The Role of the Party
February 14, 2017
In America, the people are looking for the way to turn things around and have their say in the affairs of the country.
The Workers Party, USA, is a political party with a tremendous amount of experience working to help give political expression to the independent aims and agenda of the people themselves.
In the first place, the work we routinely take up is to go as deeply as possible amongst the broadest sections of people. That is, we concentrate our work amongst the vast majority of people who presently are locked out and excluded from politics and help bring them into struggle on the basis of their own aims and program. We go far and wide and work to develop independent political discussion and rally the masses around a genuinely pro-social agenda.
In addition, the Party always strives to develop the common struggle and build the common front amongst the broadest sections of people by adhering to the principle of unity in action to fight against the anti-social agenda and defend the interests of the people. This work is vital, especially at this time, in order to create the maximum space in which the people can operate and advance their movement and in order to create the best possible conditions for those still under the influence of liberalism and labor aristocracy to take up the struggle. Cementing the unity of the people and accelerating the fight against the anti-social agenda also requires waging a consistent and principled struggle against liberalism and the labor aristocracy in order to foster the class independence of the workers and break the strangling embrace of capitalist ideology and politics.
This is the way to bring about that new political unity, so ardently desired by the people – the unity which expresses the common humanity and political objectives of the people and welds them into an invincible social force.
The experience of the Party has taught and confirms the fact that there is a profound polarization taking place. The people are looking for the way to turn things around and to have their say in the affairs of the country.
Another thing the experience of the Party has taught and confirmed is the fact that the people face tremendous challenges in organizing themselves.
In the first place, the monopoly capitalist class is always at work trying to marginalize, split up and liquidate the opposition to its anti-social agenda. For instance, the capitalists employ a huge army of propagandists that are paid to organize political diversions and to carry on their disinformation campaigns.
Especially in this period when all the contradictions of capitalism have reached the bursting point, the capitalists are working harder than ever to obscure and mystify every question and to organize one political diversion after another.
In order to create the maximum space in which the people can operate and advance their movement, and in order to create the best possible conditions for those still under the influence of liberalism and labor aristocracy to take up the struggle, the political initiatives of the Party are things which are essential in order to open the way for the workers to come out as a class-for-themselves.
All these reasons are why the Workers Party says that it is the elementary duty that everyone who genuinely opposes capitalist exploitation and envisions a society without the oppression and exploitation of human beings must take part in building the organized, collective life of the working class – must take part in building the political party of the working class.
The theoretical work of the Party is a thing that is essential to illuminate the real causes of the problems facing the people and to show that the people themselves are the decisive motive force for solving the problems.
The ideological struggle of the Party is a thing that is vital in order to prevent the forces of spontaneity from sapping the energies of the people. The ideological struggle of the Party is a thing that is vital in order to concentrate the attention of the working class.
The political initiatives of the Party are a thing that is essential in order to open the way for the workers to come out as a class-for-themselves.
In the course of reflecting on our experience in the communities, workplaces, schools and in every cell of the society, the questions every individual must really be asking are: what is needed to assist the people in getting organized and participating in political life? How do we help give real political and organizational expression to the independent aspirations and program of the working class? Where is the force speaking out and organizing against privatization, against the permanent war program, against the political monopoly of the Democrats and Republicans? And where such a force isn’t present, how could you expect for people to activate and organize themselves?
The theoretical, ideological, political and organizational work of the Party is the thing needed advance the spontaneous struggles that are emerging.
A new political unity on this basis is necessary to defeat the anti-social agenda. It is necessary in order to open the path forward.
Today, the Workers Party is still small. However, it is enormously strong.
The Workers Party is resisting the all-sided anti-social offensive of the capitalist class. The Workers Party has boundless energy and initiative. And the Workers Party is laying the foundations for the rise of the proletarian movement.
As the members and friends of the Party become more and more active in translating the politics of the Workers Party into the real lives and activity of the people, it will become an unstoppable force which can step-by-step pose and solve all the problems which arise in achieving our immediate and long-term aims.
As the members and friends of the Party become more and more active in translating the politics of the Workers Party into the real lives and activity of the people, it will become an unstoppable force which will not only defeat the anti-social offensive but will also open the path for the renewed progress of our country.
The decisive thing needed for assisting the initiative of the workers to come out and take the leading role in the political affairs of our country is to build and strengthen the Workers Party itself.
The Workers Party unites and mobilizes people on the basis of the program of economic rights, democratic renewal, a democratic foreign policy and socialism. Our experience is that by popularizing this independent program as widely as possible and by persisting, on a daily basis, in developing this politics amongst the people, we break the stranglehold of capitalist politics and help people come into active political life on the basis of their own aims and agenda.
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