In every quantitative stage of development the ruling class creates its own opposition that serves as a means of controlling the working class. The ruling class attempts to corral and dissipate the inevitable upsurges, while at the same time using these upsurges to mobilize and shape these forces to achieve ruling class goals. Their success with this tactic was made possible by the expanding capitalist system and the super profits yielded by U.S. imperialism. The ruling class allowed a modicum of reforms in answer to the demands of the working class, and then was able to use these reforms to create a narrow stratum of bribed leaders, who could tie the entire class to the overall interests of the capitalist class. These reforms served to strengthen the capitalist system and to tighten its grip on the lives of the working class.
Today, the ruling class is faced with an irresolvable dilemma. On the one hand, it is doing what it has always done. It is creating its own opposition for the new situation, a magnet for discontent and a means to dissipate and channel that discontent. It is using these forces to assist in its efforts, not to better the lives of the American working class, but to impose a revolutionary fascist solution as a means of protecting private property in the face of qualitatively new conditions.
On the other hand, the movement the ruling class is confronting this time is qualitatively different than in the past. Qualitatively new means of production are destroying the capitalist economic system. These new means of production are creating a new class. This class cannot survive without overthrowing the system and instituting a cooperative society. This demand of this objective communist movement is challenging the methods of control of the ruling class. The general social movement that is getting underway from both the right and the left is shaped by, and must eventually align itself with, this reality.
Those who are and will be moving into social activity cannot achieve their demands for reform without revolution, and the objective conditions of their plight drives them into motion for the basic necessities of life. Yet, the ruling class has disarmed them by anti-communism and a host of anti-class ideologies, that impede their search to find the intellectual, political and organizational wherewithal to win their fight. Revolutionaries have an indispensable role in resolving this contradiction. If we do not, the aspirations of humanity will be routed, and the next stage of human development will be a fascist police State instead of a peaceful, cooperative society.
Discussion points and questions
- We want to know the objective process and then analyze and decide what to do. What do we mean when we say, “the ruling class creates its own opposition that serves as a means of controlling the working class”? Give some examples of this from the past and today.
- People are moving into social activity and cannot achieve their demands without revolution. Please explain. What is happening as a result?