Intro: The following was issued in 1989 by the New African Voices Alliance, a Philadelphia-based collective of revolutionary organizers and activists. We have some statements by New African Voices in our files and will be posting them occasionally for historical and political purposes.
FASCISM: THE GLORY OF MILITARY RULE
For those of us who oppose an economic system which sustains itself through making profits off of people’s labor (underpaying working people or not having to pay people at all by promoting unemployment), a system which promotes racism and sexism, all of which a capitalist system does, the survival of anti-capitalist thought becomes a major task. The task becomes even more urgent when there appears within a society some features of fascism. A fascist system is a system in which military rule is dominant. Workers’ organizations, Civil Rights’ organizations and any other type of fight-back organizations are outlawed, and statements like this could get you killed. Members of NEW AFRICAN VOICES are concerned today that too many people are becoming more and more willing to invite military rule over their communities in the name of “fighting drugs”. Such military rule can lead to real fascist practices.
Looking at news programs as well as what we ourselves see in our communities, the police (as well as the national guard at Virginia Beach recently) are indiscriminately stopping youth of color and terrorizing them, even shooting our youth when they resist this racist treatment. This is the behavior of fascist troops (as in Germany), and all this is being done in the name of fighting drugs. Too many people see this happening and have accepted this as necessary. That more and more people are accepting this we see as frightening.
In our view, the only way fascist rule can be fought is through a strong anti-capitalist movement, the exact same way we must fight back against the drug epidemic. The survival of an anti-capitalist movement then becomes for us a priority. Historically in much of our practice, we’ve gotten people involved in anti-capitalist activity but we’ve not been as successful getting them involved in anti-capitalist thinking. If we who are consciously anti-capitalist don’t begin to take seriously our theoretical responsibilities to ourselves, as well as to those we give leadership to, and to our class in general, we will find ourselves to be irrelevant in this society. We need to start addressing our theoretical tasks in a more collective way. A major Reagan-era victory was an ideological one, not just an economic one. We must get serious about confronting the ideas people, our people, are promoting today (i.e. “bring in the troops”). Sisters and brothers, let’s get busy.
New African Voices Alliance