Against Capitalism and the Bosses
The struggle of the Black working class in South Africa is a struggle against the slave bondage of Capitalism. Capitalism is based on the ruling class minority (Capitalists, Generals, top officials, professional politicians) exploiting and oppressing the working class majority (workers of all grades, their families, rank-and-file soldiers, the unemployed, and the rural poor). The two classes have totally different interests – they are locked in class struggle.
Apartheid built Capitalism
Capitalism in South Africa was built through apartheid oppression – land dispossession, the compound system, migrant labour, the pass laws, and denial of basic worker and human rights to Black workers.
The Struggle Continues
Apartheid was defeated by workers struggle. But the legacy of apartheid lives on. The elections of 1994 did not remove the cause of apartheid oppression, which is capitalist exploitation. The struggle must continue against both capitalism and racism: one enemy, one fight!
Only the workers can free the workers
Only workers revolution can end the nightmare of racism and capitalism, creating freedom and equality for all. Only the workers and the poor can create a free society because only we have the organisational power, will, numbers and class interest in overthrowing this system.
Against Oppression and Discrimination
We oppose all oppression: racism, sexism, imperialism, environmental destruction, discrimination against gays and lesbians. We are for real equality for all. Only the workers revolution can end all oppression; only the fight against oppression and for working class power can unite the workers.
Oppression and discrimination are against the interests of workers. They divide and weaken the struggle.
Freedom cannot come from Government
Workers freedom cannot come through parliament or the seizure of State power. The State (judiciary, government bureaucracy, police force, parliament etc.) is a tool of capitalism and the bosses. The use of the State can only lead to corruption, defeat or dictatorship over the workers movement. The economic disaster and political tyranny of the Marxistled Soviet Union shows this clearly.
Instead – Revolutionary Unionism
Socialism must come from below – from mass action. The unions must take over the land and the factoriesand put them under direct workers control in a revolutionary general strike based on the occupation of workplaces.
Workers of the World – Unite!
To be successful, the revolution must be based on the workers movement united across colour, sex, and national lines. Capitalism is international, and therefore the revolution must be spread internationally by the workers.
International Unity, Libertarian Socialism
The revolutionary general strike will establish a nonracial international working-class democracy; libertarian socialism. This will be based on federations of grassroots workplace and community councils, and defended by a workers militia.
We want a society without bosses, rulers and oppressors of any description. We want a democratic economy under the direct control of the Working Class. We are anti-authoritarian: the only limit on individual freedom should be that it does not remove the freedom of others.
The Aims of the WSF
The WSF does not stand in elections or aim to take State power. The WSF is not a union. The WSF is a political organisation for militants who aim to encourage the self-activity and political consciousness of the mass of the people – the workers and poor – so that they can make the revolution for themselves. Our role is to promote the struggle, but in the end, only the workers can free the workers!
Tomorrow is built today. We support all struggles against oppression. We support the progressive student movement. We support existing unions, but fight for workers control, a revolutionary programme, and the formation of “One Big Union”.
A Fighting Tradition
We proudly stand in the mass tradition of libertarian socialism (anarcho-syndicalism). Our movement has historically attracted millions world-wide, because it serves the needs of the workers and the poor, not the power-seekers and exploiters. Today it is growing across the globe.
If you agree – JOIN the WSF.
Workers Solidarity Federation
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