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News :: Politics
The Will of the People Will Not Be Expressed in This Election
31 Oct 2004
<p>There is a big problem.</p>
<p>Millions of people are looking at the U.S. presidential election as
a crucial turning point in world events. And at the same time the
workings of this system have worked coldly to stifle their voices and
<p>As Bob Avakian, the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party,
says in the online talk <em>Elections: Democracy and Dictatorship,
Resistance and Revolution:</em> "Many people want this election to
be a referendum about the Bush program and in particular the whole war
program, the whole juggernaut of war and repression, this rolling
monster that’s unfolding. Well, this election, as [the media and
politicians] are telling us, <em>will</em> be a referendum on war, but
not in the way we might like and many people who want to vote for Kerry
would wish. It is, as they are saying explicitly, going to be a
referendum on who could be the best <em>commander in chief</em> , who
has the best war program to carry out the so-called war on
terror." (audio online at <a
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<h1>The Will of the People Will Not Be Expressed in This Election</h1>
<p class="issueinfo"><em>Revolutionary Worker #1257, October 31,
2004</em>, <a href="";>posted at<;/a></p>
<p>There is a big problem.</p>
<p>Millions of people are looking at the U.S. presidential election as
a crucial turning point in world events. And at the same time the
workings of this system have worked coldly to stifle their voices and
<p>As Bob Avakian, the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party,
says in the online talk <em>Elections: Democracy and Dictatorship,
Resistance and Revolution:</em> "Many people want this election to
be a referendum about the Bush program and in particular the whole war
program, the whole juggernaut of war and repression, this rolling
monster that’s unfolding. Well, this election, as [the media and
politicians] are telling us, <em>will</em> be a referendum on war, but
not in the way we might like and many people who want to vote for Kerry
would wish. It is, as they are saying explicitly, going to be a
referendum on who could be the best <em>commander in chief</em> , who
has the best war program to carry out the so-called war on
terror." (audio online at <a
<p>We are living through a time when huge historic issues are being
decided, where powerful forces are in play, and many possible outcomes
could emerge.</p>
<p>And where huge sections of the people sense they have been crudely
cut out of events—betrayed by the workings of this election, and
by those who control it.</p>
<p>Over these agonizing last months, a suffocating NON-choice has been
imposed <em>inside this election process</em> —at a time when
millions have awakened to politics, many for the first time, and
decided that here and now they <em>need</em> to influence world events
and the future. Millions of people are living through this election
season with open eyes, horror and mounting alienation.</p>
<p>This is a time that demands clear thinking and urgent, massive, and
creative resistance— based on a strategic understanding of the
stakes for the power structure and the people.</p>
<p>This is a time when people need to deliver an unmistakable
NO—so that whoever wins the election, it is very clear that there
is NO mandate for the whole agenda of war and repression and that the
people are serious about defeating this agenda.</p>
<p>And it is a time when there is a tremendous opening and potential
impact for connecting people to a fresh and serious vision of
profoundly changing the world.</p>
<p style="text-align: center">*****</p>
<p>As we go to press, the electoral season is moving towards a decisive
juncture, which may bring unexpected dramas and dangers.</p>
<p>The system is now moving to choose its next commander-in-chief.</p>
<p>It is not yet known which of the two main candidates will be picked.
It is not even known <em>how</em> the winner will be picked.
Still-hidden power-plays and fraud may decide the outcome.</p>
<p>It is clear what the Bush regime is willing to do to stay in power.
Millions of people are still furious about the coup-like action of the
high court that brought George Bush to power in 2000. And now, four
years later, the fraud has already started again—Black voters
have faced intimidation and disenfranchisement, including in key
"swing states" like Florida. And new electronic vote fraud
may be in place for "winning" in places with razor thin
<p>This summer it came out that there had been high-level
"contingency planning" for <em>canceling</em> or
<em>postponing</em> the elections in case of some major pre-election
attack. And then, in mid-September, the FBI announced that
"terrorists" were in the U.S. planning a pre-election attack.
This whipped up new hysteria within the elections and unleashed new
police intimidation of targeted immigrant populations. The
<em>Washington Post</em> (Sept. 23) now reports that these FBI warnings
were based on bogus information—and yet, somewhere in the grim
machinery of state, some other "October Surprise" may be pre-
planned to re-select the current president.</p>
<p>Election 2000 saw the Republican Party unleash bullies to intimidate
people who were trying to recount the Florida ballots. Not only have
the right-wing forces been building up within the circles of power in
the U.S., not only have they been cultivating a whole officer corps
within the U.S. military and putting their allies in the Supreme Court,
but they have also built up a whole religious, fundamentalist Christian
movement, which is essentially a Christian fascist movement—a
non-thinking segment of the population, inspired in their non-thinking
fundamentalism by the president himself.</p>
<p>Election 2004 has already seen the archbishop of Colorado issue a
proclamation that it is a "sin" to vote for Kerry because he
supports the right to abortion and stem-cell research; we have already
seen the evangelical church mobilizing for Bush because they claim it
is "God’s will"—while Bush himself claims that he
acts on instinct and word from God rather than reality and reason. And
it remains to be seen how such Christian fascist forces— inside
and outside the military—would respond to a Kerry victory.</p>
<p>We don’t yet know if and how the <em>final</em> hours of this
election will be strong-armed. But we do <em>already know</em> how this
whole process has <em>already been</em> rigged and manipulated, <em>all
<p>Last year, for a few moments, excitement jelled behind Howard Dean,
who spoke in angry language about the Bush regime and its Iraq war.</p>
<p>But then Dean was rudely shut down before the Democratic primaries
really started, by the Democratic Party establishment and the media. He
was labeled unelectable, and everyone was told to support the approved
candidate—Senator John Kerry, a man who carefully supported the
fascist Patriot Act and granted Bush war powers in Iraq.</p>
<p>Bush defends his brutal and unjustified invasion of Iraq—and
his larger war on the world. And John Kerry insists <em>he</em> will
lead the conquest of Iraq to final victory, and free up U.S. military
power for further moves—aimed at subduing Afghanistan or Iran, or
North Korea.</p>
<p>And then, it is part of the modern dynamics of American politics
that Republican operatives denounce Kerry as virtually treasonous and
"soft on terrorism"—while Kerry puts a raw imperialist
spin on the "Pottery Barn" rules: We broke Iraq, and even if
that was a mistake, now we own it.</p>
<p>People don’t want to live in a New Roman Empire—that
rules and threatens the world, and sets up a tightening Christian
fascist state in the "homeland." A clear majority of the
Democratic Party base supports quick withdrawal from Iraq. And yet none
of this was allowed to be heard in the official election chatter.</p>
<p>And what are people offered: the chance to "hold their nose and
vote for Kerry," hoping it "will do some good."</p>
<p>And when you look at all this with open eyes, it is starkly and
increasingly clear that the will of the people will not be expressed in
this election!</p>
<p>Raising Our Heads At a Historic Moment</p>
<p>Bob Avakian has been working intensely to wrench something different
out of this moment—and to raise the sights of us all to the ways
and possibilities of doing that.</p>
<p>In <em>Elections: Democracy and Dictatorship, Resistance and
Revolution</em> he really dissects the current situation around the
election. He breaks down why Bush is doing what he is doing and why
Kerry is doing what he is doing—how they are both
"auditioning" for who can be the best commander-in-chief to
represent the larger interests of the U.S. monopoly imperialist ruling
class; and why being confined by the terms and logic of this election
is very dangerous for the people.</p>
<p>He brings out the deep strategic global interests of the U.S. power
structure—why the Bush agenda has had so much initiative; why it
is dangerous to hope that the Democrats can be relied on to oppose this
agenda; and why people need to unite very broadly in the kind of
resistance that can not only oppose but defeat what he calls the
"juggernaut of war and repression."</p>
<p>And urging the listener to "fasten your seat belts," he
takes us on a unique ride into a different future.</p>
<p>Chairman Avakian argues forcefully that, despite appearances, this
system is outmoded and vulnerable—that its intolerable oppression
can be overthrown, and that we can together forge a new society filled
with the ferment of change and liberation.</p>
<p>At a time when official and unofficial verdicts have written off the
most radical revolution as "impossible and undesirable," Bob
Avakian has been creatively re- envisioning the whole communist
<p>In the film of an historic talk in 2003— <em>Revolution: Why
It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All
About</em> —Chairman Avakian takes us on a journey from the
madness of this society to a future worth living in: from the enforced
powerlessness of capitalist democracy, the restless aggression and
infuriating racism of U.S. society to a new socialist society ruled by
the oppressed—a society that the majority of the people,
including the millions of artists and intellectuals, would want to live
in, a society in transition to a whole new communist world.</p>
<p>And it is vital to stop and think deeply over this: Because no other
leader in this country dares talk about this. And because this vision
is not just daring but intensely practical and rooted in a dynamic
analysis of the real world.</p>
<p>What would it mean for this revolutionary vision and analysis to
connect deeply, now, with the millions of people who are looking hard
for a way to oppose Bush and everything he represents?</p>
<p>What would it mean if the DVD of this historic talk, <em>Revolution:
Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All
About,</em>and the online talk <em>Elections: Democracy and
Dictatorship, Resistance and Revolution</em> and other online talks
were played and debated wherever people gather to discuss the madness
of Bush’s America? What would it mean if artists and scientists,
revolutionary youth, and proletarians were wrestling with the questions
raised about the intellectual life of society and the path to communism
in Avakian’s <em>Dictatorship and Democracy, and the Socialist
Transition to Communism</em> ?</p>
<p>What would it mean if the leadership and analysis of Chairman
Avakian were able to connect to millions of people—including many
who will undoubtedly have lots of questions and disagreements with
these radical new theses? What would it mean if a whole new dynamic and
a whole new conversation got the initiative in society and people were
able to lift their heads and breathe some fresh air—instead of
being reduced to "holding their noses" and "picking the
lesser of two evils"? What would it mean if large new circles of
people were able to analyze and change the world using the penetrating
scientific method and approach that Bob Avakian teaches and
<p>For decades, everyone has been told "nothing else is
possible." Now what would it mean for people to tear that myth
apart and explore Chairman Avakian’s re-envisioning of socialist
society that upholds the historic achievements of the past, while
breaking new ground on how to do away with all oppression and
exploitation and have a world that people would really want to live
in—a radical new synthesis of how proletarian power would be
exercised he calls the "solid core with a lot of elasticity."
(See "<a href="avakian-democracy-communism-6.htm">A World We Would
Want to Live In</a>," page 6.)</p>
<p>What would it mean for our struggle today to be connected to the
future—like a visionary bridge from the intolerable injustices of
capitalism to a classless communist world without oppression?</p>
<p>It would have a profound and multiplying effect on what was
possible—both today and from now on—if all this was woven
into the very fabric of political and intellectual struggle and debate
<p>Chairman Avakian has worked to "chart the uncharted
course"—to lay bare a path to revolution, even in a powerful
rogue superpower like the USA. And, as those who have seen and heard
him speak have discovered, things look very different once you dare to
consider the possibility of actually overthrowing the monstrous system
that dominates the planet and how the world could be radically
<p>In their hateful and repulsive way, men like Bush and Cheney and
Rumsfeld dare to remake the world—to reshape international
politics and economics in their interests, to enforce a transformation
of the whole Middle East at the point of their guns and missiles.</p>
<p>And the masses too—in our millions—have to dare to think
about remaking the world— whether or not one agrees with the
whole vision put forward by Chairman Avakian, his challenge to wrest a
new and liberated world out of the great flux, oppression, change and
crisis that lie ahead needs to be given a serious hearing.</p>
<p>And from this sweeping perspective of what the world could be like
and how we could get to a different world, Bob Avakian has powerfully
pointed out the importance of uniting all who can be united in
resistance NOW: "Once again, the point, clearly, is that whether
or not people vote in this election for all those who see the real
danger—the very danger that makes them want to vote for Kerry,
and to urge others to vote for Kerry, even knowing what Kerry is, and
is not—that understanding of the great danger and its immediacy
should make people feel compelled to act, and to call on, encourage and
help mobilize many others to act, outside of and beyond the elections
and the electoral framework—to build now, and in an ongoing way,
the most powerful mass opposition and resistance that refuses to be
bound by the terms of mainstream politics or by the notions that this
politics represents the `ultimate word’ on the `will of the
people.’" ("<a
href="../1254/avakian_kerry_democrats_election.htm">Food For Thought
While Agonizing Over Bush and Everything He Stands For</a>,"
<em>RW</em> # 1254)</p>
<h2>And what happens if we DON’T do that?</h2>
<p>What happens if our discontent is penned into the "regular
channels" and deflated by the assumption that "nothing else
is possible"?</p>
<p>How much would be wasted if the anger and energy of this moment gets
beaten into despair after a Bush victory?</p>
<p>Back in power, Bush would claim popular legitimacy and support for
all the madness his crew unleashes next. Can we allow that to happen
unopposed and unexposed?</p>
<p>And, on the other side, how much would be lost if the resistance of
the people to Bush and everything he stands for becomes dispersed by
the collective "sigh of relief" that would likely follow a
Kerry victory? What happens if illusions about "buying a little
time with Kerry" come crashing down, and the sense of betrayal and
powerlessness leaves people paralyzed?</p>
<p>Are the people going to be so locked into the myths of "keeping
America safe" that they can be stampeded by suspicious new
"incidents"—while power is seized again in illegitimate
ways, and while new police powers are imposed in the name of
"danger" and "emergency"?</p>
<p>These outcomes would be a disaster for the future and for the people
of the world.</p>
<p>There is a genuine fight going on over the future, both open and
<p>The rulers of the U.S.—these ambitious emperors who dream of a
global version of the Roman empire—they intend to stifle and
suppress any challenge inside and outside this country. They intend to
treat resistance as illegitimate, treasonous, and
"pro-terrorist." They are not interested in
"listening" to the people. And don’t care what the
people (here or anywhere else in the world) want or need.</p>
<p>Let us be clear on what they plan!</p>
<p>Bush and his crew have become the spearhead and symbol for a crusade
to impose tighter U.S. domination over the whole world. This is a
sweeping operation of war, threats and covert operations that is
literally remaking the international order by force. And meanwhile,
within the U.S., long-standing legal rights to trial, privacy, and
protection from profiling and surveillance are being torn away, and
replaced by the raw logic of a growing police state. There is a plan to
literally establish permanent rightwing control over the U.S.
state—cementing the Supreme Court, the Congress, the Presidency
and the military corps for a generation. And it is known that if Bush
returns to power, we don’t just face "more of the
same"—but instead we face new and dangerous leaps, from a
crew that believes no one and nothing must stand in the way of U.S.
global domination.</p>
<p>And, through all the twists and turns of an electoral circus, Kerry
has made it clear that his presidency would continue the same essential
project, even while he differs right now over some of the terms, over
the pace and the specific forms with which to implement this
program— and some of the extremes to which it should be carried
out at this time.</p>
<p>And even if the final selection goes Kerry’s way, huge parts
of the power structure sit in the hands of these openly rightwing
forces—who will push agressively for Kerry to carry out their
program while at the same time tearing him down.</p>
<p>Whatever else happens in this election, the political armies of
Christian-fascists and rightwing operatives will not be dispersed by
votes, and the power centers that finance and direct them will press
ahead in their relentless grab for final and overall power.</p>
<p>They are making an historic grab for the world—taking great
risks, unleashing great resources, sending out many thousands of people
to kill and die.</p>
<p>Will something else, something powerful and positive, be wrenched
out of this moment? Will the people express their will <em>outside</em>
the stifling official box of the election—and carry their
resistance forward into the whole next period—even under
conditions of heightened repression?</p>
<p>Will the people act openly and in mass or be paralyzed if the
election is stolen or cancelled by the fascist gang?</p>
<p style="text-align: center">*****</p>
<p>The reckless extremism of all this is putting great forces into
motion against the current regime. Their lies have come out. Their Abu
Ghraib crimes are exposed. The insurgency in Iraq has become more
powerful much faster than anyone—certainly in the
<p>In the U.S. and even among the U.S. troops, there is a deep and
growing sense that the war in Iraq is not about "protecting our
loved ones at home" but about great ambitions, corporate wealth
and global power. There is fear, distrust and even hatred of the
narrow-minded religious fanatics like Ashcroft and Bush, who actually
claim their god approves prison camps and bombing runs—and
endorses their bigoted morality.</p>
<p>There is a sense that the future, left in their hands, would be a
<p>We are living through the collision of two very different
futures—the potential in the overall current situation for two
very different extremes—is getting concentrated in this
"moment" around the elections and their aftermath. Whatever
happens with this election, it will be big. A great deal is at stake
for both sides—both the ruling class establishment of the U.S.
and for the people (both here and around the world).</p>
<p><em>When the dust settles—if it does settle!—from this
whole election episode, will we be ready for the future?</em></p>
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Re: The Will of the People Will Not Be Expressed in This Election
31 Oct 2004
What would it mean if someone decided to plaster this manifesto on virtually every IMC they could? What would it mean if most proletarians wanted change and perhaps revolution, but didn't really want to be called proletarians or follow a vanguardist Chairman seeking the power of another state? Hmm.. what would that meAn?
Re: The Will of the People Will Not Be Expressed in This Election
01 Nov 2004
If Bush is re-elected, then things will get worse.

If Kerry is elected, then things will get worse.

From here on out, as long as the Empire stands, things will get worse.

IF a SUBSTANTIAL number of people take direct action to resist capitalist despotism, things MIGHT still get worse, stay the same, or get better.

Mr. Avakian's "vision" -- a Maoist "enlightened despotism" -- is pretty unlikely to have much impact, one way or another.

It's not rocket science.