From A Statement from the New School Cafeteria Workers’ Struggle

“We want to transform the whole system. For that we require organizations completely different than those needed to resolve particular and local struggles between workers and bosses, which – no matter what we call them – are always trade unionist in essence. Trade unionism separates the working class from politics – that is, from the question of power and the state – confining workers to their workplace, preventing them from becoming the advanced detachment of their class and the leading core of the whole people. As for politics: to paraphrase Lenin, under bourgeois rule it is reduced to the right of the working masses to choose which representative of the exploiting class will represent and oppress them in parliament.

Against this miserable and narrow conception of politics, we must build organizations that will allow the proletariat to independently practice its own politics, with the aim of reconstituting our forces in the line of social revolution.”

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From The Organization of a Struggle Committee in a Housing Complex:

“The political identity of the proletariat, constituted through the relation of leadership, is defined according to a dialectic of unity and struggle between three terms: the working class itself, the broad masses and the bourgeois class state. The working class becomes a class in the political sense, the proletariat, as it unites itself and the whole people in the class struggle against the bourgeois state. The proletariat, in Lenin’s words, “represents the working class, not in its relation to a given group of employers alone, but in its relation to all classes of modern society and to the state as an organized political force.”

Only once we master the dialectic between unity and struggle that gives the relation of leadership its political content can we properly pose the question of the Party, so that the worker and popular masses can take it up as a conscious and practical task.”

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