Detroit and the Ravages of American Capitalism – Published on Global Research.ca, by Abayomi Azikiwe, November 18, 2013.
Detroit has been and will continue to be at the forefront of the struggle against the ravages of capitalism in the contemporary period. In looking at the situation in Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan illustrates clearly that the so-called economic recovery championed by the Obama administration and the corporate media does not exist … //
… Mass Organization and Revolutionary Ideology: … //
… The Intensifying Class Struggle:
These developments are a reflection of what the banks and corporations are attempting to carry out in Detroit and it portends much for the future status of the working class and oppressed across the U.S. and indeed the world. What people need to know around the country and globally is that Detroit did not file for bankruptcy, but this illegal action is being implemented by an imposed so-called “emergency manager” who, through the Michigan governor, is working on behalf of finance capital to steal every gain won through protracted struggles over the last 80 years.
We have intervened in the Detroit economic crisis as well as the bankruptcy. Our slogan is “Cancel the Debt!” The banks claim that Detroit owes $18-22 billion in obligations to the same financial institutions that stole our jobs, houses, city services and educational system. Our position is we owe the banks nothing, that the banks owe us.
As Fidel Castro advocated over 30 years ago, the international debt crisis was not the creation of the majority of people throughout the world. Consequently, we have no responsibility to pay for a crisis that was not created by us but by the capitalists and the imperialists.
On October 23 in Detroit over 1,000 workers, retirees and community activists surrounded the federal courthouse at the opening of the bankruptcy eligibility trial chanting “Hands off Our Pensions, Healthcare, City Services and Art: Make the Banks Pay.” We are certain that this unprecedented fight back will spread across the U.S.
There must be a national coalition of the cities to fight the banks and ensure that they pay for damages done to the overwhelming majority of people in the U.S.
Our struggle here in the U.S. must align itself with the workers’ movements in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Italy and other states in Europe which are facing the same crisis. The escalating militancy among the South African workers is a reflection of the world capitalist crisis where the South African Communist Party (SACP) through its Red October Campaign focused as well on the role of the banks.
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Part 1: Populists Fail To Shift EU Balance,
Part 2: Ideological Discrepencies.
Far-right populists are expected to make significant gains in elections for the European Parliament this spring, but the only existing populist group in the body shows these parties can shout as loud as they want but are unlikely to have much influence;