The capitalist world system is undergoing a major crisis as never experienced before. Any attentive observer of world events can see its leader, U.S. imperialism, has entered a period of decline.
In an effort to regain its stronghold and prominence, the U.S. has responded in Asia with military strategic initiatives aimed at containing China. In Africa, George Bush started “AFRICOM.”
It is widely reported that China is the potential power to rival and even supersede the U.S. as the world’s power. The Barack Obama administration, like previous administrations, continues to focus on “the pivot” to maintain oppressive power.
The major antagonistic conflicts in the world and the main bloody class struggles in the world are between oppressor and oppressed nations. This can be seen in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Venezuela, South Africa, Sudan, Congo and elsewhere.
The class struggle is not concentrated between the pathetic white left and labor movement and the greedy white bourgeoisie.
When we speak of class struggle in the African world, we want to alert everyone that, as dialectical materialists, we are not looking into a world restricted between the African petty bourgeoisie and the African working class.
Rather, we are looking at the sharpening class struggles between these two forces as part of all other social conflicts that are all concentrated in the colonial question as expressed between oppressor and oppressed nations.
We are not liquidating or ignoring in any way the respective secondary conflicts that exist on either side of the main irreconcilable conflicts between these two types of antagonistic nations in the world.
Since the late 1920s during the height and downfall of the international movement of Marcus Garvey to the rise and destruction of black national liberation struggles in the 1960s, the African working class has never led the national liberation struggles in its own name or for its own selfish class interests. The class struggle has been a fierce one.
Recall Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Dubois or Patrice Lumumba and Moise Tshombe. In both cases, the former represented the African working and poor peasant classes and the latter the represented the African petty bourgeoisie.
These class struggles were never characterized as struggles between socialism and capitalism. Nevertheless, the experience was always a struggle against colonialism, the immediate form of capitalism.
The creation of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) is an important development in this struggle. It marks a new phase in the history of the African proletariat—the creation of a political party for black power and African working class rule.
APSP Chairman Omali Yeshitela asserts the real class question in the real world is concentrated in the colonial question. From an African internationalism standpoint, this means the African working class must fight to achieve power and usher in the era of socialism.
The African worker class organized around its advanced detachment, the African Socialist International (ASI), must become conscious of its mission: the eradication of the parasitic capitalist relationship between the African nation and the new and old imperialists, the defeat of the African petty bourgeoisie, the organization of a new international led by the workers of the oppressor nations, the organization of white solidarity under the banner of African Internationalism, and the creation of a single united socialist State of Africa, a black power State.
Our preparedness is a measure of our commitment to the looming class struggle
Part of our task is the dissemination of the general principles and ideas of the African Internationalist philosophy inside African working class communities. This includes a constant criticism of foreign and anti-working class principles as well as exposing and defeating strategies and tactics of the alliance between the African petty bourgeoisie and imperialism.
The road to socialism is painted black by African Internationalism, and we cannot allow any other social force to paint it black in the interests of imperialism.
Pan Africanism is an idea that serves the African petty bourgeoisie. Pan Africanism is silent on what happens to the value produced by workers. Where does it go?
Every democracy is a form of State, so what social force will be oppressed if Pan Africanists seize power?
Just look at Mugabe. He is a Pan Africanist.
Who is exploited and oppressed in Zimbabwe? The African workers.
Thabo Mbeki claimed to be a Pan Africanist. Who is oppressed and exploited in South Africa? The African workers.
In our daily work, we must do all we can to distinguish between revolutionary and reformist politics. The latter must serve the former, not become an end unto themselves.
We must clearly distinguish petty bourgeois material interests from African working class material interests.
Colonial rule was bad for the African nation. Both the African petty bourgeoisie and working classes suffered indignity, but it was the petty bourgeoisie that took the mantle of leadership.
They spoke on behalf of the working class, but politically pursued their own class interest, and they extinguished the creation of the African economy.
The Burning Spear newspaper is the main tool to educate and organize the masses of African people. The production, publication and distribution of the bilingual (French/English) newspaper must become monthly and weekly in the months to come to prepare workers for the looming battles to arm them with a Burning Spear and other means of communication.
We must be engaged in the massive work to win subscription to secure regular publications. The solution is in the hands of the people. An informed African population must mean Africans with African internationalist consciousness. An organised African population means the masses of people are organised according to the principles and programs of African internationalism.
It is The Spear that allows us to deepen our relationship with the masses, our unending source of our strength.
It has been said before that the masses are the makers of history. If they are educated and organized under the banner of African Internationalism, the looming struggles will be lead by the African working class.
It is education and preparedness that help to purge African petty bourgeoisie opportunism from our ranks.
It is preparedness that will allow us to test the qualities of our cadres, to determine if they are worthy of African internationalism or not.
It is an open call for African workers to lead their own struggle for African self-determination and socialism. This current period, filled with uncertainties and unpredictable events, must be seized as a preparation period, the last phase of rehearsal for the final offensive of the African working class.
Impact of the defeats and decline of U.S. imperialism are becoming common knowledge
The U.S. rulers are failing to maintain their power over Afghanistan and over the Middle East because of the stiff resistance of the peoples there. The U.S. is also failing to maintain control over countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba and others in a meaningful way because of the revolutionary national resistance of the people there.
Imperialist centers are no longer shielded from the consequences of the dynamism of the national struggles between the oppressor and the oppressed nations. The success and victories of the colonized nations and the impact of defeat of U.S. led white imperialism in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Venezuela, Vietnam, Cuba, and elsewhere allows for clarity and the ability for everyone to witness the gradual, unrelenting and irreversible decline of U.S. power.
What the U.S ruling class does not understand is that, although China threatens to surpass them as a capitalist leader, the main threat to the existence of U.S.-led imperialism is not China.
Since China’s development takes place within parasitic capitalism, China needs the status quo—the maintenance of the relationship between oppressor and oppressed nations—to secure its own industrial and trade development.
China is a problem for the old imperialists, especially as some leaders in Africa have chosen China over the old white imperialists as their main money lender and trade operator, believing that they would be better off than they were when dealing with traditional white imperialist.
However, it is the struggles for genuine self-determination being waged by the oppressed nations—struggles that can only be achieved at the expense of all of the new and old imperialists—that represent an existential threat to imperialism.
This worldwide imperialist system cannot survive a worldwide African revolution, resulting in the creation of an African united socialist State.
The role of African revolutionaries at this stage is to clearly define our ideological, organizational and political tasks for this period.
It is not enough to repeat at every meeting, “Organize! Organize!”
African Internationalists and the worldwide African working class need to know the tasks to be done at this very moment of imperialism in crisis and decline.
Class struggle begins with recognition of the necessity to eradicate a system that requires that Africa and African people be enslaved and that we and our land exist to serve the reproduction of white people and white power at our expense.
The price of such enslavement and the absence of our own power over our lives means that we are at the mercy of hostile foreign people, who can oppress and exploit us at will, who can rob our resources and our land and use them to forward their own foreign interests.
Class struggle is about freeing the African economy. It is to take back our land, to end our relationship with worldwide imperialism and to free the trade routes that connect Africa with African people and any other nations of the world who are prepared to join us for a common future for humanity.
The colonial physical and mental borders make us artificially strangers to one another. One cannot defend the Africa nation if they are still dominated by colonial mental and physical barriers that define us as properties of our colonizers. Remember that all the demarcation lines throughout Africa and in the Americas were the decisions of our oppressors.
Raising the consciousness of the African working class in pursuit of State power
Part of the class struggle involves the broadening of political education and consciousness of the African working class everywhere in pursuit of State power.
We have several identities, including religious, cultural, sexual, familial and tribal. However, the most important identity is the one that defines our place and relationship in the world, particularly in the parasitic world economy.
Accordingly, the leaders of the parasitic world economy have defined us as expendable objects of white people’s history. That is why we are dispersed and fragmented around the world with false identities given to us by our white oppressors and the African petty bourgeoisie, making us less capable of assuming our significance on the world stage.
Tribalism has always been the ideology of the African petty bourgeoisie opposing genuine African unity. Tribalism as practiced by the African petty bourgeoisie depends on white power to be effective.
Our true common identity is our Africanness, which can only be consolidated through the defeat of parasitic capitalism and the building of a single united socialist State. Nothing less will do.
Our salvation depends on our ability to build the African nation. It requires connection with each other and other colonized peoples on a global scale.
A successful fighting capacity depends primarily on achieving one common identity. Anything less can only serve the bourgeoisie.
Build the African Socialist International!