Democratic Foreign Policy

February 12, 2013

The struggle against war and imperialism is a vital part of the struggle of the American working class and people.

In the present conditions, the immediate program of the Workers Party calls for a genuinely democratic foreign policy. This program calls for

— the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed abroad.

— an end to all aggressive military alliances and pacts such as NATO.

— an end to U.S. interference and aggression in all its forms.

— respect for the sovereignty and independence of every country and the right of every people to determine their own social, economic and political system.

This immediate program aims at putting the initiative into the hands of the anti-war, anti-militarist movement by making it pro-active rather than merely reactive. It aims at uniting the various currents of the anti-war, anti-militarist movement into one mighty torrent and at developing it as an independent movement in opposition to and struggle against the monopoly capitalist class and the imperialist system.

The immediate program for a democratic foreign policy corresponds with the proletarian internationalist ideology of the Workers Party.

Proletarian internationalism is expressed in that great slogan of the Communist Manifesto: “Workers of All Countries, Unite!” This slogan expresses the fact that, regardless of nationality, the oppression of the worker arises from the same conditions – from the capitalist system based on the exploitation of wage-labor. The slogan “Workers of All Countries, Unite!” also expresses the fact the workers in every country are waging a common struggle for emancipation, a struggle against capitalism and for the victory of socialism. In fact, in the world today – when the biggest monopoly groups and imperialist states have stretched their net of exploitation over the entire globe – the working class struggle is not only directed against the common class of capitalist exploiters but often against the very same capitalists.

In the beginning of the 20th century, alongside the slogan “Workers of All Countries, Unite,” the international working class movement also inscribed on its banner: “Workers and Oppressed Nations and Peoples of the World, Unite!” This slogan arose from the fact that capitalism had “grown” into a world system of colonialism and imperialism. One billion and more people, enslaved by the colonial system, took the field against capitalist-imperialism by initiating anti-colonial, national liberation movements.

These two great movements – the working class movement for emancipation and the national liberation movements of the oppressed nations and peoples – are the principal motive forces of the present era.

The unity of these two great movements is expressed in the common struggle against the common enemy – imperialism; it is expressed in the common goal for the liberation and emancipation of the peoples. The advances and victories of the working class movement in any and every country weaken the common enemy – the capitalist class and the capitalist system – and provide inspiration and illumination for the workers everywhere. So too, the irresistible tide of national liberation has continually struck at the very foundations of the capitalist-imperialist system and helped open the way for the peoples.

The program of proletarian internationalism is of tremendous significance for the U.S. working class and people because, for one thing, the very existence of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class – of U.S. imperialism – is bound up not only with the exploitation and oppression of the U.S. workers but with the super-exploitation and enslavement of nations around the world. Militarism and war are part of the way of life of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class.

The U.S. working class is made up of workers who have come here from the four ends of the earth. The immigrant workers bring into the U.S. working class the anti-imperialist and revolutionary traditions of their homelands. This is an inexhaustible source of enlightenment which further impels the U.S. workers to support the revolutionary movement in every country.

Thus, in the course of our struggle against the capitalist class and for socialism, we must resolutely oppose the chauvinism of U.S. monopoly capital, oppose its war program and its exploitation and domination of other countries. It is impossible for the working class in the U.S. to rise to its feet and fight for its emancipation if it gives way to the chauvinist propaganda and subordinates its own class aims to the drive of U.S. imperialism to dominate other countries and peoples.

Throughout the 20th century, and before, the American people have expressed their profound anti-imperialist sentiment and their proletarian internationalism through repeated struggles against the aggressive wars and colonial program of the capitalist government. For example, over the last 50 years, the American people have initiated and organized massive movements against nuclear weapons and for peace, against U.S. aggression in Vietnam, against the U.S. blockade of Cuba, against the Gulf War and the war in Yugoslavia, etc., etc. The consciousness of every generation of American workers has been formed, in part, by the international experience and victories of the working class movement and the liberation struggles – by the victories of socialism in the Soviet Union in the 1920’s and ‘30’s, by the world-wide Anti-Fascist War, by the glorious national liberation struggle of the Vietnamese people, etc., etc.

The Workers Party wholeheartedly supports the working class movement in every country just as it supports the national liberation struggles of the oppressed nations and peoples. One touchstone of our support is the Party’s irreconcilable struggle against our “own” capitalist government and it imperialist empire.

The fundamental program of the Workers Party is for socialism. Colonialism and militarism have very definite causes, arising from the capitalist-imperialist system which is based on the oppression of whole nations. By abolishing this system of exploitation and oppression, socialism eliminates the social relations which give rise to antagonisms and wars between countries and opens the way for that world of peace and friendship so ardently desired by the peoples everywhere. By carrying through the socialist transformation of our country, the U.S. working class will provide tremendous support to the peoples everywhere fighting against imperialism and for liberation.