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Labor Day 2009: What is the supreme question of global depression and recession?

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The historic essence of proletarian international class struggle is based on the scientific recognition that currently we are experiencing a "global economic crisis of a systemic and structural nature". This was confirmed by the recent summit conference held in Cumana, Venezuela.

In the Declaration of Cumana, Venezuela, of April 23rd 2009, signed by ALBA Member Countries, the Heads of State and Government of Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela, inter alia, propose to hold a thorough debate on:

"Capitalism is leading humanity and the planet to extinction. What we are experiencing is a global economic crisis of a systemic and structural nature, not another cyclic crisis. Those who think that with a taxpayer money injection and some regulatory measures this crisis will end are wrong. The financial system is in crisis because it trades bonds with six times the real value of the assets and services produced and rendered in the world, this is not a 'system regulation failure', but a integrating part of the capitalist system that speculates with all assets and values with a view to obtain the maximum profit possible. Until now, the economic crisis has generated over 100 million additional hungry persons and has slashed over 50 million jobs, and these figures show an upward trend."
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Obviously, passing across the liberal competitive, the classical imperialist and the modern corporate stages of production and destruction, of hundreds of millions of human victims, now the capitalist Moloch ... following its ìnexorable systemic and structural dialectical tendential economic laws of development ... has completely globalized itself as world depression. Why more than ever workers' class struggle is imperative? What is its socialist philosophic quintessence?

What can we learn from the student, the young Marx? Dedicated to the workers of the world, who have forgotten their past theoretical grandeur and heritage, allow us to quote extensively from a short Marxist document, just as renowned as the famous "Manifesto of the Communist Party".

The young Marx, having just become a scientific socialist in 1843, explained to us the revolutionary genesis in his "A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right. Introduction". This is one of the most quoted writings of Marx, but also one most cited out of context.
Together with the 'Eleventh Thesis on Feuerbach' it concerns oscillating proletarian natural scientific revolutionary praxis and social philosophic emancipatory theory; in a nut shell, the dialectical leap from utopian to scientific socialism, to the negation of capitalism, by means of proletarian class struggle.

Marx explained the revolutionary essence of his early writing, the starting point of all social critique and change, as follows:

" For Germany, the criticism of religion has been essentially completed, and the criticism of religion is the prerequisite of all criticism." 

The whole text, which we quote below, concerns the problem of the mental blockage of religion and ideology which impedes the acquisition of a proletarian class consciousness. From this vantage point the following famous Marx quotes become relevant for global class education and struggle. In this spirit he explains the basics of how to understanding the world out of itself:

"The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society."

Only as such the following quotations, not divorced from their socialist critique and context, can now be understood. For example, here is a philosophic jewel, a complete quote urgently to be studied and applied in its historical context:

" The weapon of criticism cannot, of course, replace criticism of the weapon, material force must be overthrown by material force; but theory also becomes a material force as soon as it has gripped the masses. Theory is capable of gripping the masses as soon as it demonstrates ad hominem, and it demonstrates ad hominem as soon as it becomes radical. To be radical is to grasp the root of the matter. But, for man, the root is man himself.".

We suggest that our Bolivarian comrades study this creative Marxist document very carefully, in order to apply scientifically our Declaration of Cumana to American reality, and also to enrich our current 'Misión Lectura", to interpret and change the world into a better place to live in, for billions of human beings and existences.

Finally, as a Labor Day message, what should be the current proletarian task of world revolution in Venezuela, America and elsewhere?

"It is, therefore, the task of history, once the other-world of truth has vanished, to establish the truth of this world. It is the immediate task of philosophy, which is in the service of history, to unmask self-estrangement in its unholy forms once the holy form of human self-estrangement has been unmasked. Thus, the criticism of Heaven turns into the criticism of Earth, the criticism of religion into the criticism of law, and the criticism of theology into the criticism of politics."

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