soviet military arrested Maléter as he spoke with them. The Stalinist government of Janos Kadar staged a show trial to legitimize the new regime!

Nagy and his supporters were all found ”guilty” of trying to overthrow the Hungarian People’s Republic. In reality it was the Soviet-Union and their puppet: Janos Kadar, who had overthrown the legitimate government. Imre Nagy tried to appeal to the western world, but his government was overthrown as Soviet troops took control of Budapest. Kadar and his pro-Soviet wing knew that if Nagy was allowed to stay in power, he would have moved Hungary out of the Soviet sphere of control. A huge embarrassment would that have been for the USSR. Nikita Khrushchev wanted Hungary to remain Stalinist and pro-Moscow. Therefore the Soviet Army marched into the country and ended the short period of political freedom!

On 16 June 1958, the puppets of Nikita Khrushchev carried out the execution of Imre Nagy, Pál Maléter and journalist Miklós Gimes. All three were hanged and buried with their faces down in the earth, their hands bounded by iron. The public was only informed 24 hours after the executions had been carried out. It would take 31 years before the government allowed the remains to be buried with respect. At the funeral services on 16 June 1989, a young Viktor Orban spoke. He honored the leaders of the 1956 uprising, but failed to mention their commitment to a more democratic socialism. Nagy and his allies did not call for the return of capitalism, nor did they wanted privatizations and mass inequality that are now common in Hungary!

After gaining full political power after 2010, the Hungarian Civic Alliance (Fidesz – Magyar Polgári Szövetség) started to portray the 1956 uprising as pure anticommunist. As if all Hungarians choose to reject the idea of socialism. This was not the case as the councils of workers and revolutionaries never called for capitalism. In fact it was the government led by the former supporters of Janos Kadar, who kept the austerity and privatizations going after 1994. The Hungarian Socialist Workers Party had transformed itself into the present-day: Hungarian Socialist Party, a pro-capitalist (social-democratic) force that is not socialist, despite calling itself ”socialist”. It was because of the ex-stalinists that the right-wing conservatives were able to take full control after 2010!

Austerity and capitalist barbarism became associated with liberals and social democrats. They were the political parties that embraced the single European market economy and accepted its demands for austerity, deregulation and privatizations. Victor Orban and the FIDESZ party rejected these demands and started to get support from working class Hungarians. Their nationalist propaganda is powerful because many media outlets in Hungary are owned by FIDESZ capitalists. State-media has also spread conservative ideas for over nine years now. Despite all anti-EU rhetoric, Orban has never re-nationalized anything. His capitalist cronies are still free to exploit workers and nothing is done to end mass inequality!

In 1996, the government (led by the ex-stalinists) erected a statue to Imre Nagy with him looking at the Hungarian parliament. For 23 years the face of Nagy kept a close watch on the parliamentary building. Viktor Orban choose to end this, he wants to rebuild a monument that glorified the overthrow of the Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919. The statue of Nagy had to move to make room for a monument build by the right-wing dictatorship of Miklós Horthy. The monument was destroyed after 1948 by the Stalinist regime. Now after 71 years it is to be rebuild on the spot were Imre Nagy used to stand. A clear message that Orban want to restore the monuments and legacy of the Horthy regime. Miklós Horthy was responsible for the White Terror that killed over 5.000 supporters of the socialist revolution!

It is clear that the right-wing government has a favorable view on the period of the Kingdom of Hungary, the name of the country between 1919 and 1945. Miklós Horthy is directly responsible for the antisemitic climate that came after the Hungarian Soviet Republic was overthrown.The right-wing fueled the anticommunist paranoia it resulted in the fact that many Hungarians aided the fascist Germans in arresting and deporting over 600.000 Jews to the camps in 1944. Today there is still antisemitism as the government promotes the idea that rich ”Jewish” capitalists control the world. George Sorros is often used in antisemitic propaganda as the ”face of rich Jews” that must be opposed!

The removal of the Imre Nagy statue signals that Hungary is moving back. But we cannot trust the official opposition. They are responsible for the rise of Viktor Orban. They carried out austerity and cuts to social services. Because of that a majority of workers today do not trust the liberal opposition. Liberalism is associated with corruption, drop in living standards and capitalist inequality. In Hungary these facts are the outcome of neoliberal governments led by the ex-stalinists. This makes it so ironic. First the Stalinist party split in a reformed democratic wing led by Nagy and a pro-Soviet wing led by Kadar. Then the Nagy wing was destroyed and the Kadar wing ruled for 31 years. After that the pro-capitalist wing took over and carried out a capitalist counterrevolution in the 1990’s together with bourgeois liberals!

Janos Kadar died in July 1989 just a few months before the collapse of his Hungarian People’s Republic. Only a small minority led by Gyula Thürmer remained loyal to the founder of ”Goulash-Stalinism”. Today the Hungarian Socialist Party is no force of resistance. They are the official opposition, but their power is greatly reduced. Despite all the corruption and inequality after nine years of Viktor Orban, the Hungarian Civic Alliance (FIDESZ) won the last election on a platform of ethnic nationalism, antisemitism and anti-migrant hatred. Also there is no socialist alternative. The 1956 uprising is portrayed as a revolution against ” Marxist socialism”. Despite the fact that Imre Nagy, Pál Maléter and Miklós Gimes were not right-wing and would not have supported Orban nor the restoration of capitalism!

True socialism must be build from below. Not by nostalgia towards Janos Kadar and his moderate stalinism. What Hungarians need is a workers party on a socialist program, that exposes the Hungarian Socialist Party as anti-socialist and a tool of capitalism. Also such a party must shown to workers that austerity and deregulation are also enforced by the conservatives. Viktor Orban can be defeated if the wall of lies is brought down. Workers must have zero trust in the state, its institutions nor the media. This is because many newspapers and television networks are owned by supporters of the government. Capitalism rules supreme because all political parties in Hungary support it. Therefore it is time for a workers party to stand up and say: NO!!

 

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The famous statue of Imre Nagy is now removed, to make room for a symbol of White Terror

Stop the American imperialist machine

Donald Trump wanted to attack the Islamic Republic of Iran. The guy who said that he would not be a war-hawk like Hillary Clinton, almost got the USA into a bloody war. The only reason he did not attack is because he choose to listen for a change. This is what saved the world another conflict involving the imperialists of the USA. Iran is already under an embargo since 1979. Like Cuba, the American imperialists did not liked it that their puppet was overthrown. After Trump was elected president, he destroyed the Iran nuclear deal framework. Because the USA does not want normal diplomatic relations with Tehran. They want to overthrow the Shia-Islamic regime in order to install another puppet of Washington DC! 

Revolutionary socialists do not support the theocratic regime of the Ayatollahs. We stand against the conservative dictatorship of ”Supreme Leader” Ali Khamenei. But this does not mean that we support an imperialist attack on the country, in order to install a pro-western government. American (and British) imperialism did that in 1953, when they overthrew the only democratic elected government, the one led by Mohammad Mosaddegh. It took almost 60 years before the USA formally accepted that they organized the destruction of the Iranian democracy. Iran’s anti-imperialism does not give it a blind check. We do not support the regime out of anti-imperialist solidarity as many leftists did/do!

Trump has exposed himself as a tool for the ruling class and their imperialist ambition to command and conquer. The only reason he did not attack Iran is because he listen to right-wing opponents of a military assault. Although they are rare, there are conservatives who reject western imperialism. Trump may have listen to their arguments, while the typical liberal/conservative establishment was ready to defend a war with Iran.  What these Democratic and Republican war-hawks fail to understand is that Iran is not Iraq. A war with the Islamic Republic of Iran would be costly to the United States of America. Unlike the weakened and isolated regime of Saddam Hussein, the theocracy of Ali Khamenei will have the support of the majority of Iranians, should the Americans choose to attack!

There is a sector of the American economy that would profit from a potential war. It has always profited from any military conflict involving the USA. This sector is the Military Industrial Complex. Billions of dollars have been wasted on war material and it made the capitalists who own ”defense-minded” corporations very rich. It is ironic that Dwight D. Eisenhower (who overthrew many democracies in the 1950’s) warned about the power of the Military Industrial Complex. He rightfully said:

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

January 17, 1961

President Eisenhower was by no means a shining example of a ”good president”. He worked very hard to support and build pro-American regimes around the world. Meaning that he supported the fascist regime of Franco in Spain. He armed the totalitarian anticommunist regimes in South Korea, South Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and overthrew the democratic governments of Guatemala and Iran. Eisenhower’s final warning maybe a little hypocrite, but he was right on that one issue. The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) in the USA is very powerful and it must be destroyed!

Therefore we revolutionary socialists call for the complete expropriation and nationalization of all weapons manufactures. We want the arms industry to be minimal in a future American socialist democracy. It is likely that the war-hawks of the defense-minded corporations tried to lobby for an attack on Iran. Firing even one missile would cost millions of dollars. This is why the defense budget for 2019 is around $686,074,048,000. Meanwhile there are Americans who die because they do not have access to health care. Also many suffer from low wages (42% of all working Americans earn less then $25.000 dollars a year) and rising poverty, while the capitalists of the MIC belong to the 1%!

The American imperialist machine must be opposed. All the bases of the U.S Empire should be closed and its army/air force/navy withdrew from the world. The United States of America is not the world police and it should not have any bases outside its own territories. But the empire is not stupid, the bases are there to protect U.S supremacy over the world. If China or Russia starts expanding their bases outside their territories, it is called ”aggression” by the American media. The USA has been building bases and outposts in other nations since 1945, never has this been called ”aggression”. A famous American base/concentration camp is Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) in Cuba. Here the empire has put many prisoners captured during their illegal wars!

70% of the world dictators are supported by Washington DC. This includes almost all reactionary Arab monarchies, from Saudi-Arabia to the United Arab Emirates. These feudal regimes are armed with modern weaponry to oppress their own people and to wage wars on others. The criminal Saudi Royal Army is armed with American/European weapons and these are used to commit mass-murder. But the American and European MIC does not care. They never care as weapons-dealers only have one thing in their mind: profits, big profits. War is very profitable for any MIC and to lobby for a conflict could be very rewarding. Due to the long wars in Afghanistan (since 2001) and Iraq (since 2003), billions in profits have been made by the American Military Industrial Complex at the expanse of over a minimum of 200.000 death Iraqi’s!

Revolutionary socialists oppose the United States Empire out of anti-imperialism. But this does not mean that we stand with anybody who says: ”I oppose the USA”. Many leftists however do so out of ”campism”, the idea that the world divided into two camps. This is a leftover from the Cold War, when the world was divided into a ”Free World” (according to the USA) and a ”Socialist World” (according to the USSR). We rejected both as neither free nor socialist. The western world was and remains no beacon of freedom, while the USSR was not socialist. Despite these facts many leftists remain trapped in this idea that they must give political support to any regime that is under attack by the U.S Empire. It results in the fact that leftists give uncritical support to dictators who deserve none!

Right-wing people do not have this problem. This is because they favor authoritarianism and obedience, even in a democracy. During the Cold War, the right-wing used the concept of democracy as a weapon, claiming it would stand for ”individual freedoms”. In reality most conservatives openly supported the most brutal anticommunist regimes and groups. This is why Stalinist communists and social-conservatives have many things in common. It is no surprise to see that many ex-Stalinist leaders of the former Soviet-Union are now supporters of Vladimir Putin, the conservative dictator of Russia. Stalinism also favors authoritarianism and obedience to the state. Trump demanded this as President of the Trump Organisation, long before he entered the White House!

 

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Sudan: Down with the military junta!

The Sudanese Revolution that toppled dictator Omar Bashir is at a crossroad. If the masses put their trust in capitalist politicians then nothing will change. The country is in need of a revolutionary party, a force that mobilizes the working class. There is a Sudanese Communist Party, but this political party is not revolutionary and remains paralyzed after years of living underground. One thing is clear, the working class does not accept the Transitional Military Council. Massive protests and strikes keep on going. In response the army has set in their violent militia: The Rapid Support Forces. These thugs attack protesters and harm anybody who dares to stand against the army!

The Rapid Support Forces were founded in 2013 by Omar Bashir. He recruited its members mainly from the Janjaweed militias, who fought for the government of Bashir in Dafur. Here they showed their cruelty by raiding none-Arab towns. The Rapid Support Forces are responsible for the Khartoum massacre that killed over 100 people and injured 650. Also RSF forces are said to have raped over 70 women, who participated in the pro-democratic demonstrations in the capital. In response to the killings, the (capitalist) opposition suspended the talks and called for a general strike. This resulted in more death as the RSF went on a rampage!

For three days over 60% to 100% of all workers in Sudan refused to work. This resulted in the fact that the Transitional Military Council (TMC) agreed on freeing political prisoners and resume talks. However revolutionary socialists do not trust the official opposition. We believe that no genuine democracy can be build with the TMC in power. The Committee for a Workers International calls for a revolutionary government to be set up by workers and poor. This government would then force a program that calls for:

  • Convening elections to a revolutionary constituent assembly

  • For the establishment of workers’ tribunals to bring to trial of all those collaborating with the former Bashir regime and Transitional Military Council

  • A purge of the supporters and collaborators of the old regime

  • Disband the Rapid Support Forces

  • For the right to organize political parties, and free and democratic trade unions

  • For a democratic press and media based on public ownership of printing and broadcasting resources and outlet, under democratic control and allocation of press and media facilities, based on support

  • Nationalization of all major companies, banks and multinational corporations under democratic workers’ control and management

  • For massive investment in infrastructure and the economy

  • No to foreign capitalist intervention

  • For a democratic socialist Sudan, with full democratic rights for all minorities, and an international appeal for support and solidarity from the working class of Africa and internationally

It is vital that soldiers are asked to abandoned the TMC and join the revolutionary masses. What is lacking in Sudan is a workers party on a socialist program. The Sudanese Communist Party lacks revolutionary energy and stands on the side lines. They give support to a ”democratic Sudan” and do not call for socialism nor a revolutionary transformation. Meanwhile the TMC knows that the masses won’t obey them. In order to control the media the junta cut off the internet. They wrongfully think that digital information is what drives the people. Although the internet and social media can play an important role during social protests and struggles, it is not a replacement for the need to organize!

Many workers have set up local neighborhood committees. These have become vehicles for organizing and planning. Like the soviets in Russia (1917), the Sudanese committees have the potential to take political power away from the military junta. This can only be done if the masses understand that they have the potential to overthrow the TMC. The (capitalist) opposition does not want decentralize control. They hope for a parliamentary democracy with capitalism intact. Revolutionary socialists hope that the neighborhood committees will develop into genuine power-structures. Because the state bureaucracy needs to go. Its members must be replaced by democratic elected representatives in committees of the working class!

 

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Cutting off the internet will not stop the revolutionary masses! 

Despite all, never forget

On 4 June 1989, soldiers and tanks of the pseudo-People’s Liberation Army crushed the dreams of workers and students for a democratic socialist China. Many had come to the ”Gate of Heavenly Peace” Tiananmen Square to protest against the repressive and capitalistic politics of Deng Xiaoping, who had abandoned Stalinist economics for capitalist ”pragmatism” as the west called it. Workers demanded an end to privatizations and deregulation, while students wanted more rights. The elitist caste around Deng feared for their privileges, so on 3 June they ordered the ”People’s Liquidation Army” to eliminate the people. Over 2.000 were murdered as soldiers and tanks cleared the square! 

Wei Fenghe is the Minister for Defense of the People’s Republic of China in 2019. 47 years ago he joined the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as a teenager. At that time the party was still Maoist and dogmatic loyal to its leader: Mao Zedong. Wei graduated from the Second Artillery Command Academy’s Command Department in 1984. By the 1990’s he was a general in the PLA. Today this piece of shit claims that the ”People’s Liquidation Army” had to crush the workers and students in 89. Because otherwise, China would not have become so ”prosperous”. This general seems to forget that the wealth of his nation is build of massive exploitation!

Chinese workers are producing most products of the world. They are enslaved to thousands of  big capitalist companies, both domestic Chinese and foreigners. General Wei Fenghe started out as a Maoist in 72, now he wears a uniform that does not look revolutionary socialist at all. The PLA has adopted the uniform style of the western world. This is the ”stability” this ex-Maoist trash speaks of. Stability under massive exploitation, betrayal and oppression. General Wei made a good life for himself as Minister of Defense and senior member of the communist party. But he is no communist, in fact his support for the killings on Tiananmen Square are anticommunist!

His master and President for Life: Xi Jinping has more in common with Chiang-Kai-Shek then with Mao Zedong. Teen Wei Fenghe was told to hate the nationalists on Taiwan and the western capitalist world. Today however he wears the uniform of a typical bourgeois army. People like him and Xi Jinping are class traitors and deserve the hatred of all working class people. The icon of state-capitalism in China also faced massive rejection in May 1989. Despite that Deng Xiaoping never held the position of General Secretary of the CCP nor President of the PRC, he was paramount leader. His vision of a strong country under capitalism became a reality, but only for those who can profit from a system build on exploitation!

State-capitalist China began in 1978, after the right-wing of the Chinese Communist Party removed Hua Guofeng from power. Hua was the successor of Mao Zedong and had already purged the Gang of Four (Mao’s closest allies). Because of the Cultural Revolution, China was in deep economic decline for at least 10 years. Deng Xiaoping wanted to reform the country by introducing (state)capitalism. Under Mao Zedong this would have been impossible. But now that Mao was death and his allies removed from party leadership, Deng started his move. He put Hu Yaobang up as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party!

Deng was very impressed by the special economic zones in Singapore. In these zones, foreign capitalists were free to exploit workers with no regards for national laws. He decided to set up special economic zones in China too. In January 1979, the first zone was build and many more would follow. Western capitalists praised the Chinese (ex)maoists for opening up the closed nation. Officially the propaganda of the CCP remained revolutionary, but Deng Xiaoping said that the idea of becoming rich should no longer be rejected. It proofed the counterrevolutionary nature of Deng as he wanted to made China powerful by building capitalism. He claimed that China was not ready for socialism and that it needed to become capitalist first, the two stage theory set up by Stalin!

China was praised by right-wing leaders like Margret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. As representatives of western capitalism, the British and American leaders became good friends of Beijing as more foreign capitalists were allowed to exploit Chinese workers. These workers were raised to reject capitalists, now their own ”socialist” government started to praise the market economy which they called: ”Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” (de facto state-capitalism). The new system brought huge monetary wealth for those with access to it, like capitalists and state bureucrats. Yet the majority of Chinese did not profit from the reforms. All socialist ideas about were put aside as the new dogma of the PRC became: ”becoming rich is good”!

By 1988, economic growth rose each year, however corruption and greed grew with it. Due to the totalitarian system, nepotism was very common. State bureaucrats favored their own family and friends. This resulted in a system that promoted only the greedy and those with connections. At the same time the CCP was in a identity crisis. Many workers understood that the party was lying to them about the ”socialist” nature of the country. Inequality could no longer be hidden under the typical ”Marxist-Leninist” propaganda. It was clear that the Chinese ”Communist” Party had become a hypocrite party that was only communist in name. Revolutionary socialists are not surprised that the Chinese Stalinist party moved towards (state)capitalism!

Most Stalinist communist parties started to abandon the idea of a planned economy as neoliberalism became the new economic world order. Top down centralism failed and stalinists could no longer hide the fact that the capitalist world was more productive and more wealthy, compared to the their ”socialist” world. In March 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev was elected by the Communist Party of the Soviet-Union (CPSU). He was the Soviet ”Deng Xiaoping” who also tried to include political liberalization. This is something the Chinese did not do. Deng Xiaoping always wanted China to remain under a single party state. Gorbachev did not use force to keep the USSR together. This is what the CCP today criticizes about the fall of Stalinist Russia!

In 1986 many students in the capital of Beijing came to be very critical of the Deng regime. They showed criticism of the government by staging mass demonstrations on universities. Their anger was directed against the nepotism and privileges of the Stalinist caste. 150 universities participated in student strikes, they were portrayed in the western media as ”pro-democratic”. In reality, the majority of students rejected the corruption, nepotism and inequality, but did not (yet) called for political freedoms. Deng Xiaoping rejected their demands. The communist party attacked the students as ”bourgeois liberals” and silenced them. Their anger however was not silenced and would only grow in the next three years!

Hu Yaobang was removed as party leader because he was seen as too ”liberal” by paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. His sudden death on 15 April 1989 lay the seeds for what became the biggest protest against the CCP regime. Workers and students used the death of Hu as a rally cry against the injustice of the government. On 17 April over 3.000 students in Beijing marched to Tiananmen Square with seven key demands!

  1. Affirm Hu Yaobang’s views on democracy and freedom as correct.

  2. Admit that the campaigns against spiritual pollution and bourgeois liberalization had been wrong.

  3. Publish information on the income of state leaders and their family members.

  4. Allow privately run newspapers and stop press censorship.

  5. Increase funding for education and raise intellectuals’ pay.

  6. End restrictions on demonstrations in Beijing.

  7. Provide objective coverage of students in official media.

None of these demands called for an end to the single party state. Yet it was clear that these students had the will to fight for greater freedoms. On the funeral day of Hu Yaobang, Tiananmen Square was filled with 100.000 students from across the city. The ”People’s Police” had ordered them not to go, but students ignored them. Now the working class of the capital started to look towards the square. By May, the students started a hunger strike which gave them great sympathy from the workers. Deng Xiaoping understood that this protest was endangering his state-capitalist regime!

The Chinese ”Communist” Party tried to make it look like they were willing to talk. Hu Yaobang’s successor even gave a emotional speech to call for the hunger strike to end. However the next day on 20 May, the government declared martial-law and ordered 250.000 troops into Beijing. Workers blocked off the roads into Tiananmen Square. It was clear that the students were not alone in fighting for change.  The army had no choice but to retreat to the city’s outskirts and wait for a general order to attack. Meanwhile the situation inside the square was getting disorganized. The demonstrators lacked an organization to lead them. There was no political force with a revolutionary leadership to coordinated between students and workers!

On 1 June 1989, premier Li Peng told the Politburo of the CCP that it was time to clear the square of ”terrorists” and ”counterrevolutionaries”. The Ministry of State Security agreed and openly called for violence against the students and workers. Inside Tiananmen Square there was growing disillusion as many students had become tired. They had been out in the open air for weeks and with different factions arguing with each other, it was clear that there was a general demoralization going on. The Politburo ordered the use of force to end the demonstrations on 3 June. Tanks and soldiers from the ”People’s Liquidation Army” started their march into the city!

This angered many, even those who were not part of the protests. With force the tanks made their way to Tiananmen Square. At 4 am, PLA soldiers claimed that they were following orders by the students themselves to clear the square. Another lie put up by the ”People’s Liquidation Army”. Students and workers stood side by side as they sang: The Internationale, the international anthem of the working class. Then the army moved in and destroyed the famous statue of the Goddess of Democracy. Those who did not moved freely were shot or rolled over by armored cars and tanks. As some tried to return to the square they were shot at. Next morning on 5 June, the world became witness to a famous scene between a lonely man and a column of PLA tanks!

One man with a shopping bag was able to stop five PLA tanks from moving. This ”Tank Man” has gone down in history. It is unknown who he was as his identity has not been revealed. ”Tank Man” became symbol of the brutal crackdown of 4 June 1989. Officially the government claimed that only 218 civilians were killed along with 10 soldiers. However it is save to say that between 1.000 and 3.000 Chinese were murdered. It was the most brutal mass-murder since the end of the Cultural Revolution. After the crackdown, the CCP was purged and Deng Xiaoping selected Jiang Zemin as the new general secretary. Jiang was a technocrat and in line with state-capitalism!

Deng went into retirement after 1992. He died of old age in 1997, praised by the world capitalist class. Jiang Zemin lay the groundwork for a technocratic China with little ideological commitment. In 2002, Hu Jintao succeed Jiang as the next party leader. For 11 years, China was ruled as a technocracy with millionaires and even billionaires entering the CCP as members. The technocracy led to massive increase in wealth, but only because Chinese workers became the most exploited working class of the world. Made in China is written on almost all plastic and electrical products. The Chinese may not design them, but they all produce them. Even Donald Trump’s hotels use products almost all made outside the USA!

Hu Jintao was replaced by Xi Jinping in 2012. This Xi ended the technocratic era and now embraced Chinese nationalism as the dominating ideology of the CCP. On paper the party is still a ”Marxist-Leninist” party guided by ”Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”. However we know that this is only a facade. The supporters of the CCP today are capitalists, nationalists, bureaucrats and militarists. Xi may use some Marxist talking points sometimes, but that is only done to keep the illusion alive that the Chinese ”Communist” Party remains revolutionary. Revolutionary Socialist Media has no illusions as we honor those brave students and workers, who in June 1989 stood side by side under The Internationale as they faced the ”People’s Liquidation Army”!

General Wei Fenghe and his boss are the enemy of the Chinese proletariat today. They are dressed in business suits and bourgeois army uniforms. The ”People’s Republic” of China is not a republic of people, it was not none under Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping or the technocratic leaders. Mainland China is a state-capitalist dictatorship that is competing with other powers for the wealth of this world. Xi Jinping uses nationalism to rally his country against others. This poison is typical as Donald Trump plays by the same nationalist rhetoric. Revolutionary socialists will never call China a socialist country. Despite the wall of lies spread by capitalist historians!

4 June 1989. A date that few will think of in China today. The regime will do anything to let the 30th anniversary go past. But class struggle is building and it is clear that the ”People’s Government”, the ”People’s Liberation Army” and the Chinese ”Communist” Party are hostile to the interests of the Chinese working class. Therefore in good old communist rhetoric, we calls for the overthrow of the Xi Jinping regime and the building of a Chinese socialist democracy, in honor of the 2.000 deaths on Tiananmen Square!

Despite all, never forget

尽管如此,永远不要忘记

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ANC loses more support

The elections in South Africa resulted in the worst results for the African National Congress. They ended up with 57,50% of the votes, compare this to 69% they had twenty years ago in 1999. It is clear that the only reason the corrupt ANC wins elections is due to voter loyalism. Most black workers vote ANC out of respect for what the party did in the fight against Apartheid. Few realize that Nelson Mandela betrayed the struggle in 1990, when he agreed not to carry out a socialist revolution. Mandela sold the black workers out by accepting the power structures of the white ruling class. By the time he was elected in 1994, the party was transformed into a pro-capitalist party along with the South African Communist Party!

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were able to portray themselves as a revolutionary party. With their opposition to the ANC’s corruption and revolutionary rhetoric, many black workers have come to see the EFF as a alternative to the corrupt political parties of capitalism. However revolutionary socialists are critical of the EFF for the fact that it is a very militarized group. Its members are dressed in uniforms and their leader (Julius Malema) is called ”Commander in Chief”. Also the Economic Freedom Fighters failed to rally young workers to vote. They only increased their support with 4,4% of the vote. Problematic is also their willingness to work with capitalist parties in local councils and their support for dictatorial figures (Robert Mugabe)!

Julius Malema himself is also in a world of trouble. He has been accused of corruption and although this has not yet hit the Economic Freedom Fighters, it will harm them in future elections when it becomes clear that Julius Malema and many high ranking EFF leaders are in fact corrupt. This is not new in South Africa, but the Economic Freedom Fighters have always claimed to stand against corruption. If Malema and his inner circle are found guilty and the evidence is clear, then the EFF will lose all credibility as a authentic force against political corruption!

In this election, revolutionary socialists called for a vote on a new leftist party called the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP). Founded in March 2019, the SRWP was set up by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, after they split from the Congress of South African Trade Unions. The African National Congress has been in a alliance with the main trade unions and the South African ”Communist” Party, who is communist only in name. In 2013, NUMSA broke off from COSATU due to the fact that the ANC failed to carry out the socialist principals of the Freedom Charter. The Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party was build by the leadership of NUMSA, but too late to be seen as a socialist alternative!

Most workers did not knew of the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party. The party only won 24.000 votes, despite that NUMSA has over 300.000 members. This meant that even among members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the SRWP was not seen as a socialist alternative to the ANC. Revolutionary socialists from the Workers And Socialist Party (WASP) warned that accepting money from billionaire Roy Singham and campaigning as a NUMSA party would not sit well. The SRWP should have been launched in 2013 after the split from COSATU as a party for all workers. The fact that it only happened in March this year shows the inability of the NUMSA leadership to build a workers party on a socialist program!

The ANC, COSATU and SACP (communist party) have completely discredit themselves by supporting the millionaire butcher of Marikana, Cyril Ramaphosa. This capitalist scum was made leader of the ANC in 2017. It shows the complete degeneration of the former anti-Apartheid party into a typical corrupt capitalist force. Ramaphosa owns at least 500 million dollars in personal wealth. This while the poverty level stands at 50%, meaning that half of all black workers are living in relative to absolute poverty. Even white workers are growing poor due to the corrupt politics of the ANC. The growth of the EFF is a direct result of the desperation and anger. Right now the African National Congress wins elections only out of voter loyalism!

Voter turnout was 65%, this is low for South Africa were voters used to come out in massive force to vote. In 1994, over 86% of all voters came to cast their vote. The turnout has now been reduced to 65%, meaning that 1/3 of the electorate does not believe that voting helps them. As the ANC carries out more capitalist politics with an increase rise in corruption and poverty, it is clear that life in South Africa will remain hard for black workers. The failure of the SRWP shows that a workers party cannot be build from the top-down. Workers will not vote for a party that looks like a mixture of the capitalistic South African ”Communist” Party and the militaristic Economic Freedom Fighters. Stalinist top-down thinking will not build a party for workers!

The only thing NUMSA and the SRWP can do is participate in the building of a genuine workers party. But that would require them to understand that they failed, their ”Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party” project is a complete humiliation. Only 24,000 voted for this supposed ”workers party”, while over 276.000 NUMSA members voted on other parties. NUMSA should abandon their failed political project and this sectarian believe that they are the vanguard of the working class. The union must join with other left formations in the new South African Federation of Trade Unions ”Working Class Summit”!

 

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The SRWP looks like a mixture between the capitalistic SACP and militaristic EFF

A socialist Europa is needed

In late May there will be elections to the European parliament of the European Union. Revolutionary socialists know that there is little support for the parliament, because true power is centralized in the unelected European Commission. The parliament has little real power as the EU is build mainly for big business and the free flow of money. We therefore reject the union and call for a socialist Europe. Unfortunately this is not the position of the European left-wing, who are stuck in illusions about reforming the EU or they have a nationalist view! 

The European left-wing is divided in two main groups. One reformist group and one nationalist one. The reformists want to reform the European Union by working inside the established institutions. However these reformists fail to understand that the union is build on capitalist principals and that any attempt to change it from the inside would result in opposition from the mighty European Commission, that works as a mouthpiece of the national capitalist governments. The Treaty of Maastricht in 1992 established the EU as a single capitalist market economy with open borders. Revolutionary socialists do not oppose open borders, we do however reject the market economy that allows western capitalist companies to move jobs to low income EU nations like Bulgaria or Romania!

Next to the reformist camp are the left-wing nationalists. These leftists oppose the EU and use nationalist rhetoric against Brussels. In their propaganda they rightfully reject the union, but they offer no international socialist alternative. An example is the Dutch: Socialist Party. This party is moderate civil-nationalist and wants to keep a lot of political power in the hands of the Netherlands. Their vision of Europa is of vague cooperation between countries, not a single European state. We agree with their opposition to the current EU, however giving more power to a national government is no alternative. Our alternative is a Europe that is socialist, with a democratic planned economy build and operated by working class people!

We oppose leftist reformists and leftist nationalists. We are internationalists who support a unified Europa, but only under a socialist system. Our European Federal Socialist Republic would also have a single currency and economy, but in contrast to the EU it will serve working class people. A socialist European government would end the exploitation of the poor nations and makes sure that wealth is fairly distributed. The present EU is a loose union with little political unity. This is understandable because the union is not build to unite people, it is build as a tool of the European capitalist class. The European Commission is made up of politicians elected by the national governments, not directly by the people of Europe!

When we talk about the European left-wing we exclude the old social democratic parties. European social-democracy may use left-wing rhetoric but they are not leftist when it comes to governing. The only social democratic party that may return to its leftist roots is the British: Labour Party. But the others have gone too far down the path of neoliberalism. Still, the European social democrats are portrayed by the capitalist media as ”leftist” and many workers still have illusions in them. This is why the social democratic group in the European parliament is larger compared to the actual European left-wing. A person like Bernie Sanders might be shocked to find out that many of his ideas are no longer enforced by the parties he considers role models!

This is the biggest difference between the left-wing of Europa and social-democracy of Europe. The actual left-wing is made up of moderate socialists, leftist social democrats, leftist greens (in opposition to the pro-EU green group), moderate communists and leftist nationalists. What they lack is a strong revolutionary socialist current. Inside the European Parliament the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (EUL/NGL) is the main political group of the European left-wing. Social democrats are united in the much larger ”Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats” (S&D). Despite using the name ”socialist”, the S&D political group is not socialist!

The S&D political group is pro-EU, meaning that they support the union and its institutions. They are called the ”pro-European left-wing” by the capitalist media, which is actual a false presentation. Instead they should be called the: ”pro-capitalist pseudo-left-wing” as S&D member parties do not oppose capitalism, the single market economy and the austerity cuts that the EU enforces. Another pseudo-leftist group that is supportive of the European-Union are the greens. Despite starting as a critic of capitalist exploitation of men and nature, many greens abandoned their anti-capitalism and embraced the illusion that they can reform capitalism within the union!

There have been two revolutionary socialists elected to the European parliament between 2009 and 2014. Joe Higgins of the Irish: Socialist Party was elected in 2009. Unlike other members of the EUL/NGL group, Higgins choose to fight very aggressively against the EU establishment. He did this from a internationalist vision and did not fought for Irish workers only. Higgins saw himself as a fighter for all European workers and used his seat to combat not the right-wing, but also the S&D and their support of capitalist politics. Central in Joe Higgins fight was his commitment to a socialist Europe, which made him different compared to other EUL/NGL politicians, who’s propaganda did not aim for socialism!

In 2011, Joe Higgins was elected into the Irish parliament for the Socialist Party. His seat in the European parliament was taken-over by Paul Murphy. This revolutionary has the same fighting spirit as ”old Joe” and he was a true fighter, an annoyance to the establishment. Murphy lost his seat in 2014 after another Irish leftist party choose to compete against him in the EU elections. This caused the authentic anti-capitalist leftist vote to be split. His lose was a sad result of sectarianism which is also a problem among the left-wing. In 2019, the Socialist Party has put forward Rita Harrold as a candidate for the EU parliament. Knowing the fighting spirit of Higgins and Murphy, European workers would have a strong voice with her!

Unfortunate there are no known revolutionary socialists like those of Rita Harrold, who can be elected. Other European leftist candidates are either reformists, nationalists or between both. The EUL/NGL group is very loose and has no clear socialist ideology. It makes no clear definition of socialism and gives its members the freedom to make their own interpretation. This is why you had the internationalist Irish: Socialist Party next to hard-nationalists like the Romanian Socialist Party, Party of Socialists of Moldova and moderate-nationalist Dutch: Socialist Party. Also part of the EUL/NGL group are leftist social democrats, who may claim to be ”democratic socialists” but who are reformist enough to compromise with the ruling class!

A united workers party is what Europe needs. Consider the ideological weakness of the EUL/NGL group, it seems this is unlikely to happen. There is a European wide political party of leftists called the European Left Party. It is headed however by reformists who do not call for socialism. Also the European Left Party recently split due to the support its leadership gave to Alexis Tsipras in Greece. This pseudo-leftist came to power with the promise of stopping European imposed austerity. The EU reacted very aggressively and Tsipras capitulated. Like others before him, Tsipras proofed that reformist socialists can never brake with the system. Because they have not the political will to do it!

Braking with the establishment is not easy. A single socialist nation cannot survive surrounded by a hostile capitalist world. This is why the revolution must spread to other countries. The weakness of Tsipras lay in his inability to move beyond capitalism. As a former communist he should have known that Greek capitalism would never bow to his regulations. Gregor Gysi who leads the European Left Party claims that Tsipras did what he could. The left-wing therefore must not abandon the Greek government only because they cowered before the might of the European Commission. Revolutionary socialists disagree with this position. Alexis Tsipras is a traitor and weakling, who abandoned the Greek workers just like the social democrats did before him!

This betrayal of working class people is why the far-right is growing. Social democrats have abandoned their socialist roots, but the refusal of the European left-wing to brake with capitalism and fight for a socialist Europa, is why they do not profit from the deep anger and hostility many workers have towards the capitalist establishment. Revolutionary socialists will keep up the internationalist banner and call for a unified socialist Europe under control of working class people. 100 years ago, Soviet Russia was under siege by hostile capitalist forces. ”Democratic” European governments did their best to destroy the revolution. Unlike Tsipras however they prevailed and capitalism did not return until late 1980’s!

The 2019 EU elections will not result in a major victory for the left-wing. They may win a few extra seats, or they might lose more as they did in 2014. Working class Europeans do not look at the left-wing as a alternative, due to its inability to put forward a socialist program. In a world poisoned by growing racism against migrants and Muslims, many workers might fall for the far-right. It is up to the left-wing to expose the far-right as agents of capitalism. Their voting record should proof that they do not vote in the interests of the working class. With no clear socialist program for a unified Europe, workers are faced with left-wing parties who stand either on reformist ideas or nationalist ones!

Our vision is clear. We say:

  • No to this European Union
  • No to the European Commission
  • No to the capitalist market economy
  • No to racism, hatred of migrants and ethnic nationalism
  • Yes to a unified socialist Europe
  • Yes to a democratic planned economy under management of workers themselves
  • Yes to a European workers party on a socialist program
  • Yes to open borders and internationalism

If the left-wing would follow these ideas, then it could win back the support of millions. Because there is need for socialist politics, in a Europe dominated by big money and huge income inequality!

 

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Venezuela: No to the coup, no to the government

Juan Guaído the self-appointed ”President of Venezuela” has abused Labour Day to call for a counterrevolution against the official government of Nicolas Maduro. Millions of working class people are suffering due to massive state mismanagement, U.S imposed sanctions and attempts by the ruling class to sabotage the ruined economy. At the same time the U.S Empire is working closely with Guaído to install him as the next leader of Venezuela. That is what Donald Trump wants, a puppet like Guaído taking control of the largest oil reserve on the planet!

The world capitalist media has been attacking the Maduro government for years now. Using their bureaucratic and top-down methods as a weapon to discredit the ideas of socialism. Venezuela is often used by right-wing personalities to smear leftists and anybody who stands for socialism. Revolutionary socialists have always been critical of President Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez (1999-2013). However unlike most bourgeois-democrats, we do not accept Juan Guaído nor his violent attempts to overthrow Maduro. The authoritarian reaction of the Venezuelan government is because the opposition is using violence and even murder!

On Labour Day (1 May), Juan Guaído called for the army to stand with him in the overthrow of Nicolas Maduro. Guaído has been calling for violent demonstrations for two months now. But the reality is that he lacks popular support. Yes, millions do not support the current president, but that does not mean they all ally themselves with a guy who is supported by imperialist powers. Working class people are critical of Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), many even rejecting him. But that does not translate into automatic support for Guaído, who’s agenda is to bring political power back to the class who used to control all aspects of the country!

Media outlets have portrayed Guaído very positively. CNN, Sky News and many other western news networks show him as a ”genuine democratic” leader. They do not mention his program and what consequences that would have for the poor. Pro-government supporters are almost never shown and it gives you the picture that Nicolas Maduro is only supported by the state-bureaucracy and the army. The Venezuelan president they call a dictator and the country a dictatorship. In reality the opposition has been free to speak out. They have organized huge anti-Maduro rallies for six years now. Never have they been silenced or oppressed. The media of Venezuela remains in private capitalist hands with only one network supporting the government!

Juan Guaído attempt to get the army on his side failed. But this does not mean that the military will back Nicolas Maduro forever. In Venezuela, the armed forces are the third pillar of power (with the government and capitalist class acting as the other pillars). If that military pillar fears that it loses power and privileges (as they would under genuine socialism), army officials will happily drop all ”revolutionary”rhetoric and join the side of Juan Guaído and his American masters. This may happen in the future as nothing in certain. This is why we call for a socialist revolution, to prevent the restoration of full capitalist control over the nation. Nicolas Maduro cannot be trusted to be the leader for the working class as he and Hugo Chavez created the military pillar of power!

A few anti-government demonstrators have been killed in clashes with security police. No doubt their deaths will be portrayed as ”proof” that the Maduro government is ”evil”. Nothing will be mentioned about the violence and brutal assaults that the opposition is enforcing against those who support Maduro. When European anarchists choose to attack police officers and vandalize shops, the capitalist media is the first to denounce the whole revolutionary left as ”violent scum”. However in the case of Venezuela, things are different. This is because the anti-Maduro opposition is led by people who want to restore capitalist control. Therefore the newspapers and news networks owned by billionaires, will never portray the supporters of Juan Guaído as ”violent”!

Nicolas Maduro has been very modest in dealing with the opposition. Next to Juan Guaído is Leopoldo López, his mentor who has been called a political prisoner after he was jailed by the government. López was freed from prison by soldiers royal to Guaído and fled into the embassy of Spain. Politically he and Guaído are not right-wing or even liberal. The political party Popular Will, to which the two belong is in fact social democratic and a member of the pseudo-Socialist International. Popular Will is portraying itself as a progressive center-leftist party. In reality Leopoldo López has proclaimed to be a support of the markets and he rejects price controls. He also wants to privatize the oil sector and that is why he is supported by western imperialism!

Due to the failure of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro to build a socialist society, people like Juan Guaído and Leopoldo López are winning support. Until 2013, their base of supporters was limited to the middle class and upper class of Venezuela. However now even the working and poor classes are drawn to the propaganda of the opposition. Partly out of disillusion, but mostly because of desperation. There is no shortage of food, but there is huge inflation and wages are so low many workers cannot pay for basic needs (water, food, electricity) anymore. The capitalist media portrays this as a failure of socialism, when in reality it was the failure of Chavez to mix capitalism with elements of state interventionism (social-democracy)!

In a real dictatorship like Saudi-Arabia (fully supported by the USA), anti-government demonstrators would have been murdered at the first day of protests. Saudi forces waste no time in hunting down and killing those who stand against the king. Nicolas Maduro has done nothing alike. Never has Juan Guaído been jailed despite that he has a record of a brutal violent street thug, a guy known for attacking police forces since 2007. Leopoldo López was jailed, but only after he initiated violent demonstrations. For years, Lopez has been leading opposition marches against Hugo Chavez, who never ordered his arrest. It was only after the western world choose to ally themselves with the Venezuelan opposition, that right-wing leaders started to use violence more often, as we seen in 2014 and 2017!

The failure of the May Coup by the opposition maybe due to the fact that many Venezuelans now understand that people like Juan Guaído and his mentor López are underdogs for foreign imperialists. We known that Guaído is working very closely with the Americans and there is one man who has been installed by Trump to be his Special Representative in Venezuela: Elliott Abrams, a convicted criminal who participated in the Iran-Contra scandal during the Reagan administration. He also was part of the George W. Bush government and gave green light for the failed 2002 coup against Chavez. Elliott Abrams is now trying to finish what he started 17 years ago. He wants to install a government that will privatize the oil sector, which would give American oil capitalists free reign over the largest oil reserves on the planet!

After they realized that the army would not support their coup (again), Guaído and Lopez fled. The mentor was able to get into the embassy of Spain, but Guaído has disappeared again. Revolutionary socialists have said it before. We call for massive mobilization of working class Venezuelans and poor against the coup attempts. At the same time we give no political support to the PSUV and their leader Nicolas Maduro. What to be done is building a true socialist Venezuela, under democratic control of workers councils (as the soviets in Russia 1917). The Bolivarian Revolution has stagnated for six years now and if the working class does not intervene, it will collapse to a violent and brutal counterrevolution!

The supporters of the International Marxist Tendency in Venezuela say:

  • Jail Guaidó,
  • Disband the coup-plotting National Assembly,
  • Strengthen and spread the Bolivarian militias,
  • Respond to the seizing of assets by expropriating foreign multinationals,
  • Expropriate the coup-plotting bourgeoisie,
  • Workers control of production,
  • Down with the PSUV bureaucracy,
  • Complete the revolution with rank-and-file organisation.

 

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Guaído failed again, now he is on the run.