Capitalism Sucks! Cold War Starts Up Again! Nuclear War Looms!

Capitalism Sucks! Cold War Starts Up Again! Nuclear War Looms!
By Wolf Larsen

Barack Obama and the Republicans have restarted the Cold War with Russia. Both Democrats and Republicans are saber-rattling over the Russian invasion of the Crimea.

I remember the old Cold War with the Soviet Union. Many liberals and conservatives both supported the previous Cold War. The Democrats engaged in Cold War saber-rattling just like the Republicans. And it was the Democrat John F. Kennedy that brought the world to the brink of nuclear holocaust during the Cuban missile crisis.

Barack Obama, the Republicans, and the American news media are trying to portray Russia as the sole aggressor here. However, expanding NATO to the very borders of Russia has no doubt increased tensions with Moscow. The expansion of NATO to Russia’s border makes the United States and its Western European allies an aggressor too! Down with NATO! Defend Russia against NATO aggression! (Defending Russia against NATO expansion and American imperialist aggression does not entail one ounce of political support to the capitalist dictator in the Kremlin.)

The Baltic states such as Lithuania and Estonia, which used to form part of the Soviet Union, are now members of NATO. If Russia were to invade these countries the United States and Russia would be in a state of war. Perhaps, the increasing tensions right on Russia’s doorstep may bring about a nuclear war.

I was at the Peace Museum in Hiroshima. I find it doubtful that the human race will survive a nuclear war between Russia and the United States. At any rate, civilization as we know it will cease to exist in the event of a nuclear war. And all of the people of Russia and the United States will be dead, except for the warmongering idiots in both countries who push the atomic button, because they have bunkers.

It is obvious that capitalist politicians and dictators cannot be trusted with the atomic bomb. Capitalism will eventually lead to World War III. The nuclear bombs are sitting there in the arsenals of Russia and United States waiting for the day when they will be used. It is only a question of time. Will there be a nuclear war this year, or a decade from now, or even 100 years from now? Eventually, the nuclear weapons will be used. And the human race will probably go extinct.

The American news media and the politicians of both political parties in Washington would have us believe that the dictator in the Kremlin is the enemy of the American worker. Not so! The enemy of the American worker is in Washington, and on Wall Street. It is the capitalist pigs and their prostitute-politicians that have brought misery to millions of American workers. Wages are stagnant, unemployment is still high, and the rich are richer than ever! And so many people have lost their homes in the wave of foreclosures from sea to shining sea. And electing a black president has done nothing to improve the lives of black workers, who are suffering even more than white workers!

More than ever, the American working class needs to throw out the garbage in both Washington and on Wall Street. It’s time for the American working class to build its own political party – a workers party! A workers party will fight for peace!

And let us remember that it is completely hypocritical for American politicians and the news media to complain about Russia invading former areas of the Soviet Union, when in fact the United States has invaded countless countries itself! Most recently, the United States invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. And what about Vietnam? In fact, the United States stole half of Mexico! If the Washington politicians want Putin to give back the Crimea, perhaps Washington should give the Southwestern states back to Mexico!

Why do the politicians in Washington care about Ukraine anyway? The politicians in Washington and the American news media talk about the freedom of the Ukrainian people, but what about the freedom of the American people? One out of every four people in jail in the world is in jail in the USA! Plus the NSA surveillance apparatus is engaging in massive spying on the American people! Not to mention the Patriot Act, the war on drugs, and NDAA! All this talk about freedom for the Ukrainian people is nothing but a bunch of hypocrisy! In fact, this is about money! American corporations want Ukraine as a market for their goods, but Russian corporations want Ukraine as a market for their goods instead. This is economic competition, and economic wars lead to shooting wars!

It is not up to the politicians in Washington to throw out the garbage in the Kremlin. It is up to the Russian workers themselves to throw out the garbage in the Kremlin. It is up to the Russian working class to throw the Russian capitalist oligarchy in the garbage can.

It is clear that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can be trusted with the atomic bomb. These capitalist politicians need to get a new job! If the Democrats believe that a minimum wage of $10 is sufficient, than let the Democratic politicians flip hamburgers for $10 an hour. If the Republicans believe that a minimum wage of $7 is sufficient, than let the Republican politicians flip hamburgers for $7 an hour.

To save the world from the eventual certainty of nuclear war, it is important that the working class seize power for itself in a workers revolution. Follow the road of Lenin and Trotsky! Those who labor must rule! And when the working class rules the world, and the world is socialist, the nuclear bombs of the world will be destroyed. And there will be no more wars. And the working class will live in prosperity and peace. Instead of bombs, there will be jobs. Jobs for everyone! And the minimum wage will be doubled! Under socialism there will also be free quality childcare, equal pay for equal work, free quality medical care, free higher education, good pensions, and affordable decent housing for all! When socialism rules the planet, not one dime will be spent on war and armaments.

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Trotskyism vs. Stalinism

Trotskyism vs. Stalinism
by Wolf Larsen

The difference between Trotskyism and Stalinism is like the difference between night and day. Trotskyists support gay rights and equality. The Soviet Union under Lenin & Trotsky took all homophobic laws off the books back in 1919. Stalin brought back homophobia, and there has been repression against homosexuals in many Stalinist countries.

Trotskyists are strong supporters of the rights of women. The Soviet Union gave women the right to an abortion back in 1919. The Soviet Union also gave women the right to vote a year before in the United States. Women in the Soviet Union also got the right to free childcare, something women in the US still don’t have. In addition, long before it happened in the US, women in the Soviet Union were encouraged to take jobs that before were reserved only for men. That was the Soviet Union of Lenin & Trotsky.

Trotskyists strongly criticized the disgusting Stalin-Hitler pact, which was a betrayal of fundamental communist principles. In addition, Trotskyists repeatedly criticized the Stalinists for selling out the international working class. Again and again the Stalinists forced “communist” parties in other countries to unite with an imaginary “progressive” bourgeoisie. Such alliances with a non-existent “progressive” bourgeoisie cost many workers their lives. The “progressive” General Chiang Kai-shek murdered thousands of Chinese workers in Shanghai in 1923. And the left lost the Spanish Civil War because of the Stalinist idiotic policy of looking for a “progressive” bourgeoisie to unite with. Also, Chilean General Pinochet also murdered thousands of “leftists”. These are just some of the many bloody setbacks caused by sell-out Stalinist policies.

Trotskyists do not seek any alliance with a “progressive” bourgeoisie. There is no “progressive” bourgeoisie. Trotskyists support a workers revolution, which will bring WORKERS democracy. After a workers revolution the working class will elect pro-worker officials to office, and those officials will be subject to instant recall. Those members of the bourgeoisie that peacefully accept WORKERS democracy will have the right to go get a job. Under socialism, everyone will have the right to a job. The minimum wage will be doubled. All student debt/loans will be canceled. Everyone will have the right to free quality medical care, free higher education, free childcare, free abortion on demand, equal pay for equal work, affordable decent housing, etc. (People should get something for their taxes besides endless war and bailouts for the rich.) And under socialism racial discrimination will not be tolerated, and nor will homophobia. There’ll be equal rights for gays and immigrants.

The first step towards accomplishing all of this is to build a workers party. Forget about the Democrats and the Republicans – they’re both on the side of the rich.

During the Cold War Trotskyists defended the Soviet Union against American imperialism, while calling for a political revolution by the working class to oust the Stalinist bureaucracy. Today’s Trotskyists defend Stalinist countries like China against American imperialism. Trotskyists also defend what remains of the planned economy in China. However, Trotskyists call for a political revolution by the working class against the Stalinist regime in countries like China. Trotskyists support the struggle for workers democracy.

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Workers Vanguard is the Best Newspaper on the American Left!

Workers Vanguard is the Best Newspaper on the American Left!

I am not a member of the Spartacist League, which puts out Workers Vanguard. However, one of the many things I like about the Spartacist League and their newspaper Workers Vanguard is that they don’t kiss the ass of the Democrats.

One thing – one very disgusting thing – that unites much of the pathetic “left” in the USA is that they kiss the ass of the Democrats. The American “left” loves kissing the ass of the Democrats! One way or another, they preach to us the nonsense that the Democrats are the lesser evil. This is nonsense! The Democrats escalated the war in Vietnam, the Democrats escalated the war in Afghanistan under Obama, they voted for the Patriot Act, and Barack Obama signed NDAA. NDAA gives the American military the right to disappear Americans, without so much as a trial.

The working class needs its own political party. A party that will fight for peace, a party that will fight for our civil liberties, a party that will fight to defend our unions, a party that will fight for jobs for all, a party that will fight to double the minimum wage!

The Spartacist League – which puts out Workers Vanguard – calls for the creation of such a workers party.

Workers Vanguard comes out about twice a month. You can read it for free on the Internet. If the link below doesn’t work you can copy and paste it into your browser, or you can Google Workers Vanguard the newspaper. Check it out:

http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wv/index.html

Workers Vanguard

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Capitalism Sucks! Obama is a Terrorist Just Like Bush!

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Capitalism Sucks! Forget About Reforming Capitalism!

Capitalism Sucks! Reforming Capitalism Is Pointless!
An essay by Wolf Larsen

Reforming capitalism is pointless. It’s time to throw capitalism in the garbage can.

Capitalism has rotted to the point where it’s beyond repair. Throughout Europe workers are suffering under endless austerity measures, while the big banks and the bourgeoisie are profiting from this misery.

In the United States we are in the worst recession since the Great Depression, with no end in sight. Of course, that hasn’t hurt corporate profits, which are up while the American workers suffer unemployment and stingy wages.

The unfair distribution of wealth has reached obscene proportions. Half-a-dozen members of the Walton family (that own Walmart) now have more wealth than 90 million Americans combined.

Things in the Third World are even worse. Half of the human race survives on less than two dollars a day.

And it’s naïve to think that you can reform the system for the betterment of the workers. Throughout history workers have paid for this illusion with their lives. Leftist Chilean workers & students were slaughtered by the thousands in the aftermath of General Pinochet’s coup d’état in 1973. Similarly, ten thousand leftist Chinese workers who thought that they could work with the Chinese bourgeoisie to form a “progressive” government were slaughtered by General Chaing Kai-shek back in 1927. Illusions in a “progressive” Spanish bourgeoisie was equally disastrous during the Spanish Civil War.

When the workers have the illusion that they can reform the capitalist system they pay for this illusion with their lives.

Many workers in America think that Barack Obama or the Democrats are the answer. They couldn’t be more wrong. Barack Obama has attacked civil liberties just like Bush. Barack Obama signed NDAA into law. NDAA gives the military the right to disappear Americans without so much as a trial.

And why should the workers share the wealth with the bourgeoisie? The bourgeoisie are worthless. They live like 19th century French royalty and they contribute nothing to society. In fact, the bourgeoisie’s relentless pursuit of profit brings endless war, union-busting, ecological devastation, and economic crisis like the one were experiencing now. And this latest economic crisis was caused by the bourgeoisie’s derivatives schemes. If you want to know who is causing endless suffering in the world it’s the bourgeoisie and their capitalist politicians.

When something doesn’t work and is beyond repair you throw it away in the garbage can. Capitalism is like an old used-up broken-down car that needs to be towed to the garbage dump.

The time has come for the workers to rule, and for the bourgeoisie to get a job. The time has come for socialism. The time has come for workers to rule!

And socialism is not a Stalinist dictatorship. Socialism is workers democracy. Today’s socialists/communists are Trotskyists. Trotskyists are opposed to a Stalinist type dictatorship. Trotskyists want to form a workers government where the elected leaders are subject to instant recall.

Right now there is no workers democracy anywhere in the world. There is only bourgeois democracy. Bourgeois democracy is democracy for the rich.

Under bourgeois democracy workers have the right to be unemployed, become homeless, die for lack of affordable medical care, etc. Under bourgeois democracy the workers have the right to decide which capitalist politician will administer union-busting, endless wars, endless austerity, etc.

Under workers democracy workers will have the right to elect their leaders, plus workers will have the right to a job, a decent minimum wage, free quality medical care, free quality childcare, affordable quality housing, equal pay for equal work, free abortion on demand, etc.

Socialism is workers democracy. Power to the working class! Throw the bourgeoisie out of power! Throw capitalism in the garbage can!

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Capitalism Sucks! Capitalism Has Outlived its Purpose. Capitalism is Rotting from Within & Without

Capitalism Sucks! Capitalism Has Outlived its Purpose. Capitalism is Rotting from Within & Without
by Wolf Larsen

Capitalism had its progressive era, but that era is over. The American bourgeoisie, for example, used to invest in factories, railroads, etc. Now the American bourgeoisie makes their money on speculative schemes like derivatives.

In Europe capitalism is in real bad shape. Much of the continent is in crisis. Working people are forced to suffer under austerity measures, and they’re forced to sacrifice for the benefit of the bankers and the rest of the ruling class. The bourgeoisie are forcing the European workers to pay for the economic collapse caused by the boom and bust cycle of capitalism.

The situation in Europe resembles a freefall. The more austerity measures these governments impose the more the economy declines.

Meanwhile, fascist groups like Golden Dawn in Greece, are attacking immigrants in a similar manner that the Nazis attacked Jews.

In capitalist Latin America where I have spent much of my life, the vast majority of people live in poverty while the rich live it up.

The time has come to throw capitalism in the garbage can. To do that you need a workers revolution. Follow the road of Lenin & Trotsky.

One of the posters made false claims regarding the government of Lenin & Trotsky. Remember, that under Lenin & Trotsky women got right to vote one year before they got the right to vote in the US. Women got the right to an abortion in the Soviet Union in 1919. Women were also given the right to free quality childcare. Homophobic laws were taken off the books in 1919 as well.

It was Stalin who took away many of these rights. Stalin was a scumbag. Much of the repression the anti-communists talk about took place under Stalin.

However, even under Stalin working people still had the right to a job, free child care, free medical care, and affordable housing. People in the USA don’t have these rights.

Here in the USA we are losing what rights we have. The Republican Congress passed and Obama signed into law NDAA: which gives the Army the right to disappear Americans without so much as a trial. And then there’s the Patriot Act. And the war on drugs. One out of every four persons in jail in the world is in jail in the USA.

Choosing between the Democrats and Republicans is like choosing between AIDS and cancer. Both political parties support the bourgeoisie. We need to build a workers party.

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Read Workers Vanguard!

Workers Vanguard is the best newspaper on the American left! Workers Vanguard is the newspaper of the Spartacist League – and the Spartacist League does not kiss the ass of the Democratic Party. The Spartacist League calls for the formation of a workers party. A workers party will fight for jobs for all, raising the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, free abortion on demand, equal rights for immigrants, equal rights for gays & lesbians, black equality, and a workers party will fight to protect our pensions and our unions. I am not a member of the Spartacist League. I urge everyone to check out their website:

http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wv/index.html

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Capitalism Sucks!

Capitalism Sucks!
by Wolf Larsen

There’s too much war. There’s too much poverty. There’s too much unemployment. There’s too much homelessness. There’s too many people working their butts off for low wages. Meanwhile the capitalist pigs are getting richer than ever.

Walk down the streets of America. What do you see? Lots of misery! While the capitalist pigs got bailouts much of the rest of the population got royally screwed. So many people lost their jobs, and then they lost their homes. Others are losing their pensions. Wages are stagnant, while corporate profits are up up up!

Sadly, more women than ever are engaging in informal prostitution to supplement their meager incomes. Before the latest economic crisis it was common enough to see pretty young women with their sugar daddies in the more affluent parts of any major city. But now with this economic crisis it’s quite common to see pretty young women with sugar granddaddys. It’s sad. But a lot of young women feel that they don’t have a choice. They have rent and mortgages to pay, and they don’t want to join the legions of homeless begging in the streets.

A lot of people still can’t find a job. A lot of employed people are having trouble paying their bills with the low wages they receive. The unequal distribution of wealth just keeps getting worse and worse. For example, a few members of the Walton family (who own Walmart) have more money than the poorest 30 percent of Americans combined. And Walmart workers struggle to get by on minimum wage.

There are many homeless on the streets of American cities. And yet many condominiums and houses are empty. This is the inefficiency and insanity of the capitalist system.

The number of closed factories is so high that the American Midwest is known as the “rust belt”.

It is time to rebuild America. Capitalism just doesn’t work for us anymore, or rather it only works for the rich. In the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century the bourgeoisie invested the money to help build factories. But now the bourgeoisie damages the economy with their endless speculative schemes (like derivatives & junk bonds). The bourgeoisie take all the endless profits they make from our labor and they hide it in places like the Cayman Islands. America is becoming a shell of its former self, because of the endless greed of the bourgeoisie.

Under socialism the USA will would be rebuilt. Massive amounts of money will be injected into infrastructure and new industry, and everyone will have the right to a job. The minimum wage will be substantially increased. Quality medical care will be free for all. Women will be paid equal wages for equal work, and there will be free quality childcare for working women. Under socialism, the ill begotten wealth of the bourgeoisie will be confiscated, and the bourgeoisie will have to get a job!

The first step toward socialism is to build a workers party. Forget about the Democrats and the Republicans – the politicians of both political parties are basically prostitutes of the bourgeoisie.

Those who work must rule! America needs a workers revolution.

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Capitalism Sucks! War Criminal Obama Wins Reelection to the White House.

Capitalism Sucks! War Criminal Obama Wins Reelection to the White House.
By Wolf Larsen

Obama – who gave huge bailouts to the big corporations – is a friend of the rich. And during his first four years in office Obama deported over one million immigrants – the highest number in over 50 years. In addition, Barack Obama increased the number of American troops in Afghanistan by threefold. Obama has also increased the use of the predator drone program.

And to paraphrase the excellent leftist newspaper Workers Vanguard: Barack Obama promised black people nothing, and that is exactly what he has given them.

Not that Romney was any different. Mitt Romney is a white version of Barack Obama, and Obama is a white version of Mitt Romney. While the actual PR packaging of these two politicians is very different, their policies are virtually identical.

Both the Republicans and the Democrats want to make cutbacks in Medicare. And the Republicans are simply more honest and straightforward about being anti-union than the Democrats. The Democrats may say pretty words about labor. But the fact is the Democrats send in the cops to attack workers on the picket line just like the Republicans. Democratic politicians across the country have been attacking the pensions of state workers just like Republican politicians.

The Democrats are also enemies of the poor just like the Republicans. It was the Democrat Bill Clinton who “ended welfare as we know it.”

Let’s not forget the role of the Democrats in oppressing black people. It was the Democrats that defeated Reconstruction, thus dooming black people to another 150 years of racist oppression. For many years the Democrats were the preferred party of the Ku Klux Klan. The Jim Crow laws of the South were implemented by Democratic politicians. And black capitalist politicians oppress black people just like white capitalist politicians. It was Wilson Goode, a black Democrat, who murdered a dozen black activists and their children in cold blood in the MOVE bombing of May, 1985. Remember, American capitalism got rich off of black slave labor. The racist oppression of black people is in the blood of American capitalism – black faces in high places do not change the inherently racist nature of American capitalism. The only way to free black workers – and white and Latino workers – is to smash capitalism into pieces with a workers revolution. Workers of all races unite!

The conservative section of the American ruling class hates having a black man in the White House. They are racist as hell. But the fact is Barack Obama has continued the same rotten policies of George Bush, the only difference being that Obama is far more effective and intelligent than his predecessor. There are signs (like the Republican debates earlier this year) that the conservative section of the ruling class has gone off the deep end. Apparently, they are losing their marbles.

It makes no difference if a black man or a white man in the White House attacks civil liberties, undermines labor, engages in endless warfare abroad, etc.

The main difference between the liberal and the conservative wings of the ruling class is how they administer capitalism. The Democrats prefer to placate labor, the poor, minorities, gays, and women with lots of pretty words. But when you look at the actual policies of the Democrats they are virtually identical to the Republicans.

White and black workers need to think more about their common interests. Black and white workers (along with their working-class Latino brothers and sisters) need to unite to fight together for better pay, better pensions, free quality medical care for all, free childcare for all working women, etc.

White, black, and Latino workers need to unite together to build their own party – a workers party. To hell with the Democrats and Republicans!

Both white workers and black workers have an enemy in the White House. Just like Mitt Romney and the Republicans Barack Obama is the enemy of working people the world over. Barack Obama is a war criminal.

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