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African workers rise up, create crises and instability for the colonial capitalist system

Aug 2, 2021
Chairman Omali Yeshitela, African People’s Socialist Party

Editor's Note: We present this third section of Chairman Omali's Political Report to the Second Plenary of the African People's Socialist Party's Seventh Congress, held in February 2021, entitled "African Workers of the World, Unite and Organize!" 

When we organize hundreds from the colonizer nation to fight the ruling class for reparations and the destruction of the power of the colonizer, it is an example of the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party in the form of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and Uhuru Solidarity Movement. 

This, and all the work of the Party since our World Tribunal for Reparations for African People in the U.S. that was conducted in 1982 and annually for more than a decade throughout the U.S., reveal that our Party’s leadership around reparations does not reduce the Party into a single-issue “reparations movement” organization. 

For our Party, the struggle for reparations has always been a function of the Party- led African Revolution. We are globally omnipresent. 

APSP is making the global Black Revolution 

We are the African People’s Socialist Party-Bahamas, Bermuda, Guadeloupe; or APSP-United Kingdom, France; or Occupied Azania (South Africa), Mali, Ivory Coast, etc. More African workers are able to understand that the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement that is bringing African people back into political life in South Africa or North St. Louis, USA, is a material expression of their Party that is capable of waging our struggle on many fronts, using every form of struggle, at the same time. 

Our Party is responsible for the African Revolution being put on a common trajectory necessary for our victory over an omnipresent colonial-capitalist social system that has a stranglehold on virtually every aspect of our lives everywhere on Earth. 

Moving forward from this Second Plenary of the Seventh Congress, more of the African nation and working class will be able to recognize the coherence of the African Revolution and the struggle for the defeat of colonial capitalism that is provided by our Party. 

We have initiated a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to our national liberation and the emancipation of African workers and the toilers of the world. We are the Advanced Detachment, the General Staff of the African working class. 

On a daily basis we are cutting an ideological and political swath through a morass of opportunism of every kind. In words and in actions. 

This is how we contribute to the deep crisis of the hated global colonial-capitalist system. 

We are holding fast to the mandates and resolutions of our Seventh Congress, our First Plenary of our Seventh Congress and African Internationalist tactics and strategies. 

Our call on African workers of the world to unite and organize expresses our recognition of the existential crisis of colonial capitalism and the role of our Party in providing leadership and direction to the struggle for African liberation, unification and socialism. 

The crisis of imperialism deepens 

Nearly 40 years ago at the Party’s First Congress in Oakland, California in September 1981, our Main Resolution or Political Report addressed the crisis of imperialism as it looked at the time. 

What is striking is that it could almost have been written for this Political Report to our Second Plenary of the Seventh Congress. It sets the tone for our summation of this period. 

It lays out quantitatively how crisis after crisis compounds toward the point of no return, becoming qualitative transformation, the point where the uneasy equilibrium turns into destruction of colonial capitalism and victory for the colonized nations and toiling masses of the world. Here is what we wrote of the world situation four decades ago: 

“The escalating victories of the peoples over imperialism, along with the almost daily emergence of new struggles against world imperialism are creating shock waves and crises within the imperialist centers. The revolutionary triumphs of the peoples of Viet Nam, Kampuchea, Cuba, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Iran, Ethiopia, Grenada and Nicaragua— to name a few— have caused absolute panic within imperialist circles. The fierce struggles of the peoples of El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, Columbia and Palestine along with the deepening revolutionary process in Iran, have pushed imperialism to reveal a more reactionary face. 

“The present epoch of struggle is threatening imperialism with a finality it has never faced before. The previous successful struggles against imperialism, combined with those presently occurring and incessantly emerging, are removing from imperialism’s bloody grasp the near-free human and material resources which were previously extracted from the oppressed peoples with impunity. This situation has led to a shortage of some material resources, price adjustments for others, and has contributed to imperialism’s urgent scramble to place a death-grip on those who remain under imperialist control within the world capitalist system.

“Consequently the imperialist centers are experiencing a contraction of production and escalating inflation and unemployment which contribute to increasing political and social contradictions within the imperialist centers themselves. The shrinking resources available for theft by the imperialist powers collectively, plus the struggle by U.S. imperialism to maintain its supremacy over world capitalism, is leading to intra-imperialist struggles, as the various imperialist powers continuously belie the adage of honor among thieves by attempting to cut the throats of their imperialist competitors whenever it is to their individual advantage to do so. 

“Consequently although the NATO allies are keeping up a good public front, it is clear that the unity of the NATO Alliance is being constantly challenged by the resistance of most members to U.S. pressures to contribute more to their own domestic inflationary pressure by spending more for arms and war preparation. The European Alliance partners also have differences among themselves concerning the U.S.’s belligerent and provocative antiSoviet posture, and the U.S. is forever threatening all-out war with Japan, which has been more successful in exploiting U.S. auto and electronics markets than some U.S. domestic capitalists. 

“In Europe, inflation, unemployment and various political contradictions are leading to ever-widening social contradictions. There has already been a U.S.-NATO- inspired coup in Turkey, where thousands of progressive political activists have been rounded up by the military, and reports of torture and mistreatment of political prisoners abound. A similar attempted coup in Spain was only narrowly averted and the fascist generals are obviously lurking in the background, becoming more organized, and awaiting their next opportunity.” 

This passage from the Political Report to the Party’s First Congress 40 years ago clearly reveals the fact that imperialist crises are unrelenting, one following the other. 

Each apparent imperialist success in quelling the struggles of Africans and the world’s peoples is eventually, sometimes rapidly, overturned, revealing an even deeper rupture in the colonial- capitalist social system than what was previously obvious. 

We have continued to talk about the crisis of imperialism because the crisis is built into a system whose permanence and success rely on the domination of the colonized peoples of the world. 

African workers comprise the colonial pedestal 

Africans everywhere are fighting to determine our own future and way of life without the unwelcome intervention of crass, craven, foreign and alien colonialists. 

African people are determined to live without the unwelcome intervention of colonialism and its spawn, capitalism. 

A global system founded and reliant on colonialism is inherently unstable and crisis- prone due to the resistance of the colonized. 

This colonialism is the original sin of capitalism; it is what Karl Marx characterized as the “primitive accumulation” of capital, the “slavery pure and simple in the New World” that provided the pedestal upon which rests capitalism or “wage slavery” in Europe. 

Some “Marxists” speak often of the crisis of imperialism. However, they mean something entirely different from our Party. 

In the African People’s Socialist Party we understand and teach that all capitalist activity occurs on a pedestal of the colonial domination of peoples and countries globally and that the colonial enslavement and dispersal of Africans is key to this activity. 

African Internationalism teaches us that capitalist or imperialist crises are not simply a matter of capitalist overproduction atop the colonial pedestal. It is the existence of the inherently unstable pedestal that foments crisis. 

It is the growing inability of the colonial capitalists to benefit from their parasitic station in the same old way—either because of the growing, active political consciousness of those who constitute the colonial pedestal or escalation of struggle between contending predators for its control.


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