Donald Trump is about to be inaugurated as president of the United States, the commander-in-chief of the world’s #1 terrorist organization. Now that we know that Trump will serve as the head of U.S. imperialism, the chief exploiter and oppressor of the world’s peoples, what do we do? First, we must take stock of the situation. Look, we are under threat. A more or less open fascist is the president-elect, his cabinet is going to consist of some of the most reactionary politicians around, as well as generals, CEOs, millionaires, and lobbyists. This ‘law and order’ president will most likely going to harshly crack down on BLM and similar groups, he will target immigrants, maybe more than Obama, the climate will become even more under threat, and Mike Pence will be a big player (he’s the guy who likes conversion therapy). Plus, Steve Bannon, a definite fascist and executive chairman of the fascist Breitbart News, is going to be Trump’s chief strategist. Clearly, Trump is awful. So what can we do to combat him?
We need to unite with all who can be united to oppose the rising forces of fascism. This means uniting with all those who understand that the popular masses, not the system, will defeat Trump. The broadest possible united front against fascism is necessary. This united front would draw its strength from the oppressed and exploited masses, in particular the oppressed nationalities, the Afro-American people etc. We need to attack the forces of Trumpism, as well as the Republicrat collaborators. We must show our strength and determination, using every form of extra-parliamentary resistance that the masses decide on. The program which this united front will unite around would be one of intractable opposition to Trumpism and all other forms of fascism, one of struggling for the people’s livelihood, one of opposition to militarism and imperialism. Basically left populism à la Sanders but with an anti-imperialist foreign policy, as a starting point. This united front could serve as the beginnings of a third anti-fascist party of labor and oppressed peoples, an HDP for the USA, say. Our task as revolutionaries is to work to build this front, to enter this front, to struggle within it, and to struggle to lead this front. Our task is to be the vanguard, to provide and use the weapon of Marxism-Leninism and Dialectical Materialism to fight for the concrete liberation of the popular masses.
The anti-Trump struggle is one that the oppressed peoples and workers must lead for it to be prosecuted to victory. If the liberal, Republicrat, Keith-Olbermann-draped-in-a-flag “Resistance” takes leadership of this united front aided by the social-democrats, the opportunists, the labor misleaders, the NGOs and the compradors this struggle is doomed to be defeated and this premature fascist turn will be successful. The US will sink into the mire that is has put so many others into. Only a thoroughgoing anti-fascist united front with Marxist-Leninist leadership that draws its strength from the oppressed and exploited will win a complete victory, a victory that will set the stage for continued struggle, for victorious national democratic revolutions in the oppressed nations and socialist revolution in the US (North).
The US, while it has strong fascist elements that have been developing since at least Reagan, is still a bourgeois democracy. If the US becomes full-fledged fascist, our future struggle will be extremely difficult and the oppressed and exploited will be even more oppressed and exploited by the blackest reaction. We cannot, will not allow this to happen. The masses, will the proletariat and the oppressed nations at their head, will stand up and defeat this rising scourge. We have the power, victory can be one. Let us steel ourselves for battle and destroy the foe. Let us unite and fight.
Death to fascism!
For an anti-fascist peoples front!