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Only he is a Marxist who extends the recognition of the class struggle to the recognition of the dictatorship of the proletariat. This is the touchstone on which the real understanding and recognition of Marxism is to be tested.--- V. I. Lenin

Perspectives 2002

No 1118 January 8th 2002


Driven by insoluble 'over-production' crisis, the monopoly-imperialist system is gearing up for perpetual inter-imperialist war. Only the relentless destruction of 'surplus' capital is seen as avoiding Japan's fate (of 10 years economic paralysis) afflicting the West. At the same time, all potential anti-imperialist revolt in the Third World can be destroyed. To stifle revolt at home, racial divisions will be continuously provoked. By being brainwashed into 'condemning' the anarcho-terror attempts to fight back against western domination, the entire fake 'left' has repeated the Second International's 1914 disaster of voting for war credits. US imperialist tyranny is as 'fascist' as anything seen when German and Japanese imperialism were setting the pace for warmongering to end capitalism's last world slump. The grotesque theoretical mistakes by Stalinism, Trotskyism, and Revisionism in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, continue to cripple the revival of serious anti-imperialist struggle.

More clearly than ever, the long post-1945 imperialist boom (which saw off Revisionist-Stalinist muddle-headedness and Trotskyite 'left' opportunism equally effectively) is now heading unstoppably towards international slump and inter-imperialist world war, as Marxist-Leninist science has always made obvious must happen.

As economic and political domination by multi-national monopoly finance capital, and its NATO armies, runs into ever-greater contradictions of all kinds, so will explosive anti-imperialist phenomena of various qualities proliferate, such as the international anarchist street protests against globalisation, the al-Quaeda terrorism, the Palestinian suicide bomber Intifada, the FARC and Nepalese guerilla war movements, the Argentine mass political revolt, the race-riots in north of England towns, etc, etc, etc.

And even before any world-crisis effects have started having a major impact on any of the big metropolitan imperialist powers (Japan excepted), the traditional anti-slump diversion of warmongering chauvinist aggression has already become the necessary tone for holding office in the main Western powers.

A quite spectacular note of cold-blooded colonial-fascist domineering has been struck to justify the brutal blitzkrieg on Afghanistan which has casually wiped out thousands of innocent villagers, etc, under the demented high-altitude bombing of targets "where we had good reason to think al-Quaeda or Taleban leaders might be" in the words of the Pentagon and NATO war-criminals.

The same murderous ruthlessness has arrogantly accompanied the total slaughter of hundreds of prisoners-of-war at Mazar-i-Sharif and elsewhere, the bodies photographed with their hands still tied behind their backs.

Only the destruction from major inter-imperialist war can 'cure' the international economic paralysis (slump) caused by the unavoidable 'surplus' of monopoly capital and its 'over-production' crisis. In their 'condemnation' of anarcho-terror spontaneous responses to imperialism's stifling world domination, the fake-'lefts' repeat the social-chauvinist treacherousness of Second International leaders voting for war credits in 1914.

Simultaneously with this xenophobic contempt for cheap Third World life, the Western powers are also all preparing to play the racist card at home.

The 'asylum-seeker' mixture of human despair, economic opportunism, and capitalist racketeering, plus the inevitable ghettoisation of all imperialism's former 'immigration' stunts (to defuse revolutionary crises abroad or to import cheap labour), makes playing upon racial consciousness (as yet unavoidable given some extremely low educational and cultural levels prevailing under capitalism) a simple task for a frightened bourgeois world.

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