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Regional socialism conference PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 December 2010 12:42

 

 

Successful socialism conference held in the Philippines

From Partido Lakas ng Masa, International Desk

(Conference talks uploaded in Socialist Dialogue section)

 

A successful ‘socialism conference’ was held in Manila from

November 27 to 28. The conference was organized by the socialist

Partido Lakas ng Masa or Party of the Labouring Masses (PLM)

and the socialist-feminist regional network Transform Asia. The

conference was attended by 100 delegates, leaders of the PLM

from Metro Manila, and other leading socialists of the Philippine

left, as well as 13 international guests.

 

The international organisations represented came from the Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM);

People’s Democratic Party (PRD-Indonesia); Working People’s Association (PRP-Indonesia);

Political Committee of the Poor-People’s Democratic Party (KPRM-PRD-Indonesia);

Socialist Alliance (Australia); The Left Party (Sweden); the General Confederation of Nepalese

Trade Unions (Gefont); the Vietnamese Union of Friendship Organisations; the Turn Left (Thailand);

and the Centre for Environment and Community Asset Development (Vietnam). Keynote speakers

at the conference included the newly appointed Cuban Ambassador to the Philippines Juan Corrales.

Greetings were also given by the representative of the Venezuelan embassy, Charge d’affaires

Manuel Iturbe.

 

The aim of the conference was explained by the opening speaker Reihana Mohideen, Chairperson of

Transform Asia. “We need to go beyond anti-capitalism. We have no shortage of those criticizing the

horrors of capitalism today, including the capitalists themselves, such as George Soros and even

former leaders of international finance institutions, such as Joseph Stiglitz… to NGOs, who are also

critics of the system. [But] anti-capitalism is not enough today. We need to put forward alternatives

to the capitalist system and we need to name these alternatives,as socialism. This is what this

conference aims to do,” she explained.

 

Conference highlights included panels and discussions on socialist strategy, the capitalist economic

crisis and socialist alternatives to the environmental crisis. Sonny Melencio Chairperson of PLM

argued that “there’s no strategy for all seasons” and that strategy is “not something constant, fixed,

once and for all.” “Strategy becomes a key question during historic turning points, when there is

intensification in the class struggle and during political crises…. [Otherwise] we face periods of

protracted organising and the preparation of the forces of the working class.”

 

Melencio gave some examples of such historic turning points: “While Lenin did not use the term

strategy, the question of strategy was posed in the 1905 and the 1917 Russian revolutions, when

the capture of political power by the working class was resolved through insurrection … The second

world war gave rise to national liberation movements and the strategy of Mao’s peoples war or

protracted peoples war [emerged] in China… Gramsci put forward the idea of ‘war of positions and

war of maneuvers’ which was in the context of the structure of the state in western countries.”

Melencio outlined the strategy pursued by PLM as a “combination of uprising or people's power

action and electoral intervention”, also drawing from the lessons of the revolutions in Venezuela and

Bolivia that involved insurrectionary uprisings and electoral victories.

 

Bui Ba Binh, from the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, described the situation in Vietnam

today under the ‘socialist oriented market economy’. He explained that the key features of this

orientation was “to consider the market as a means to achieve social development objectives…

to rationally use the market space… and to harmoniously link the market space with public,

non-market, space in other fields.” According to Binh, the ‘socialist-oriented market economy’ has

brought about real positive changes in Vietnam.

 

The final plenary session included a discussion on socialist internationalism and the call made by the

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela for the formation of a

Fifth International. Speaking on the proposal Arul Arutchelvan, from the Socialist Party of Malaysia,

explained the importance of the proposal. “Hugo Chavez and Venezuela have the moral authority to

call for the Fifth International because of their commitment to building socialism in the 21st century.

It’s also a non-sectarian position taken by Chavez. This is not a rigid [structure] it calls upon all left

parties and anti-imperialist groupings to come together.”

 

The conference concluded with a performance by the PLM cultural group Teatro Pabrika and

the singing of the Internationale.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:47
 
PLM at European Feminist Forum, Stockholm, Sweden PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 May 2011 14:49

PLM was invited to participate at the Feminist Forum held in Stockholm, Sweden on May 7. The talk, presented by PLM EC member Reihana Mohideen, was on "Renewing Socialist Feminism", which discussed the need for the women's movement to put forward anti-capitalist alternatives in the face of the multiple crises facing global capitalism. The conference, which is held every year, was attended by around 1000 feminists. PLM also participated in a national tour of six cities. The presentation made at the Feminist Forum can be found here: Feminist Forum, May 2011, Stockholm, Sweden

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2011 15:23
 
BOLIVAR AND THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN INTEGRATION SOCIOECONOMIC AND POLITICAL ISSUES PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 October 2014 16:23
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PLM Statement on the Climate Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:01

Climate Action, Not Words!

Capitalism Has No Solutions!

For a Socialist Alternative!

 

President Aquino concluded his United Nations speech by posing the question: What more can we do? The question is rhetorical, even hypocritical, as the President very well knows what needs to be done: to address the demands of the mass movements, which he has heard, but not heeded.


We have been campaigning for an end to coal-based power generation, for example. How has the President responded? By dramatically increasing coal power generation. His actions are completely contrary to his statements. We are confounded not by the inaction of the President but by his sheer hypocrisy.  Time after time his government has shown utter disregard for the mass movement demands and demonstrated where its real interests lie. Not with the people and the environment, but with sustaining corporate profits, such as that of Meralco and the mining companies, and sustaining capitalist interests AT ALL COST, whatever the social cost.

 

We need to develop the energy sector based on moving to 100% renewables. This has to be consistent with our social and economic program, which is based on community ownership and control. Large centralised systems are prone to corruption and serve the interests of the big corporations. The smaller, decentralised systems are more conducive to community ownership and control. They are also far more effective in responding to climate change impacts.

 

During typhoon Yolanda, solar-powered lanterns were the most practical and quickest way to provide lighting and protection at night in the affected communities, especially for women and children. It also became apparent that if the generation and distribution systems were decentralised minigrids, they could have been operational in a matter of days. These systems are not “high-tech”. The technology exists, such as solar PV technology. The costs keep declining. They require very little routine operation and maintenance. Such systems are ‘smart’ because they can benefit the people, not corporate and corrupt political interests. What does not exist is the political will to move in this direction, in a determined and comprehensive way.

 

It’s capitalism, a global system based on prioritising profits over people, which has brought us to the brink of a climate-induced catastrophe that can destroy humanity. There is no ‘sustainable capitalism’. There’s ‘disaster capitalism’, which epitomises capitalist greed for profit, at any cost. And this is happening before our very eyes. In the Philippines, we go through one climate crisis after another, with the loss of thousands of lives. And the class issues don’t recede, but come to the forefront, because it’s the poor who are the most vulnerable, while the rich flee in their helicopters, as we witnessed during Typhoon Yolanda.  Now they are coming back, like vultures, to make profits out of the disaster and human misery. The PNoy regime is completely wedded to preserving and serving these neo-liberal capitalist interests. It is the architect of ‘disaster capitalism’ in post-Yolanda Visayas.

 

We understand that this is a global challenge and the industrialised countries bear a historic responsibility. While we demand that they are made accountable for their climate debt, we also believe that a national government which is not wedded to capitalist and elite interests can play a crucial role in responding to the climate crisis and in saving and protecting lives. This is demonstrated by the actions of the socialist government of Evo Morales in Bolivia. The government of Evo Morales is attempting to move Bolivia not only in a post-extractivist, but a post-capitalist direction, by helping foster the communitarian sector. It shows what is possible in a small country, when a government is prepared to break with the capitalist neoliberal agenda and follow a socialist path.

 

An alternative path to the neoliberal-capitalist development model is needed: a 21ST century socialist alternative. This is no time to tinker at the edges, pleading for minor changes. The capitalist system must be dismantled and a socialist system must be constructed, one that is based on social and economic solidarity and the power of the masa – a ‘bayanihang sosyalismo’ for the 21st century. There is no capitalist sustainability. A 21st century socialist alternative gives us more than a fighting chance to address the climate crisis. #

 

September 24, 2014

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:03
 
Haiti: Regional Solidarity Statement PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 January 2010 09:13

Haiti: Solidarity and Aid! Freedom and National Sovereignty! No to US Occupation!

On January 13, 2010, a 7.3 Richter scale earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.  The earthquake caused great destruction and 200,000 people are thought to be dead. Further, 3 million Haitians have been rendered homeless by the quake, which also damaged many public service buildings, such as hospitals and schools.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2010 13:11
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