Internet Statement 2006-01
For the New Year
January 1st, 2006
For the New Year 2006 we send greetings to all our readers and co-workers, friendly organisations and individuals and in particular to all organisations in the world which are aligned with us by principles, historical views and the communist goals.
An eventful year lies behind us, with actual achievements, however, and some good starting positions having been reached. In the present difficult situation for all of us, we wish all organisations a steadfast struggle. The complicated situation requires a lot of perseverance and the unconditional will to master the numerous new problems. If the exchange between the organisations is improved, though, their capabilities in this respect will grow.
At the first of January of the past year we published a statement "Lets
throw ourselves on the class struggle in our own country!", which
was simultaneously a short declaration of principles by the Gruppe Neue
Einheit. In its essential points this statement is still up to date. The
question of the transfers of production abroad, the calling into question
of the industrial working class in this country, the deprivation of rights
and the extortion by means of international competition - all of this
is bringing up the questions of class struggle again, and the call to
throw ourselves on the tasks of the class struggle in our own country
is being moved into the center. In the course of the year even bourgeois
forces had to admit that Marxism is experiencing a - however weak - renaissance.
Settling the score with these various components of Schroeders and Fischers
policy is partly due yet. The new grand coalition leans upon the same
party, as it can be stated at the outset, and in very various ways it
is continuing the previous policy; it is even preparing itself for intensified
domestic social attacks. Important, however, is also the following: at
the first time since longtime a government was toppled because of mass
resistance. Not the question of the Hartz-legislation and the deterioration
of social benefits, though, which had led to large demonstrations from
autumn 2003 to autumn 2004, decided this change of government, as everybody
knows that a conservative government or a grand coalition would not behave
different in this realm or would make things even worse. The main momentum
leading to this downfall was the increasing vexation by the intensified
policy of transfer of production, the general attack on virtually every
right of the working class, and the looming financial catastrophe, which
isolated this government even in the bourgeois circles. It is about a
deepgoing structural crisis of the whole capitalism in Germany which has
been growing over more than 30 years and was carried to the extremes by
the last government. The new government is largely continuing the old
things, it wants to avoid the infringement of the interests of all ruling
groups, and above all inevitably to intensify the pressure against the
broad masses of the population. Without declaring war against the policy
of liquidation in its main fields not even the slightest improvements
can be achieved.
The struggle has still two levels: the struggle between wage labor and capital and the democratic struggle
The struggle between wage labor and capital, having formerly concentrated
itself on the large industrialised countries, is transferred to the whole
world by capital itself, in some kind of flight from the contradictions
of the highly industrialised countries. Today we have a worldwide capitalism
and a worldwide development of the contradiction between wage labor and
capital. But it is still extremely difficult to engineer the actual coming
together of the proletarians of all countries. Between the workers in
the rich and the poor countries there are still large differences. The
corruption by the international exploitation is still leaving its marks
in the rich countries. To resolve this international split is one of our
foremost intentions. Although the whole year 2005 showed that the respective
tasks are not adequately taken care of and e.g. the connections to Eastern
Europe are completely underdeveloped, little has so far happened in this
sector. All of the old structures in the trade union movement and in many
leftist organisations, too, are working against that.
In many organisations the question of the so-called ecological policy
is still blurred, too. This policy is worldwidely propagated by the large
majority of the bourgeoisie and amounts to an additional extortion of
the working class under the cover of preservation of the environment.
The democratic struggle is the other level of struggle. In countless countries, with or without a parliament a dictatorship of generals or oligarchic cliques is at the helm, and re-establishing the elementary democratic rights is an elementary and necessary goal of all revolutionary organisations. But there is something existing above it all: the international edifice of the dictatorship of capitalism, concentrating itself upon certain countries. By the development of the two world wars, the revisionist overthrow in the Soviet Union and the overthrow in China in the seventies . a fundament for the temporary hegemony of the US has come into existence. There are new rivalries developing, e.g. by the possible rise of China as a superpower, and Russia, too, is still a great power if the dominant position is regarded which she has because of nuclear weapons and the export of oil and natural gas. The US – and formerly the two superpowers – have founded something like a club of the nuclear powers which is intended to be the omnipotent dominant factor in the world. They blackmail states, reproach them of developing weapons of mass destruction, although they themselves possess such weapons in obvious abundance, and presume to commit direct aggressions against such states. This ”order” must be fought by all revolutionary organisations. There is no democracy based on accepting, say, the nuclear non-proliferation treaty or the hegemony of certain states and their lackey powers, and the dictatorships in certain countries have to be seen in connection with the annihilation of any democratic right, with the international extortion by a superpower or several powers tied to it. Under the cover of a struggle for ”general human rights” they are actually attempting to undermine the right to democracy, internationally as well as in the countries themselves, as well as the principle of equal rights for all states.
The German question is closely tied to these international questions,
which concern all of the nations and peoples. In 1918, US-imperialism
started taking influence in Germany, which was definitely consolidated
after 1945/49 and finally led to the temporary exclusive dominance of
the US in 1989-91.
During the criticism of modern revisionism it also came to the criticism of Russian chauvinism and neoczarism of the decaying and degenerating Soviet Union of the late sixties, seventies and eighties.Chauvinism, national one-sidedness and arrogant behavior subordinating the labor movement under certain national interests is wrong from the part of whichever nation and the labor movement of whichever country. The national question everywhere has to be dealt with absolutely objectively and calmly, respecting its diversity and the richness of facets it has.
To the end of 2005 also the fortieth anniversary of the second very large crime against the communist movement in the 20th century was commemorated: the action against the Indonesian communist movement and party in 1965/66. In this case, too, it was a deceitful action by the international reaction, gathered and concentrated by one country, the US, in order to radically raid a party and a mass movement and to annihilate within a short time hundreds of thousands and millions of people dedicated to building Indonesia and to her liberty. It is only good if the backgrounds of this occurrence are lit up internationally, and the brutal and abhorrent events of then are at least put to the service of the sustainable experience and warning of revolutionary parties and movements all around the globe.
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