On the Question of Authoritarianism

By Charles O'Connell

League of Young Communists USA

The term “authoritarian” is a word often utilized in slander campaigns against socialist states like the former USSR, the current DPRK, and Cuba. The term itself is often utilized in capitalist propaganda to oppose any move towards socialism in the name of glorifying liberal pacifism. In this same regard it is to no surprise the “Anti-Authoritarian” anarchists and left-communists have sided with the capitalists in their arguments of slandering socialist states for authoritarianism.
As Engels once said:
“Have these gentlemen ever seen a revolution? A revolution is certainly the most authoritarian thing there is; it is the act whereby one part of the population imposes its will upon the other part by means of rifles, bayonets and cannon — authoritarian means, if such there be at all; and if the victorious party does not want to have fought in vain, it must maintain this rule by means of the terror which its arms inspire in the reactionists. Would the Paris Commune have lasted a single day if it had not made use of this authority of the armed people against the bourgeois? Should we not, on the contrary, reproach it for not having used it freely enough?
Therefore, either one of two things: either the anti-authoritarians don't know what they're talking about, in which case they are creating nothing but confusion; or they do know, and in that case, they are betraying the movement of the proletariat. In either case they serve the reaction.”
The workers realize that this authoritarian demand for revolution is a direct result of suppression by the capitalists. The capitalists, suppressing the democratic demands of the workers, who collectively call for socialism, will learn that, if democracy of the people is suppressed, then that democracy must be forced by authoritarian measures if needed. It is the workers who, out of this radical democratic consideration, have called for blood of those who suppressed and abused them.
As Lenin said:
“Revolutions are festivals of the oppressed and exploited”
The anti-authoritarians, these opportunists who understand not the reality of the people, but instead stick to slandering the will of the people who built their ideal socialist state against all odds and aggression of their enemies.
Reformists, often the most loudest anti-authoritarians and biggest bootlickers of the capitalist system, participate alongside the anarchists and left-communists in the slander of the workers who united and partook in the destruction of the capitalist state and brought from its ashes their own state. The anti-authoritarians with their arguments of “But what about the dictatorship” or “The bureaucracy” or “Gulags and executions”are the same people who would in turn lick the boots of the capitalist bureaucracy / dictatorship; or build a bureaucracy of their own and would put in place gulags of their own vision and execute those who stood in their way. The socialist revolution and building of the socialist state stems from its very root the subject of democracy, for it was a collective majority of working people who demanded socialism, just to be suppressed by the capitalists, and in turn from that democratic demand, revolted to protect their demand.
The fact is, authoritarianism is nothing more than a slur by our enemies, who seek to distract the workers with mindless rhetoric, to keep them questioning the call of radical democracy; for socialism. With the understanding of authoritarianism, there can be no peaceful road to the socialist goal, for the enemies of socialism will deploy all extremes to crush it, thus, the extreme to enforce the will of the people, the socialist goal, must be taken; this extreme is revolution and the suppression of capitalist bootlickers and foot soldiers.

The Characteristics of a Revolutionary

By Charles O'Connell

League of Young Communists USA

When we talk about a revolutionary, we mean the scientific socialist and communist revolutionary, those who are guided by theory and fight for progress. Not counter-revolutionaries or bourgeoisie revolutionaries, who are focused on taking the establishment toward a reactionary and/or regressive government.

The character of a revolutionary can be defined in a few ways. It must, at first, start with the revolutionization of oneself that creates the will to act. What this means is to understand the current power structure and how it maintains its monopoly of violence in the interests of a specific class, but also, of course, to purge from their own upbringing all reactionary behavior that such an oppressive structure has forced upon them. Then, and only then can a revolutionary be dedicated to the advance of society and advance the new revolutionary culture, to crush the reactionary culture, and build a vanguard to fight the oppressive capitalist state currently in place.

Molding of Oneself as a Revolutionary:
Why is it important for a revolutionary to purge reactionary behavior from themselves, in a process of revolutionization within their own personalities, to become a revolutionary? The answer is relatively simple to understand. For only those who can change themselves from years of reactionary influence dumped upon them by the oppressors, can fight for the new society they envision. They will not side with their enemies in reactionary influence or let it slow down their ability to proceed forward towards progress.

As Marx said:

“Both for the production on a mass scale of this communist consciousness, and for the success of the cause itself, the alteration of men on a mass scale is, necessary, an alteration which can only take place in a practical movement, a revolution; this revolution is necessary, therefore, not only because the ruling class cannot be overthrown in any other way, but also because the class overthrowing it can only in a revolution succeed in ridding itself of all the muck of ages and become fitted to found society anew.”
–        Karl Marx, German Ideology

Marx, detailing in clear English, shows the need for a change of consciousness for a new society to arise. It is clear to see the importance of this change of consciousness for a revolutionary, who leads the masses, to go through this revolutionization of oneself to make themselves a properly prepared fighter for this new society. But not only should the revolutionary purge reactionary muck from his own thinking and personality, but he must build the movement to do the same. And this is where the rise of a new culture comes to wage a war against the reactionary culture.

Waging a Revolutionary Cultural War:
Culture is war, a battle of ideas where revolutionary culture and reactionary culture each fight to dominate the other; a struggle to change the thought process of the masses: to lead them to progress or hold them back. The end goal is to win this war for the revolutionary culture, led by the Marxist-Leninist revolutionaries. The revolutionary, who is truly devoted to the progress of society, must take charge in helping this revolutionary culture develop and advance to victory.

What is this revolutionary culture and how can the revolutionary push it forward?
This culture is one that challenges everything reactionary and toxic of the already established culture, and promotes a culture of people's power, equality of all workers, justice by the demands of the people, respect of all oppressed people's, and so on. The revolutionary can only push this culture forward by understanding it, first and foremost, and then find the effective ways to push this way of thinking, along with rally the rest of society to support it. But how, in the most effective way, can this culture advance forward? The answer is simple; with the leadership of the communist vanguard pushing it forward.

The Will to Act:
What makes the revolutionary act? What drives them? As Che Guevara said:

“The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love”

What does he mean by this? This love that guided the revolutionary is a love for humanity, a love for those who are oppressed and exploited. This will to act is the burning fire inside all those who refuse to sit by as their capitalist oppressors continue to abuse and kill us with ease. A burning rage of acknowledging the crimes of the oppressors, a burning rage turned in to revolutionary anger, which extends in to real life action.
In short, the revolutionary's will to act, is a love of the oppressed, and burning anger against the oppressors.

Difference Between the Revolutionary and the Martyr:
What makes a revolutionary different from a martyr? And vice versa? While they share similarities, the two are opposites when it comes to the motivation for each.

The martyr, guided by the same passion as a revolutionary, will die for their cause like a revolutionary. The revolutionary, knowing violence is the final means to end oppression, is a principled fighter for his movements during times of peace and violence, when the time calls for one or the other. A revolutionary has the wisdom to know this important distinction. A martyr sees violence as the only means to their end, and they act upon this fatalistic world view at times that call for peace and legal activity.

The martyr unlike the revolutionary, is not guided by scientific study of revolutionary strategy and tactics. Of course, there are exceptions to this general description of martyrdom. Assassination is one such case. Comrade Chris Hani, the great South African revolutionary, was assassinated at a very early age by a racist, pro-Apartheid sympathizer. This means that he is both a revolutionary and a martyr throughout the entire world. It is not the job of Communists to glorify and romanticize violence and death. Unfortunately, given the nature of our class enemies who are fueled by hatred and capitalist barbarity, there are times when we must defend ourselves and the working class we represent.

With that said, it is unavoidable to acknowledge that the conditions of capitalism, and the conditions of revolution, breeds both martyrs and revolutionaries. However, it is the revolutionaries who brought the people to revolution, while the traditional martyr takes the chance of revolution to fulfill their wants of fighting, to be remembered for fighting, not for organizing the people and bringing them to the fight. Martyrdom is not the end to strive for. The communist revolutionary ideal is.

The Endless Goal of a Revolutionary:
The goal of the true revolutionary is to continue fighting till either they meet their death, or the oppression of our class has come to its end. That’s why, to be a revolutionary, you must acknowledge that you are hated by the bourgeoisie, and that as an individual you are the target of our oppressors. The revolutionary must let this knowledge not breed defeatism, but instead be fuel for the burning fire inside themselves that makes them act for the people. Let the awareness of the hate that the capitalist oppressors have for you fuel the revolutionary fire inside of you.
The character of a revolutionary can be defined in a few ways. It must, at first, start with the revolutionization of oneself that creates the will to act. What this means is to understand the current power structure and how it maintains its monopoly of violence in the interests of a specific class, but also, of course, to purge from their own upbringing all reactionary behavior that such an oppressive structure has forced upon them. Then, and only then can a revolutionary be dedicated to the advance of society and advance the new revolutionary culture, to crush the reactionary culture, and build a vanguard to fight the oppressive capitalist state currently in place.

Molding of Oneself as a Revolutionary:
Why is it important for a revolutionary to purge reactionary behavior from themselves, in a process of revolutionization within their own personalities, to become a revolutionary? The answer is relatively simple to understand. For only those who can change themselves from years of reactionary influence dumped upon them by the oppressors, can fight for the new society they envision. They will not side with their enemies in reactionary influence or let it slow down their ability to proceed forward towards progress.

As Marx said:

“Both for the production on a mass scale of this communist consciousness, and for the success of the cause itself, the alteration of men on a mass scale is, necessary, an alteration which can only take place in a practical movement, a revolution; this revolution is necessary, therefore, not only because the ruling class cannot be overthrown in any other way, but also because the class overthrowing it can only in a revolution succeed in ridding itself of all the muck of ages and become fitted to found society anew.”
–        Karl Marx, German Ideology

Marx, detailing in clear English, shows the need for a change of consciousness for a new society to arise. It is clear to see the importance of this change of consciousness for a revolutionary, who leads the masses, to go through this revolutionization of oneself to make themselves a properly prepared fighter for this new society. But not only should the revolutionary purge reactionary muck from his own thinking and personality, but he must build the movement to do the same. And this is where the rise of a new culture comes to wage a war against the reactionary culture.

Waging a Revolutionary Cultural War:
Culture is war, a battle of ideas where revolutionary culture and reactionary culture each fight to dominate the other; a struggle to change the thought process of the masses: to lead them to progress or hold them back. The end goal is to win this war for the revolutionary culture, led by the Marxist-Leninist revolutionaries. The revolutionary, who is truly devoted to the progress of society, must take charge in helping this revolutionary culture develop and advance to victory.

What is this revolutionary culture and how can the revolutionary push it forward?
This culture is one that challenges everything reactionary and toxic of the already established culture, and promotes a culture of people's power, equality of all workers, justice by the demands of the people, respect of all oppressed people's, and so on. The revolutionary can only push this culture forward by understanding it, first and foremost, and then find the effective ways to push this way of thinking, along with rally the rest of society to support it. But how, in the most effective way, can this culture advance forward? The answer is simple; with the leadership of the communist vanguard pushing it forward.

The Will to Act:
What makes the revolutionary act? What drives them? As Che Guevara said:

“The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love”

What does he mean by this? This love that guided the revolutionary is a love for humanity, a love for those who are oppressed and exploited. This will to act is the burning fire inside all those who refuse to sit by as their capitalist oppressors continue to abuse and kill us with ease. A burning rage of acknowledging the crimes of the oppressors, a burning rage turned in to revolutionary anger, which extends in to real life action.
In short, the revolutionary's will to act, is a love of the oppressed, and burning anger against the oppressors.

Difference Between the Revolutionary and the Martyr:
What makes a revolutionary different from a martyr? And vice versa? While they share similarities, the two are opposites when it comes to the motivation for each.

The martyr, guided by the same passion as a revolutionary, will die for their cause like a revolutionary. The revolutionary, knowing violence is the final means to end oppression, is a principled fighter for his movements during times of peace and violence, when the time calls for one or the other. A revolutionary has the wisdom to know this important distinction. A martyr sees violence as the only means to their end, and they act upon this fatalistic world view at times that call for peace and legal activity.

The martyr unlike the revolutionary, is not guided by scientific study of revolutionary strategy and tactics. Of course, there are exceptions to this general description of martyrdom. Assassination is one such case. Comrade Chris Hani, the great South African revolutionary, was assassinated at a very early age by a racist, pro-Apartheid sympathizer. This means that he is both a revolutionary and a martyr throughout the entire world. It is not the job of Communists to glorify and romanticize violence and death. Unfortunately, given the nature of our class enemies who are fueled by hatred and capitalist barbarity, there are times when we must defend ourselves and the working class we represent.

With that said, it is unavoidable to acknowledge that the conditions of capitalism, and the conditions of revolution, breeds both martyrs and revolutionaries. However, it is the revolutionaries who brought the people to revolution, while the traditional martyr takes the chance of revolution to fulfill their wants of fighting, to be remembered for fighting, not for organizing the people and bringing them to the fight. Martyrdom is not the end to strive for. The communist revolutionary ideal is.

The Endless Goal of a Revolutionary:

The goal of the true revolutionary is to continue fighting till either they meet their death, or the oppression of our class has come to its end. That’s why, to be a revolutionary, you must acknowledge that you are hated by the bourgeoisie, and that as an individual you are the target of our oppressors. The revolutionary must let this knowledge not breed defeatism, but instead be fuel for the burning fire inside themselves that makes them act for the people. Let the awareness of the hate that the capitalist oppressors have for you fuel the revolutionary fire inside of you.

 

Experience and hardships as a Trans-Woman in the United States of America.

 

 

Gender is a ubiquitous social construct that wields power over every individual in our society. The traditional dichotomous gender paradigm is oppressive, especially for trans-gendered people whose sense of themselves as gendered people is incongruent with the gender they were assigned at birth. Trans-gendered individuals are targeted for mistreatment when others attempt to enforce conventional gender boundaries. This article discusses gender-based oppression and the resulting psycho-social difficulties experienced by many trans-gendered individuals. The discussion advances a critical analysis of the dominant gender paradigm using two alternative theoretical perspectives on gender—queer theory and social constructionism. The article argues that the transgender community is an at-risk population and that empowering practice with this population calls on social workers to target society's traditional gender dichotomy for change. An overview of practice implications and research needs is provided. https://academic.oup.com/sw/article-abstract/52/3/243/1855506
basically what I seen and experience is, as it says in the text above. As to being a Trans-person, especially a unemployed Trans-person who is also homeless have seen gender oppression in places of not only business but also in shelters. Since Homeless shelters are strong with religious doctrine, it makes it hard for Trans-people to live in areas designed for their gender preference.  If you're a transgender woman and you walk into a homeless shelter and they treat you like a man, it's traumatizing," he added. "These people are already vulnerable, they're homeless, they don't have a job. To face discrimination the entire time they're there is a real problem. http://thehill.com/regulation/pending-regs/291522-transgender-rules-for-homeless-shelters-spark-firestorm
Discrimination also exist in our own community as well. The Gay men and women don't like Trans-people even Trans-people discriminating against their own over looks and or appearance.
there is no Articles on this subject but I have witnessed and experienced it myself to know it exists. This discrimination dwells deep in separation of the LGBTQ+ communities.
Gat men and Women would tell us we shouldn't be in the "LGB" community, We are ruining it, or We are not real Men or women just confused people; and or other hurtful things directed to us Trans-people.
Trans-people discrimination against other Trans-people results in "if you had surgery or not." This means that in order to be a Trans-Woman you must have surgery of sex reassignment. This is pretty much self-Explanatory!
This has made it hard for us Trans-people because discrimination in shelters has Trans-people either roaming the streets (I'm which are more vulnerable to Rape and Murder), or forced to stay with friends who may or may not be discriminators towards their friends, I.E; make fun of. Most of us turn to prostitution to help either Pay rent and or pay for our transformation since jobs hold the most discrimination against Trans-people. this article also explains workplace discrimination against Trans-people:
The death statistics proves even more that the United States is not safe for Trans-people. the link also explains(it's hard for me to tackle this section because it's very sensitive):
this is the problems Trans-people face in the United States of America. Granted some Trans-people are privileged than others but we all know it's because of the term used here in the United States: "It's not what you know it's who you know."
My conclusion since the Law won't do anything and make up excuses for the murder statistics with Rape, we should start arming all Trans-people against the system of oppression. I realize that only trough Socialism can we achieve the equality we so desire. Capitalism is Hell for trans-people and it doesn't and never Will help not just the LGBTQ but all of the oppressed people. This Article is also is to be used to spread around.
This Article was done and made by Amy k. Sorel who is Trans and loves her life as a woman and recognizes and deals with the very hardships against Transpeople daily.