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Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Communists against social security reform

In this post I noted how Bush's social security reforms would have a decidedly socialist effect - giving the ownership of the means of production to the workers and ushering in a workers' paradise. I also implied that the Left, reflexively anti-Bush, would denounce these reforms.

Just two days later, I'm vindicated.

Via QandO (out of Richmond, VA), we learn that the Communist Party of the US has come out strongly against social security reform (link). The communists argue the following:

The debate around Social Security is broad. In this report, the following five areas are addressed.

1. The phony crisis -- Financially, social security is sound for the indefinite future, and it would even be possible to increase benefits.

2. The real crisis -- the federal government may face multiple budget and fiscal crises in the next decade. The ruling class will try to resolve these crises by imposing harsh austerity programs on the working class, including attacking social security.

3. The economic and ideological stakes -- The attack on social security is a ruling class attempt to realize immediate and long-term profits, and also to shift the ideological climate decisively to the right.

4. Private investment accounts -- these would greatly undermine both the retirement security of the working class and the financial health of the nation.

5. Secure the future by securing the present -- A program to meet the immediate needs of the people -- education, housing, healthcare, energy, environment -- will lay the best material base to guarantee retirement security in the future.

I translate this as: "Comrades: that thing about the workers' paradise and giving you the means of production - fuggadabutit. Look at this shiny trinket instead. It has a picture of Che on it."


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