WL: How and why is it premature to fight for what people are already  
fighting for? People are being evicted and walking away from high mortgages and 
homelessness is growing. Fighting for shelter is not premature. Advocacy for  
expansion of section 8 and food stamps for the entire working class is not   
premature. Advocacy for health care for all Americans are not premature.  

^^^^ CB: And unemployment benefits .how ridiculous not to praise a  raise in 
unemployment benefits. 

I didn't say it's premature to  fight for those things. I said a "_communist_ 
polarity" is premature.   Communists' goal is abolition of private property, 
not what you want redefine it  as. Expanded welfare is not communism. It's not 
even  socialism.


In what relation do the  Communists stand to the proletarians as a whole?
The Communists do not form a separate party opposed to the other  
working-class parties. 
They have no interests separate and apart from those of the proletariat as  a 
They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own, by which to shape  
and mould the proletarian movement. 

The communist goal is first and above all "victory to the workers in  their 
current struggle." That is the communist goal - Job 1, at all times. To  make 
the immediate and long term goal of communists the abolition of private  
property outside the field of victory to the workers in their current struggle  
just silly thinking. Communists do not have separate demands from various  
segment of the working class. IN fact it is these real world demands that  
the line of march. Here is how Marx and Engels defined the task and role  of 

"In the various stages of development which the  struggle of the working 
class against the bourgeoisie has to pass through, they  always and everywhere 
represent the interests of the movement as a whole.  
The Communists, therefore, are on the one hand, practically, the most  
advanced and resolute section of the working-class parties of every country,  
section which pushes forward all others; on the other hand, theoretically,  
they have over the great mass of the proletariat the advantage of clearly  
understanding the line of march, the conditions, and the ultimate general  
of the proletarian movement." (End quote) 
Here is where Marx deploy the communist concept of "the line of  march."  
What is wrong with formulating the goal of communists as abolition of  
private property, is a failure to advance on the basis of the here and now. If  
comrades are involved in the struggle for unemployment, and they are, that is  
goal. For instance, when communist are involved in a strike, the goal is not  
abolition of private property but to resolve the strike in favor of the 
workers  on strike. When the communist fought for Civil Rights and industrial 
unions the  goal was not to abolish private property but the realization of 
Rights and  industrial unions. Why would this not be the case today? 
The idea that establishing a communist polarity means fighting for the  
abolition of private property makes no sense and is hopelessly sectarian. As if 
communist have interest outside the proletariat.  
The real issue is my refusal to praise winning a concession. I see no need  
for genuflecting. There are far to many other concessions to be fought for and  
won, than to pause and praise the Obama administration for unemployment 
benefit  extensions. Now that not taxing a portion of unemployment has been put 
into  effect, we might consider abolition of all taxes on unemployment, a 
change that begin under the Carter administration. We communists opposed  
taxing unemployment checks back when the Carter administration implemented this 
new taxation. We still oppose such. We have not changed our attitude in favor 
of  somehow fighting - detached from the mass of proletarians, a fight to 
abolish  private property. 
I find such thinking absolutely bizarre and outside the historical  
experience of American communism. 
Taxing unemployment was absurd then and is absurd today.   
Now is the time to push to reform the social safety net - welfare, to  expand 
to cover ever larger segments of the proletariat. Here is the meaning of  a 
communist polarity. A communist polarity is not a concept of ideology but  
fighting for needs from the standpoint of the proletariat.   
Expanding welfare is a communist demand and issue, but it is not an issue  
that only communists support. We are simply the most resolute championing on  
this issue. When did fighting for socially necessary means of life somehow  
become a non-communist demand and issue? 
When Clinton reformed "welfare as we know it" the communists were in the  
forefront and the most resolute fighters against this reform! The liberals  
deserted the fight for the expansion of the social safety net! The liberals 
"welfare is no good because it makes people lazy" and we communists screamed  
bloody murder to the high heavens. 
I really do not understand the thinking that says we communists are not the  
most resolute fighters for the needs and demands of various segments of our  
working class, in the here and now. 
The 30 year battle for welfare expansion, which the communists have been at  
the forefront as the most unwavering and resolute fighters, can be advanced 
anew  - today, due to the widening dimensions of the crisis and the 
of  class interests. Now it the time to push harder, for this communist 
demand,  and win individuals over to the vision and cause of communism. 
Obviously I believe in every fiber of my being that it is wrong and a  
disaster to try and win workers over to Obama and the Obama administration. 
What  I 
write is geared to winning the individual over to the cause of communism and  
the study of Marxism because we have answers and a superior way to look at and 
 understand the system of capitalist production, and why it is coming to an 
On a list that bills itself as Marxists I am going to write about modern  
communism and our history of fighting for immediate demands of the working 
without compromising our vision of emancipation. Simply because we have a  
black democrat president, does not mean we should abandon our outlook as  
communist and students of Marx. In fact, the Obama administration and its 
with other sectarian capitalist interest opens up the playing field for  
communists and this is a good time to be a communists.  
The genuflecting to Mr. Obama, something he himself would find repulsive,  is 
positively disgusting and unwarranted.  
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