Corruption and Lawlessness of the Capitalist Government
January 11, 2015
Government investments earmarked for public education are being embezzled on a large scale as a result of laws allowing charterization of our country’s public schools. Across the country dozens of charter operators and their cronies have been caught red-handed with their fingers in the public coffers. At this time a small section of the individuals involved are serving time in prison or on probation for embezzling taxpayer’s dollars and defrauding the public. Some few charter operators have lost licenses. Some studies have attempted to quantify losses to state and local budgets. For example, the Center for Popular Democracy and Integrity in Education published a study of 15 segments of the charter school market which documented losses during different timeframes totaling $100 million due to “fraud, waste, and abuse.”
Swindling and thieving by public officials is only the tip of the iceberg. Public supervision of charter school budgets is far less attainable than public supervision over traditional schools because charters are typically run by private management. Big business is simply handed the opportunity by the government not only to influence curriculum and impose a tiered school system on our country, but also to contract out and turn vital educational services over to the for-profit private sector. With this kind of access to public funds being handed over to big business it is no wonder that school systems are going bankrupt across the country.
This situation has come about because the hucksters and thieves who rise to prominence in the Democratic and Republican parties are motivated by the same greed and lawlessness as the monopoly capitalists themselves. The Democratic and Republican politicians, if they are not themselves multi-millionaires, are the paid lackeys of the billionaires who are out to make their fortune by committing any crime asked of them by the capitalists.
As part of their anti-social offensive, the capitalists have been “legally” privatizing the $100 billion school infrastructure in a piecemeal way. In this way, by proceeding little by little, the government hopes to fragment the popular struggles against its anti-social offensive so that each time its attacks are resisted only by the relatively small groups of workers immediately affected. The media, of course, labels these as “special interest groups,” trying to marginalize and further fragment the resistance. This piecemeal method is also used for privatizing or slashing investments in other public resources and social programs including Medicaid, public health clinics, income support programs, etc., etc.
Just as in the period of primitive capitalist accumulation, when the capitalist class got started by robbing and plundering the entire continent and the indigenous peoples, so today, monopoly capitalism is reverting to this method by directly relying on the state to plunder our country of its public assets. The capitalist class is literally falling over itself in the grab for public resources. The land speculators want our country’s stock of public housing turned over to them; the billions upon billions invested in the space program are already being put at the disposal of communications monopolies and others. The capitalists are drooling at the prospect of further getting their hands on the monies earmarked for Medicare and Medicaid and public education. The mining capitalists, the oil monopolies and big timber companies are grabbing for more of the national lands and natural wealth of our country.
To make matters worse, capitalist politics has long been a stinking cesspool in which corruption runs rampant and in which the criminals are rarely, if ever, prosecuted. Wheeling and dealing, embezzlement, money-laundering, accepting bribes and kickbacks, doling out government fat contracts, “insider trading,” “influence peddling,” etc., etc., etc., have long been a part of the way of life of the capitalist politicians of the Republican and Democratic parties.
First, last, and always, it is the working people who pay the price. It is the social wealth of the whole country which is stolen for fat contracts and payoffs, even while the capitalist politicians are screaming that they must cut the deficit by slashing social programs.
The U.S. is a capitalist country in which monopoly capital has concentrated vast economic power in the hands of a few and in which the giant monopolies have an entrenched system of political privilege. Domination of the entire social life by a tiny handful of billionaires, and the use of any and every method to ensure their domination and profits – this is what characterizes U.S. society today.
Monopoly capital seeks maximum profit in the shortest period of time and in order to achieve this goal, any method that works is legitimate. In addition to using the privatization and plunder of the public treasury to maximize profits, the monopoly capitalists maximize their profits through the unbridled exploitation of the working people at home, through the plunder and enslavement of whole nations around the world, through the militarization of the economy, etc.
The rampant corruption and lawlessness of the government are signs of the further degeneration of monopoly capitalism and features of the growing fascism in the U.S. The monopoly capitalist class knows no restraint in its pursuit of plunder and profit. Any crime can be and is committed in order to fatten the bottom line.
The Workers Party says that the capitalist system is suppressing everything that makes us human. The very lives of the people give rise to the irresistible demand that these conditions must be changed. The necessity for change arises not only from the exploitation and oppression imposed on the people. Even more importantly, it arises from the deepest aspirations of the people, from their vision of a truly human society.
For more than 200 years the workers and oppressed people of our country have been coming out in struggle after struggle to assert their rights and bring forward their program for society. From the very beginning, the American people have fought to create a society which guarantees equal rights for all and in which the political power arises from and is controlled by the people themselves. From the very beginning, the American people worked to create a land of refuge and peace and throughout our history we have always sympathized with and supported the liberation struggles of people everywhere.
Today, these profound egalitarian, democratic and internationalist traditions of our people are carried forward in the struggles and aspirations of the working class. Socialism and communism already exist in the hearts and minds of the people – in the drive of the workers to emancipate themselves and be the conscious creators of their own society.
It is the working class alone which can defend and advance the interests of democracy. Only through the independent organization of the workers into their own political party and through our unremitting struggles against the capitalist exploiters and their corrupt parties can we create genuine social, political and economic equality and a government truly responsible to the needs of the people.
The theory and program of the Workers Party – of modern communism – includes the demand for the democratic renewal of the political process and political system.
The program of democratic renewal demands the abolition of any and all political privileges and the creation of mechanisms which guarantee the masses of the people the right to participate fully and directly in the political process and in governance.
Political parties must be denied the privilege to nominate and select candidates for public office and this right must be returned to the people. The electorate must also retain the right to recall elected officials at any time.
Further, the chasm between the legislative and executive branches of government must be overcome and the arbitrary power of the executive branch must be broken. The entire operation of government must remain under the direct supervision of the people. Any power not expressly delegated by the people to the government remains with the people themselves.
Constituency committees comprising all citizens must be organized in workplaces, communities and wherever the people are concentrated. Such committees will have the right to nominate and select candidates, to hold elected officials accountable, to set the agenda of government, and to participate directly in governance.
In order to defend their rights and put our country onto the high road of progress and civilization, the working people must create a new political culture and a new political unity amongst themselves. The marginalization and depoliticalization of people must be overcome by giving expression to the independent class aims of the workers.
To help create such a genuine political culture, the Workers Party works to create an atmosphere in which people can get together and discuss their own aims and agenda for society. We work to create new space in which people can get information, sum up their experience, exchange opinions, and zero in on the root problems.
In the course of stimulating the broadest possible political discussion amongst the people, the Party works to provide a concrete program which offers solutions. The Party’s program always starts from the aims and agenda of the people themselves and rejects the limits of the capitalist agenda. Thus we never accept the blackmail that the workers must accept the “lesser evil,” that the only “choice” is whether taxes should be raised or social programs cut, that to oppose the war program of U.S. imperialism is tantamount to supporting some other imperialist power. The Workers Party presents an alternative based on the fundamental interests of the workers, an alternative which goes against the privilege of private property in the means of production and which breaks the monopoly of the capitalists over political affairs. Only such a genuinely revolutionary politics can release the initiative of the workers to come into the political arena under their own banners and with their own independent program.