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(en) Germany, die plattform: The crisis is called capitalism - a contribution to the debate by the Berlin platform (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 6 Sep 2022 09:29:05 +0300

In every crisis and always, it remains the task of a serious radical left to focus on the debate about the big picture and to look at this simple fact: the crisis is called capitalism. Instead, what we are being served up from all sides are symptomatic debates about inflation and price increases that we are all familiar with. However, these symptoms, which are supposed to be caused by a crisis, have been topical for the people most affected for a long time, well into the existential crisis. ---- Meanwhile, a ("left") liberal green bourgeoisie can't get enough of their oh-so-eloquent minister responsible for administering the best possible framework for national capital, in short Economics Minister. This is able to glorify the capitalist compulsion (= profit maximization) in the well-known green manner and soppy babble and the consumption-critical (1) voters equipped with the necessary wallets rave that he explains politics so well - what nonsense. They see in the FDP the problem that stands in the way of green (ie correct) government and thus hide the fact that there is no match between them and the FDP.

Now "leftists" are also bringing themselves into play about the practical necessity. They want to bring the competition for the highest possible rate of profit to its knees through state action. Keynesians (2) who no longer want anything to do with Marx, since a materialistic analysis would require self-criticism and would thus mean criticism of the "left" governments of this world. And even they are only in conversation until the compulsion breaks their "socialist" neck - then they quickly bet on the next horse. To learn from mistakes? None! 100 billion are being demanded for social affairs and people are being taken for fools. The recurring transfiguration of the ideal total capitalist (3) can drive you (and the platform) crazy.

The capitalist crisis is a cyclical and thus a constantly recurring crisis, which cannot be determined in terms of time but is inevitable. Because the above-mentioned constraint of profit maximization always leads to overproduction and thus to various crises (hello climate catastrophe!). Politics can postpone this to a limited extent, but cannot solve it. Late capitalist reality seems to have reached this point of now impossible postponement, and we say it again: the crisis is called capitalism. (4)

A symptom of this postponement is the rising inflation since around June 2021 (5), which is mainly the result of (over-accumulative) monetary policy by the central banks. This monetary policy, in turn, had only one purpose: to keep the already sputtering economic engine running with cheap money. This in turn results in the price increases that are currently spreading. Neither the corona pandemic nor the Russian war of aggression are triggers for inflation. They are reinforcing elements or accelerators of a crisis inherent in capitalism, which also includes inflation. If a postponement is no longer possible, this crisis will be resolved in the "market adjustment" (6). In summary, this means the destruction of capital, not only in the form of money, but specifically in the form of companies. The consequences are even more unemployment and further impoverishment.

All of these are not rosy prospects.

The politics of the European hegemon Germany, including the austeritarian (7) and highly popular (8) Minister of Finance Schäuble, has always been able to outsource the moments of crisis within Europe, which are now being expressed in price increases - the European comrades can sing a song about that .

The price increases in Germany due to inflation are just one expression of a crisis that is not national and therefore calls for anti-national answers. There is no question that the political class of every nation will try by all means to keep the crisis described away from the respective national capital and "resolve" it entirely at the expense of the wage earners and the precariat. The»Concerted Action«(9) that has already been launched is an example here. The black zero is expected to be applied again in 2023 (10). She will exert pressure and draw a picture on the wall with which the "tightening belt" appears as a last resort. From this, an emancipatory left must draw the conclusion not to tighten the belt for national capital, but to pull it out. It has to contradict the prevailing debates and not allow itself to be fooled by the green to the left.

As long as we remain silent and cowed, the state will not respond. A capitalist state protects capitalist interests, how often should Mr. Lindner explain that? It is therefore fundamentally wrong to expect improvements from this side. If the crisis is not to be borne entirely by the wage-earning class, an attempt must be made to build up countervailing power from our side. No matter how manageable it may be, it has to be loud as well as limitless. Let's name the real opponents and initiate the non-existent debate about the whole thing.

We know that in addition to an analytical classification, most of us also need very practical help right now. There are already very good discussions on the current situation, which, in addition to asking the right questions, also offer answers and actions (11). For practical help in the Berlin area, we will link various contact points and organizations on our Twitter account over the next few weeks.

Anyway and always applies: Organize yourselves, whether unionized (12) and/or with us or somewhere else, but organize yourself!


(1) Consumer criticism-criticism Lecture:
(2) Keynesians and the criticism from the left:
(3) "The modern state, whatever its form, is essentially a capitalist machine, the state of capitalists, the ideal total capitalist." Friedrich Engels
(4) From the platform consensus on capitalism:
How do crises arise?
Capitalism is ruled by overproduction. This results from the fact that production is always carried out exactly as a profit can be expected from it. The crux here is that production is not based on needs, but purely speculative. Means of generating "artificial/false needs", for example through advertising, must be taken into account here. But even in this case, it remains a speculative production, since sales, despite all statistics or market research, can never be forecast as a fixed consumption. If products flood the market that are not consumed, i.e. not bought, the capitalists will not make any profits. Because the beer produced wants to be drunk: "The effects of profits (...) determine the investment flows. And since investment determines how much money is spent hiring workers (and thus consuming them) and buying raw materials, equipment, and machinery, their growth or decline affects the growth or decline of the economy as a whole. " In summary: Speculative production leads to overproduction that is inherent in the system, which in turn leads to a collapse in profits; This results in a reduction in jobs, which in turn results in underconsumption. The crisis is therefore not to be determined on the basis of "mistakes" by one or more actors, no, it is inherent in capitalism.
(5) "How much are prices rising right now? -
Germany is in a phase of inflation. What does that mean? And how bad is that? An overview in graphics."
(6) "In economics, market shakeout is a process in which the number of providers in a market is reduced."
(7) "The term is mainly used in economic contexts and is a designation for a strict government budgetary policy that strives for a balanced national budget and a reduction in national debt (austerity policy, restrictive fiscal policy, austerity policy). Budget cuts and tax increases in times of poor economic development are defined as austerity measures."
(8) "The majority of Germans hold the Greek government responsible for the escalation in the debt dispute. According to the DeutschlandTrend, it is 68 percent of those surveyed. Finance Minister Schäuble, on the other hand, is more popular than ever."
(9) ""Concerted action" Scholz swears citizens to a long crisis"
(10) "Christian Lindner says that 2023 should be the end of more and more new debts."
(11) dieplattform.org/2022/08/23/situationsanalyse-sommer-2022-zeit-der-Krisen-zeit-fuer-widerstand/#more-2417
(12) FAU Berlin berlin.fau.org/

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