Communist Party leader debates socialism, democracy on Fox radio

 
BY:Communist Party USA| August 27, 2015
Communist Party leader debates socialism, democracy on Fox radio

OMG! Communist Party chairman on Fox Talk radio? Yes indeed. It happened recently when John Bachtell appeared on the Steve Colmes show. You can listen here.

Originally slotted for 15 minutes the wide ranging interview lasted for almost one-half hour, with Combs asking pointed questions about the difference between socialism and communism, the party’s electoral policy – defeating the extreme right – and whether the socialist option was even realistic for the U.S.

To the latter Bachtell unequivocally answered yes, arguing that not only was socialism realistic but necessary given the grave threat to humanity posed by climate change.

Callers from around the country also had an opportunity to challenge Bachtell on some basic issues from repression in the former Soviet Union to whether there were examples of viable socialist options already in the U.S. Listen in and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 

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    The Communist Party USA is a working class organization founded in 1919 in Chicago, IL.

    The Communist Party stands for the interests of the American working class and the American people. It stands for our interests in both the present and the future. Solidarity with workers of other countries is also part of our work. We work in coalition with the labor movement, the peace movement, the student movement, organizations fighting for equality and social justice, the environmental movement, immigrants rights groups and the health care for all campaign.

    But to win a better life for working families, we believe that we must go further. We believe that the American people can replace capitalism with a system that puts people before profit — socialism.

    We are rooted in our country's revolutionary history and its struggles for democracy. We call for "Bill of Rights" socialism, guaranteeing full individual freedoms.

Comments (9)

Comrade Nunda Uwohali | January 03, 2016 at 2:16 AM

Hello comrades, Chairperson Comrade John Bachtell did well during the interview. The fact is the environmental changes will increase the role of government or the state entity. As communists, we will have to focus on what is Full Communism so we could be differentiated from our other allies in the Leftist movement. We have to look not only in its simple definition but also its hopeful outlook of social and spatial transformations. Here is a flow chart:

Capitalistic Industrialized economies(phase) + Modern values –> State entity promoting and encouraging high technology industries –> Transitional Socialism phase –> Full Communism.

The above flow chart adds above the emphasis of the state entity. The increase of environmental pollution and environmental changes allows further actions by the state entity to protect the commons (the environment which all citizens share). The previous, the defense of the commons, could not be done through free-market environmentalism. In other words, it would usher in the increase of the role of government or the state entity. No doubt, that the initial phase from a mostly agricultural society into an industrial society has not only increased the role of government but also altered the orientation of government over the years. In other words, such external events has shown the state entity to be malleable. One other factor of the malleability of government is the increase of business firms in interfering in the functions of government. Furthermore, the interjection of the business firms or the bourgeoisie into the functions of government, and the lives of the workers, has resulted in the modernization of social values. The introduction of modern values is the first step in the process.

It seems that high technology has to be introduced into society before full communism could be successful. This means that in market capitalism phase industries or business firms, which are geared towards introducing high technologies, has to be encouraged or supported by the state entity. This is why it is best for Marxism to be introduced into a highly industrialized society where modern values has set in. For example; in Russia, the NEP, or the planned economy, came after the discontinuation of the War Communism policy. The previous policy enforced no money in society. This failure proves the previous point of having two features for the success of Full Communism: Highly industrialized society and high technology to answer for human consumption. Both deriving from the business firms within the market capitalism phase.

The experience of War Communism (in mostly agrarian Russia), of course, mistakes were made but it resulted in the industrialization of Russia. The result was the introduction of market socialism which reintroduce money in circulation. We keep hearing Cambodia and Czech republic by callers. Cambodia’s experience was similar to the Russian experience under War Communism. The factor of feeding the people was top priority many measures were made which were disastrous by the Khmer Rouge. Nevertheless, the missing factor of high technology is a common denominator. The reaction to the Czech Republic(Prague Spring) was an extension of the Brezhnev doctrine. Furthermore, this act was to actually an attempt to stop the tide of marketization which began after Lenin decided to replace Full communism policies for Partial socialist market policies. Such changes were needed as the people were creating an underground economy.

Today, we could observe such mistakes as a combined form of the Laboratory of history. With each country as separate failed social experiments in the attempt to implement Full communism through ‘Socialism in One Country’. Nevertheless, the direct transformation of the political landscape towards socialism has already been introduced through pollution controls. As the previous highlights the importance of the centralization of the state. Such behavior is noted in microeconomics and political science texts as the tug of war between positive and negative externalities.

In the United States, there are many challenges to the overall communist movement. Even though, our national or federal constitution is a progressive document many individual state constitutions still contain regressive sections. Such sections of injustice must be challenged, vocally, by the various state cpusa branches. I propose, obviously, it will be decided by the national headquarters if candidates could run in particular local and state elections. The previous will be based on political strategy. The goal of the communist party is to raise awareness and consciousness of the people.

Barack Obama | October 19, 2015 at 5:50 PM

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Tim | October 13, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Omg!!!!!!!!! LMAO!!!!!! To be a member you have to pay dues?!?! What happened to FREE??? ROFL this is great the hypocrisy is FUCKING awesome right now! Hey commies kymfs!

E.E.W. Clay | October 13, 2015 at 11:14 AM

The great Marx left us a legacy of the capacity to move in “leaps and bounds” as that great Moorish brain of his did-predicting and gauging future activity and a socialism based on a need, generating out of real productive forces-those of capitalism itself.
So did Lenin grasp this essence and translate this brilliance into a vast working class complex, the vestiges of which there, notwithstanding its sound critics, yet promise a resurgence of this class; there, here, and everywhere-with Abe Lincoln’s “New Birth of Freedom”.
Just a sure as capitalism has its imperialist expressions that Russian Czarism was slave to, the working class has its worldly expression in the anti-imperialist struggles in and from Asia, Africa the Americas and the Iles everywhere.
The age-old Eastern Roman empire reappears with a vengeance to reestablish a hegemony of workers ruling-with a heavy Polish contingent, maybe hungry, homeless and ragged-but yet as the great W. E. B. Du Bois wrote in 1906 at Niagara, just months after Lenin’s group and others, as diverse as Georgy’s ; malcontents from Bloody events like the Russo-Japanese War and Bloody Sunday, had devised a 1905″Dressed Rehearsal” for Russia’s 1917 Revolution:

“The Slav is rising in his might, the yellow minions are testing their liberty, the Black Africans are writhing toward the light, and everywhere the laborer is opening the gates of opportunity and peace.”

With John, we can say and write that “even”, or even especially where there is great capitulation to imperialism and racism, can there be a unique socialism “even”, “because” of that capitulation and the vast capacity that racism and the destruction of the environment that capitalism and its imperialism has caused in both the Eastern and Western world.
As John Bachtell has answered here-Y E S to U S A socialism.

Michael Arney | August 28, 2015 at 6:54 AM

I thought John did quite well, and all Party leaders should be ready for the questions of Mr. Colmes and the callers. I remember when Sam Webb was on the Glenn Beck show and some members and supporters protested. We should all remember than the Communist Party seeks to convince and persuade millions of Americans, and some of them are presently Fox viewers and listeners.

Karl Marx, in The Critique of the Gotha Programme, wrote about the difference between socialism and communism as far as the distribution of goods was concerned. In socialism, with its still limited production capabilities and its hangovers with notions of equality, the motto is: from each according to his/her ability, to each according to his/her contribution. Meaning, those who work harder and for longer hours, at more dangerous jobs, at positions that require more training; those individuals will receive higher pay and benefits. Under communism, with its surplus production and with people’s ideas no longer glued to the ideas of capitalism, the motto will be: from each according to ability, to each according to need. People with more dependents, more expensive hobbies, who live in more expensive areas, will be paid more than others who perform identical labor because the first group will need more. People won’t mind, because they will then realize that equal pay for equal work despite unequal needs is ultimately not an equal system.

Now, boil that down into a two minute response, and we are in business!

Regards,
Michael Arney

| August 27, 2015 at 6:44 PM

Together with the tens of thousands of cooperatives, eco-farms and communes spread all over USA, we do need a formal transition to socialism to communism through an elected CPUSA. The system ‘would transform itself and balance itself’… When the communes and cooperatives deliver the goods, then that would be a strong campaign slogan.

Rainerio Tayco/socialistlawyer/www.revleft.com | August 27, 2015 at 6:42 PM

Together with the tens of thousands of cooperatives, eco-farms and communes spread all over USA, we do need a formal transition to socialism to communism through an elected CPUSA. The system ‘would transform itself and balance itself’… When the communes and cooperatives deliver the goods, then that would be a strong campaign slogan.

Rainerio Tayco/socialistlawyer/www.revleft.com | August 27, 2015 at 6:42 PM

Together with the tens of thousands of cooperatives, eco-farms and communes spread all over USA, we do need a formal transition to socialism to communism through an elected CPUSA. The system ‘would transform itself and balance itself’… When the communes and cooperatives deliver the goods, then that would be a strong campaign slogan.

James Bailey | August 27, 2015 at 5:40 PM

I didn’t listen to the broadcast, but he explained fully (or tried to) that the Constitution is collectivist document.

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