Month: May, 2017
The centennial of the 1917 October Revolution to be commemorated in New York (Left Forum, 2-4 June)

Friday, May 26, 2017

The centennial of the 1917 October Revolution to be commemorated in New York (Left Forum, 2-4 June)

 https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-centennial-of-1917-october_26.html

Marxism-Leninism Today is co-organizing a panel commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution at the Left Forum in New York City.

Jointly co-sponsored with the Party of Communists USA, the panel is entitled: “The Russian Revolution and its Indelible Stamp on the Course of World History”  
The event will take place on Sunday, June 4th at 10:00 AM. Room 1.124 John Jay College, 899 10th ave (between 58 & 59th Sts.).
Featured panelists include Zoltan Zigedy and Joseph Jamison both members of the Editorial Board of Marxism-Leninism Today;  George Gruenthal an officer of the PCUSA; and Grover Furr Professor at Montclair State University and author of  several volumes , including “Khrushchev Lied“; “Yezhov vs Stalin” and “Trotsky’s Amalgams”.
KKE: PM Tsipras and his government are the “best students” of NATO

Friday, May 26, 2017

KKE: PM Tsipras and his government are the “best students” of NATO

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/05/kke-pm-tsipras-and-his-government-are.html
Info: 902.gr / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
On the occasion of the NATO Summit in Brussels, the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) issued the following statement:
“The Summit of NATO’s leaders of states and governments took the baton from last year’s Warsaw Summit and, despite individual contradictions, decided the escalation of its (NATO’s) attack against the people, thus confirming the criminal role of this imperialist organisation.
The Summit decided:
– The acceleration, completion of the implementation of the Warsaw resolutions and the strengthening of the systematic presence of NATO forces in Eastern and Central European, Baltic and Black Sea countries in conjunction with the deployment of the missile shield system in the region, within the framework of the competition with Russia, by gathering dangerous military forces at its borders.
– The strengthening of NATO’s involvement on the war in Syria with participation in the imperialist coalition of states in which the USA have a leading role, for the promotion of their interests in this country and the wider region of Middle East-Northern Africa.
– The presence of NATO forces in Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, the continuation of the intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The multifaceted pretext about “combating terrorism” and “control of migratory flows” do not convince anyone, when it is known that NATO, the USA, the EU firmly supported the so-called islamist terrorism for the destabilization and partitioning of countries, for the promotion of their war plans. These are the causes of the exacerbation of migratory and refugee flows.
The SYRIZA-ANEL government and the Prime Minister are becoming the “best students” of NATO. They overbid the role of Greece in the framework of the Alliance, as it is proved by the expansion of the Souda base and the coverage, from the Greek side, of the enormous NATO’s expenditures. The goal of the “geostrategic upgrade” has to do with the Greek capital’s participation in the “prey” of the wars, while for the people it means huge dangers.
The developments require the intensification of the struggle for our country’s disengagement from NATO and the other imperialist organisations. No involvement in the war plans and interventions. Closure of the foreign military bases in Greece and return of the Greek soldiers who serve outside of the borders. Common struggle and people’s solidarity against the imperialist wars, the bourgeois classes and their warmongering policy for their own profits.”
REVOLUTIONARY POLITICS
| May 25, 2017 | 8:25 pm | Analysis, political struggle, V.I. Lenin | No comments
BY A. SHAW
Houston Communist Party
 
Most of Marxist theory on politics comes from Lenin and his best students.
Lenin towers above other theoreticians because he is perhaps the only one who offers us a sound and pragmatic definition of the term “revolution.”
 
Everybody on the Left talks about “revolution” but few say what revolution is.
 
 
Lenin says a revolution, in both its theoretical and practical meanings, is a “passing of state power from one class to another.” So, the passing of power from the working class to the capitalist class is a revolution, just as the passing of power from the capitalists to the workers is a revolution. Similarly, the passing of power from slaveholders to slaves is a revolution, just as the passing of power from slaves to slaveholders is a  revolution. Again, the passing of power from the class of feudal landlords to the capitalist class is a revolution and vice versa.
 
Politics includes revolution, as Lenin defines revolution, as well as the passings and non-passings of state power to things other than classes. For example, politics includes the passing of power from one faction to another faction of the same class. Similarly, politics includes the passing of power from one individual to another individual of the same faction, so on and so forth.
 
Obviously, politics deals not only with various types of passings of state power, but also with the absence of passings of power.
 
 
Marx and Lenin called a passing of state power from the capitalists to the workers not only a revolution but also a proletarian revolution and the passing of power from the workers to the capitalists a bourgeois revolution, just as a passing from landlords to capitalists is also a bourgeois revolution.
 
 
Tragically, today and historically, many Marxists and Leninists never learn what is a revolution  and how the types of revolutions are determined. They use the term revolution without any meaning at all or with a meaning that is transparently worthless.
 
Clearly, if one doesn’t know what a revolution is, then one is most unlikely to produce a revolution, under Lenin’s definition or even under some other definition.
 
 
The Leninist definition of revolution includes the term “state power.” 
 
 
What’s state power?
 
 
State power is the dominance by one class or another of the military, police, intelligence agencies, bureaucracy and other instrumentalities of force.
 
Lenin says state power consists of special bodies of armed people [military, police, professional spies] and “adjuncts” of state power such as prisons, courts, and, to a degree, the bureaucracy.
 
In other words, state power consists of “institutions of coercion of all kinds.” 
 
 And there are many kinds of coercive institutions. They are terrible things.
 
The reactionary faction of the USAs increasingly prefer to employ mercenaries or independent contractors.
 
State power and the state are overlapping but they aren’t identical objects.
 
Both state power and the state include coercive institutions, but the state also includes facilities that are largely non-coercive while state power usually doesn’t bother itself with the non-coercive.
 
Non-coercive facilities of the state may include public schools, hospitals, playgrounds, accommodations for mass meetings, etc.
 
 Again, the state and state power are close but they are not the same because state power is a terrible and terrorist thing.
 
The reactionary faction of the USAs is most terrible and terrorist force in the world. 
 
 
The Leninist definition of revolution includes the term “passing.” 
 
Some students of Lenin insist “passing” means sweeping or swiftly.
 
In other words, these misguided students of Marx and Lenin insist that state power must pass (1) in its entirety and (2) in a very short period of time.
 
Marx and Engels surely would call these misguided students a bunch of asses.
 
In the Manifesto, Marx and Engels wrote the proletariat uses its power “by degrees” to divest the bourgeoisie.
 
To be sure, the phrase “by degrees” may mean in some situations a sweeping and swiftly passing of state power. But “by degrees” may also mean, in other circumstances, a passing that is measured and slow.
 
When Lenin introduced his Letter on Tactics, April 1917, he merely said that a revolution is a passing of state power from one class to another.
 
Lenin didn’t try to accelerate or impede the pace of the passing of state power.
 
Bernie Sanders Takes Over Hearing And Obliterates Trump Budget Director On CBO Hypocrisy

Bernie Sanders Takes Over Hearing And Obliterates Trump Budget Director On CBO Hypocrisy

This is why Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer made Sen. Bernie Sanders the ranking member of the Budget Committee. Sanders took over the hearing with his first question and destroyed Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for criticized the CBO Director that a member of the administration hand picked.

Bernie Sanders Takes Over Hearing And Obliterates Trump Budget Director On CBO Hypocrisy

This is why Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer made Sen. Bernie Sanders the ranking member of the Budget Committee. Sanders took over the hearing with his first question and destroyed Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for criticized the CBO Director that a member of the administration hand picked.

Sanders mentioned in his first question that Mulvaney had made a remark about CBO Director.

Mulvaney answered, “I’ll see if I can handle each of those in reverse. Actually, let me deal with the CBO first. I can’t disparage who I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve ever disparaged the director of the CBO.”

Sanders, “You made a dismissive remark about him. Even the CBO, you guys appointed the director.”

Mulvaney, “Again, all I’m telling you is that the results are awful.”

Sanders, “But you appointed him, so let’s go with that.”

Mulvaney, “I measure performance by results, Mr. Sanders.”

Sanders, “Your opinion is that the results are terrible. I’m suggesting that it was a member of the Trump administration that appointed this gentleman, not some kind of radical Democrat.”

Mulvaney, “So, we can agree then that the CBO puts out bad data?”

Sanders, “No, we can’t. We can agree that you guys are beating up on a man that you appointed because you don’t like his results.”

Sen. Sanders was correct. The current CBO Director was handpicked by current Trump HHS Secretary Tom Price in 2015.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the point person on the budgetary issues because he is the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Budget Committee. Exchanges like this are exactly he was given this important position.

Democrats wanted a member of their caucus who would push back and fight against Trump’s budget. Bernie Sanders is supposed to strongly, loudly, and forcefully call out the hypocrisy and lies behind the Trump budget.

Bernie Sanders did his job, and Mick Mulvaney got shredded by the Senator from Vermont.

Sanders, Mulvaney clash heatedly over Trump budget

Senator Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Finance: Dems introduce minimum wage bill | Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief | Border tax proposal at death’s doorSanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage billLive coverage: Political world turns to Montana special electionMORE (I-Vt.) and White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney clashed Thursday over President Trump’s budget proposal, interrupting each other and raising their voices in a Senate Budget Committee hearing.

Sanders kicked off the hearing by charging that the budget’s repeal of the estate tax would give massive breaks to the country’s wealthiest families — including President Trump’s family, which he estimated would save $4 billion, and the Walton family of Walmart fame, which he said would save $52 billion.

Sanders asked Mulvaney to explain why America’s richest family needs a $52 billion tax break, while people who rely on programs such as Meals on Wheels and Medicaid would be left out in the cold under Trump’s budget.

He also expressed anger that Republicans were impugning the work of Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall, even though he was appointed by Republicans.

Mulvaney began responding to the remark about Hall when Sanders cut him off.

“Your opinion is that the results are terrible, I’m suggesting that it was a member of the Trump administration who appointed this gentleman,” Sanders aid.

“So we can agree that the CBO puts out bad data —” Mulvaney responded, before Sanders cut him off.

“No, we can’t. We can agree that you guys are beating up on a man you appointed because you don’t like his results,” Sanders said.

“That’s not right,” Mulvaney shot back.

Mulvaney and Sanders went on to spar over where Meals on Wheels funding comes from and whether it would cut in the Trump budget, both increasingly exasperated and talking over each other.

Sanders returned to his central question: his contention that the budget gave a $52 billion tax break to the wealthiest family in the country.

Mulvaney attempted to reply that tax breaks were part of ObamaCare repeal, but Sanders interrupted again, coming back to the question of the $52 billion.

“Ordinary people are paying more,” Mulvaney said.

“No, ordinary people don’t have $128 billion,” Sanders interrupted. “You’re not answering the question. Answer the question!”

“We don’t cut Medicaid. We’re talking about ObamaCare repeal,” Mulvaney said.

“Which throws 23 million people off health insurance,” Sanders retorted.

“We’re talking about a CBO number that I think you just agreed could be wrong,” Mulvaney said.

“I didn’t agree to that at all,” Sanders replied.

In the end, as Sanders’s time ran out, they were able to agree on one point regarding the estate tax: that everyone will eventually die.

KKE and PAME express solidarity with farmers and agricultural workers in West Bengal

Thursday, May 25, 2017

KKE and PAME express solidarity with farmers and agricultural workers in West Bengal

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/05/kke-and-pame-express-solidarity-with.html
The KKE denounces the barbaric attack of the forces of repression against mass organizations of poor farmers and agricultural workers in Calcutta, India, yesterday (22/5). The demonstrators, who had the support of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the West Bengal Left Front, demanded relief measures and marched to the headquarters of the state government in order to hand over a memorandum with their demands. The forces of repression unleashed an assault , attacking the demonstration and journalists, with the result that 900 demonstrators were injured and 100 of them are in a critical condition.
 
The government of the “Trinamul Congress” that expresses the interests of domestic and foreign monopolies in the state since 2011, when it entered office,  has carried out savage repression against the communist and people’s movement, with hundreds of dead.
 
The KKE denounces the anti-people government of West Bengal and the repressive measures against the people’s movement. It once again expresses its solidarity with the militant farmers’ movement of India, with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India.
 
International Relations Section of the CC of the KKE, 23.05.2017.

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The All Workers Militant Front, PAME, denounces the murderous attack by the forces of repression of Western Bengal, India, against the peaceful demonstration of poor farmers and farm workers. The forces of repression attacked the protest, but also the journalists, with water pumps and batons, injuring more than 900 protesters, of whom, 100 are in serious medical condition.
Farm workers and poor farmers in each country are confronted with the policies that serve the profitability of the large business groups. The attack against popular rights goes together with the repression.
PAME denounces the government of Western Bengal for the assault on the people who are struggling. We express our class solidarity with the people of India, with its unions and popular – social organizations.
Sanders delegate wins NY state election in district that voted big for Trump

Sanders delegate wins NY state election in district that voted big for Trump
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Democrat Christine Pellegrino has defeated her Republican challenger in a New York state special election, just months after the district went big for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: Americans disagree with Comey firingThousands protested Trump visit in BelgiumOvernight Cybersecurity: Bad Russian intel may have swayed Comey’s handling of Clinton probe | Apple sees spike in data requests | More subpoenas for Flynn | DOJ’s plan for data warrantsMORE in the 2016 presidential race.

Pellegrino, a delegate for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Healthcare: CBO fallout | GOP senators distance themselves from House bill | Trump budget chief blasts score | Schumer says House bill belongs ‘in the trash’Schumer: Republicans should throw their health bill ‘in the trash’Overnight Finance: GOP bill would leave 23M more uninsured, says CBO | Trump aides defend budget | Mnuchin asks for clean debt hike before August | Ryan says House could pass bill without border taxMORE (I-Vt.) during the Democratic presidential primary, defeated Republican challenger Thomas Gargiulo in the District 9 State Assembly special election.

“Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who worked so hard during my campaign,” Pellegrino posted on her Facebook page.

“I look forward to representing the people of the 9th Assembly District!”

Some Democrats applauded the win on Twitter to warn Republicans that their unified control of the federal government is at risk in the 2018 midterm elections. The race represents another victory for Democrats, who are looking for wins in state races and House special elections in Georgia and Montana as proof that an anti-Trump backlash is building.

In New Hampshire, Democrat Edith DesMarais also won a special election in the town of Wolfeboro, defeating Republican Matthew Planche.

Pellegrino will take the seat of Republican Joseph Saladino. He has served in the position since 2004 but stepped down earlier this year after he was appointed Oyster Bay town supervisor.

Matt Walter, the president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, said Democrats may be beginning to understand that “political action starts in the states.”

“After investing unprecedented dollars in failed efforts to flip seats, it appears Democrats could be waking to the reality that political action starts in the states,” he said in a statement.

“Before last night, the only seat to change parties was from Democrat to Republican after Democrats failed to flip any seats in blue states with Republican control, including both chambers in Virginia, the Minnesota House – where Republicans have an all-time high – and a tied Connecticut Senate.”

– Updated at 11:52 a.m.