Resist the Gas, Coal and Fracking Siege!

The Condamine River is set alight to demonstrate the amount of methane present in the water, the likely result of fracking. Image from http://www.inhabitat.com

23-10-2020: If we were to believe the government, we are about to enter a summer which they variously refer to as “storm season”, “bushfire/flood season” or even “big weather” season – which now comes with its own TV series.[1] Working people are supposed to believe that the droughts, bushfires and floods which devastated swathes of the country last summer is just par for the course for living in Australia. Sometimes the corporate media will mumble something about climate change in connection with these catastrophes, but will generally just sensationalise it – it is quite easy to simply film the aftermath of a cyclone, bushfire or flood and stick a reporter in front of a camera.  Yet many demonstrators who took to the streets last summer while parts of Australia burned knew instinctively that these “weather” disasters are just one factor of the ecological collapse wrought not only by carbon emissions, but industrial scale corporate pollution of the seas, coasts, rivers and arable land.

“Gas-led recovery”

This year, the climate crisis continues in the shadow of lockdown terror – a vicious assault on working people under the guise of a supposed Covid-19 plague. The Australian ruling class used the fake pandemic to establish a “Coronavirus Commission” – a hand-picked body of CEOs allegedly tasked with overseeing “economic recovery”.[2] Not coincidentally, this non-elected CEO “government” immediately set about drawing the outlines of a “recovery” based on the vast expansion of coal-seam gas, using the method of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. Fracking blows apart rock formations underground while injecting carcinogenic chemicals amongst water supplies to extract oil and/or methane gas, much of which simply leaks into the atmosphere.[3] This is supposedly the government transitioning away from coal and onto “cleaner” gas ! Meanwhile, in the background the Adani coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin – the 10 million tonne per year monster[4] – has been given virtually full approval by state Labor and federal Liberal governments, and its construction is well underway.

While the struggle for a safe climate remains vital, this cannot be separated from the assault of big capital on the wages and living conditions of the working class. In fact, it is one and the same. The capitalist system has been waging a low intensity war against workers – and thus also against the natural environment necessary for human survival – for decades now. This year, the Anglo/US/EU Empire vastly expanded this war by using the cover of a fraudulent health scare to abolish elementary civil and democratic rights, and impose a fascism which in some ways surpassed that of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Workers were subjected to house arrest, the right to protest was effectively abolished, human and social interaction was heavily discouraged and often punishable by police action, children were abused by not allowing them to attend school, and many of the aged perished from induced depression via lockdowns which forbade human contact even with direct family members.

The Covid-19 Trojan Horse

The ruling classes of the West used the cover of a “health emergency” to drive down the cost of labour power using any and all means at their disposal. “Covid-19” was seized on as an opportunity to throw millions of workers out of employment on spurious grounds. Near universal lockdowns were used to shutdown large parts of national economies, and some governments even ordered small and medium sized businesses to close, driving them towards ruin. Unprecedented political repression was required to prevent workers from protesting these soul-destroying attacks, and thus gatherings of virtually any kind were deemed a “health risk” and prevented by security forces. Unfortunately, Union officials enforced the false Covid-19 narrative wholesale, and effectively acted as police auxiliaries – pseudo-state authorities preventing their own members from resisting mass suppression.

What does this have to do with the environment? Unfortunately, almost the entire so-called left and those who make up the climate change movement also imbibed the Covid-19 narrative as good coin. This meant that they were neutered when the government announced the “Coronavirus Commission”. Regardless of the fact that the Coronavirus Commission was used to vastly expand coal seam gas and its attendant fracking, much of the environmental movement could scarcely speak out because it would call into question the reality of the “pandemic”. For, if one believes the politicians’ mantra that a coronavirus will kill “millions” unless we shutdown human civilisation, one can scarcely oppose the politicians setting up a Coronavirus Commission to deal with it. The fact that the government used the Coronavirus Commission to boost gas fracking rather than put in place measures which allegedly protect the health of the community contains very sober lessons in the mechanics of bourgeois rule.

Firstly, to combat the onslaught of finance capital against labour and the natural environment, it is necessary to consistently oppose every single aspect of bourgeois ideology, not just parts of it. One cannot demand the politicians disallow fracking on the one hand, while at the same time wholly agreeing with the very same politicians that it is necessary to surrender basic civil rights due to a “pandemic”. One cannot demand stand down pay for workers sacked with the excuse of Covid-19 on the one hand, while agreeing with employers that Covid-19 is a lethal threat on the other hand. Secondly, helping the government implement ANY of its nefarious campaigns, no matter what the claimed intention, vastly expands the political authority of the capitalist state. The state will then use the political endorsement it has received to mercilessly crush ANY working-class resistance. Witness the “Covid-19” police state lockdown nightmare inflicted on innocent people in Melbourne.

Workers need to fight for demands which light the path to immediate solutions – the collectivisation of the major means of the production and a planned economy. For:

1. A six-hour day

2. Public ownership of energy, infrastructure, banks

3. A workers’ government

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[1] https://tvblackbox.com.au/page/2020/09/14/abc-presents-a-new-3-part-factual-big-weather-and-how-to-survive-it-hosted-by-craig-reucassel/ (20-10-2020)

[2] https://redfireonline.com/2020/06/14/abolish-the-coronavirus-commission/ (20-10-2020)

[3] https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/global-warming/issues/fracking/ (20-10-2020)

[4] https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/adani-mine-australia-climate-change-848315/ (20-10-2020)

No Boycott of Beijing 2022! Hands off China!

The Qazihan Mosque in Turpan, Xinjiang. It was built in 1747. The Islamic religion is freely practiced in the far West of China.

     18-10-2020: As if the anti-China Cold War hysteria was not already enough, a pair of reactionary Australian MPs are now calling for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Independent Senators Rex Patrick and Jacquie Lambie will move a motion in the Australian parliament next month which calls on the Australian Government – via the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) – to ensure Australia boycotts the Beijing 2022 Winter games.[1] Long time AOC head John Coates, who is also a senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reacted angrily to the possibility that Australian athletes would be offered financial incentives to boycott the games, as it occurred the last time an Australian Olympic boycott was attempted.This was in 1980, when the Olympic Games in Moscow were boycotted by the USA over the “invasion” of Afghanistan.

What actually occurred at that time was that a pro-socialist movement came to power in Afghanistan in 1978, and proceeded to modernise the country, legalising Trade Unions for the first time in history, and opening up education for women, where only 12% of adults were literate. Horrified, extreme Islamic fundamentalists armed by the CIA began a counter-insurgency which aimed to overthrow the secular government. This lead to 30 years of war and the near total destruction of the country.[2] The boycott of the Moscow Olympics in 1980 by the US government, and partially echoed by the Australian government, was key to whitewashing the anti-Soviet and anti-socialist Cold War I drive of imperialism with rivers of lies, deception and false narratives.

False accusations against China

Now, as Cold War II dramatically ramps up, another imperialist sponsored mountain of lies appears. Cold War II is not only directed against the People’s Republic of China (PRC), but also Russia, Iran, Syria and any other country which does not bow far enough to the will of Washington. Yet the PRC’s stunning economic, scientific and technological advances have driven Western capitalists into a frenzy, as they rightly fear being overtaken while their own for-profit economies flounder in a never-ending recession. Hence the desperate attempts to whip up political subversion using any means necessary – beginning with blatant falsehoods about what is happening inside the PRC. Senator Patrick makes wild and unsubstantiated claims that one million Uyghurs have been forced into internment camps, and are being pressured to “relinquish their language, culture and religion”. He name drops UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and US Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden as warning against “human rights abuses” and “genocide” against Uyghurs. He also makes the grandiose claim that the National Security Law in Hong Kong will “crush democratic freedoms”.[3]

Senator Patrick is simply retailing Western corporate propaganda, and is perhaps unaware of the role of the US deep state in funding and in many cases organising the political unrest in both the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in the PRC, as well as in Hong Kong. At the moment, he has not yet roped in the Australian government to this latest anti-China crusade. The Australian Sports Minister Richard Colbeck, when questioned in parliament, stated that he thought it best to keep sport and politics separate. However, the Minister then went on to publicly agree with the main reason for the proposed boycott!  Colbeck stated that “Australia” remains deeply concerned “by reports of enforced disappearance, mass detention, forced labour and pervasive surveillance of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.”[4] These nonsensical claims are risible, but the bigger the lie, and the more times it is repeated by those in “authority”, the greater likelihood that many will believe it.

Lurid claims of forced labour and mass detention of Uyghurs in the XUAR are little more than false slander. What is actually occurring is a tiny minority of Uyghur jihadists are being funded by the US state, via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)[5], to wage a separatist war using any means up to and including violent terrorism against entirely innocent people. The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and is more focused on fanatical anti-socialism than the rights of Uyghurs. Its founder, Isa Yusuf Aleptikin, directly appealed to then US President Richard Nixon for backing “East Turkestan” (their name for Xinjiang) against “Soviet and Chinese communism”, which they claimed was the greatest threat to Islamic peoples.[6] The former Soviet Union, like today’s PRC, does not suppress Muslims and in fact allows them to freely practice their religion. However, they do seek to prevent a tiny minority using Islam to wage separatist and/or terrorist insurgencies.

Even the Western media itself admits that Uyghur terrorism is a serious problem in the XUAR. There have been semi-regular attacks by Uyghur terrorists on innocent civilians in the XUAR over the last eight years, a bombing in Bangkok after the Thai government sent Uyghur militants back to the PRC rather than allow them passage to Turkey, and thousands went on to join ISIS and Al Qaeda in the West’s proxy war against Syria.[7] Obviously, the PRC government has to take precautions when these barbaric mercenaries return home. Any measures it takes to prevent Al Qaeda trained fighters from wreaking havoc inside the PRC can then easily be portrayed by the Western media as “repression”.

In fact, the PRC government has set up vocational training centres to give unemployed Uyghurs language and work skills so they can find work either in Xinjiang or other regions of the mainland. The PRC government has also built high-speed rail links and highways through the Taklamakan desert connecting Xinjiang to other regions, and has expanded big data internet services, which foster economic development.[8] Xinjiang is also a major hub of the PRC’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI or New Silk Road), which in this section connects China to Europe through Eurasia. The New Silk Road is arguably the primary reason why the US human rights industrial complex has targeted Xinjiang with fabricated tales about Uyghur “forced labour” and “mass detention”. The New Silk Road in all its dimensions, highlights the growing economic and political power of the PRC, and at the same time reveals the further economic and political decline of US and European imperialism. This is the real reason why US/EU imperialism and its “human rights” industry drums up fantastic lies[9] about “internment camps” in Xinjiang. The lies simultaneously obscure the role of the US/EU governments in funding Uyghur separatist terrorism as part of its regime change war efforts against both Syria and the PRC.

More US backed separatism in Hong Kong

Senator Patrick’s claims that “democratic freedoms” in Hong Kong will be crushed by the National Security Law likewise turn reality on its head. What occurred in Hong Kong during 2019 was not a “democracy” movement, but a US/UK government backed campaign of anti-socialist violence aimed at separating Hong Kong from mainland China. While the initial rally may have drawn in some Hong Kongers who had concerns about inequality, the actions quickly deteriorated into a dangerous Blackshirt minority who waved US[10] and British[11] flags while physically attacking Hong Kongers who did not agree with their violent actions[12], and wanted no part of it. In arguably the worst incident, one Blackshirt literally set fire[13] to a man who implored them to stop destroying the city. Such egregious violence repelled the majority of Hong Kongers and ensured the “democracy” movement would dwindle away into a tiny minority which could be easily dealt with.

In British colonial Hong Kong, which was ruled by the UK for 155 years, there were no elections, no minimum wage, no trade unions, no freedom of speech or basic democratic rights whatsoever. It is more than ironic that the Blackshirts and their backers now claim they stand for “democracy” against integration into the PRC. While Britain handed over Hong Kong to the PRC in 1997, both the UK and the US governments built and maintained a network of contacts, rather than genuinely vacate Hong Kong. The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the public relations arm of the CIA, has two active branches in Hong Kong, and directly funds groups such as the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor.[14] The Blackshirts in Hong Kong would not have been able to sustain months of violent anti-government anarchy unless they knew they had the backing of a major imperialist power.

The Blackshirt mobs have no chance of separating Hong Kong from mainland China. The PRC’s massive socialist state backed development has meant a vast expansion of high-speed rail, with one line now linking Hong Kong with Shenzhen and Guangzhou.[15] The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is also now open[16], linking the Hong Kong island with mainland China via the world’s longest (55 klm) sea crossing road connection. With a constant interaction between Hong Kong and mainland China via streams of people through travel and commerce, in integration of Hong Kong into the PRC is permanent. The US Empire cannot reverse this by open warfare, and hence resorts to internal political subversion. For now though, Blackshirt street violence has been worn down and subdued.

PRC government reinforces Covid-19 lies

While workers internationally have a vital interest in countering the anti-socialist Cold War drive against the PRC, its government cannot be a political ally. Hidebound into the non-Marxist theory of “socialism in one country”, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has betrayed workers by lending legitimacy to the torrents of lies which buttress the Covid-19 deception. The CPC attempts to mirror the actions of the governments of the capitalist West in a vain attempt to ensure “peaceful coexistence” with imperialism. In the case of the fake pandemic, the CPC carried out their own lockdowns[17], and uttered not a word of protest when the Western governments did the same – but with the intention of inflicting political repression of working people never previously attempted. While the CPC did not use lockdowns to attack the economic position of Chinese workers necessarily, it did everything it could to augment and assist the imperialist governments assault their own working class. It played up to and fuelled the lies used to shutdown Western economies under the guise of “healthcare”. Despite the entirely dubious role of the WHO, President Xi Jinping called on it to lead the response[18] to the discovery of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The WHO did just that, which encouraged capitalist governments to shutdown economies, throw millions of workers out of a job, suspend parliaments, virtually eliminate freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the most elementary of basic democratic rights.

Here lies the sheer duplicity of the CPC as far as working people are concerned. In order to secure mutual co-operation with the capitalist governments of the West, the CPC is more than prepared to stand by and allow – and even assist – the ruling classes of the West install a form of domestic fascism. Lockdown fascism reached extremes in the US and Europe, but was arguably surpassed by the intolerable repression still being meted out in Melbourne, Australia.[19]  It should be noted that the governments of other deformed workers’ states – in Vietnam, the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Cuba – likewise acquiesced with the very imperialist governments bent on their overthrow. They also locked their borders and took other measures which appeared to validate the open mendacity of the “Covid-19 as a biblical plague” narrative.

Despite the political perfidy of the leadership of the PRC, the working class has a vital interest in defending the PRC against imperialist efforts to undermine and eventually overthrow the state which emerged out of its 1949 socialist revolution. This means opposing the call for an Olympic boycott of Beijing 2020, and countering the lie factory which retails endless fabrications about “repression” in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and even in mainland China. The imperialist West is trying in vain to counter the incredible economic growth of the PRC, which is ultimately guaranteed by its gigantic state-owned industries, which are in turn guarded by the gains of 1949. Some of the state-owned and state subsidised firms on the US Fortune 500 list include large-scale oil, solar energy, telecommunications, engineering and construction companies, banks and automotive companies.[20] These firms in fact form the core of the Chinese workers’ state, which is nonetheless impaired by the essentially nationalist politics of the CPC. The forging of vanguard parties based on genuine Leninism remains the key task for workers internationally, part of a fightback against both lockdown terror and anti-socialist hysteria.

 

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[1] https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1099360/coates-angry-over-beijing-boycott-call (15-10-2020)

[2] https://gowans.blog/category/peoples-democratic-party-of-afghanistan/ (15-10-2020)

[3] https://www.rexpatrick.com.au/australia_must_boycott_the_beijing_winter_olympic_games (15-10-2020)

[4] https://www.portnews.com.au/story/6958849/minister-cool-on-chinese-olympics-boycott/ (15-10-2020)

[5] https://stuartbramhall.wordpress.com/2020/09/16/inside-the-world-uyghur-congress-the-us-backed-right-wing-regime-seeking-the-fall-of-china/ (16-10-2020)

[6] https://consortiumnews.com/2020/03/09/inside-the-us-backed-world-uyghur-congress/ (16-10-2020)

[7] https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-fueling-terrorism-china/5657922 (16-10-2020)

[8] https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-09-01/Xinjiang-camps-more-fake-news-TqIrWBgF8s/index.html (16-10-2020)

[9] https://www.globalresearch.ca/biggest-lie-china-xinjiang-internment-camps/5723028 (17-10-2020)

[10] https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hong-kong-protesters-plan-march-us-embassy-65460014 (17-10-2020)

[11] https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3023817/are-hong-kong-protesters-pro-american-or-british-when-they (17-10-2020)

[12] https://www.wired.com/story/how-hong-kongs-protests-turned-into-a-mad-max-tableau/ (17-10-2020)

[13] https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/10/asia/hong-kong-protester-shot-intl-hnk/index.html (17-10-2020)

[14] https://www.mintpressnews.com/hong-kong-protests/259202/ (17-10-2020)

[15] https://www.china-briefing.com/news/hong-kong-high-speed-rail-connects-mainland-china-september-23/ (17-10-2020)

[16] https://www.hzmb.gov.hk/en/index.html (17-10-2020)

[17] https://qz.com/1855154/china-re-imposes-strict-lockdowns-as-cases-re-emerge-in-northeast/ (17-10-2020)

[18] http://chinaplus.cri.cn/recommended/1661/469062 (17-10-2020)

[19] https://redfireonline.com/2020/07/13/the-covid-19-siege-of-melbourne/ (17-10-2020)

[20] https://iacenter.org/2019/09/09/whats-behind-hong-kong-protests/ (17-10-2020)

      

Thailand: The US Empire’s “Democracy” Movement

Graphic showing the NED funding for Anon Nampa – a Thai “democracy” protestor. Image from altthainews.blogspot.com 

11-10-2020: If we were to believe much of the Western press, during September a mass movement for democracy swept through Thailand, shaking the rule of Prayuth Chan-o-Cha and the Palang Pracharath Party. Yet even the most cursory investigation into the background and the motives of the Thai “student” movement reveals yet another US government backed attempt at regime change, under the entirely false guise of “human rights”. Like many imperialist orchestrated colour revolutions, the current fake Thai “democracy” movement has negligible support from Thailand’s 69 million odd citizens. As with other US government organised and funded “oppositions” in South East Asian countries – this Thai “opposition” is aimed squarely at the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and efforts to prevent trade, investment and security ties with the world’s largest deformed workers’ state.

NED funded “opposition”

It is not a cliché to say that the Thai “democracy” movement is US backed. It is not as if it is hidden. One needs only to visit the website of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – the public relations arm of the notorious CIA. There you will find almost all the organisations in Thailand leading the “democracy” protests listed[1], and an amount of money – or the amount that is admitted to. Front organisations such as the Internet Law Reform Dialogue, Human Rights Lawyers Association,  and the Isaan Record are openly paraded as being funded by the NED – which is funded in turn through the US Congress. The Thai “democracy” movement is in fact a handful of pro-US and US funded charlatans with ultra-reactionary politics.

How reactionary? How about publicly backing the NATO backed colour-revolution in Belarus[2], complete with protestors waving the flag of those who collaborated with the Nazis in World War II? Thai student protest leader Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal proudly posted on a picture of himself on social media with a sign saying “Thai people stand with Belarus”, displaying the Thai national flag and the white-red-white of the Byelorussian Central Council.[3] The Byelorussian Central Council flag represented those Belarusians who worked with the Nazis during 1943-44, before they were forced from any levers of power. This was at the time when the Soviet Union waged a war which essentially saved the world from fascism, despite suffering staggering losses.

In August, “student” protest leader Anon Nampa was arrested by the Thai government to face charges of sedition. Much of the Western corporate media decried this on the grounds of the alleged abuse of “human rights”. Yet they did not mention that the 34 year old Anon Nampa is not a student, and works for Thai Lawyers for Human Rights – which is wholly funded by the NED.[4] To put it another way, the alleged “student” and “democracy” protests in Thailand are in fact organised and funded by the US deep state, in a blatant and hypocritical violation of even the first elements of respect for national borders. This is open “meddling”, of which the US government constantly accuses other nations.

Targeting Red China

Transparently, one of the real aims of the so-called democracy movement in Thailand is to disrupt and discontinue the increasing mutually beneficial ties with the PRC, Thailand’s direct neighbour. Another is to use whatever means possible to derail the PRC’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI or New Silk Road), a massive trade, investment and infrastructure super-highway linking Asia, Africa and Europe. For fifty years, Japan was the largest foreign investor in Thailand, but this year the PRC surpassed them, thanks to a 224 billion baht (Thai currency) project to link three Thai airports with high-speed rail. A prominent member of the consortium which signed the contract with the Thai government is the PRC state-owned China Railway Construction Corporation.[5] This project will obviously spur more economic development throughout Thailand, and not just in tourism. Only the PRC, with its still expanding socialist economy, is in a position to offer assistance with economic development. The US and Europe, with their flailing for-profit economies, are not even in the ball game.

In addition, the Thai government recently approved nearly 400 million $US for a high-speed rail project linking the northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province with the capital Bangkok, to be built largely by Chinese state-owned firms. The Thai government is also polling its residents on the proposal to extend this high-speed rail line to Nong-Khai on the Thai-Laos border.[6] There is also the option to link this line with the BRI project linking Kunming in South-Western China, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. If constructed, the PRC and its neighbours will be permanently connected, which will promote economic, developmental, trade and even cultural ties. One can see that for every minute such a project is under construction or in operation, it becomes more and more difficult for the US Empire to run its anti-China political subversion amongst the PRC’s South East Asian neighbours.

Working people need to defend Thailand and even its government and monarchy from US government funded fake “democracy” movements, which is little more than a translucent attempt at regime change. The US Empire aims to encircle Red China with pro-US satellite states, in a similar way in which it is encircling Russia with pro-NATO states. Workers internationally cannot allow this to occur, not least due to the fact that the PRC’s gargantuan and largely collectively owned economy to some extent props up the stumbling economies of the West, particularly that of Australia. The PRC has the right to develop trade, investment and even cultural and sporting ties with all nations, especially its neighbours – without interference from the imperialist powers ultimately under the sway of Washington. At the same time, the political leadership of the PRC should be trying to reach the workers of Thailand and neighbouring states, imploring them to join a regional and international struggle for socialism. This would require the junking of “national socialism” and a resurgence of genuine Marxism. The defence of Thailand against imperialist backed “democracy” subversion is but the first task.

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[1] https://www.ned.org/region/asia/thailand-2019/ (11-10-2019)

[2] https://redfireonline.com/2020/08/20/belarus-covid-19-colour-revolution/ (11-10-2019)

[3] https://altthainews.blogspot.com/2020/09/thai-opposition-figure-supports-us.html (11-10-2019)

[4] https://www.globalresearch.ca/exposing-us-color-revolution-thailand-aimed-china/5720574 (11-10-2019)

[5] https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/economics/article/3047489/china-becomes-thailands-top-source-foreign-investment-first (11-10-2019)

[6] https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/thailand-railway-09292020200617.html (11-10-2019)

Rise Against Fear

Statement of the Workers League

05-10-2020: As we approach the end of 2020, brutal and inhuman lockdowns slowly begin to be lifted in Australia and in the US and parts of Europe. In Melbourne the curfew is lifted, but there are still fines of $5000 for exercising basic political rights, and a litany of logic defying rules and restrictions. The UK government is threatening another lockdown, almost as punishment for people not taking the first lockdown seriously. In Spain, some citizens resist police enforcement of facemasks with their bare hands, as they attempt to pinpoint why the government insists on locking them indoors. In short, even if some lockdown measures are being relaxed by increments, the accompanying political repression of working people remains. It is possible that elementary civil and democratic rights may never return.

“Pandemic” fraud

Government rationales for lockdowns remain paper thin, with barely a shred of scientific or medical justification. Some kind of a partially new virus has circulated the globe – which may well have been manufactured in a laboratory – but its effects are scarcely more dangerous than a regular flu. “Covid-19” has been used as a fig leaf for the most severe and concentrated attack on the working class in history. Almost all of the fear pandemic is fraudulent and is being utilised for the imposition of a totalitarianism never previously conceived. Lockdowns, curfews, house arrest, repeated hand-washing, forced facemasks, tracking and tracing, social-distancing, bans on social contact, singing and dancing (!) – all expose themselves as either harmful or useless in response to basic questions. Pushing a few buttons on a computer connected to the internet will reveal mountains of information – if it has not yet been censored by Big Tech – that flatly contradict the politicians’ Corona deception. Their fear propaganda, like almost all politician fare, is little more than a tissue of lies.

The real intent of the fear pandemic is seen in the sacking of millions of workers worldwide, and the forcible shutdown of the economy. The goal is the driving down of the cost of labour power – workers’ wages – for those who have escaped with their jobs intact. The retrenchment, furlough or stand-down of millions of workers places immediate and unrelenting downward pressure on wages and conditions on workplaces still operating. Capitalism has reached an impasse, and it can only survive now by assaulting the very labour (the brains and backs of working people) which keeps it afloat. To stave off a defensive struggle by workers to save their livelihoods, political repression which beggars belief is enacted. The effective abolition of free speech, the right of assembly and freedom of movement is just part of the abuse of state power many workers believed was a thing of the past.

Western imperialism, over the last ten years, has often come close to launching World War III. The US Empire has destroyed Libya, attempted to overthrow Syria, and funded and organised frequent and ongoing regime change efforts against China (Hong Kong, Xinjiang), Russia (NATO wargames on their doorstep), Ukraine, Iran, Venezuela, the DPRK, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Algeria, Sudan, Lebanon, Belarus – to name a few. Thankfully, most of these covert/overt wars have been effectively blocked by the skillful use of diplomacy and occasional military power wielded by Russia, China and other non-imperialist allies. Furious, the Anglo/US/EU Empire responds with a war against “their own”.

Hope lies in resistance

Both military war and the Covid war stem from the same source – the blind alley in which the profit system finds itself. Both are aimed at working people – domestically and internationally. Yet workers need not despair, as there are grounds for optimism. Every crisis leads to an opportunity. The fear pandemic is proof positive that capitalism has no answers to the multiple crises it creates and has no leadership even to offer the billionaire-owned capital in whose interest it acts. It has no way out of its political and economic dilemma – apart from resorting to lockdown fascism and imperialist war.

However, the “nuclear option” of fascism and war is the refuge of last resort for the ruling classes of the Anglo/US/EU Empire. International capital takes a huge gamble by rolling the dice with fascism domestically, and provocations for war internationally make it a double or nothing bet. The last time the stock exchange and the banks threw their weight behind fascism was in the 1930s. The result was not a stabilisation of political conditions for the expansion of capitalism, but brittle states which hurtled themselves towards war. Despite the aims of the West, the result of World War II was in fact the vast expansion of a heavily distorted form of socialism – due largely to the heroic defeat of Nazism by the Soviet Union, despite staggering losses. Notwithstanding the reality that political rights for workers were largely blocked, capitalism was nonetheless overthrown in Eastern Europe, and this provided some impetus for repeat doses in parts of Asia and Cuba. This paradoxical result demonstrates that the imperialist ruling classes do not control history, despite their apparent power.

In fact, working people through collective struggle can grasp control of their own destiny. This is due to the fact that the entire position of the working class drives it towards socialism despite the current form of politics that predominates at any one time. The anti-lockdown movement obviously does not have an explicit left-wing agenda – and yet it finds itself at the vanguard of an insurgency against corporate rule which must be waged on pain of extinction. If workers do not succeed in rolling back and defeating Corona tyranny, society could be thrown back to conditions akin to medieval times.

All those who oppose lockdowns, mandatory facemasks, mandatory vaccines, tracking and tracing, house arrest, border shutdowns and the elimination of basic civil and democratic rights must be united into a movement which, by its very existence, offers resistance to lockdown fascism. Alternatives to capitalism can then be thrashed out amongst its participants. The domination of life by privately owned mega-corporations and a state which defends them against the overwhelming majority of working people produces multiple crises, of which a fear pandemic is just the latest. Revolutionary socialists should thus raise demands which can serve as a much-needed counter to capital’s dual offensive of mass unemployment and political repression at home and imperialist war abroad. We stand for:

  1. A six-hour day
  2. Public ownership of the banks, infrastructure, big industry.
  3. A workers’ government

WORKERS  LEAGUE

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