The recent loss of passengers on flight MH17 deserves more than political and religious posturing. Their death can be regarded as a sacrifice to motivate a growing number of the international working class community to question why our so-called political and religious leaders keep plunging humanity into their bloody wars. More of us need to be raising our political and spiritual awareness by seriously questioning – among other things, the role of a dominant international ruling class that not only owns the means of production and the bulk of wealth it generates, but now they also own the political and religious institutions that have so much influence on the quality of our lives. They have bought them, lock stock and (gun) barrel.
While it may be that MH17 was brought or shot down by a poorly (quality) educated, semi (politically) conscious working class universal soldier, the primary cause of this and all the other wars during recent history is an increasingly desperate ruling class, desperate to protect its failing Finance Monopoly Capitalism (FMC) using an increasingly expensive, profitable and violent Military Industrial Complex (MIC).
With such regularly occurring ‘normal accidents’, political insurrections, wars and the ruthless removal of anything impeding its progress, the ‘Death Agony of Capitalism’ is looking more and more like it is going to be a slow, self-inflicted suicidal death. In the mean time, the ruling class will as it always has, be relying on less well-educated and less politically conscious members of the working class to commit its murders and do its killing. Hence the urgent need for a growing number of the international working class community to raise our political and spiritual awareness.
This is the task of the Fourth International (ICFI) and its political party The Socialist Equality Parties (SEP & IYSSEP) with the technological help of WSWS.org. It is a task that will have to take into consideration how the ICFI helps to unite a very politically and religiously diverse, fragmented and mostly oppositional international working class community. This task is very demanding – to say the least, yet absolutely essential because if for no other reason than if we are unable to stop a rampant violent ruling class MIC, there might well be a big mess to clean up and a lot of social re-inventing to do. Assuming of course that ‘mother nature’ continues to allow for such…
Southern Winter 2014.