2021, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) is going to pay
first rate attention to providing the problems we face with solutions.
It intends to go to the heart of the matter of what it means to provide
problems with solutions which favour the interests of the working
people, not the rich.
No matter which capitalist
society one refers to, it is plagued by social, spiritual and economic
problems which not only persist year after year but get worse. Canada
is no exception. The neo-liberal nation-wrecking agenda of the ruling
class is taking its toll, saddling the working people with problems
which require solutions.
Canada's model of
governance is based on Hobbesian covenant thesis. This was given rise
to several centuries ago, in England in the 1660s, as a way to get the
rulers of the day out of civil war. It established a fictitious person
of state in the manner of an incorporated persona which looks down upon
the people, who are classified as subjects. This fictitious persona
wields a sword in one hand and a bishop's staff in the other,
representing the decision-making power which stands above the people.
Matters related to war and peace and justice are thus the sole purview
of the person of state, who defines the character of the civil society
such that the national interest, values and the conduct of
relations serve that interest.
society arrangements which current neo-liberal governments are
dispensing with, were designed to sort out contradictions between
ruling factions by means of elections, deliberations in the
legislatures, discourse through the media and contractual arrangements
which were judiciable. They also established the system of political
parties and party government to act as gatekeepers of the power of the
fictitious person of state.
members of parliament, judges, lawyers and all such servants of the
court and the state must swear allegiance to said person of state who
they are duty-bound to represent. Party government in a representative
democracy represents the fictitious person of state, not the people.
The dictate of the ruling class over the people functions when it
appears to have the consent of the governed and to represent the
people. Once this fiction is seen to lie naked before the people, what
is revealed is the need for the people to solve the problem of wielding
the political power in their own favour instead.
material conditions today reveal the nakedness in the form of
unfettered police powers. Prime ministers, presidents, cabinet
ministers and the private interests they cater to set the direction of
the economy and the interests which will receive funds borrowed from
private sources, which are then channelled through the state coffers to
claim they are "public" funds. Arrangements hitherto known to comprise
a civil society have shed all notions of being a public authority based
on providing "the greatest good to the greatest number." No longer is
society based on the motto, "All for One and One for All," which upheld
a socialized process of production in the service of the rich while
also benefiting the many.
the rulers clamour for the preservation of the status quo, the more the
status quo reveals who it serves and that it is unsustainable.
order for governments to ensure that society continues to go nowhere,
they must give themselves more and more police powers and
justifications based on self-serving definitions of what constitutes
economic prosperity, national security and the national interest. This
has become the dominant feature of everything the federal government
does, to the extent that its intelligence agencies openly speak about
outlawing anyone who does not swear allegiance to Canadian
institutions. Based on these self-serving definitions of what
constitutes prosperity, national security and the national interests,
the intelligence police agencies are now in charge of monitoring speech
on social media, declaring what constitutes fake news and poses a
danger to Canada's model of governance.
now under the auspices of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments are
passing laws related to the economy and the people's well-being which
ensure that the objective laws of capitalist development operate with
all their destructive force, while those who protest and call for the
fulfillment of their aspirations, who work for the building of a new
society, are suppressed. But objective laws when understood do not have
to cause destruction. They can be used in such a way that they
contribute to the creation of a society fit for human beings.
For their part, the people are not calling for the
preservation of the status quo; they are calling for change, for
solutions. Problems require solutions. Some are big problems and others
are small. Some require temporary measures and others, a permanent
solution. Some are problems of nature and others are problems of
society. Some are national and some are international. Some are of a
theoretical nature and others are of a practical nature. What can be
said, for sure, is that there are problems.
problems have a solution? No. But there are some problems with which
humankind cannot live without finding a solution. Such is the case when
it comes to the political process and its need for renewal. This
concerns who controls the decision-making power over all the decisions
which affect our lives.
The growing hostility to
governments which pay the rich, uphold definitions of justice as
decreed by the narrow private interests they serve, and pass the most
self-serving laws and call it rule of law requires an organized
political expression of the changes the people want. A modern
democratic personality is required whose every act is to humanize the
natural and social environment as it intervenes in every situation by
activating the human factor/social consciousness. The accomplishments
of the technical and scientific revolution, if channelled to humanizing
the natural and social environment, can bring all of humankind on par
with their own creations. A new world can emerge from the debris which
is threatening to bury us all alive.
In 2021, let us
the decisions which affect our lives. Let us focus on making sure we
unite in action to identify the problems which we think require
solutions and how to provide them with solutions!
This article was published in
51 Number 1 - January 3, 2021