Before I am Estonian, Irish, Russian or Corkonese – I am a Communist.
As a communist it is my duty to be an agitator for a more just and egalitarian society. What sort of world do we want is one question. What world do we live is another.
We live in a world where millions die of famine, war and lack of access to basic necessities. From war, shortages of food and lack of access to basic necessities profit is made. Profit is the sole motivator of the corporations, multinationals and states that plague the world and murder the people of the world.
The maintenance of the system – called capitalism is done in a variety of ways.
Racism is used to fabricate difference between people from different parts of the world.
Religion is used as a way to intoxicate the minds and cultures of populations and create societal barriers.
Gender is utilized to ensure that one great half of the working class views the other as inferior and subsequently oppresses them.
Class the foundation of contemporary and structural oppression. Our class, the proletariat intersect all genders, all religions and all ethnicities. This is used against us. Every aspect of culture that capitalist infects is imbued with a hateful condescension of the working class. As a result we are indoctrinated to loath ourselves and our culture.
We have accepted the standards, culture and ideology of our ruling class and when we fail to achieve them we critique and demonize ourselves most ruthlessly. Therefore the social being of our class, which is determined by our material reality, runs in perpetual contradiction to the propaganda we are constantly subject to. We reach, endlessly for the fruits we can never truly have and punish others as well as ourselves for failing to reach them.
The subjugated working class is the perfect tool and work force for our rulers and subsequently the benefactors of our labour.
Herein we can immediately draw upon the necessities that entail being a Communist, accordingly also the responsibilities that entail this role.
- Our task is not simple, if it were; the ascendancy of the proletariat would be assured or inevitable. It is not.
The divisions that are generated by the ruling class must be overcome by a rigorous bridging together of all struggles under the singular common denominator and banner: our class. Should we unify ourselves and others around us on the basis of our class, our collective capacity to attack, undermine and deal blows to capital will increase. Should we choose to institutionalize the sub-divisions, we will keep our class fragmented and weak.
- If we speak of the rituals, culture and overwhelming hegemonic ideology of the ruling class, we must also speak of the development of Socialist and proletarian culture.
We must maintain a consistent advocacy against the cult of the individual, against the fetishization of consumer goods and obsession with easily accessible commodities. As communists, we need to not only adhere to a political program defined by a Marxist analysis, but also includes of it in our day to day lives. We must make a conscious effort to detach ourselves from the poisons of capitalist culture. This conscious effort can be honed to develop a proletarian identity reflective of the material conditions of the reality of our class. In short, we must strive to live our politics.
- We must be loud. Too often there are Communists afraid to express their views. Sometimes these comrades have legitimate concerns, but comrades, I tell you now. A movement of hundreds of millions of workers and communists is with you every step of the way in your struggle no matter where you are.
It is not just your voice you speak with, but of the many comrades expressing them much like you. They are by your side as you struggle and you are by there’s, take faith in knowing this. We are part of a world movement. It is your duty to be loud and be heard by your class, for whom else but the organized class conscious segments will rouse our class? Whenever and wherever, your task is simple, agitate, educate, organize.
- The poison chalice of individualism which we spend our entire lives sipping from must be a challenge we deal with and accept. We must understand that to in fact achieve the fullest expression of your individuality, you must not be burdened by the many mechanisms and social structure of the bourgeois.
True capacity to express one comes from having the material means to do so. To express your individuality and creativities of life you must have the time and energy to do so. If you are consistently bound to a heavy and exhausting workload you are left drained on an emotional, mental and physical level. At which point after your exhaustion can you enjoy the fruits of your labour or express yourself as an individual? Is it when you come home to eat after a day at work or when you lie into bed? When does your ‘life’ begin?
To embrace yourself fully therefore it is necessary to reject the monotonous and drone like nature of the capitalist system. You must reject your role as a footsoldier in the armies of industry or capital and struggle for the fullest freedom that you can acquire economic freedom. To acquire economic freedom you, as an individual must have a say in the usage of the wealth your labour creates, to do so is to effectively struggle for a more egalitarian, just and democratic society. A socialist society.
5. Discipline. The state, as James Connolly outlined, is but a committee of the rich that manages the affairs of the ruling class. The bourgeois, i.e the ruling class is tightly organised and disciplined. They are an army waging indefinite war against the working class. They are obligated to do this as the economic equalities of our world are built on this exploitation and subjection. They rob us of the wealth we create with our labour and must keep the noose around our necks so we continue working.
So too we must be tightly organised and disciplined. So too we must consider this as a constant dynamic war and struggle, a war of our survival and liberation. So too, must we seek to own and organize our own mechanisms, institutions and structures which will deliver us political power.
To form our own organizations that can express our class power, we are obliged to be disciplined and organised, there is no room for chaos and anarchy. In these formations we should look to maximize the capacity of our Party and movement for democratic participation and function. All comrades should be provided through the Party structure to voice their critiques, concerns and input. This will only strengthen the ideas of our movement and help finalise the correct and most developed political conclusions. This raises the question – what of those who disagree?
Disagreement is in of itself a dialectical process that exhumes and brings forth the best and most advanced political analysis. It is the duty of all party members to engage constructively should they find immediate disagreements that they need to highlight whenever they see fit. How is this integrated into the decision making process of the revolutionary movement?
The Party is to the working class as to the spear the metal edge to the wood. It is the sharpest edge most capable of piercing the weakest points of capital and capitalists. As such, it must be well thrust and aimed whenever it is used. Similar, the Party must be united to deal the maximum amount of damage when it is thrust against the capitalist class by its membership.
For a determined and agreed upon plan of action to yield the maximum of results, the party must be united in their action. This means that party members must show discipline in adhering to the decisions made, even if they are in disagreement with them. Therefore to be a Communist, you must suspend individualistic notions and learn to place the interests of the collective which you struggle for above your personal disagreement. This principle is guided by the ideas of Lenin and ultimately in short referred to as democratic centralism. Unity of thought and unity of action.