Marxism 101: Lesson #4 Wisconsin Union Revolution
1. Lenin and Revolution
Lenin said imminent revolutions need two major components: subjective and objective elements. In Wisconsin and other states, the agitators being hauled in to create chaos are the ‘subjective’ element. Yesterday, a group was shouting “F...k Fox News” behind a Fox News reporter, while he spoke into the camera. They would be considered the ‘subjective’ element in what Lenin called an “imminently revolutionary situation.”
The “objective” element required is the opportunity that arises, wherever and whenever, to launch a worldwide revolution. Patient, far-seeing and calculating are the leaders of the groups now congregating around the country. They’ve always been a part of our society lurking in the background, but now one of their own, a bona fide Alinskyite radical, surrounded by hand-picked fellow radicals, occupies the most powerful office in the world.
From Maurice Hindus, Humanity Uprooted:
The Communist is a veritable flame of revolutionary enthusiasm. ..world revolution is the very soul of his revolutionary passion…revolution and proletarian dictatorship are the forces and the only ones that can eventually usher in social justice as he understands the phrase.
2. Unions and Revolution
Lenin stated that “unions should function as schools of communism.” Andy Stern’s SEIU and other unions split from AFL-CIO in 2005 because the old timers just weren’t bringing in the numbers and the dues. They needed both to organize and to school the millions of new members, mostly immigrants and poor women.
Throwing money at Democratic candidates was not getting the unions where they wanted to go; it was time to organize and unite the workers of the world. Three years later, in 2008, the Chicago community organizer, threw himself into the Presidential ring and now we have Madison, Wisconsin.
On Feb 27, President Obama said this about Wisconsin Governor Walker:
I don't think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon…We need to attract the best and the brightest to public service. These times demand it.
He defends the teachers but immediately qualifies his criticism of Walker with the need to “attract the best and the brightest.” In one remark, in the space of less than 10 seconds, he supports and opposes the teachers protesting in Madison.
For the last two years the Secretary of Education has been in bed with corporate billionaires pushing investment in charter schools and privatization—both enemies of the teacher unions. This is the same Arne Duncan of Chicago fame, Obama’s b-ball buddy.
These change agents of educational reform have been at war with the teachers unions.
Obama himself touted the anti-union and ousted DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee as a savior. Bill Gates’ recent op-ed in the Washington Post targets teachers as the one factor in reforming public schools that must be dealt with.
Playing all sides against each other to whip up the masses. Nothing new here.
Russian author Dostoevsky’s observation after attending a League of Peace and Freedom conference in Geneva filled with the radicals of the day, supported by no less than Karl Marx, Victor Hugo and anarchist Mikhail Bakunin:
The comicality, the weakness, the nonsense, the disagreement, the self-contradictions-you can’t imagine it! And that’s the trash that’s stirring up the unfortunate working people! It’s sad.
History has shown that once revolutionaries get what they want they throw friends and enemies under the bus at an alarming pace. Do the teachers, the workers, the activists and those shouting expletives in front of the Fox cameras understand the end game of "the trash” that is using them as human fuses to ignite the flames of a revolution that will discard them as fast as they recruited them?