Capitalist Leadership

July 10, 2012


There had been a systematic program to eliminate the leadership of the Black Panther Party and for that matter any Black leadership that was neither corrupt nor vulnerable to purchase. It is the viciousness of the elimination of this leadership that is particularly important. On that fateful day of December 4, 1969, the following happened:

Two shots were then heard, both of which were fired pointblank into Hampton’s head as he lay prone, followed by Carmody’s voice stating, “He’s good and dead now.” The chairman’s body was then dragged by the wrist from the bed to the bedroom doorway, and left lying in a spreading pool of blood. At that point, the raiders “mopped up,” with Gorman directing fire from his submachine gun at the remaining Panthers, again, who were attempting to cover themselves in the apartment’s bedroom. Doc Satchell was hit four times in this barrage, and Blair Anderson twice. Seventeen-year-old Verlina Brewer was also hit twice. The victims were then beaten and dragged bodily to the street, where they were arrested on charges of attempting to murder the raiders and aggravated assault. (Churchill & VanderWall, p.73)

The combined effect of murder and marginalization created the situation we have today. On the one hand, the working class faced the brutal repression by forces within the Republican party. On the other side, the message was clear: too much militancy would not be considered or tolerated.

Having proven that honest leaders could be decimated whenever necessary, it became much easier to marginalize anyone who stepped out of line. Marginalization meant that leaders who spoke against capitalist interests were not to be followed. Otherwise, they would be eliminated viciously or their careers destroyed.

This strategy, launched by the ruling class in early 1970’s and implemented primarily by the Republican Party worked. Leadership from that point on was allowed as long as it was either corrupt or timid. Kwame Kilpatrick now creates a media circus not because he is creating a powerful working class movement but because he is corrupt. Barak Obabma, by contrast, does create a movement but only if he is not too militant. So long as he does not support redistribution of wealth or support a class analysis he can raise $100,000,000.00 ($100 Million) in a very short period of time.

By contrast, even someone as innocuous as John Edwards is immediately marginalized as having a bad haircut or serving on some hedge fund and he cannot raise money. In this country, the candidate with the most money wins 95% of the time. John McCain became the candidate of exclusion. In other words, all other candidates failed and he was left. Initially he did not raise money. Now he is raising millions. He was the best of the Republicans among a group of very bad candidates. He was the best of the worst. As soon as he was chosen, he had plenty of money.

Our populace is taught not to analyze positions but to analyze individual candidates. In other words, we look at what we think the candidate is. However, no one “knows” the candidate. Ninety-nine percent of the people have never met with the candidate. They are told what the candidate is by the corporate media. The question is why would the working class buy into such a ridiculous proposition? There are multiple reasons both general and particular. As a culture, we are all about individualism even though as an ideology it has been a total failure.

More importantly, by indoctrinating our voting populace to vote for the individual not the party, the corporate media finds it easier to get workers to vote against their economic self interest.

The working class is not given the choice of candidates militantly fighting for the interest of the working class. The corporate media, instead, trains the voting population to look at individual candidates divorced from program and separated from a movement for fundamental change. Because of individualism, workers are taught to believe an individual leader can be assessed on character, not program. More importantly, by indoctrinating our voting populace to vote for the individual, not the party, the corporate media finds it easier to get workers to vote against their economic self interest.

As voters, we are not given programmatic choices. Nevertheless, we can formulate a strategy of struggle. Clearly workers must vote for the Democratic party and reject the vicious backwardness of the Republican party.

That is why the question today is not whether to vote for Obama or Clinton but for any Democrat who is nominated. When you get the Republican party you get individuals who are either corrupt or incompetent. When you get the Republican party you get not only George Bush but also Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Abramhoff, Trent Lott, Jessie Helms, Strom Thurmond, Ken Lay, Howard Scaiff, Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas, John Engler, Paul Weyrich.

In addition, you get Halliburton, Enron, Bear-Stearns, torture, concentration of wealth, war, recession and depression. The voter gets privatization of social security, privatization of water, high gas prices, high energy prices, tax gifts to the rich, and finally the complete arrogance of power.

The fact is that if John McCain is elected president, we will have a depression. People are suffering so badly today that they believe that we are already in a depression so it can’t get worse. However, the fact is that it can get worse, much worse. The fact also is that the Republican party intends to make it worse. John McCain has already stated that he will expand the war. He intends to set up a separate international agency that can go to war anywhere in the world. Those wars are designed for one purpose: to protect the wealth and power of that wing of the ruling class represented by John McCain, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, etc. We can see how this is going to work with the recent bailout of Bear-Stearns. While thousands upon thousands of homeowners and workers are suffering mightily because of the disaster of sub prime lending, $400 Billion is being used to protect the financial interest of that wing of the ruling class represented by the Republican party.

“The rescue of Bear Sterns, in particular, was a paradigm-changing event.

Traditional, deposit-taking banks have been regulated since the 1930s, because the experience of the Great Depression showed how bank failures can threaten the whole economy. Supposedly, however, “non-depository” institutions like Bear didn’t have to be regulated, because “market discipline” would ensure that they were run responsibly.

When push came to shove, however, the Federal Reserve didn’t dare let market discipline run its course. Instead, it rushed to Bear’s rescue. Risking billions of taxpayer dollars, because it feared that the collapse of a major financial institution would endanger the financial system as a whole.” (“The Dilbert Strategy” by Paul Krugman, NYT, 3/31/08, p. A 23)

Over the last year Krugman has always been correct to the development of this economic disaster.

McCain has already said he will do nothing to help the individuals who suffered the mortgage crisis. His entire direction will be to support the financial industry, not the people who are suffering. It is therefore necessary for us to oppose that section of the ruling class represented by John McCain and the Republican party. We oppose that section of the ruling class not only because they support torture, not only because they believe in the concentration of wealth and the protection of the wealthy, not only because their programs have been proven to be a total failure over the last 28 years, but also because we need relief from the disaster that they represent. We must have some opportunity to organize. We must show that we are willing to fight such things as torture and concentration of wealth so that we can then provide leadership for alternative programs including the redistribution of wealth, universal healthcare, and an end to these endless wars.

Yours in Struggle,

Ronald D. Glotta
220 Bagley, Suite 808
Detroit, Michigan 48226
(313) 963-1320
(313) 963-1325 fax


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