First World Problems

Peace.

The state of peace among men living side by side is not the natural state (status naturalis); the natural state is one of war. This does not always mean open hostilities, but at least an unceasing threat of war. Peace is an unnatural state sought by the status quo in order that they may continue to exploit the class attempting to wage war in opposition. Attempts to eliminate and demonize any form of class struggle are ways for the status quo to ensure their stranglehold on the world. Despite the humanistic appeal of peace, it aids exploitation.

Disarmament.

The prevention of revolutionary struggle and the ability of exploited classes of laborers to change their own conditions of living is further hindered by worldwide disarmament, leaving weapons in the hands of the exploitive class alone. The defenselessness and helplessness of individuals not permitted to protect themselves from the exploitive class is just as cruel a fate as throwing them into the lion’s den. Unable to defend themselves, they become easily exploited and must succumb to or join the bourgeoisie in order that their interests are protected by any militaristic might. The bourgeoisie own the means of defense now, too.

Counter-terrorism.

The bourgeois media has played a significant role in downplaying the necessity of change evidenced by class struggle, often disregarding it as meaningless terrorism that targets the innocent rather than the guilty. In fact, terrorism is a form of class struggle prevalent today that seeks to change the lives of the impoverished through strategic political goals and violence of action designed to garner support and incite struggle against the ruling classes around the world. Characterizing terrorist activity as a form of insanity, or dismissing the political goals of these groups and individuals is ignoring a very audible call to arms and a sign of the culminating events of class struggle.

Electoral Assistance.

Elections are a form of bourgeois reforms designed to appease the class struggle against the ruling class. Participating in elections is a way for the exploited class to become participants in the struggle for the bourgeoisie by circumventing their ability to conduct revolutionary actions against the bourgeoisie instead. Oversight of elections, then, is a way to even more certainly ensure that no official is elected unchallenged that could become a mouthpiece for the oppressed while in a position of power. The bourgeoisie may welcome the swelling of their ranks to help fend off the class struggle, but understand it could be dangerous inviting the ‘lesser classes’ into their community.

Decolonization.

By encouraging the propagation of splinter groups the bourgeoisie seeks to find new classes with bourgeois inclinations that may join their struggle to maintain their grip on the world’s economic pastures. Promoting decolonization with bourgeois interests in mind creates a new internal class struggle within a decolonized nation between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. The victory of the bourgeoisie in such a country then serves as another force that can fight to continue the exploitation of the rest of the world. Bourgeois appeal exists everywhere, because it is a reality anywhere that there may be the capability for exploitation.

Children and Armed Conflict.

As much as our own humanistic ideals would like to preclude the idea of children participating in armed conflict as soldiers, our shared reality tells quite a different tale. The reason why child soldiers exist in certain areas of the world is that the class struggle has become so severe that every human being is involved in it. If the bourgeoisie would allow for even some reforms as an alternate means of attaining wealth as a member of the exploiting class, we would not see the tipping point of class struggle in the form of child soldiers.

Women, Peace and Security.

Another humanistic appeal to the question of revolutionary struggle is the participation of the other preferred non-combatant, women. The truth is, women have become exploited by the very same owners of the means of production that exploit their male counterparts. Women are often exploited in very much the same way, and sometimes in ways unique to their gender, but they are still exploited just as much as men. The bourgeoisie seek to claim them as non-combatants for the sake of significantly reducing the participants in revolutionary struggle in order to maintain their social positions and hierarchy.

Mine Action.

The removal of mines is another bourgeois method of attempting to erase historical class struggles that have either been neutralized or appeased temporarily. Again appealing to humanistic tendencies, the bourgeoisie insist that the struggles are over, that they have triumphed in the class struggle for the good of the bourgeoisie, that there is no further need for revolution. But revolution is permanent, a burning desire that will always be prevalent, whether as a flickering flame or a firestorm seeking to burn down the institutions of exploitation. Class struggle is continuous, unrelenting until the day exploitation is defeated and humans are able to share the abundant wealth of the world.

Sport for Development and Peace.

In this world of struggle between classes of people both exploited and privileged, sport becomes a microcosm. First, the bourgeoisie invest in sports as a means of entertainment, attempting to occupy the masses and giving them an escape intended to replace the struggle against exploitation. The proletariat does indeed enjoy sports, but from a much different perspective. They see in sports a microcosm for the necessity of collectivism yet while maintaining individual competition. While the bourgeoisie often praise competition as the evidence to validate individual exploitation, they often overlook or ignore the necessity of the collective. Occasionally these forces meet as a showing between differing ideologies.

Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

Capitalism is a system of exploitation. Its prevalence is the quiet consent of exploitation’s permeation throughout society. In effect, capitalism’s existence serves to encourage exploitation as the primary means for ensuring a positive quality of life and ignoring whatever may impinge upon others. Sexual exploitation and abuse will continue so long as a system of exploitation exists to validate it. We can create laws and attempt to curb it, but as long as the system maintains exploitation as a viable means for self-progression, the root of the problem will always outgrow efforts against it.

Organized Crime.

The criminal elements of our society will also continue to exist so long as exploitation is maintained as economically legitimate. In fact, the system of exploitation reacts to the growth of crime by creating new exploitive opportunities to prevent crime. Thus, organized crime benefits from their own business practices, but the legal system is able to exploit the criminals for their own benefit. Limitless jobs have been created to counter criminal efforts, yet none will ever strike at the root of the problem. If there were no criminals, we would have less of a need for police, judges, and other elements of law. They rely on crime as self-preservation.

Advancement of Women.

The push for the advancement of women as a minority group is an invention of the bourgeoisie emerging from the factory system as a result of the need for exploited labor. The bourgeoisie sought to ensure women could not be protected and that the factory owners could exploit just as many labor hours from them as they did from men. The push back came in the form of labor laws limiting hours for both sexes. Following the industrial age and the reduction in the need for unskilled labor, there begins to be a push for women’s education and skilled training to allow them to be exploited in other labor markets. Then the suffrage movement comes about as a bourgeois movement to bolster the privileged class, prioritizing women’s right to participate in bourgeois reform while men and women both were still held as slaves. Continued bourgeois ventures pressed for absolute equality not with men as it is often portrayed, but really equality as competing members of the bourgeoisie for the ability to build capital and eventually exploit labor themselves. All the while, the bourgeoisie continue to portray women as disadvantaged bourgeois minorities despite all of their societal privilege.

Countries in Special Situations.

The modern world has been carved up by imperial powers to aid in the exploitation of resources. This causes unique and sometimes dire situations in exploited regions around the world. The fallout resulting from these situations only furthers the imperialist’s ability to exploit the resources and the people in these volatile regions, meaning there is no incentive other than alternate forms of exploitation for an imperialist power or other observer to resolve such conflicts. Apologies mean nothing when a region is manipulated to maintain their state of disarray so that they may be exploited even further.

Governance and Institution Building.

Cover of the 1995 CD-ROM

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Institute are the two major international bourgeois organizations that assist and reward nations implementing reforms indicative of a transition to a bourgeois economy. They aid countries attempting to implement economies based on a bourgeois system of exploitation. When private institutions in a nation are encouraged to exploit the poor without consequences, it serves to change the cultural acceptance of exploitation within that nation. It allows budding capitalists to follow the trail of capital in hopes of accumulating their own and being able to exploit citizens as never before.

International Trade.

International trade, connected with the concept of globalization, is truly the basis of international exploitation. With such an interconnected world, no longer do the bourgeoisie require the resources of entire nations to exploit weaker nations. In this modern era, the accumulation of individual capital is so monstrous that individuals and corporations are now able to own the means of production to exploit whichever region of the world they choose, so long as a capitalist government is there to back the exploits with the threat of a military presence. Now we are able to see a world without its borders.

Macroeconomics and Finance.

There is no invisible hand of the market. Capitalism is volatile, and that is why we see financial ruin and failure sometimes hit the previously most lucrative markets. There is no balance within a capitalist economy. The bourgeoisie exploit the proletariat, accumulating the capital necessary to obtain additional means of production. The capitalists are then able to acquire additional capital and exploit other former capitalists, forcing them to join the proletariat as the exploited class while the minority owning the means of production grows ever more fearsomely powerful. Capital becomes unfairly concentrated among fewer and fewer individuals.

Population.

There is, within our shared world, the means to provide acceptable minimum standards of living to the entirety of the seven billion plus living on our planet. However, we have fought for years over the share of those resources required and needed by all. Resources are hoarded by the capitalists so that they may use them for exploitation and the accumulation of capital. No matter how many programs of reform are implemented, no matter how much awareness the world has of our economic disparities, we cannot provide a minimum standard for everyone so long as this system of exploitation exists.

Science, Technology and Productive Sectors.

Despite all of the scientific and technological advances seen in recent years, progress continues to be hindered by the driving force of exploitation. Scientific breakthroughs and technological advances only are funded and occur once there is the ability to exploit it. Regardless of the humanistic need for cures to cancer or digital technologies, the greedy capitalist only seeks progress that can lead to an accumulation of capital. What’s more is that certain things like cures to diseases and other fatal conditions are used to exploit the proletariat and extract capital by monopolization or prevention of advancement.

Social Development.

Humans are becoming increasingly anti-social and alienated from each other as a result not of technology or entertainment, but from the underlying system that relies upon the commodification of the individual for self-progression. Human interactions suffer because the only interface necessary between capitalists is an exchange of commodities. Without authentic interactions, humans begin to see each other only as means to their own accumulation of capital. Whether it is interactions with parents, children, coworkers or complete strangers, each social interaction is treated more like a trip to the market than a genuine expression of feelings toward other individuals.

Sustainable Development, Human Settlements, Energy.

The world is slowly becoming environmentally aware as a result of advances in science and research, as well as activism and education. There have been numerous proposals in recent years for alternatives means of preserving our planet, reducing our destruction and consumption to make this place sustainable well into the future. While some nations have adopted protocols to this effect, many others have downright ignored or even denied environmental concerns despite the evidence available. This is because conservation is at odds with the current methods of resource distribution and exploitation. There isn’t incentive to save Earth.

Genocide.

The use of genocide as a tactic is a solution grown from dire economic circumstances. The prevention of such economic circumstances is the primary method to avoid genocide against any group of people in the future. In the past, capitalism’s vices have been misunderstood to be cultural practices absorbed by certain groups of people. This, of course, is a misunderstanding and wrongfully attributes characteristics to groups who identify as other than capitalists. Educating the uninformed about the inherent evils of this economic system will serve to teach class struggle in order to avoid senseless discrimination based on non-binding factors.

Indigenous People.

Capitalism has exploited indigenous people throughout history, even to the point of near extinction in the United States of America. Perhaps not so ironically many of these indigenous communities were collectivist in nature and where defeated had often failed to adopt methods of exploitation to maintain competitiveness in the transition to a capitalist society. Exploitation by those who already own the means of production may seem simple enough, but is an alien concept to a collectivist society that seeks the welfare of the whole rather than the progression of the individual. Lessons can be learned from these early collectivists.

Human Trafficking.

As cruel as it may seem, human trafficking cannot be characterized much differently from other exploitive acts for financial gain. Though it may be the least humanistic of all exploits, it has its roots in capitalism just as any other path to exploitation. Human trafficking was an ancient innovation that enabled for the exploitation of disadvantaged humans in exchange for the accumulation of capital for the individual that possessed the means, desire and prowess to exploit another human being. These exploitive individuals do not conduct their operations solo, no. There is also a market that enables them to accumulate capital from the illegal trafficking of their fellow human beings.

Human Security.

Individual rights is a bourgeois concept that promotes the commodification of the individual and neglects the importance of the well-being of the whole of society. The importance of the individual trumps that of the collective good in a capitalist society. What benefits the individual unfortunately does not often benefit the rest of society. The collective whole is what matters in the long-term and the big picture of it all. When a society insists on promoting the individual, it loses sight of the need to benefit all of society. Remnants are neglected, ignored or deprived of their basic needs.

Impact of Sanctions.

Economic sanctions are cruel and accepted methods of exploitation by capitalist nations, often in response to an opposing nation’s lack of commitment or acquiescence to capitalist modes of production. It punishes the people, taking away some of their basic needs as well as their means to enjoy a certain quality of life. It presses their national economy into the mud, forcing them to adopt other methods to rise again which the capitalists may disapprove of as well. It serves no other purpose other than for the status quo to maintain the dominance of their power and ideology by punishing millions of innocent lives who have committed no crimes.

Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict.

The bourgeoisie seek to reduce the fighting force capabilities of the proletariat by appealing to humanistic nature and declaring non-combatants by ranks of civilians, women and children. The truth is, proletarian struggle is entirely in their interest, and they must be permitted to participate in the class struggle in order for the proletariat to effectively rise against the bourgeoisie and change their world for the better. The bourgeois media play a large role in demonizing the combat of non-military forces because the media is a collaborator with the bourgeoisie to maintain their own positions.

Codification and Progressive Development of International Law.

First, international law is codified based on a bourgeois perspective that is reactionary and disciplinary. It prefers the freedom of exploitation over circumvention of crimes and sees rehabilitation as a wasted investment that does not return capital gain nearly as well as prisoner workmanship. Second, international law is established by the status quo to punish non-adherents of their bourgeois philosophies, most namely but among many others, the preservation of the individual. Trials are held to persecute the non-compliant anti-capitalists as well as anyone else who may not hold the same worldview as the bourgeoisie.

Treaties.

Treaties are means of exploitation created by bourgeois nation-states in order to enable legitimized exploitation of other nation-states. Bourgeois concepts like free trade or weapons proliferation agreements allow state capitalists to exploit any nation with justification from such agreements, whether the exploited nation is party to the agreement or not. This is how the international bourgeoisie impose upon and coerce other nations in order for them to maintain their power and exploitive economic might. With support from their bourgeois brethren in the international community, capitalists are given legitimized free rein to rule the world for their own interests alone.

Analyzing the possibility of war against the United States

History.

The United States of America was declared an independent nation more than 200 years ago. During that relatively short period of time in history it has struggled through problems small and large, internal and external. It has triumphed over adversity, championed the individual, and has risen to prominence on the world stage. It has a storied history to be sure, but one tainted by an unforgiveable economic system. This system is one that perpetuates racism, violent crime, and anti-social behavior. It economically validates and encourages wars fought in support of land usurpation, slavery, and the perpetual existence of criminal elements within society. Worse yet, it encourages the growth of economic disparity throughout the world and exploits the impoverished. Eventually, though, all those who have been transgressed will see no other opportunity than to strike against the system that has wronged them. That becomes the possibility of war against the United States.

Expropriation of property in land.

The genocide of the Native American population by Andrew Jackson and the United States government can be epitomized by the Indian Removal Act signed into law in 1830. The most characteristic event resulting from this law is the Trail of Tears, where 4,000 Cherokees were killed during a forced march in the fall and winter months. Unfortunately, genocide has dwindled away the Native American population. That, combined with the segregation, isolation, and appeasement of the once-great civilized tribes, realistically prevents any reclamation of previously utilized lands. Certainly intended as an unapologetic land grab, the United States continues to support imperialist policy by enabling private ownership of the equivalent of small countries or multiple U.S. states. The landowners who have acquired these lands with the blessing of the federal government must be reminded that such claims of ownership are illegitimate. Colorado is one state where a concentration of wealth resides with white people who have directly or indirectly profited from the sale of bloody lands. Specifically, Douglas County, CO is a county of wealthy commuters that has a 93% white population, and less than 2% black, asian, or native populations. The recent movie theater shooting at the midnight premiere of the Dark Knight Rises occurred here, showcasing a discontented population that could be utilized to create a “County of Tears” for white people to be taught the history that their privileged lives grew from, striking back at symbolic and actual landowners in the United States who stole land.

Graduated taxation.

Public services are generally under-utilized in the United States, a result of social isolation stemming from commodity production and individualism. The funds that provide these services, however, remain taken from the people regardless of whether or not they use the service. Taxes are something that the economic reformists often address from a philosophical perspective. American culture has such an individualized culture that even the concept of taxes is lost on people only concerned with how taxes affect them as individuals. Many people do not understand what their taxes pay for, and identify the issue of taxation from an equality perspective, as a class struggle between the poor and the rich. The owners of companies that seek to maximize capital and avoid paying for public services could in fact provide them at a reduced cost to the whole, but that is surely not their interest. Companies with off-shore accounts to relieve their personal tax burden place an even heavier burden upon those without the means to do so, in effect causing a relative percentage hike for those with lower incomes. That is why such accounts could be targeted to bring equilibrium to taxation and spread taxation more considerately around the nation.

Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

Under the current economic system of the United States, all men and women are not created equal. Individuals are born expected to become producers of commodities, unskilled laborers. Only an accumulation of capital can change that fate, and when the owners of the means of production already have an exclusive stranglehold on capital, such ambitions often fall by the wayside. Not for the privileged, though, not for the hoarders of capital. The children of the wealthy are born with the same lack of skills needing development for the production of commodities. The difference between the privileged and the under-privileged then becomes two-fold. First, the privileged have increased opportunities to be able to invest in developing their skilled labor. Second, they have an accumulation of capital already stored should they carry on their familial legacies of exploiting unskilled laborers. These individual capitalists have no skills to attribute their continued accumulation of capital and are worthless to society not because they are unskilled, but also because they exploit the poor. The Walton family was started by Sam Walton, but two sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and two nieces continue to disadvantage others and accumulate capital. Fred C. Koch had four sons that have fought each other viciously over their father’s accumulated wealth. Frank Mars has three children who inherited lessons in chocolate-making from their great-grandmother. It would be a mistake to allow these people to continue to accumulate capital at the expense of the exploitation of other capable human beings. These people could be targeting not for kidnapping or ransom, but instead to eliminate them to show their insignificance and lack of positive contribution to our shared world.

Confiscation of the property of all emigrants.

Companies that outsource, exploiting labor abroad, are even more gruesome than their nationalist counterparts. Documents seized from members of the LeT terrorist group reveal plans to carry out suicide attacks on software companies in India that engage in this act. Similar efforts could also be made against the stateside corporate headquarters of these outsourcing companies to speed their demise. Such companies could be targeted with prejudice stateside since there are minimal repercussions to the exploited workers employed abroad. Operational headquarters for companies like the Accenture consulting firm in Chicago or IBM in New York could be targeted as symbolically selected targets with little collateral damage from exploited workers, since many of them are employed outside of the United States away from their operational headquarters.

Credit.

The national deficit is a concern only for the current economic system. Invisible money, credit, and the likes of those commodities that do not actually exist in this world are the concern of the bourgeoisie. Even physical money as a commodity becomes irrelevant following a transitioned economy. Yet since these commodities, invisible and marginal alike, are important to defining the bourgeoisie to each other by defining their purchasing power, their ability to invest capital, they become symbols of the need for transition to a better economic system. Luckily, there are banking institutions that serve as real-world symbols that could be attacked to inflict moral and actual damage to the commodities hoarded by individuals. Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, among others are high priority targets that could deny the purchasing power of individuals to exploit workers, as well as indicate to the rest of the population that these institutions are vulnerable. Whether action taken is physical damage to the facility and it supplies of inanimate objects representing accumulated capital, or if it is simply computer-based hacking that siphons or denies accounts is irrelevant. The main objective would be to target these locations to implicate the bourgeoisie and show that they and their possessions are no longer safe to exploit this world.

Communication.

Imagine the sheer terror that would break out should Americans be unable to utilize their cellular phones. It would force face-to-face interactions, a social skill lacking as generations become increasingly anti-social as a result of the commodification of the individual. They would be unable to play games to distract them from lackluster lives, unable to have private conversations with their closed circles of friends. They would have to meet new people and socialize. It would be chaos. That is why wireless telecommunications service providers such as Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint could be targeted to disrupt the population’s refuge from the exploitation so many face. The towers especially would make ideal targets, as simple structures not regularly monitored by security and providing minimal collateral damage.

Transport.

One would of course be remiss to fail to mention the economic impact of one of the most culturally significant occurrences in the United States in recent times, the September 11 attacks. Even with increased reactionary security measures, it becomes a daunting task to monitor and screen each individual for possible terrorist actions prior to boarding an aircraft. Racial profiling as an attempt to narrow the odds of preventing such acts actually serves as an enabler for terrorist activity aboard aircraft. While security personnel focus their efforts on a targeted population, the races less suspected are free to carry out whichever act they intend with little hindrance other than 100% security checks. Creating increased security concerns creates enough of an economic impact alone, but carrying out attacks on board and using aircraft can focus on a largely bourgeois portion of the population. The large population of businessmen traveling abroad to spread exploitation could be targets.

Factories.

There must be some respect paid to the original inspiration for the concept of the exploitation of the laborer, the factory system. First identified as the materialization of the exploitation of labor, the factory system represents a realization of the means of production unable to be seized upon by the worker, who is instead relegated to unskilled labor. The unskilled laborer then drives down the cost of labor because of increased competition, leading to exponential growth of capital at the expense of the worker. Exploitation has transformed and been multiplied since the industrial age, and it is more than just the factory worker who suffers at the hands of the greedy. In order for a representation of the transition of the current economy to be shown, factory workers could seize the means of production and create a temporary worker’s haven for symbolic purposes. This would be one piece for the transition of the economy.

Insider Threat.

Espionage could help undermine the economy. According to the latest economic espionage report to Congress from the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, although foreign collectors will remain interested in all aspects of U.S. economic activity and technology, they’re probably most interested in the following areas:

-Information and communications technology, which form the backbone of nearly every other technology;

-Business information that pertains to supplies of scarce natural resources or that provides global actors an edge in negotiations with U.S. businesses or the U.S. government;

-Military technologies, particular marine systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other aerospace/aeronautic technologies; and

-Civilian and dual-use technologies in fast-growing sectors like clean energy, health care/pharmaceuticals, and agricultural technology.

Transition of the economy cannot be expected to occur if there is no encouragement of revealed inefficiencies and assistance to other, possibly weaker economies. Such action can be funded from abroad, but ownership must eventually be taken by internal groups in order to effectively show the need for a transitioned economy. It is in the interest of the most impoverished that the more fortunate are obliged to fight to expose their own economy’s faults. The successful transition to a new economy will then benefit everyone.

Coalition(s) of the Exploited.

Enemies of The United States of America

What follows is a depiction of two possible scenarios in which a coalition is formed in order to intervene in the status quo’s stranglehold on the world economy. Highly idealistic and logistically demanding, they are intended to be depictions of possible allies against an exploitive economic system rather than an actual proposed plan.

First is a depiction based on historical relations and interventions ordered for self-serving economic interests and to ensure compliance with an economy based on exploitation. It shows a coalition comprised of those nations invaded throughout the entire history of the United States. The national targets are based on equivalent populations for economy of force.

City Country City State
Panama City Panama to Ft. Lauderdale Florida
Managua Nicaragua to Miami Florida
Shanghai China to San Francisco California
Tegucigalpa Honduras to Gainesville Florida
Havana Cuba to Mobile Alabama
Baghdad Iraq to (State) Maryland
Tehran Iran to Los Angeles California
Santo Domingo Dominican Republic to New York New York
Port-au-Prince Haiti to Miami Florida
Tripoli Libya to Tampa Florida
Manila Philippines to Maui Hawaii
Belgrade Serbia to Chicago Illinois
Guatemala City Guatemala to Hollywood Florida
Seoul Korea to San Francisco California
Monrovia Liberia to Dayton Ohio
Sana’a Yemen to (State) Maryland

 

The second depiction is based on the currently assessed threat environment to the United States and its political and economic interests. The national targets are based upon cargo volume at U.S. ports. This depiction can also be an alternate reading of the first.

City ST Ocean Country
Hampton Roads VA Atlantic Iran
Tampa FL Atlantic Burma
Baltimore MD Atlantic Iraq
Paulsboro NJ Atlantic Sudan
Portland ME Atlantic Afghanistan
Savannah GA Atlantic Yemen
Boston MA Atlantic Syria
Charleston SC Atlantic Belarus
New Haven CT Atlantic Kosovo
Providence RI Atlantic Libya
New Castle DE Atlantic Laos
Wilmington NC Atlantic Palestine
Albany NY Atlantic Bosnia
Portsmouth NH Atlantic
LaPlace LA Caribbean Venezuela
Houston TX Caribbean Cuba
Mobile AL Caribbean Haiti
Pascagoula MS Caribbean
Long Beach CA Pacific China
Valdez AK Pacific Vietnam
Portland OR Pacific North Korea
Tacoma WA Pacific Cambodia
Honolulu HI Pacific Papua New Guinea

Conclusion.

This document is formally intended as a depiction of possible threats to the United States, its current economic system, and the level of privilege of the status quo. Informally, it is intended to serve as a suggestive reminder of the attainable power of change and the ability of people to institute more than just reform.

Why Africa?

My first journey to the African continent began with pre-conceptions and notions about its economic presence on the world stage. The journey also began with the idea that perhaps a larger concentration of the international proletariat (and peasantry) would make the continent a strong base for transitioning the world’s predominant economic system. The economic conditions were as expected, which of course did not bring me the joy of being correct, though I think the knowledge gained was invaluable. I ask forgiveness in advance for generalizing continental conditions here, but from this point forward the term ‘Africa’ should be taken to encompass all areas that have a larger concentration of the proletariat.

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Remember, Africa happens to be the world’s most exploited continent, the most disadvantaged and impoverished region of the world. Of course it should also be noted that South America is currently competing for that position in their shared global south, but is not likely to surpass Africa due to the growth of their petty-bourgeois populations. That is why the focus here will be on ‘Africa’. Africa is ripe for communist revolutions. Only through communist revolution can we seek to change the economic landscape of the world. And it seems that the most appropriate place to continue our struggle is within ‘Africa’.

National communist parties, especially those in nations experiencing the later stages of capitalism, such parties are mistaken and misdirected if they believe our primary struggle against capitalism lies within such nations. We do not seek to discount the existence of the proletariat within these economically advanced nations, for they surely do exist. But strip away arbitrary borders and boundaries, and the communists in these nations will still find themselves overwhelmed and outnumbered by larger populations of international bourgeoisie and petty-bourgeoisie than previously acknowledged. Perhaps terrorist tactics could suffice within these privileged nations to remind everyone of the struggle against capitalism, but the main effort for the economic transition of the world economy must begin in the most exploited nations of the world.

It is both interesting and inherently disheartening to see the spread of capitalism in the most exploited regions of the world. Yet at the same time, recognition of the conditions at hand make seem promising the potential there for economic transition. Economic disparity separates the African people from the handful of capitalist ventures within the continent to such a degree that there is minimal risking of the continentals converting to join the ranks of the petty-bourgeoisie, and instead are inclined to fight against capitalism. There is a huge disconnect between the international bourgeoisie and ‘Africa’ that naturally helps the continent defend against the pursuit of capital gain in most areas, especially those with a history of communal societies.

These areas are where communists are most likely to be successful on the international stage. With minimal growth of a petty-bourgeois population combined with the consequent ineffectiveness of bourgeois temptations, ‘Africa’ can be helped more than the word implies, becoming the spark that will spread the fire of communism and burn capitalism until it is nothing more than ashes. Again, dissociation from the pursuit of capital gain in ‘Africa’ makes representations of attempts at exploitation easy to distinguish from the natural state of the continent, transforming things like advertising billboards and European investment of capital into easily identifiable targets as starting points for striking out against capitalism. A communist education initiative started by our communist leaders, along with organizational or militaristic assistance from the international communist community could transform ‘Africa’ into a platform for screams against exploitation. Many African nations could easily transition to a socialist economy, even more easily with such assistance from the international communist community, spearheaded by our leaders. Such an outright rejection of capitalism should lead to encouragement in other nations to follow, growing the communist movement and helping to shield the world from capitalist exploitation.

I suppose the question here is not really, “Why Africa?” Or even, “Why not?”

What we should really be asking is, “How can I help?” And, “What are we waiting for?”

The conditions seem to be set. Could anybody tell me why it is taking so long to see our struggle succeed?