A Call to Those Who Want a Radically Different Future for Humanity
As the leaders of the world’s governments gather in Glasgow for the COP-26 conference on the climate, the situation of the planet and its inhabitants has never been clearer: To deal with climate change, we need System change. And this means Revolution – Nothing Less! An actual overthrow of the capitalist-imperialist system and its replacement with a radically different, genuinely socialist system.
There is precious little time, and the time there is must not be squandered.
We confront an existential crisis, for the seven billion people and the planet. The recent IPCC report, reflecting the consensus of the world’s scientists, has portrayed even more dire forecasts for the climate, with global temperature rise locked in for generations. This year – 2021 – is slated to mark the second largest rise in CO2 emissions in recorded history. Time’s up for this system, and for the promises and honeyed words that its rulers spew out in response to the environmental crisis their system has caused, and continues to worsen and intensify. We need Revolution – Nothing Less!
This Revolution is possible – and not in some far-off distant future. The workings of the capitalistimperialist system are ripping societies apart. The rulers of countries around the world are increasingly divided among themselves and at each other’s throats within many countries and around the world. Fascist forces from Brazil to the US, Poland, Hungary, France, Germany, Spain and the UK itself are rising to contend with the traditional mainstream liberals and social-democrats over how to maintain this system and secure their countries’ place in the global imperialist food chain. These divisions and political and ideological turmoil cannot be contained or resolved within the workings of this system – radical change is coming, there is no going back to normal – which was already intolerable anyway! All this is opening up possibilities for previously unimaginable leaps in making revolution – but only if a force can be forged in the heat of these storms to seize on the potential and lead millions to break with illusions and fake “solutions”.
This, and nothing less, is what is required to give us a chance to save humanity and the planet.
This is the necessary and possible road—NOT “acting locally” while this global crisis accelerates, NOT begging this system’s politicians to act in ways that they cannot, NOT putting our faith in more international conferences like Glasgow where the major capitalist powers make promises and set goals they have no intention to or cannot keep… NOT giving into despair, and avoiding responsibility… NOT focusing on our individual selves… NOT while the planet burns, species go extinct and ecosystems collapse, glaciers melt and ocean levels rise, extreme weather events intensify and become more frequent. Hundreds of millions are cast out as “climate refugees,” and it is the most desperate, the poorest who are the hardest hit, mainly from the global South—a result of the workings of this system of capitalism-imperialism.
The most unrealistic thing—the definition of insanity—is to rely on and work within the confines of the system that is the very source and cause of this problem. This capitalist-imperialist system puts the resources and knowledge humanity has developed in the hands of capitalists and their nation-states driven to “expand or die,” to compete for more profits, to exploit humanity and the planet in this drive to accumulate capital. If politicians tried to violate these basic laws of capitalism, the society could not function, and that is why global warming accelerates under this system.
We need a radically different, genuinely socialist system – brought about through revolution. The Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America, written by the revolutionary leader and architect of the new communism, Bob Avakian, lays out a model for what this would look like if a revolution succeeded to seize power in the US.
This concrete vision is a tremendous positive factor and something we can implement and go to work with right away after the revolution. With this new system and state power and its guiding principles of socialist sustainable development, we would socialize ownership of the means of production, radically reorganize the economy and society, on the basis of conscious and scientific planning, putting the needs of people and the planet first, instead of profit—and playing a crucial role in stopping capitalism-imperialism’s global destruction of species and ecosystems, as part of the world process of getting beyond all oppression, exploitation, and antagonistic social divisions, getting to
If you agonize about the future, and want to see not just a livable planet for future generations, but a world where humanity would actually want to live, why not dedicate yourself to really learning about and working now for the only solution to this crisis—an actual revolution…. Get with the Revcoms now, work with those who like yourself do want a better future, not just for themselves, but for humanity and the beautiful web of life in which we live… learn more about this revolution and its leadership, Bob Avakian, as you spread the word about it, go to Revcom.us.
Time is running out for the planet under this system, but a potentially bright and liberating future awaits if we lift our heads. Join this revolution, and dare.
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