The Workers Must Fight for a Fundamental Change in the Economy

June 12, 2019

International specialization is a prominent feature of the international division of labor.

The extension of specialization and cooperation among capitalist countries enhances the interests of their respective dominant economic classes in signing trade agreements.

Of course, man, just as the society he lives in, is inseparable from nature with which he constantly interacts. Man cannot exist without providing for his primordial, natural, biologic needs – the need for food, clothing, shelter, protection against the harmful effects of the elements (natural calamities), etc.

However, of course, when drawing up their preferred trade agreements, the capitalists and their politicians seek not to respond to the interests of the human race as a species, but rather they seek to prove the necessity of the social system of which the capitalist mode of production is the bearer. In other words, the capitalists and their politicians look at the problem of the worldwide economic crisis from the angle of their own class aims. Concerns about properly calling forth the resources of the soil cannot be the motive that underlies their activities. Concern that tens of millions of workers have no jobs, no means of a livelihood, cannot be the motive that underlies their activities. Concern that tens of millions cannot afford the basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter cannot be the motive that underlies their activities. Concern about environmental damage resulting from their policies cannot be the motive that underlies their activities. The objective that underlies their activities is the objective of maximizing their profits.

The political consciousness of an economic class is inseparable from political activity, for it is realized in this activity through political institutions, parties, mass organizations, and movements. It is because these means reflect the economic interest of the big financial interests and monopoly corporations, that the big monopolies see in the growing poverty, economic insecurity and exploitation, a promising expedient for increasing their domination and their profits.

In antagonism to the interests of the society as a whole, the capitalist politicians relentlessly pursue the aim of subordinating the entire world economy to what they deem necessary in order to maximize profits for the monopoly capitalist class.

For the U.S. monopoly capitalist class, the program of “increasing U.S. competitiveness” is a program of restructuring U.S. industry by downsizing the workforce and slashing wages.

For their part, the workers are resisting this capitalist offensive, fighting against wage-cutting and union-busting, against cutbacks in social investments and the privatization of public services. In addition, the demand of the workers is that everyone be guaranteed the RIGHT TO A JOB OR A LIVELIHOOD.

To take the initiative into their own hands, the workers must confront the contradictions and inhumanity of the capitalist social system. The capitalists, relying on their state power, are waging a concerted and organized struggle to drive the workers into the dirt.

The workers own interests can never be served by paying the rich through servicing the debt, escalating the attacks on education, health care and social programs. They can only be served by creating a new kind of political system, a new kind of state which empowers all human beings and guarantees a fundamental change in the economy, so that the means of production, the social property, are stripped of their exploiting class character and returned to the people as a whole. The starting point and aim of such a transformation is to guarantee the well-being of the people rather than the wealth and power of a few. A new kind of state is needed which guarantees men both their individual rights as well as their collective right to determine and consciously shape the character of society and their own lives.