Tuesday, May 16, 2006

World Can't Wait...for what?

Their message is "drive out the Bush regime." Their name is World Can't Wait (WCW). To some, they are merely another coalition of liberals and leftists; to others they are yet another in a growing list of RCP front groups. Both interpretations contain some degree of accuracy. The reality would seem to be a bit of both. While not even WCW denies the presence of RCPers in its ranks, the organization's website tries to allay the fears of more liberal types by stating, "Supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Party helped initiate it. They have said they're in it because they think it's absolutely urgent to get rid of this regime, that it would both lift a huge burden from the world and would also give people a sense of their own potential power, and they think all that would open up avenues to get to the society they want. Same as a whole lot of other people in World Can't Wait - which, by the way, includes Greens, Christians, Republicans, anarchists, Muslims, Jews, feminists, Democrats, pacifists, and people who claim no affiliation - who also think it's urgent to drive out the Bush Regime and who also think it can help lead to bigger changes that they want in society, coming from their own viewpoints." In other words, yeah there are RCPers, but there's lots of other folks too. Mostly, the RCP just helped "initiate" WCW--another way of basically saying the RCP founded WCW.

While RCP cadre should feel free to correct me in the comments section if I'm factually inaccurate in writing this, it seems WCW is the latest manifestation of the RCP's grand strategy: "Create public opinion, seize power." The idea behind this isn't really any more complicated than the slogan itself. By creating enough anti-Bush public opinion, the RCP hopes this will create the historical circumstances necessary to facilitate a revolution.

Whether or not this is a truly workable strategy is perhaps another post entirely. But the slogan of WCW, "drive out the Bush regime," begs the question: and replace it with what? The world can't wait when it comes to driving out the Bush regime, but what will "the world" get in return? In this regard,WCW's ends seem rather nebulous. The WCW website succeeds admirably in (not) answering this question in a fashion only Scott McClellan could truly appreciate: "If we do it [drive out the Bush regime] through a mass movement like this we will be a hell of a lot closer to ending this obscene war in Iraq, to ending the American torture camps at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and who knows where else, to stopping religious fanatics from deciding who makes the laws, to the right to abortion not being under imminent threat, etc." But this doesn't quite answer the question of what will replace the Bush regime. How about, "the first thing that 'comes next' [after driving out the Bush regime] will be an energized people, in their millions, that have lifted their heads and are finally acting for basic social justice changing the political mood and ethos of the country." So driving out the Bush regime will energize people. Again, all this response really does is dodge the broader question of what exactly WCW is fighting for, other than getting rid of Bush and his ilk. Certainly, if this goal were accomplished, people mighty feel more energized. But more importantly, the Bush regime will just be replaced by another group of capitalist mouthpieces.

Unfortunately, if you're really curious about the ultimate goal of WCW short of tossing Bush & Co. out on their coattails, you'll have to settle for "After that, there are people in 'World Can't Wait' who are working for everything from reforming the Democratic party, to building a 3rd party to revolution." In other words, after WCW is successful in ridding the world of the Bush administration, WCW folks will be working on, you know, like, stuff. You know, like, the same stuff they were working on before and during the Bush regime: reforming the Democratic party, working to build third parties, or organizing for revolution. The only difference will be, they'll be doing it under a different set of capitalists. No matter how many regimes you manage to drive out, there will always be a next one, a point WCW is careful not to address. And for a good reason: they can't address it. If they did, it would mean endorsing continued reforms or a movement toward violent revolution. If the leadership of the RCP understands anything at all, they understand that a call for revolution (as opposed to a call to simply remove one regime only to be replaced by another) would negate the entire purpose of a "united front" like WCW. After all, if the goal of WCW were anti-capitalist revolution, what would distinguish it from the RCP itself? At best WCW merely provides a questionably more fertile ground for the RCP to get other WCWers to think, "Gee, the RCP isn't so scary after all. Maybe I'll check them out." But I don't really think that's why the RCP does WCW. I'm not so cynical to really think it's all just some grand recruiting drive. I think it's a genuine effort further their broader program of "creating public opinion."

Yet isn't that the rub of it? We don't need to drive out the Bush regime, we need to drive out capitalism. That's what the world really can't wait for.

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