The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

We publish workplace bulletins every two weeks. Below is the most recent editorial from our workplace newsletters. Older editorials are linked to the right.

– Enemies of the Working Class

Oct 21, 2016

Confronted with evidence he had not paid income taxes for decades, Donald Trump bragged that made him “smart.” Exposed for boasting about using his celebrity status and wealth to sexually assault women, he denigrated and insulted women – again. Claiming that the Central Park Five in New York were guilty, Trump tried once again to whip up a lynch mob hysteria – despite the fact that DNA and the courts exonerated those five men in 2004.

Trump is a vicious enemy of all working people. He seeks to widen the divisions inside the working class. He encourages racist and sexist violence, and attacks on immigrants.

Trump has maintained a base of support. Some, or even many, may not agree with Trump’s racism, xenophobia and misogyny. They may be driven into his arms because he attacks the other politicians and plays on being an “outsider.” But Trump’s supporters will be marked by his vicious attitudes. And the viciousness let loose by Trump will not simply go away after the election.

Repulsed by Trump and everything he represents, many working people may decide to vote for Hillary Clinton. But Clinton is no protection for working people.

Clinton may not exhibit disgusting human attitudes openly like Trump does. But in a different way, she is just as disgusting: She is a very efficient defender of the interests of the capitalist class, at the expense of the entire working class.

As a U.S. Senator, Clinton voted for the taxpayer funded bailouts of the banks and other big corporations during the 2007-08 financial crash and deep recession. In other words, Clinton voted for workers to pay to rescue big companies and banks from the financial collapse the banks caused.

The capitalist class emerged with higher profits and more wealth than ever. Millions of workers lost jobs, homes, income and support.

As a U.S. Senator, then as Secretary of State, Clinton supported the disastrous and bloody U.S. wars, invasions and bombings of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen. The U.S. didn’t go to those wars to stop terrorism. It went to impose the domination of U.S. imperialism. But U.S. military action against ordinary people accelerated a terrible spiral of violence and terrorism.

The very policies that Clinton supported worsened the conditions facing the working class.

These worsening conditions are what Trump and his ilk play on to gain support.

Ultimately, Clinton and Trump are not so different. Democrat and Republican, they are two sides of the same capitalist coin. The only choice for workers is to vote against both.

But how to do it in a country dominated by only two big parties?

Support candidates who make clear their allegiance to the working class. In seven states, Alyson Kennedy and Osborne Hart of the Socialist Workers Party are on the ballot for president and vice president (Utah, Louisiana, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee, Washington and New Jersey). In three states, Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly of Workers World are on the ballot for president and vice president (New Jersey, Utah and Wisconsin). In other states, like Michigan, Moorehead and Lilly have gained enough signatures to be write-in candidates.

Maybe they won’t win. But a vote for them can send a message to other workers that they are not alone, that there are plenty of others who feel the same way they do, fed up with politics carried out by two parties defending the capitalist class.

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In Michigan, a party on the ballot proudly proclaims it is a Working Class Party. This party says that elections won’t change the disastrous situation ordinary people face. But, it says, we can use the elections to show we are fed up with both parties.

Voting for one of the candidates of Working Class Party is a way for working people to say they want a party that speaks for their class. Vote for: Gary Walkowicz, Congress, in the 12th district, or Sam Johnson, Congress, in the 13th district, and, in a state-wide election,

Mary Anne Hering, State Board of Education.