Ushering in the New Year

Make Way for Renewal!

Montreal action for climate justice, November 6, 2021

As we head into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the inability of liberal democracies all over the world to unite their populations behind a social project has come into sharp relief. Entering the New Year, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) has put forward the call to Make Way for Renewal. This marks the beginning of the fourth decade of direct contest between the masses of the people and an increasingly degenerate and corrupt ruling elite on the issue of what constitutes democracy. Who occupies the space for change which exists objectively persists as the field of contention.

In a bid to control the situation characterized by widescale anarchy and violence, the U.S., with countries like Canada in tow, has now launched a major offensive claiming it is defending true democracy against the dangers of totalitarianism, authoritarianism and the like. Unable to control the factions fighting over the decision-making powers within the U.S. itself, the Biden administration is concentrating executive powers in ever fewer private hands to say it represents the union against the warring factions and advance the U.S. striving for world domination. Descriptions of what U.S. democracy stands for are also to divert the people's striving for empowerment while criminalizing their resistance struggles.

Canada is an integral part of this desperate attempt to forestall the collapse of the democratic institutions by concentrating powers in the Office of the Prime Minister. This can be seen in the number of mandates issued via orders-in-council, the lame role assigned to Parliament and the fact that Canada marches in lockstep with the Biden administration at this time.

The year 2021 was a difficult one with the worsening of the COVID-19 crisis and 2022 has begun plagued by difficulties. Within this, the workers and people are expressing their social solidarity with one another by acting responsibly to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and trying to make sure they are not overwhelmed by the confusion and difficulties. Once again, workers are asserting what was revealed to all in 2021, that they are the essential force in producing goods and delivering services in the most perilous of circumstances and in protecting the health and safety of the people, often at the cost of their own health and safety.

This key role could lead to even greater achievements if it were supported by the state and governments. However, state institutions and governments at every level persist in attempting to stifle any initiative on the part of workers and to silence them by governing strictly through executive orders. This allows the rulers to transform the workers' living and working conditions at will, particularly by continuing to wage an anti-social offensive in the fields of health care, education, social services and matters related to the supply chain for food and other necessities of life. Workers are being deprived of any control over their working conditions even though they are the people's first line of defence.

The pandemic has also revealed the incredible gulf that exists between rich and poor countries as millions upon millions of human beings are excluded from treatment for the coronavirus. This particularly heinous example of the super-exploitation of the countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean further aggravates the crisis, rendering it even more out of control. The irrationality of an authority that claims it can resolve the crisis by disempowering the workers and peoples and suppressing their voices while deepening the inequality in even the most basic living conditions, has caught the imagination of workers and toiling people the world over who are demanding fundamental economic, political and other changes.

A radical change of course is also being demanded by the peoples of the world for the humanization of the natural and social environment, in particular for the resolution of the climate crisis. The year 2021 witnessed its destructive impacts worldwide, including right here in Canada with unprecedented devastation caused in British Columbia first by forest fires, then floods and now extreme cold. The failure of government to forewarn the people, prepare and protect them shall forever remain engraved on people's minds.

The unprecedented productive forces generated within the socialized economy are being destroyed by the narrow private interests in control of the economy and decision-making powers of governments at all levels. Those with privilege and power approach any activity through the narrow lens of private profit for a tiny supranational rich minority. As the conflict between authority and conditions becomes increasingly acute, anarchy and violence prevail and the situation appears out of control. This was seen most dramatically at the COP26 conference in November, where the oligopolies and their governments put forward their pay-the-rich schemes to extract super profits by "greening the economy."

Again, as in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, what is excluded is the mobilization of the human and natural resources of each country in a way that puts the needs of the people in first place, beginning with their need to be the decision-makers in all matters of concern to them. It is the people and society that will pay the price, including through the worsening of the climate crisis. Thousands of people made their voices heard through mass mobilizations during the COP26 conference and demanded action to counter climate change.

Work of CPC(M-L) in 2022

In 2022, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) is focused on involving people in the work to renew the political process through their own empowerment. Our publications will continue to inform everyone from coast to coast to coast of the people's living and working conditions and the struggle they are waging and lessons to be learned. They will continue to elaborate the significance of the work of providing modern definitions, especially when it comes to the battle for democracy and the battle of democracy.

The Party's Workers' Centre will continue developing a news agency by activating the workers themselves to provide information about their working conditions and their concerns and to speak out. This work will continue to play a decisive role to strengthen unity in action in an organized form in the struggle for rights -- justice for the cause of the Indigenous people to uphold hereditary rights and be compensated for crimes committed against them in the past and present and for migrant workers, refugees, immigrants, injured workers as well as women, youth and students, the homeless, and impoverished. It will also pay attention to the striving for people's empowerment by bringing into being an anti-war government and making Canada a zone for peace.

So too first-rate attention will continue to be paid to involving the youth in building the organizations they need to achieve success in their work of humanizing the natural and social environment so as to build a bright future for themselves.

CPC(M-L) wishes everyone success in their endeavours in 2022 and is at their disposal to the best of its abilities.

(Photos: TML, G. Campbell)

This article was published in

Volume 52 Number 1 - January 9, 2022

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