Facets of the Present Situation
1st of May, 2002
The year 2002 is the year of the breakdown of capitalist illusions. For
more than 20 years this capitalism has been celebrated, as victor, capable
of solving all essential problems. The degenerative decay of socialist
states and their liquidation from within as well as the development of
capitalism in a number of new countries offered the occasion.
And the crisis is deeply rooted. It is a true overproduction crisis,
as we know it from the earlier capitalism, but on an international global
scale. The idea that the nations which concentrate the wealth upon themselves,
the US and Western Europe, are able to reverse the negative economic trend
again and again, serving as the economic "locomotives", proved
to be an error, and war adventures aren't good for more than just a short
flaring up. It is a matter of irreality that a minor part of the world
soars up in everincreasing heights, and on the other side four fifths
of mankind, a growing part, lives in everincreasing poverty and is barred
from the participation in all the technical and cultural progress.
Today, also in our country the unrest in the factories is growing. Many people have been feeling a creeping deterioration, the burdens have been growing. Thus there is hope for growing resistance. But one has all the time to be aware of the fact that the international exploitation with its billions of extraprofits is still influencing this society, also the workers. As soon as the demands are satisfied for a part, the struggle is quickly undermined. Today we see the federal government of Germany announcing that the Federal Republic takes over the leadership of the navy forces around the Horn of Africa without any objection by the trade unions and by many people who otherwise call themselves "leftists". Under the guise of fighting against terrorism here the interests of the rich countries, of imperialism, are consolidated opposite the poor countries, with the immediate participation of the German Federal Republic. Against this, various forms of resistance are justified, in particular here in Berlin, the center.
The international exploitation is the central subject for any kind of labor movement because without attacking it, nothing can be maintained here in the long term
The example of Argentina: here a country is falling into an abyss which for years has been standing under the directives of the IMF and the World Bank. The whole financial system has collapsed. And what are those in power doing, supported by the international institutions of the "democratic world"? They confiscate the savings of all citizens, they steal them in order to get just one moment of breathing space. Especially Argentina is showing that the nations and the workers in particular in the end cannot but enter again the path of independent reconstruction, which is to say that socialism reappears on the agenda. And Argentina is just the beginning, as there are quite a lot of countries which are at the brink in a similar way. The whole of Latin America is in a state of unrest. In Columbia and Venezuela there are deep social disturbances and popular movements. Corrupt US-tied plotters of coups were swept away, the machinations do not work any longer.
It is not necessary to look far abroad. The financial breakdown is typical
also for the developed countries, see Berlin. And what did this regime
here dare to do: the majority of the state parliament of Berlin, the "Abgeordnetenhaus",
voted to give its blessing to the interests of the purchasers of dubious
real estate investment funds which actually do not consist in ordinary
civil business but are unlawful donations to certain persons, amounting
to billions; they even gave additional guarantees for these funds. In
order to guarantee these sinecures, day nurseries in Berlin are to become
more expensive, public baths and sports institutions are to be closed.
The demand is very clear: these unlawful real estate funds must be declared
invalid. The financial resources for them must be set free for the tasks
which are accumulating in the city.
The crisis is meanwhile reaching the country from which the capitalist
tide after the overthrow in the end of the seventies started. For example,
on April 29th dpa reported: "China is threatened by the worst unemployment
in history, the number of unemployed might easily go up to 20 millions..."
Here only the unemployed in the industrial sector are mentioned. The 150
million redundant people from the rural regions exist on top of them.
Without scruples, capitalism is operating by means of unemployment and
of ruining people. Strikes and robust resistance in several regions were
mentioned, and it cannot be otherwise. It does not matter whether China
has 1,4 billion or 700 million inhabitants, under capitalistic conditions
there will always be the corresponding releases and unemployment.
What occurs in the Middle East - Palestine is only the reflection of the breakdown which this kind of "order" is undergoing. How safe was the situation considered! Israel was anyway an outpost of the US. The Arafat leadership equally relied on the US and Europe. And the Islamic fundamentalists had their connections with the Western capitalism, the US included, in spite of their Anti-US-yelling. In the end they were funded mainly from Saudi-Arabia and the Gulf states. One should have thought that everything was under control. And what is now! The various reactionary forces annihilate the calculus. Israel does not exist there in order to consolidate the situation but in order to create a permanent pressure; it exists only on the fundament of expansion. A normalization of the situation is absolutely of no avail for Islamic fundamentalism. The situation has completely slipped out of the control of the initiators and will result in further radical changes. The development in the Middle East, however, is just something which is put on top of the whole. The base is formed by changes which have taken hold of the whole world.
1st of May, 2002
(Translation of the German original.)