The following text was the result of a discussion between a member of the Revolución Internacional / World Revolution and a member of the International Communist Current in Monterrey, Nuevo León, which was held in June 2013 in the face of the first threats of war between the US and North Korea. In view of the renewal of these threats, we believe it pertinent to reproduce this short text.
We believe that it is pertinent to share revolutionary interpretacion with the rest of the anti-statist proposals in order to clarify the revolutionary process. Today we need to make it clear that all states are oppressive, so any war born of a State is harmful to the working class.
The recent declaration of war of North Korea to the United States and South Korea raises different opinions. There are those who defend the rhetoric of the United States because the Asian country is armed “to the teeth”. Others, like the left of the capital, call to defend it in the face of the threat of US imperialism. However, what is the interest of the working class in this conflict?
The wars in the present stage of capitalism are nothing more than conflicts of interest between different fractions of the bourgeoisie, which use the proletariat as cannon fodder for the defense of their interests. Wars are the expression that capitalism is in decline and its only way out is the constant confrontations between different imperialist poles.
To choose a side in this context is to participate in the imperialist carnage that capitalism develops and that will tend to develop even more. Positioning in favor of one side is to participate in the game of the bourgeoisie and follow its dynamic warrior that uses the working class to defend interests that are not their own.
It is common for the media and the rulers of the Asian country to call this country socialist or even communist. But the long regime of the Kim manifests itself as a dictatorship with a classic monarchical succession (father to son). This dictatorship has developed from the beginning a cult of the personality of Kim, the image of the dictator becomes an object of worship and becomes genius in every discipline, the president is the one who gives the orders and a very small group of people have the opportunity to advise something other than the will of the Kim. It is well known that the dictatorial regime with such a cult of personality is nothing more than an inheritance of stalinism that was imposed from the outset in North Korea.
Since the establishment of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, it is clear that their “revolution” was more an act of imposition of these “revolutionary leaders” than a true revolutionary process of the working class. The revolutionary process must come from the hands of the proletariat, not from a small “red” mafia that is delegating power from generation to generation.
On the other hand, the economic system of North Korea is a state capitalism. The country lives within a class society; it is absurd to suppose that North Korea is a communist country. The development of the Korean system only helps to clarify the revolutionary process of the working class by illustrating that the only way out of capitalism is to defend its own interests.
The beginning of a war against different capitalist powers is nothing more than an imperialist struggle that responds solely and exclusively to the interests of the rulers and the bourgeoisie of these countries.
In view of this, the proletariat has only a realistic alternative, an outlet that will allow to develop as a class in its struggle: its international union against capitalism, crossing national borders and becoming a class for itself.
The emancipation of the working class will only be the work of itself, the development of its own struggles. It represents itself and defends its interests. Only through their international union is it possible, finally, to eliminate class society and build a new world.
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