Occupation Progress.

Firstly, I would like to say that this article is obviously written from the Marxist perspective. To our non-Communist readers, the importance of this burgeoning movement is even more so important. We are at the crossroads of a social moment. A moment where the average, downtrodden citizen is starting to stand up for their right and their say. Communists everywhere know and share this struggle, and it is of little surprise to find this topic on a Communist blog. If you find yourself reading here, and are not a Communist, certainly we can all agree that the current movement is of broader importance than mere politic. With that being said, on to the article.

As many may know, there has for nearly a month, been a concentrated effort growing in New York City. An effort aimed at bringing major focus to the disparity in American bourgeois society. Thousands of working-class people have pooled together to hold an ongoing protest on Wall Street, the vaunted seat of American capital. These people are average, everyday Americans from many walks of life, united in one cause: Bringing the awareness of our situation to the forefront of the public mind.

They have few clear goals, few defined aims. But there is a general consensus amongst all of them: That the wealthy elite, the ruling class of our society has had it’s way too much and for too long at the expense of everyone else. The demonstration, which represents the 99% of Americans who’ve gotten the short-end of financial prosperity, is a direct assault against the Capitalist masters. While it got off to a slow start, with the bourgeois media only giving it token coverage, the Occupy Wall Street movement has now grown. Not just in NYC, but the entire nation. People everywhere are starting up occupations of their own, joining in the spirit of protest. New York City was but the start, as there are over 140 occupations being started. These, comrades, are exciting times we live in. Class consciousness, something the supporters of Capitalism claimed does not exist in the USA, is being made painfully aware. As we Communists know, that is merely the beginning of the battle. Once the masses realize their class consciousness, they become aware of their class antagonisms. Yet another thing that supposedly “does not apply” to America. In the months ahead, I solidly believe class related social issues will be at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

With the spread of the Occupy movement, the earlier battles of this year are also being reconsidered. The labor movements which raged across Wisconsin and Ohio in the early part of 2011 have not been forgotten. The current protest is picking up where the labor protests left off. But this time, it is not merely the battle for fair and just representation of public workers, nor private. This time the battle is about fairness in society. Not just the right to be represented, but the very conditions of the working masses. As we all know, the American economy has been in a serious slump for some years. The experts have all said the Recession is over, but for the average working person, relief seems far out of sight. Where have our wealthiest been during it all? Why, they have done business as usual, furthering their aims with the help of conservative politicians. They have been filling their coffers just as always. But they have been taking more from the average person, who without, their business machine would not function. Unemployment is still rampant, with Washington D.C. still holding out for a miracle in the private sector to spur hiring. Some of our politicians and economists believe that if they sweeten the pot enough, then the Captains of Industry shall be enticed to “Get America Back to Work”. But as any Marxist knows, history is the greatest of teachers. And for years, the ruling elite of America have had a very, very good deal. If they have not had the notion to get this nation back to work by now, I ask how much more do we have to give them before they do?

This is where the rest of us come in. As we’ve seen, our friends on Wall Street and Motor City, in the halls of finance from coast to coast, have been chugging along just fine through the whole financial crisis. They have their pet politicians on Capitol Hill to fight and defend them. They have been, time and again, propped up by our government. And while they have not been met without criticism, they have generally gotten on just fine. But for the working class, there has been no great bail-out, no great relief. There has been precious little to reduce the lines of the jobless. The numbers of families evicted from homes by the banks has kept on rising. The working class has taken the burden of all efforts to “jump start” the economy. And after three years of it, the people are finally fed up. People of all views are beginning to wonder why the majority must continue to do all the work by themselves. Of course, in our society, there is no other way. The workers make up the largest share of the population, thus they must have all the weight put on them.

But then again, does it have to be so? More and more minds are starting to think our more well-to-do citizens should start seriously giving back to the people who they owe their wealth to. And that is where the occupation movement has it’s finest point. People are gathering to express the need for the rich, the wealthy, the bourgeoisie, whatever one wishes to call them, to shoulder a bit more social obligation. For their pockets to be opened a bit more, for their fingers to be in fewer political pies, and for our society itself to be a little more balanced for it. Of course, there are many opinions on how this is to be achieved, many of which are not too different from each other. And while the specifics of the Occupy Wall Street movement have yet to be formulated, while the clear and objective goals have yet to be conceived, the movement itself is the start. Through constant protest, for and by the people of the United States, the bourgeois masters are being told: Enough is Enough!

I urge everyone of us to do whatever we can to further this cause. It is a peoples’ cause. And Communists are one with the masses. We should be trying to play an integral role in the fight. But we will need the help of all persons, not just our comrades. Talk about it, blog about it, send out e-mails and flyers, bring it up in classes or in the workplace, try starting your own protest. Do whatever you must. This is a battle between the exploiters and the exploited. We cannot let them win.

Author: The-Necromancer, CPDA General Secretary

Artwork by: Party9999999

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2 Responses to Occupation Progress.

  1. Ross Wolfe says:

    One of the most glaring problems with the supporters of Occupy Wall Street and its copycat successors is that they suffer from a woefully inadequate understanding of the capitalist social formation — its dynamics, its (spatial) globality, its (temporal) modernity. They equate anti-capitalism with simple anti-Americanism, and ignore the international basis of the capitalist world economy. To some extent, they have even reified its spatial metonym in the NYSE on Wall Street. Capitalism is an inherently global phenomenon; it does not admit of localization to any single nation, city, or financial district.

    Moreover, many of the more moderate protestors hold on to the erroneous belief that capitalism can be “controlled” or “corrected” through Keynesian-administrative measures: steeper taxes on the rich, more bureaucratic regulation and oversight of business practices, broader government social programs (welfare, Social Security), and projects of rebuilding infrastructure to create jobs. Moderate “progressives” dream of a return to the Clinton boom years, or better yet, a Rooseveltian new “New Deal.” All this amounts to petty reformism, which only serves to perpetuate the global capitalist order rather than to overcome it. They fail to see the same thing that the libertarians in the Tea Party are blind to: laissez-faire economics is not essential to capitalism. State-interventionist capitalism is just as capitalist as free-market capitalism.

    Nevertheless, though Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy [insert location here] in general still contains many problematic aspects, it nevertheless presents an opportunity for the Left to engage with some of the nascent anti-capitalist sentiment taking shape there. So far it has been successful in enlisting the support of a number of leftish celebrities, prominent unions, and young activists, and has received a lot of media coverage. Hopefully, the demonstrations will lead to a general radicalization of the participants’ politics, and a commitment to the longer-term project of social emancipation.

    To this end, I have written up a rather pointed Marxist analysis of the OWS movement so far that you might find interesting:

    “Reflections on Occupy Wall Street: What It Represents, Its Prospects, and Its Deficiencies”

    THE LEFT IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE LEFT!

  2. Indeed, I can agree that the majority of the participants are not (entirely) thinking of Capitalism in it’s full context. However, this is only the start. That is, of course, my sentiment on the matter. If this does grow, or at the least, inspires future demonstrations that are more organized and cohesive, it shall have served a purpose. In terms of pure Marxian philosophy, this movement is merely a side show to what should really be going on. By pure Marxian philosophy, most persons taking part in this are painfully ignoring what Lenin described as Capitalist “Imperialism”. In the modern context, we understand this as globalization. Too many are rather caught up in the failings of the American system in particular. As such, they are not focusing on the broader issues.

    And for the average American citizen, that is typical. Americans tend to focus on predominantly internal issues. To that end, of course this movement is missing the main problem. It is, in this case, also the task of we Communists to educate the masses and bring forth the realization that it is not purely and “American Problem”, but a truly global one. If anything, Marxism has always been good at taking the global view. I thank you for your commentary and sharing the link to your article. I can agree with many of the assessments you made, however I do feel there is much work we should be doing. It is the role of the Communists to be the vanguard of the revolution. While this is hardly a revolution, it is our duty to be dedicated in the pursuit of educating and and making the general masses aware of the truth. It will be challenging, as there is a stigma surrounding Communism and Communists in America. Most will perhaps not take us seriously at first. But we very well cannot do any less. The Left may be dead in a sense, but the specter of Communism still yet roams the earth.

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