Capitalism is going through one of its worst crises ever. This is neither a cyclical crisis nor a temporary contraction; it is a deeply rooted crisis based on the voracity of capital and the capitalist class that manages and controls capital. So far, most of the solutions offered have been short lived and it seems that capital is digging itself deeper into its own hole.
This crisis is not only national, but international as well. Just last week Barak Obama had to fly to Europe to participate in an emergency meeting of the G20 to once again come up with a solution. We can be sure no solution will come out of these emergency meetings benefiting the popular masses, nationally and internationally, which are really affected by these crises, but we can guarantee that any solution agreed to by the G20 is to preserve capital and global capitalism.
Capitalism is faced with a global resistance. In the US, it is faces unprecedented resistance. So far, the resistance is at an early stage of mobilization and not yet able to transform itself into a powerful movement. These mobilizations are still spontaneous and not yet able to articulate uncompromising, anti-capitalist demands and orientations. It is important to recognize that these mobilizations can easily be recuperated by sectors of the capitalist class to benefit their alternatives as solutions to the ongoing crisis.
Who are the 99%
The 99% are workers….
This crisis is affecting all the classes and social categories that are dominated and exploited by capitalism and capital. These classes and social categories are the 99%. Some elements of the crisis are generalized to us all. Some elements of the crisis are limited to particular sectors of the 99%. One thing is for sure, the commonality of these crises are the doing of capital. The only purpose of capital in any given situation, any given moment is accumulation and valorization. In other words, the only purpose of capital is for profit and for more profit. Even if the problems of the 99% are not the same, to address them we have to fight capitalism, the originator of the problem constantly creating cyclical crises and contractions.
Because of the nature of our problems, some of us think the big banks are the problem. Some think the Fed is the problem. Some students, a social category, are resisting the fact that their lives have been mortgaged and their future of debt is bleak. Some of us are recently unemployed; hope of finding employment is slim to none. Some of us work, with our low wages we are selling our labor power at a loss where even if we are working we can no longer afford the basic necessities of life for our families and us. It feels like we are unemployed, even if we are working.
With the austerity measures, real existing wages are comparable to wages of a decade ago and more concessions are asked of the 99%. At the same time, capital’s thirst for profit is forever becoming more and more repugnant. Gas prices are going up, school tuition is rising, food prices are skyrocketing, banks charging more fees on our own money, money they used initially to make a profit. They are constantly designing more ways to extract profits from us. Capitalism has totally undone some of the rights that working people have sacrificed their lives for, such as the 8-hour workday. A jobs bill is being promised to us, again with the nature of capital, our wages are not in question. Capital has found new ways to make profits, totally bypassing consumers. Even if consumers are used, it is mostly for the need to speculate. So, many of the 99% are no longer needed by sectors of capital as consumers, and are in a process of proletarianization: workers who have nothing to lose but their chains.
The 99% are workers: immigrant workers forced to leave their homelands because of capitalism, prison workers, industrial and service workers, all working people, and social categories such as students, intellectuals, unemployed, the objectively unemployed working people, the small business owners and all who are either dominated and/or exploited by capital. We are not yet a unified political block. Some of us see the need to reform capital to resolve some of our particular problems, while some of us understand the necessity to defeat capital and the capitalist class.
It is important that we all see that the core of our problems is not some defective parts of capitalism but capitalism itself as a system of organization of a society that is based on profit over the needs of the collective. We need to organize … so that resistance and mobilizations transform into a powerful popular movement … where all the classes that are dominated and exploited, especially the classes that are both dominated and exploited, play a decisive role in the fight against capitalism.
We need to develop a combative, autonomous movement, independent of all state political and ideological apparatus (such as the traditional two party electoral system), as well as non-state political apparatus at the service of capital and funded by capitalism: NGOs/CBOs, business union bureaucrats. We must pursue a struggle based strictly on our interests, not to benefit any one sector of the capitalists. Benefiting even one sector of the capitalism benefit the whole capitalist class in the long term. Capitalism can no longer be reformed. It’s time to kill it.
Let’s organize to transform this mobilization into a powerful anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist movement!
Let’s unify our camp by identifying capitalism as the enemy!
The future is ours, le’ts work for it!
Seize the moment! Dare to win by building our autonomous anti-capitalist/anti- imperialist movement!