Simply abstaining from voting does very little in and of itself. It is absolutely necessary that people organize themselves – organize themselves in the struggle for the new power. But the low election turnouts show that the election is illegitimate, as much now as it has before. It shows that very many people do not have trust in the state and the system because they do not represent the broad masses of people.
The only thing that bourgeois democracy has to offer is distractions. Voting in elections or passing referenda will not stop the construction of windmills in Frøya, the cuts in public services, or the police brutality in marginalized districts of Oslo. Only the people’s struggle – the act of taking matters into our own hands – can do this. Our power is in our feet, in our fists, and in our lungs – not in their ballot boxes.
Centralization and the demolition of district-level autonomy in Norway continues regardless of the sitting government, and regardless of which party the mayors come from. Only the masses’ own struggle can change politics.
Statistics from UDI show that it makes no difference for refugees if SV or FrP sits in government. Under Solberg’s government, many more have received asylum in Norway than when Stoltenberg and SV sat in government. The parties’ promises have been shown to be nothing more than empty rhetoric.
A historic party congress has been held in the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML). After a right opportunist and liquidationist line was washed out of the party two years ago, it has reorganized itself and succeeded with holding this important First Congress.
The Prime Minister has gotten the queen to suspend Parliament in the UK. The stated goal is to force through the resignation from the EU without the intervention of bothersome parliament politicians.
The storm that hit Østlandet this week has put the trains out of operation. This is not by any means big news. Commuters and other passengers in Østlandet have had such experiences many times in the past few years, with closed train lines and canceled departures. Why must the Norwegian train service create so much irritation?
On August 30, hundreds of students and youth took to the streets in Trondheim, skipping school to stand up for their right to a sustainable future. Our reporters in the field estimate that between 500 and 600 people filled Dokkparken in Solsiden to shout slogans and listen to speeches.
The history of society is the history of class struggle. It is not created by rich people and generals, even if it is the victors who tell the course of events. It is the masses of people who create history, through their indomitable refusal to accept the way that things are, and through their heroic struggle against oppression and exploitation.
Our task is to present Maoism to these comrades, as the correct analysis and line for resolving the entirely real problem that Third Worldism points out, and to use Maoism to reveal how inadequate Third Worldism’s “analyses” truly are. And not least, to expose Third Worldism as a revisionist line and develop true proletarian internationalism as a theoretical and practical alternative.