September 7, 2004: Fronts are Clearing Up

The sixth week in succession, people went out into the streets against Hartz IV and the Schroeder/Fischer government on September 6th. The movement of Monday demonstrations proves staying power and frightens the government. It spread to 235 cities. While the bourgeois mass media play the numbers of participants down, a preliminary record of 140 cities runs to counting 132,000 people. At the same time, one must not fail to see that the initial, spontaneous inflow of demonstrators has decreased. Systematic slander and disinformation of all the bourgeois mass media have their effect and spread uncertainty. Thus, it is the more important that, on September 6th , an important process of clarification took place among the Monday demonstrators themselves, one that was sorted out also via the "open microphone."

The Debate over which Path to Take and the Role of the MLPD

The most important feature is that, on September 6, the independently organized mass movement under the slogan "Down with Hartz IV " consolidated itself and defended and further developed its solidarity and cooperation with the MLPD. A six page statement of the CC of the MLPD of September 4, 2004 was distributed on the national level, issued as No. 5 of the series of leaflets, "Montagsdemo aktuell". It says:

Where is the Movement of Monday Demonstrations Heading?...
It has powerful enemies. But if it succeeds in overcoming the splitting and if the organized working-class movement encourages the rising people's movement for the sharpening struggle against the government, then everything can be expected from this movement.... For this reason, the Hartz IV law will only fall when the government is falling with it.... The outcome of the struggle is unforeseeable, but even now it is sure that in the movement of the Monday demonstrations something new is evolving. (You find the translation of the full statement in the enclosure.) In combination with systematic work among the rank and file, the broad distribution of the CC statement played a big role for the masses to be capable of coping with the petty-bourgeois mode of thinking. In the near future, the MLPD will carry out public meetingson the national level, "The role of the MLPD at the Monday demonstrations." The first meeting will be in Berlin on September 10 with Stefan Engel, party chairman of the MLPD.

Only about 55.5 percent of the persons entitled to vote went to vote in the Land elections in the Saarland (federal state) on September 5, 2004. The CDU got 47.5 percent of the votes; in absolute figures, it lost about 44,186 votes compared to the 1999 elections. The SPD even lost 13.4 percent, which makes 111,105 voters. The federal government gets into increasing difficulties and suffers from a real erosion of its mass basis in this election. In this situation, those in rule reinforce their attempts of splitting and monopolizing the movement.

The government promotes fascists

A new scandalous slander is the claim that the Monday demos would be promoted by the fascists. The fascist NPD (National-Democratic Party of Germany) openly demands to send back all foreigners in the FRG, with or without jobs, to their home countries. The MLPD consequently advocates to ban such propaganda of hatemongers as well as the organizations which forward and spread it. Why does the SPD/Greens government not ban fascist organizations? Because it utilizes the dirty job of the Nazis to its own purposes. When the trial over a ban of the NPD failed in March 2003, it came to light that 15 percent of the NPD leaders are agents of the secret service "Office for the Protection of the Constitution" and that their names can be found on its payrolls. It is the social destitution through Hartz IV that creates a breeding-ground for the hatemongers. Everywhere the fascists are pushed out of the demonstrations through calls of "Nazis out!" The German state apparatus protects the fascists and in several cities used force so that they could join the demonstrations. A deep anti-fascist consciousness exists among the masses in Germany. The people in Germany consists of many nationalities. The militant, internationalist spirit of solidarity at the Monday demonstrations, in which Germans and migrants are participating, is incompatible with the splittist slander of the fascists. While the state utilizes the neofascists against the Monday demonstrations, it further extends its apparatus for fear of the organized working-class movement and people's struggles. On September 7, the Foreign Committee accepted a government's bill which, apart from existing weapons, entitles the Federal Army to use means like irritants and pepper spray to fight "internal troubles." 

Corporation-wide and cross-border struggle is necessary against the plans of GM

For the current movement to evolve into a revolutionary ferment, the inclusion of increasing sectors of the working class and the transition to the working-class offensive is necessary. After the Opel (GM) management on August 25 announced massive attacks against achievements gained in former struggles, the European headquarters of General Motors now confirmed that the production of the works Rüsselsheim (Germany) and Saab Trollhättan (Sweden) is to be concentrated on one of these two works, thus stirring up competition between the workforce.  Building up on the successful European-wide GM day of action on January 25, 2001, against the closure of the Vauxhall works in Luton (Great Britain), the struggle must be conducted on a corporation-wide scale and across borders. Inform the workers in the international GM factories. Concrete reports on the situation in the different works are important, which we request for publishing in the corporation-wide newssheet Blitz (Flash). (Enclosure: English translation of the newssheet Der Blitz of September 4, 2004. It is the common newssheet of colleagues for colleagues from all the Opel works and suppliers in Germany.)

Crisis summit of government with trade-union leadership on September 7, 2004

The movement must cope successfully with opportunism, with making allowances for the government, if it seriously wants to enter a trial of strength with the government. On September 7, Chancellor Schroeder met with the DGB leaderships (German Trade Union Federation) for a crisis summit. Immediately after, Schroeder made it clear that there would be no concessions whatever pertaining to Hartz IV, thus complying with the instructions of the employers' associations BDI and BDA (Federation of German Industries and National Confederation of German Employers' Associations). To assert them, he even rejected the demands of the DGB leadership for "corrections" of Hartz IV. With this, the reformist tactics  of taking the sting out of the Monday demonstrations by orienting towards individual "corrections and improvements" are frustrated. Subsequent to this crisis summit, the DGB chairman, Sommer, declared that the DGB will now "constantly accompany the process of the implementation" of Hartz IV. To the DGB leadership, a "constructive relationship" with the SPD government is more important than the protest of the masses of its members who increasingly participate in the struggle against Hartz IV. It is clear: Hartz IV will not fall without the government falling with it. This goes too far for the revisionist PDS leadership (Party of Democratic Socialism – successor party to the Socialist Unity Party, SED, in the GDR), too, which does not want to close the door to the parliamentary feeding troughs via coalitions with the SPD. The PDS withdrew its previous poster, "Hartz IV is poverty by law – Down with it!" and spreads a new one saying "Hartz IV is poverty by law – We support you!" If certain self-appointed leaders of the Monday demo movement from the circles of the DGB, PDS or ATTAC leaderships want to continue keeping in with the SPD government, they should say so openly and stop pulling the movement back by their maneuvers of splitting and confusing. They should make the streets free for the march to Berlin on October 3, 2004. At 46 Monday demonstrations at least, the demonstrators, in democratic votes, supported this march on the basis of equal footing, the legitimation by the self-organized mass movement and the slogan "Down with Hartz IV!".

As a contribution to unfold international solidarity and to coordinate and develop struggles along the same line against the coordinated anti-people crisis programs of the European governments, the MLPD proposes to carry out simultaneous solidarity actions on Monday – as already practiced in Austria and France – and to take part in the march to Berlin on October 3 with delegations.

Enclosures: translations from the GM newssheet "Blitz" and of the statement of the CC of the MLPD of September 4, 2004.

Translation (excerpts) from the corporation-wide factory newssheet "BLITZ" (flash) of September 3, 2004, issue No. 2; "Blitz" is a joint newssheet of GM workers for GM workers at all the Opel works and supplier firms in Germany

Corporation-wide struggle –

until the Catalogue of Horror is off the table!

(pp. 1-2)

There are broad discussions going on in all the works about the 22-point catalogue of horror. Anger increases. Management tries to pacify. Everything would just be a "basis for discussion" and non-committal proposals. What is really behind this new maneuver? The management wants each individual factory to make concessions by itself. All the workers are supposed to consider which deterioration they could possibly accept. Thus, this is all about driving the workforce of the different works again into competition amongst each other. A wedge is to be driven between the workforce to split. This calls for a clear answer: corporation-wide struggle from the start! We are one workforce!

Before the works holidays, often one could hear: "We must do as the DaimlerChrysler workers did." The Daimler management had started an attack against an individual factory, Sindelfingen. The Bremen factory was supposed to profit. The DC colleagues responded with coordinated actions in the entire corporation. The climax was the corporation-wide day of action with 80,000 workers in eleven factories, Bremen among them. The management had to drop its plan of generally introducing the 40 hour workweek. It did not dare take up a fight against the entire workforce. We do not need to be left behind this. By separated activities in the individual works alone we shall not be able to do away with the catalogue of horror. But if these activities build up upon each other, link up, are coordinated, then solidarity can be forged in the corporation. What the workers at DC can do in eleven works, we can do in Bochum, Eisenach, Kaiserslautern, Rüsselsheim and Dudenhofen, too.-

The workers have got several trumps in hand. Blitz suggests thorough discussions about:

»      the IG Metall (metalworkers' union), our fighting organization. This is about collective agreements. That the leadership of the bodies of shop-floor representatives of all works will have a meeting on September 10/11 is good. Beyond this, it should be considered to extend this meeting to all shop-floor representatives.

»      The proposal of a simultaneous, corporation-wide day of action at all locations of production should be discussed.

»      United we are stronger and international solidarity has got a tradition. Let us extend our international contacts as we did in the case of Luton, at the successful day of action.

»      Every week, hundreds of thousands of people go to the streets at the Monday demonstrations. They protest against low wages and deprivation of rights through Hartz IV. Their solidarity is certain. We shall become strong if we fight together against the "Hartz programs" in the factories and in politics.

»      BLITZ, the newssheet of workers for workers organizes solidarity. BLITZ will be the better, the more workers cooperate, write to it, support it by donations.

»      We can count upon support and advice from all the MLPD factory groups at Opel.

One word on the negotiations. Contract negotiations are over long since, contracts agreed upon. The general works council does not have a mandate for any hurrying-on-ahead concessions. We know very well what "saving jobs" via competitive capacity means. Stop negotiations immediately! We warn the management: there are no negotiations with blackmailers! Who attacks us, takes the full risk. The management should know that pretty well from its previous defeats.

Down with the catalogue of horror – without any ifs and buts!

»     No lengthening of working hours – no renunciation of wages and incomes. We won't give up what was defended in the contract negotiations!

»      Fight for every job – for the 30 hour workweek with full wage compensation from Monday to Friday!

»      Unlimited regular jobs to young people completing training in a company according to their vocational training and in the works where they were trained!

»     Down with the Agenda 2010 – the Schröder/Fischer government must resign!

»     Join the Monday demonstrations and the march on Berlin on October 3!


What is behind the Catalogue of Horror?

In previous years, General Motors drastically increased the exploitation of the workforce. In 1995, each of the 709,000 employees yielded a turnover of US $ 238,000. In 2003, only 325,000 employees produced a turnover of almost US $ 571,000 respectively. This means an increase of productivity by 140 percent in only eight years!

Since 2002, the official profits are increasing again, too: to 3.8 billion Dollar in the year 2003 and to 2.6 billion Dollar in the first six months of 2004 already. However, the gentlemen in the management floor are not satisfied at all. They strive for profits of at least 10 Dollar per share. With today's number of shares, that would be more than 5.5 billion Dollar per year. To this end, the workforce are to bleed again.

A relative setback in the competitive struggle

This very tough action of the world's biggest automobile corporation can be understood only against the background of the reorganization of international production and the struggle over the domination of the world market. General Motors has to defend and expand its top position against fierce competition of other big automobile groups. The trouble of the international supermonopolies is that they can yield maximum profit today only via a position that dominates the world market. With an offensive for models, aggressive battles over discount and investments of billions of Dollars in China, the corporation intends to stay number one also in a medium term.

A real price war is raging particularly in the USA, the biggest automobile market in the world. Since the beginning of 2004, prices dropped by 16 percent. Recently, General Motors raised discount for some models from 4,000 to 6,000 Dollar in order to boost sales. Stocks are at 70 to 80 days. But overcapacities exert pressure not only in the USA. On a worldwide level, millions of cars more can be produced than sold. Markets must be redistributed. This runs up to a mutual battle of annihilation in which entire corporations disappear. The so-called losses of General Motors in Europe are one consequence. According to the GM headquarters, they are the outcome of struggles over prices, exchange rate losses, costs of reconstruction at GM Fiat Powertrain and the start of the new Astra. In 2003, turnovers of Adam Opel AG dropped the fourth year in a row, totaling 20 percent below the 1999 level.

Compared to 1999, the groups around Toyota and Volkswagen respectively control one percent more of the world market. In contrast, the groups around Ford and General Motors (together with Fiat, Saab, Daewoo, Isuzu, Fuji, Suzuki and Maruti) control one percent less. The DaimlerChrysler share remained unchanged. General Motors lost ground versus its competitors precisely at its most important markets, the USA and Western Europe. In the fastest growing market of Asia/Pacific, General Motors is not yet represented sufficiently to compensate these losses.

Advance in Asia and Eastern Europe

To date, the start at Daewoo, South Korea, did not yet yield the expected increase of profit. In China, General Motors ranks second, with a market share of 19 percent. Planned investment of more than US § 3 billion is to double production there. This is a declaration of war against the market leader Volkswagen which also announced to double its capacities.

Eastern Europe is another focus of the reorganization of international production in the automobile industry. International automobile monopolies are planning considerable investments in and shifts of production to Poland, Czechnya, Slovakia and Hungary. Here, too, Volkswagen is currently the market leader. This, again, results in sharpening competition.

Only one can be the number one

In order to assert its No. 1 position in the world market, General Motors must attempt to conquer and maintain a leading position in all important markets. But DaimlerChrysler, too, raises the claim of becoming No. 1. The Japanese automobile corporation Toyota also tries to achieve this goal until 2010. All the automobile corporations are carrying on the struggle over the leading position and the battle of annihilation linked up with it on the backs of the workers by means of an offensive of exploitation.

In Germany, exploitation is to be forced up by 20 to 30 percent. Volkswagen and Opel demand lengthening of working hours without wage compensation, drastic wage cuts and intensified speedup. With the catalogue of horror, profits could be raised by the billions which would then be employed on the battle in the world market. This would destroy even more jobs. Therefore, renunciation does not ensure any job. If the workers would accept this spiral downward, they can only lose. If they unite on the corporation-wide scale and internationally as a united workforce – only then can they win.

United they are an invincible power!

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Statement of the Central Committee of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany

Where is the Movement of Monday Demonstrations Heading?

  1. A specter is haunting…

A specter is haunting – the specter of the movement of Monday demonstrations. Arising from nowhere, it is haunting the ranks of the demonstrators. All the obedient and narrow-minded philisters fear its touch and the spreading of the dangerous virus of uprising and rebellion. Newspapers and television are giving out warnings and publishing ”wanted” posters: Be careful! The MLPD is hiding behind the magic hat of the active Monday demonstrator! Dissociate yourself from the MLPD! Only then will the movement of Monday demonstrations gain the favor of the authorities. Only then will the government be willing to engage in dialogue and send its speakers to calm down the ”ignorant” and ”frightened” people and inform ”objectively” about the ”benefits” of Hartz IV.

  1. The movement of Monday demonstrations is in a trial of strength

Since August 2nd, when 10,000 people demonstrated self-confidently in Magdeburg under the slogan ”Down with Hartz IV – we are the people!”, the movement of Monday demonstrations has experienced a rapid upswing. On August 23rd, more than 220,000 people demonstrated in at least 194 cities. This has evidently spread uncertainty among the government and has given rise to covert and overt measures to erode the political mass demonstrations. In spite of this, the number of participating cities rose to about 210 on August 30, with the demonstrators reported from 200 cities numbering about 178,000 despite rain and hail. The movement has not yet exhausted its potential. But it is now in the midst of a trial of strength between two directions the result of which will determine the entire development of the militant movement of the Monday demonstrations: Shall the movement return to the political bosom of established politics and become the left appendage of bourgeois politicians? Or shall it retain its political independence which is so powerfully manifested in its main slogan ”Down with Hartz IV – we are the people!” That is the real question behind the dispute over the role of the MLPD.

  1. Only the masses can determine the outcome of the trial of strength

The decision between these two directions cannot  be made by this or that party, but only by the masses who are joining in militant action in the Monday demonstrations. The MLPD respects their will and fully puts its power in the service of their movement. It regards it as its duty to explain clearly and in public to the movement what the essence of  the differences is and its opinion on which direction this movement of Monday demonstrations should go. We abide to Lenin's assessment, who wrote about such times of political ferment among the masses: ”Open action relentlessly reveals the basic differences of the interests involved. The parties are seen in their true colours. Events, with an iron hand, sort out the adherents of the various classes and make them decide who is on one side and who is on the other." (Lenin, "The Present Political Situation," Collected Works, Vol. 10, p. 485)

  1. To date, the power of the movement has been invincible

The power of the Monday demonstration movement that has been invincible to date lies in the following:

•        Its impetus, its initiatives and its most important carriers come from the masses of the working people, the unemployed and their families.

•        It was not initiated by big organizations like the trade unions, churches and other big social organizations, nor must it render account to them.

•       It has given rise to new forms of democratic opinion and decision making, such as the open microphone and voting by the direct participants. It has included more and more people in independent activity.

•        The mass protests are not only directed against a single law, but against the entire direction of Agenda 2010 and the government responsible.

It is a manifest political signal for an emergent new movement for social change that even the most expensive disinformation campaigns by the government, all bourgeois parties and their experts in the mass media cannot contest. On the contrary – this has only increased the anger over the lies of the bourgeois politicians and given rise to criticism of the role of the media. The long-standing process of dissociation of the masses from the bourgeois parties and institutions has entered into a phase in which more and more people are going over to independent political mass action.

  1. The government desperately attempts to bring the movement under its control

The government’s dilemma is that their social basis for establishing their anti-people monopoly politics has broken away. They are now attempting to bring the movement of the Monday demonstrations under their control by way of the leading trade union officials, who are members of the Social Democratic Party, the Greens or, in part, of the PDS. The are defaming the independent initiative of the masses as being  ”ignorant” and ”unconscious” and are warning people of ”rat catchers who are giving rise to false hopes."  They are complaining about the undifferentiated ”rage of the people” and maintain that a ”genuine social movement” should have allies among the ”leftist forces”  of the SPD, etc. The movement of Monday demonstrations is to be deprived of the radical direction ”Down with Hartz IV” to make the way clear for later improvements. They are even sending worn out monopoly politicians like Oskar Lafontaine into the ring, whose appearance in Leipzig could only be pushed through against massive contradictions and protests among the Monday demonstrators.

It was exactly Lafontaine who gave false hopes to the 35,000 people in Leipzig, maintaining that a change in politics would suffice to implement ”the principle of social justice”, a ”social state for humane life” and a society in which the ”interests of the people and not the interests of a minority dominate”. And would you believe it: this is all supposed to happen in an economic order under the dictate of a few single supermonopolies like DaimlerChrysler, Siemens, VW, Thyssen-Krupp, E.on, etc. which have subordinated the entire society in their strife for maximum profit and domination? This social demagogy cannot be topped. It is a new version of the politics of class collaboration which have already failed irrevocably. As Lenin stated so aptly: "Whoever consoles the slave instead of arousing him to rise up against slavery is aiding the slave-owner." And he continues: "All oppressing classes stand in need of two social functions to safeguard their rule: the function of the hangman and the function of the priest. The hangman is required to quell the protests and the indignation of the oppressed, the priest is required to console the oppressed, to depict to them the prospects of their sufferings and sacrifices being mitigated (this is particularly easy to do without guaranteeing that these prospects will be 'achieved'), while preserving class rule, and thereby to reconcile them to class rule,... (Lenin, "The Collapse of the Second International," Collected Works, Vol. 21, p. 231) Can Lafontaine’s role be characterized any better than that?

6. The attacks against the MLPD aim at destroying the unity of the movement of the Monday demonstrations

The MLPD has the firm conviction that the masses of the Monday demonstrators stand self-confidently behind the political independence of their movement and are proud of it. They reject all forms of having anyone’s will imposed upon them, being bossed around or even dominated by the established parties. Never ever would Schroeder with all of his hated ministers, Clement, Schmidt and Fischer succeed in splitting the Monday movement with the promise of further cosmetic corrections of Hartz IV and bringing greater parts on their side.

But this division has taken place, not only in Berlin, Rostock, Halle, Gelsenkirchen, Herne, etc., and it is being continued. That became most evident so far in the fact that a meeting of the divisionists took place in Berlin in opposition to the first meeting to coordinate the Monday movement in Leipzig on August 28. How was this possible? Because the split was promoted under the battle-cry for the ”broadest possible unity” of the movement and under the aura of the fear of ”unallowed political interference. The national manager of ATTAC, Sabine Leidig, former DGB regional secretary in Karlsruhe, mobilized the ATTAC basis and member groups to the Berlin meeting with the following argument: ”Ways should be searched to reach a consolidation of forces step by step and to continuously expand the protests in an open, transparent process which promotes participation.” That is pure hypocrisy in the face of their unconcealed slander against the supposed ”Stalinist splitter party” MLPD, from the ranks of which, without doubt, some of the most important co-initiators of the movement of Monday demonstrations come. Instead of uniting all relevant forces – with the exception of fascists – on the basis of struggle, Sabine Leidig spreads staged prejudice, claiming that it is to be expected ”that the MLPD will mobilize massively to Leipzig and attempt there to put its stamp upon the meeting.” (Letter from August 25).

The truth is that the MLPD advocated everywhere that the local Monday demonstrations elect delegations and send them with a clear mandate to Leipzig. It was the key to the great success of the Leipzig Conference that it was composed mainly of such delegations. The MLPD was not represented as a party at this meeting and did not make a claim upon a mandate as such. Its presence was in the form of individual MLPD members only who had a mandate from their local alliances, but not to speak for the MLPD as a party. These members were trusted by their respective Monday demonstrators and this speaks for them and not against them. And that is why there were no decisions made at the Leipzig conference under the alleged ”thumb” of the MLPD. What was actually experienced was the democratic will of the overwhelming majority of the delegations that were eligible to vote for coordinating the common struggle.

The Berlin meeting of the divisionists, however, spoke about a dialogue with the government. The ”TAZ” (German daily ”die tageszeitung”), of which no one can maintain that it is close to the MLPD, reported on the Berlin Conference in its issue of August 30, that the various offers of politicians for talks were discussed and that the question was raised: ”Who should speak with those in government on behalf of the protest?” Responding to this, Sascha Kimpel, the main Berlin divisionist next to Werner Halbauer, declared: ”We must decide on a legitimate delegation.” Who do these self-proclaimed petty-bourgeois leaders think they are? The Monday demonstrators speak for themselves. They speak on the streets. That is the only language that makes an impression on the government. Down with Hartz IV – there is nothing to be negotiated, it can only to be gained by struggle.

7. Splitting the movement under the cover of party political independence

While in Berlin plans have been devised on negotiation delegations, the representatives of the splittist forces like Lena Bröckl (co-initiator of the Berlin split meeting) vehemently opposed every undertaking at the Leipzig conference of making any concrete decision. The hosts of the Leipzig conference as well, Isa Kreft and Winfried Helbig who conducted the meeting, categorically rejected any attempt of accepting and voting motions from the participants. Without the resolution of the participants not to bow down to this dictate, but to reach common results, and without the readiness of Monika Gärtner-Engel (elected member of the delegation from Gelsenkirchen) to take on the responsibility for leading the discussion in this difficult situation, the meeting would have come to nothing. When the plan of the splittist forces failed and the meeting began to adopt a resolution and elect a coordinating group, a staged hysterical shrieking arose: "MLPD party congress! Putsch! Putsch!"

Naive observers may have believed that these "activists" who accuse the MLPD of a "self-righteous claim to leadership", are themselves independent as regards party affiliation, so to speak like a political tabula rasa that has waken up politically together with the Monday demonstration movement and stand up for its political independence. Far from that! Lena Bröckl is a party official of the Berlin SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany), vice-chairperson of the "committee of experts 1- international politics" and until recently scientific cooperator of a SPD member of Parliament. Isa Kreft and Winfried Helbig are belonging to the PDS (Party of Democratic Socialism) and distinguished themselves in the past as members of the commission of principles of the PDS in Saxony. Sascha Kimpel, a practising Trotskyist, is a leading member of the "International Socialist Left (ISL)" and co-founder of the Berlin group "Wahlalternative Arbeit und soziale Gerechtigkeit" (Electoral Alternative for Jobs and Social Justice). Werner Halbauer belongs to the Trotzkyist group "Linksruck" (Shift to the Left) and has a seat in the ATTAC council. Among the 20 hosts of the Berlin splittist conference there are, regarding only the PDS, three members of the party leadership or former members of the federal parliament: Katja Kipping, Ilja Seifert and Heinrich Fink, the vice-leader of the parliamentary PDS faction in the state parliament of Saxony, Klaus Tischendorf, a member of the PDS party state leadership of Saxony, Hans-Jürgen Muskulus, and a leading cooperator of the PDS party faction in the federal Parliament, Anne Allex.

8. The MLPD fights with all its force for overcoming the splitting

Again and again and in all places the Monday demonstrators are reaffirming: "We are fighting until Hartz laws have fallen." This aim can be achieved politically, but only if the movement overcomes the splitting and if the splittist forces are left high and dry. The MLPD is fighting with all its force for overcoming the splitting. It is convinced that the masses of the Monday demonstrators want the unity and are ready to reach it as well. It is the more outrageous that Werner Halbauer prevented in Berlin an August 30 with the help of the police that a demonstration march starting from Alexander Place could unite with the other demonstration that started from the Red City Hall. In his blind rage against the MLPD Halbauer has proved in public that he is not concerned for the unity of all Monday demonstrators, but for his petty-bourgeois claim to leadership.

By these activities he even isolated himself within his own ranks. The MLPD welcomes it the more when now in Berlin talks have started on the initiative of the alliance "Monday demonstration against the agenda 2010 and further social cuts" in order to achieve a common organization of the Monday demonstration on September 6. This is a great encouragement that also on a nationwide level the splitting can be overcome. Concerning the demonstration at the beginning of October in Berlin what matters in the view of the MLPD is not the date 2 or 3 October, but the reaching of a unity. However, not at all costs, but on the basis of the struggle against the government and "Down with Hartz IV - we are the people!"

9. The smear campaign against the MLPD is doomed to failure

It is the will for unity in the interest of the common cause which worries the federal government most. What kind of means are left apart from the use of brute force, if the "normal" deception has no effect any more? Thus extraordinary measures have been taken, "centers dealing with the situation" have been set up not only on the central level in Berlin, but also in the federal states. These are supposed to observe all news on the topic "Hartz IV" round the clock and respond within 2 hours with denials, counter-information etc. The secret service, called "Office for Protection of the Constitution," plays a central role in this campaign of disinformation. This hornets' nest of snoopers and informers in the service of the security of capital is currently launching a smear and slander campaign against the MLPD that flies right in the eyes of all bourgeois-democratic principles:

There they speak of a "Stalinist cadre party". of Maoists", "indoctrination", "sect-like structures", "cover-organizations" etc. Most newspapers are eagerly taking up this centrally guided rabble-rousing propaganda, without making even the slightest attempt to conduct an objective debate on the theory and practice of the MLPD. Why should they? With "Stalinist-Maoist" everything is said according to the opinion makers. Some more or less dirt does not matter in this case.

This slandering can have, if at all, the intended effect only there where the MLPD is not yet known in a place by its local work. The MLPD describes itself neither as "Stalinist" nor as "Maoist". It is a party of a new type that has drawn the lessons from the betrayal of socialism by Khrushchev, Ulbricht, Deng Xiaoping and others that has led to its decline. The MLPD has relentlessly discussed the mistakes of the former communist movement and drawn principle-based conclusions with the "doctrine of the mode of thinking". After 35 years of patient party building and rank-and-file work among the masses, the MLPD is now represented in more than 450 places in the entire FRG with local groups and small units in construction. Its members are firmly and friendly associated with the people. This is the great strength of the MLPD that is still on the way of further party construction. If it is not yet known in the entire FRG in view of the 80 million inhabitants, this is only due to the policy of totally ignoring the party in the media.

By means of the systematic stigmatization of the MLPD by the prejudices and false verdicts of modern anticommunism, a policy of the relative isolation of the MLPD has been conducted during the last decades which is now doomed to failure. This has become evident now most significantly in the movement of the Monday demonstrations. Due to the active role of its members and the support which they get there, the MLPD is currently on the way to lastingly break through the relative isolation forced upon it. This is a thorn in the flesh of all enemies of the working-class and people's movement. This is the reason why they are shifting from the policy of totally ignoring the party to a policy of real incitement of the people against the MLPD. The Monday demonstrators with whom the members of the MLPD are working together closely and on the basis of equal rights are feeling that this smear campaign is also directed against them. They reject this dirt, because the purpose of this campaign is to smash the Monday demonstration movement.

10. A society-changing force is developing

Which direction does the movement of the Monday demonstrations take? It has powerful enemies. But if it succeeds in overcoming the splitting and if the organized working-class movement encourages the rising people's movement for the sharpening struggle against the government, then everything can be expected from this movement. It must be clear about the fact that the government has tied its fate to the Agenda 2010. For this reason, the Hartz IV law will only fall when the government is falling with it. This will show the limits for every new government, no matter how it will be composed. The outcome of the struggle is unforeseeable, but even now it is sure that in the movement of the Monday demonstrations something new is evolving. "Something fresh and new is moving, rumbling, fermenting and heaving everywhere. New shoots are forcing their way up out of the heaps of ruins." (Lenin, "The Present Political Situation", Collected Works, Vol. 10, p. 485) These words of Lenin on the political situation in Russia in the year 1906 are of topical significance again today. What are the new features?

»        They are the up to now unbroken will of the Monday demonstrators to fight the government and to stand up to its anti-people policy;

»         They are the organized democratic methods of the Monday demonstration movement, the democratic expression of views and the formation of opinion at the open microphone, the democratic decisions with the participation of all demonstrators and, last but not least, the democratic delegation system for the central coordination of the common struggle. A new understanding of democracy is emerging among the masses. This is no more the delegation of responsibility to political representatives, who misuse this mandate for their own advantage. It is the assumption of one's own responsibility for the future of society. It is the formation of experience and structures of a democracy for the people and not for the rich.

»        In the common action the close solidarity of the core of the Monday demonstrators with the comrades from the MLPD is developing as well as an unprecedented openness to the perspective of genuine socialism.

According to the view of the MLPD socialism is not a "preconceived scheme and most definitely not egalitarianism, but emerges from the multifaceted life and struggle of the masses. It is the next social step forward, in which the revolutionary progress of the productive forces is used for the benefit of society as a whole." (Program of the MLPD, p. 49) The people will not take up the struggle for genuine socialism and the overthrow of the dictatorship of the monopolies over the society unless they are convinced by own experience that they are capable to take matters into their own hands. They will neither take it up without at least the most class conscious part has acquired clarity on the essential theoretical issues of the struggle for a society without exploitation and oppression. For this a party like the MLPD is indispensable, which is armed with the lessons of the working class movement, which possesses manifold practical experience in struggle, which possesses a scientific program, practices a democratic style and is closely linked up with the masses.

The movement of the Monday demonstrations will become the core of a new militant, even society-changing opposition, if it adopts the following characteristics and capabilities as its own

»        It must forge a real broad alliance against the government under the slogan "Down with Hartz IV - we are the people!"

»         The struggle against the exploitation offensive in the enterprises must be combined with the struggle against Hartz IV and developed to a higher level towards the working-class offensive.

»         It must retain its political independence as regards the bourgeois parties.

»        Its basis must be the struggle and non-party affiliation, and it must guarantee equal rights for all co-fighters.

»        The formation of opinion and the settling of differences must be effected in the spirit of a democratic culture of debate in solidarity.

»         The building of democratic structures must be effected out of the unity of the local alliances with the central coordination and networking.

»        What matters is to unfold international solidarity and to encourage the progressive forces in Europe and worldwide for developing similar struggles against the government and monopolies in their countries and for coordinating and raising these struggles to a higher level.

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