Let us summarize what we know about the political system in the United States of America.
The United States is a political dictatorship. Without a massive, surging peoples’ movement for real change, the US will remain bound by the ultra-reactionary two-party vise. There are no fundamental differences between the dominant Republican and Democratic parties.
The American people “got rid of” the vile George Bush and obtained the vile George Bush Barak Obama. Any difference between the two administrations was purely superficial. US policies change from time to time because the world changes and the US is not in a position to control everything. The individual sitting in the White House is a secondary figure who has to adapt to this changing reality.
The “election” of swindler, thief, liar, racist, neo-fascist, war-monger Donald Trump as US president is a step in the direction of outright fascism.
Political “debate” in the US usually is centered around reactionary official positions and very often even more reactionary positions of the opposition. Who can be more anti-labor, pro-business, pro-police, pro-militarism and war? The peoples’ interests are effectively shut out, although occasionally – apparently and weakly — are more-or-less defended by a handful of fake “progressive” representatives. Who change nothing.
The basic line of the US mass media is controlled by the US secret political police. As dictated by the principles of psychological warfare propaganda, there have to be stylistic variations in the enunciation in the official line, but very rarely is there any deviation from the standard theses. Pro-US imperialist propaganda is massive and constant. It forms mass consciousness and generally succeeds – unless harsh reality rudely intrudes.
The United States loudly proclaims that it is a political democracy, but genuine opponents to the US imperialist policies are harassed, terrorized and sometimes outright killed. In the stead of genuine political dissent and organization, the US secret political police set up and populate a huge variety of fake opposition organizations. Such outfits serve the purposes of (1) falsely demonstrating US “democracy” and (2) trapping and misleading honest people and activists, thereby enhancing the opportunities of harassing, terrorizing or killing them.
The US secret political police directly pays off some 10,000 – 20,000 full time stooges who ostensibly head up all sorts of “revolutionary,” “progressive,” “activist, ” etc. organizations and “movements.”
At the same time, the US secret political police massively interfere in the economic and social life of the country, paying off hundreds of thousands and more likely millions of “part-time” accomplices by offering them a better status in life. These part-time stooges provide the bulk – and sometimes the entire – gaggle of “activists” who vociferously (but sometimes quietly) make up the mass of “protestors” at demonstrations and the “membership” of “opposition” outfits.
The US “labor movement” is controlled by the US secret political police. It is a zero in opposing official polices.
Phony “dissenting” publications and internet sites are thoroughly monitored by the US secret political police. The NSA mines all visitors and responders to the offerings of the fake “alternate” media. A blacklist is thereby established to facilitate further actions against the “offenders.”
Approach to Peoples’ Struggle…
No matter how you cut it, in the USA the path of struggle for genuine for genuine progressive activists is very, very difficult. Notwithstanding that brutal fact, struggle must and will proceed.
While the United States of America is a dictatorship, it is not – yet — a fascist dictatorship. Therefore, whatever rights exist – even if only on paper – must be utilized to the utmost. The progressive individual must therefore organize and continue organizing, propagate his ideas, create struggle movements, etc. — even use the internet – notwithstanding the enormous obstacles created by the US secret political police. Whenever possible, it is best to communicate by non-electronic means – although, clearly that is not always possible.
Just be prepared – psychologically and practically – for a lot of false “comrades” and “friends” along the way. Expect lots of difficulties, harassment and even terror.
If – when — the United States’ rulers finally resort to outright fascism, then different approaches will be necessary.
Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» — «Silent Terror: One family’s history of political persecution in the United States» — http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com
Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.
ФСБ — Федеральная служба «безопасности» России — вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) — американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» — мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США