May 1, 2020 - No. 30
Security Lies in the Fight
for the Rights of All!
• May Day Virtual Workers' Forums
• Another Defining Moment
• Two Worlds in Combat
- Hardial Bains
Our Security Lies in the
Fight for the Rights of All!
May Day Virtual Workers' Forums
Across the country and around the world, it is the
working people who are fighting to defend their own rights who defend
the rights of all and protect us during this COVID-19 pandemic.
On the occasion
of May Day 2020, under the conditions of the global COVID-19 pandemic,
the Workers' Centre of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)
is organizing several video meetings to provide workers who are on the
front lines of fighting for their rights and the rights of all with a
Workers' Forum to share their stories and exchange experiences.
The pandemic is revealing above all else,
especially as workers are being told to get back to work to ramp up the
economy and "get back to normal," that our society cannot afford this
"business as usual" approach which has caused such devastation.
The conditions of the pandemic show beyond the
shadow of any doubt that neo-liberal anti-social policies are
destructive and cause havoc which the people pay for with their lives.
A mural in Madrid reads: We will not go
back to normal because normal was the problem (No
volveremos a la normalidad porque la normalidad era el problema).
In this vein, the Workers' Centre of CPC(M-L) is
calling on the workers to make May Day 2020 a turning point for the
workers' striving for empowerment. Never again must the working people
be left in the dark about the decisions which are taken which affect
their lives. Never again must they be told what to do without their
say-so. The working people must be the ones who determine what must be
done. The working people must continue both during the pandemic and
beyond the pandemic to put themselves in a position that ensures what
they say is done.
Those who want to be included in the
video-consultations please inform: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Another Defining Moment
Men make their own
history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it
under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances
existing already, given and transmitted from the past - Karl
May Day 2020 is
being marked all over the world under conditions of the COVID-19
pandemic. On this occasion, the Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist) sends revolutionary greetings to the workers across
the country and to our fraternal comrades and workers in all countries.
Everywhere, the workers are in the forefront of the fight to make sure
this crisis is not resolved on their backs or in favour of the rich. It
is the struggle of the workers for their rights which provides rights
with a modern meaning -- that rights are not privileges, available to
some and not all and they are not something that can be given and taken
away based on the whims of ruling elites who serve narrow private
interests. It is the struggle to provide rights with a guarantee that
opens a path to society's progress. Nothing illustrates better than the
situation during this coronavirus pandemic that our security lies in
the fight for the rights of all.
In Canada and the provinces, after three decades
of nation-wrecking on the basis of implementing the neo-liberal
anti-social agenda, the conception of a society which provides "the
greatest good for the greatest number," has been discarded. As a
result, even as ruling elites are forced to call for the unity and
co-operation of the people, the self-serving character of their
decisions cannot be hidden.
The actual circumstances reveal that we are in
this together and it is through everyone playing their role,
recognizing the necessity, joining in a common struggle that the
pandemic will be brought under control. But all the war talk and
language and the special powers of those who have usurped the governing
roles are the declaration of the ruling elite that they are using the
emergency to impose narrow self-serving aims on society. Despite the
oodles of money governments are throwing out in the name of helping the
people to weather the crisis, the role of the people is to fend for
themselves and do what they are told.
Despite this, not only workers organized in unions
but also those who are striving to be organized to better protect
themselves, are speaking out and taking serious stands about what they
need and how things should be organized. In response, governments at
all levels are making the issue one of whether or not they will receive
sufficient protective gear and forces to carry out their
responsibilities or whether it is possible to enforce proper working
conditions to keep the workforce safe. Meanwhile, they think that the
workers will be satisfied to have everything decided for them, going so
far as to deprive the essential work force of the human factor required
to carry out the tasks at hand. Employers, administrators, government
officials and political representatives are carrying out "business as
usual" as concerns the direction of the economy and who benefits from
the decisions made, even as emergency circumstances prevail. At the
same time, the ruling elite are using the crisis to introduce new
police powers and set up new mechanisms to pay the rich.
Where will we be
at when the crisis abates and if, as predicted, the economy is in
shambles? Can the working people afford to accept the in-fighting in
the Parliament, Legislatures and National Assembly or that the
alternative is to strengthen the iron-grip of the cartel parties on
government through forms of cooperation now called an "administrative
parliament"? Everything is done to keep the workers disempowered. Even
during the pandemic, workers have to fight tooth and nail to get
protections for their health and safety and that of their families and
The workers have never accepted that they have no
say over their living and working conditions and they will not do so in
the future either. They do not accept people being left to fend for
themselves according to the economic and political subservience to
narrow private interests and the U.S. They do not accept the claim of
ruling elites that we can't have a self reliant economy with friendly
relations with all nations.
At this time, as we mark May Day 2020 in
conditions of pandemic, the conditions are demanding that the working
class take up its historic role to lead all working people in action to
fight for their own rights in a manner which upholds the rights of all.
CPC(M-L) calls on its organizations across the country to make sure
workers' forums bring out what is pertinent and decisive in these
struggles, thus enabling the class to develop the confidence and
perspective required to carry its struggle successfully. This is how
the working class will itself constitute the nation and vest
sovereignty in the people.
Two Worlds in Combat
There are two worlds in combat today. One is the
world of the bourgeoisie, counter-revolution, retrogression and the
anti-social offensive. This world of reaction and war tramples
underfoot the right of the peoples of the world to chose their own
system. There is another world, the world of the working class and all
progressive humanity, the world of revolution and the opening of the
door for the progress of society. This is the world of pro-social
programs, the world of unity and struggle of the peoples of all lands.
While the world of the bourgeoisie is decaying,
the world of the working class has to be created afresh, anew. The
world of the working class is not ready-made nor will it emerge on the
basis of reforming the old world. On the contrary, it is a world that
must be consciously created on the basis of the most advanced and
revolutionary forces engendered within the modern conditions. May Day
must remind all the progressive forces to double and triple their
efforts to create the new world.
The old world is relying on everything
anachronistic in order to hold itself together. In the sphere of the
economy, it has the vain hope that the making of maximum capitalist
profit within an institutionalized global system, in the end, will be
the basis of its continued prosperity. In the political sphere, it has
the vain hope that its unrepresentative democracy, in the final
analysis, will guarantee that political power remains in its own hands.
In the sphere of relations between peoples, it hopes that the
destruction of the very idea of the independence and sovereignty of
nations will guarantee its eternal worldwide domination.
The world of the
working class, the new world, is relying on modern definitions. It is
based on dealing with the outstanding problems of each major sphere of
human endeavour. The working class would organize the economy with the
aim of guaranteeing a livelihood to all as a human right on the basis
of the most advanced techniques and the continuous raising of standards
of living. In the sphere of politics, the working class will establish
a system of modern democracy in which the representatives are
subordinate to the people, and the people directly participate in the
selection and election of candidates, and in governance. The working
class, in the sphere of relations between peoples, will uphold as a
modern principle that all peoples have the right to chart their own
May Day presents all progressive humanity with a
challenge. It is the challenge to reject everything old and decadent by
waging a merciless struggle against it, while creating the new on the
basis of the modern working class and on the most advanced thinking and
theory coming out of the contemporary conditions. These are exciting
times for all those who wish to create the new world. The basic
ingredients for this new world are already in existence. The working
class has its own experience of revolution and socialism of well over
one hundred and fifty years, especially during the twentieth century.
The ingredients of this experience are all too precious to be frittered
away. The time is now to use these ingredients anew and add fresh ones
for the destruction of the old and the building of the new.
Let everyone take their place in this historic
combat by leaving the old behind!
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