The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

We’re Always Told to Wait

Aug 20, 2018

A lot of attention has been put on the election primaries lately–much more than usual for mid-term primaries. News outlets and pundits–and, of course, Democrats–have pushed hard on the idea that voting this fall is absolutely necessary to see change, or to block Trump, or both.

And turnout has been higher than usual. In Michigan’s primary on August 7, for example, the turnout broke the previous record, set in 1982. Both total numbers and percentage are records: more than 2.1 million people voted, for a turnout of 29.7 percent. That is not very high, but it is a record for a primary. It’s been a similar pattern across the country–so clearly, the push has seen a response.

But it’s the same message we’ve always been given: Wait, now, until November. Vote for these new faces. Wait for them to take office, then wait for them to do something, and change will follow ... someday.

But the change never comes, whether Democrats are in control or Republicans are.

It’s a losing game for working class people. Elections don’t change things for the Working Class; waiting on politicians to do something won’t bring change–because both the Republicans and the Democrats support this system run by and for the rich. BOTH are parties of our enemies.

The ONLY thing that truly changes things has been when the Working Class has organized itself, and has moved massively, flooding the streets and shutting things down–factories, companies, whole cities. The only force the Working Class can depend on is ... itself, its own forces, its own organizations.

The Working Class needs its own party. We need to organize our own forces, to defend our own interests. Anything else is a distraction.