The world pledge of the 99%

As I mentioned earlier, I just returned from the Eighth Congress of the Worker-communist Party of Iran. Here’s one of the documents that was adopted there – the world pledge of the 99% and what a good pledge it is! Here it is:

The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and then the revolutionary risings against the dictators in the Middle East and North Africa showed that the unfinished 2009 revolution in Iran was not an isolated event. As our last congress had stated, that revolution spoke of the end of the dark period in which the New Right, the New World Order and the War of the Terrorists had been on the offensive. It spoke “from the people’s hearts”. However, the anti-capitalist movements in the West in 2011, from the revolts of the have-nots in British cities to the strikes and protests in Spain, Greece, Israel, Italy, France, etc., and the Occupy Movement in the USA and Europe, showed that this new period of revolutions and mass uprisings was not limited to the Middle East. It is indeed a new and universal situation, one where, against the backdrop of world capitalism’s economic crisis and dead end, the rank of the 99% is everywhere rising against the system of profit, market and wages; against the state, bureaucracy and its corresponding democracy, as well as against the system’s sanctities and values such as religion, nationalism and obliteration of universal human identity. The stormy 2011 will be recorded in human history as the start of a global wave of revolutions of the 21st century for the emancipation of humanity. On one end of this immense movement stands Cairo’s Al-Tahrir Square and the revolution for Bread, Freedom and Human Dignity; and on the other, New York’s Occupy Wall Street with its will of the People’s Assembly and the practical critique of the democracy of the 1%. This global revolutionary wave has already overturned the old dominant perceptions of the last few decades and changed the political and ideological balance to the advantage of revolution, with far greater changes still to come.

The Eighth Congress asserts that the Worker-communist Party of Iran, hand in hand with the workers of Athens, Auckland, Suez and the petrochemical workers of Mahshahr in Iran, as well as the youth of Gaza, Homs, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Moscow and Tehran and the brave women everywhere who stand at the forefront of this global struggle, belongs to the rank of the ongoing revolutions and the movement of the 99% for liberation. The Congress declares that the requirement for the victory of this global movement for human liberation is the political and economic expropriation of the bourgeoisie around the world. As the experience of the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya shows, removing the dictators from the scene while keeping the dictatorship of capital by the generals, Islamists and nationalists is a threadbare project for defeating the revolution. The first condition of people’s victory is the total destruction of the bourgeoisie’s state machinery, from its army to its bureaucracy, and the establishment of the rule of councils and other organs of people’s direct power. Furthermore, the experience of Greece, Italy, France, Britain and USA clearly shows that global capital in order to deal with its incurable crisis is sucking the very life out of humanity. They are now telling us we have to labour from our teens till we die, and ask for less, so their rotten system of wage slavery may survive. In the West too there is no other road to liberation than in the first step expropriating the dictatorship of capital and the rule of the banks and the 1%, which is exercised in the name of democracy and parliament, and by leaving people’s lives in their own hands, to their own direct rule.

Committed to this global pledge of the 99%, the Worker-communist Party of Iran once again states that, along with the workers, women and youth in Iran, it is fighting for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic and the expropriation of the bourgeoisie and establishment freedom, equality and socialism in Iran. Every step of progress towards a free communist society in Iran will be an important contribution towards the ongoing global movement of the 99%, and which can only last with the support of the workers and people of the world.

The Eighth Congress of the Worker-communist Party of Iran
25-26 February 2012