by Davey Heller, 16th June
On 10th June, the United Front Committee for a Labor Party (UFCLP) held an important online event on the “The rise of fascism in the US: January 6th and the working class”. Whilst attendance was relatively small, the panel took on an important political significance in the context that much of the organised Left has dismissed the seriousness of the threat of fascism in the US and dismissed the events of January 6th as a boorish fiasco for the far right. In contrast the panel took as it starting point that for the first time since the triumph of Nazism during the 1930’s, there is a significant rise of fascism and far right-wing organizations in the US that are challenging the routine functioning of capitalist state and that the attempted coup of January 6th, 2021 to stop the certification of the election is an event that has never taken place in US history and must be taken seriously by the Left and the working class. The panel also importantly put forward strategies to fight fascism including the urgent need to build a united front against fascism, develop workers self-defence guards.
The speakers placed fascism in its historical and class context through examining why the ruling classes of Germany and Italy turned to fascism in the 1920’s and 1930’s. In the current context the turn to fascism by a section of the ruling class in the US was placed in the context of the crisis of both global capitalism and US imperialism in particular. Fascism was discussed not as some aberration but but as a form of political rule that the ruling class inevitably turns too in times of crisis. Therefore the fight against fascism is inseparable from the fight for socialism.
The role of the Democrat Party was explored and in particular why any appeal to the so called “progressive” wing of the bourgeoisie to stop fascism is doomed to failure. This was illustrated by discussion of the role of the national leadership of the AFL-CIO under Richard Trumka, who are subordinate to the Democrats, in attempting to censure the Vermont AFL-CIO for daring to pass a motion authorising a general strike in the event Trump had moved forward with his coup plans.
The UFCLP is an organisation which is fighting to develop a mass based workers party in the US on a United Front basis. This task involves breaking workers and their trade union organisations free from the grip of the Democrats and all factions of the bourgeoisie.
Presentations were given by:
Carol Lang: Professor of History at City University of New York, United Front Committee for a Labor Party (UFCLP)
Billy Delucchi: retired hospital worker, labor activist
Mehmet Bayram: veteran anti-fascist activist and journalist, UFCLP