A poster that I made to be my phone wallpaper. Hopefully, this will stop me changing it every 5 minutes. Enjoy
Every state, with no exception, has been an instrument by which a privileged few have wielded power over the immense the majority.
Every church has been the loyal ally of the state in the subjugation of mankind. Bakunin best sums up this relationship between inequality and religion in his book ‘god and the state’. Religion, by it’s very nature, minimises the role of humanity, instead replacing it with the glory of God.
“God being everything, the real world and man are nothing. God being truth, justice, goodness, beauty, power, and life, man is falsehood, iniquity, evil, ugliness, impotence, and death. God being master, man is the slave.”
As with the state, Religion and God are the enemies of and limit equality and liberty. Because of this, to quote Bakunin again: “if God existed, it would be necessary to abolish him”.
As long as there is a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth; as long as there is a state, we will not be free, we will not be equal, and we will be exploited by a privileged minority. Have no illusions about religion, it teaches us to be content and sit here with folded arms. Instead of bringing earth to the heavens, it tells us to be content with the conditions we are in, not to create our own paradise on earth, or so to speak.
Things evolve. The ape into the man, the dinosaur into the bird, and so on; slavery has also evolved and adapted.
The whip has been replaced by lowered wages, and the motive to work has changed from not getting food to not getting money. Slavery with a human face, to say (I’m sure we’re all familiar with the socialism with a human face of the cold war).
The enemy is a clever and cunning one as they have convinced us that we are free, that we are not slaves. As before, one can accumulate enough money to buy their freedom.
But what are the differences between slaves and proletarians? The slave sold himself once. Once he was sold, he was guaranteed shelter, food, et cetera.
The proletarian sells themselves hourly and daily, and is not guaranteed work, or food, or shelter.
You are a slave, I am a slave, we are slaves; the only way to end our slavery to the bourgeoisie is to smash the system that enforces the slavery upon us- capitalism.
Go and read Bakunin, Kropotkin, Marx, Engels, Berkman and all the other brilliant leftists out there, and realise the exploitation that is going on around you.
By George Volkov
“The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honoured disguise and borrowed language.”
Karl Marx- 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon.
How does this relate to my article, you ask?
Well, with countless socialist internationals (and around 5 fourth internationals) we are fragmented. We are weak. Our socialist parties have degenerated into sects, splitting over small issues.
The International workingmen’s association was the first group to unite the revolutionary left: anarchists, socialists, communists; it was home to famous figures such as Marx and Bakunin.
This later expelled the anarchists, who went on to found the second international. This collapsed due to disagreements over the first world war.
The 3rd international and 4th International only included communists of a specific tendency, so were flawed and isolated from the start.
What is required is a pan-leftist, or united front as some call it, International.
We must reject all sectarianism and dogmatism, accept all anarchist, revolutionary socialists and marxists, and run it on the principle of democratic centralism- freedom of discussion, unity of action. I hope all leftists see the same things I do, we leftists constantly divide ourselves, and can not liberate the proletariat from the yoke of the bourgeoisie if we are divided. We can only overthrow capitalism if we are united. So I say to you all: marxists of all kinds, anarchists of all kinds and all revolutionary socialists, unite to form a new, fifth international, a revolution international.
Workers parties of the world, unite!