There will with 100% certainty be another revolution in America’s near future, but whether or not it extends into a protracted civil war will depend on the decisiveness of the revolutionary leadership in striking down their enemies in the hour of conflict. But who will this conflict be between? The answer is that it will be a class war—as all revolutions are—this time between the working class and the bourgeois class of big capitalists, bankers and landlords.
Any attempt to interpret the coming American revolution without a class understanding of society will lead to errors and confusion. As is the case with all revolutionary upheavals, the conflict will not be defined by the poor fighting the poor, or even the poor fighting the mildly or moderately wealthy, but rather the poor fighting the ruling elite, i.e., the richest of the rich. It is the Trumps, Kochs, Clintons, Bushes, Musks, Bezoses and Murdochs who will be targeted by the working class, not middle-class gun collectors with survivalist training.
The article below addresses the revolutionary conflict brewing in the US.
USA: the giant begins to stir
The American labour movement has had a rough few decades. After peaking at 34.8 percent in 1954, just 10.5 percent of US workers are in a union today and only 7.2 percent of private sector workers. With corporate profits, capital accumulation, market indices, and wealth inequality reaching mind-boggling levels, many shortsighted individuals gave up the ghost and conceded defeat to the capitalists. The best we could do, in their view, was roll over and beg for a few crumbs off their table. But “the darkest hour is before the dawn.” The US working class has not gone down for the count—not by a long shot—and we’re coming for the crumbs, the pie, and the table.
Over the last three decades, there has been a significant decline in the annual number of strikes in the US, along with a steep fall in union membership. Over that same period, the wealth of the top 1 percent rose by $21 trillion, while the poorest 50 percent saw their net worth fall by $900 billion. The world’s richest 1 percent are on course to control as much as two-thirds of the world’s wealth by 2030, as they sit on trillions of uninvested dollars. Something had to give.
Understanding the critical role played by labour unions in the day-to-day struggle between labour and capital, Marxists have predicted the revival of American labour for many years. After hitting rock bottom a few years ago, there was only one way to go for the working class: up.
Strike activity often ticks upward once the economy stabilises, even if only modestly, as workers gain confidence that they aren’t about to lose their jobs if they rock the boat. With corporate profits at ridiculous levels—including $2.3 trillion in profits last year alone—American workers want what’s theirs and have started to move into action.
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