Worker Pride World Wide

The Zengakuren worker-student movement in Japan.

Gaddafi’s Anti-Imperialist, Pro-Worker society was destroyed by a coalition of forces bent on expanding their market dominance over the region of North Africa, historically a tactical target for empires looking to control the Middle East. Libya today is one of the least stable countries in North Africa with women’s rights at an all time low and Daesh/Jihadist militants defending the various Western-backed provisional governments fighting for power in the formerly propsperous ‘State of the Masses’. Gaddafi spoke for the creation of an Africa united under a single currency, the Golden Dinar, as an alternative to the US Dollar. He wrote of the importance of all working people to unite in a common struggle against Capitalism and the forces of oppression, citing Marx as a major influence on his thinking. It is no wonder that a man who espoused the rhetoric of liberation, and was getting some wats toward achieving it, was deposed in such a way that he was. His Libya was characterised by peace and worker freedom, whereas now it is characterised by chaos, infighting, war and the re-emergence of Islamic Fundamentalism as the political force to replace Nasserian Socialism.

Josip Broz Tito and the Yugoslav state were, by and large, left alone by Imperialism. Tito himself was a keen admirer of American culture, a personal friend of many Hollywood stars at that time. Though despite his interest in the culture of excess produced by capitalism, his Yugoslavia is a near-perfect example of Socialism and the worker-run state. The system of self-management allowed for the maximum freedom of Yugoslav workers to exercise their right to work, housing, healthcare and pleasure, rights denied by Capitalism through the wage slavery system. Tito was a proud Slav and Croat, yet he never made the mistake of placing ethnicity above Socialism. A true Dialectical Materialist, he recognised the non-material nature of race and the necessity for Socialism to be not in service of one race over another but in service of the entire proletarian class. This aspect of Marxist analysis is naturally follwed by the practical appliation of this Material understanding of race and class, that of worker pride as a political necessity.

A curious moment in history. For a short time, western imperialist governments showed a superficial interest in Gaddafi’s work due to its superifical opposition to Communism, although when they discovered he could not be easily manipulated by capitalist powers, the tune changed. Gaddafi went from evil dictator to intrigueing political theorist and back to evil dictator when it suited bourgeois capitalism.

The Russian AKM Movement has used the imigary and the tactics of NazBols, Nazis and UltraNationalists, as well as the Anarchist Black Bloc, to create the foundations of a mass worker pride movement. If the western left would adopt these same tactics, Fascism would cease to become a major political force.

The old Russian Bolsheviks, Syrian SSNP, former Titoist Yugoslavia and the Libyan Jamahiriya have (or had) all developed an understanding that to generate political energy amongst the working class, a movement must formulate the concept of workers pride, akin to that of the racial pride espoused by Fascists and National-Socialists. Worker pride is a force stronger than any dogmatic racial allegiances as, for instance, what similarities does a White English factory worker have with a White English CEO, compared with the similarities of a White English factory worker and a British Indian factory worker or an Irish-American train driver with an Caribean-American train driver?

Race is a non-Material construct, it is based on tangential connections to material trends with the majority of racial distinction coming down to superficial traits like colour and facial features. Class, on the other hand, is tangable. You can see it. You can analyse it with scientific analysis. You can even touch it, therefore you can smash it. Race is a tool of the capitalist class to undermine and divide the proletariat. The Black Panther Party knew this when they made a revolutionary pact with the Young Patriots, an Anti-Capitalist political alliance of white working class Americans from the South in order to show that a united working class, held together by solidarity and common class antagonisms, were possible through a form of worker pride. As Fred Hampton, leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party famously said: “I am a Revolutionary. I am the Proletariat. I am the People.” Worker pride is the practical application of class-consiousness onto the material conditions of a given society, it is a tool for socialist organisers to force the mass of workers to recognise their slavery and the constructed barriers of race, gender, religion and sexuality maintained by the bourgeois Liberal media to divide the proletariat.

Worker Pride World Wide.