|Our Nardonik Past? Or Future?
||[Feb. 25th, 2005|07:45 am]
First, for those that have never heard of Nardoniks a little explanation. The Nardoniks were the pre-cursor to the socalists and communists movements in Russia. They were the intellectual elite who were against the Tsar. At this time though the people were unwilling to hate the Tsar. The Tsar had freed them, and they were not aware they were still slaves. So the Nardoniks evantully lost hope and started killing the Tsar's lackeys. Evantually it was a Nardonik that killed Tsar Nicolas. The hope was that the death of the Tsar would bring down the system or cause an uprising among the people. Unfortunately the people responded with indiffernce and the government took a swing to the extreme right. The Nardoniks were killed in huge numbers. One of the Nardoniks killed was Alexander Ulyanov. At the time he was a number of hundreds. Yet hindsight is twenty twenty. Alexander's brother Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov swore a lifetime of revolution in his brothers memory. All one has to be told of is Vladimir's evantull pen name. Lenin.|
Back to the point, that which inspired thousands of socalists, communists, anarchists and other members of the far left in Russia was the image of the glorified Nardonik. Yet, here in America, where are our Nardoniks? We are the reason for May Day, yet how many americans have heard of The Haymarket Tragedy? Are those poor labourers that were executed our Nardoniks?
What about Eugene Debs? The founder of the Socalist Party and one of the greatest american socalists. He ran his last presidental campaign from a jail cell and nearly gathered a million votes. Why was he imprisoned? because he was a pacifist during WWI. At the very least though we can quote Debs in fond memory.
"While there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison; I am not free"
"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world. "
"I'd rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don't want, and get it"
"The most heroic word in all languages is revolution."
"Those who produce should have, but we know that those who produce the most - that is, those who work hardest, and at the most difficult and most menial tasks, have the least. "
"When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong."
"They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people."
As Trotsky himself said though, Debs was a weak marxist. He had the spirit though. In our history our nardoniks are lost. The country exerted all its energy, all its great liberals of the time during the civil war and the fight to end slavery. You can very easily take many of the abolitionists' writings and convert them to the wage labor arguement.
How much did we lose during the civil war? How much did we give up? At a time when many nations were facing a rabid working class with great leaders, we were arguing over an issue most nations of the world had solved already. Look at our history following the civil war. Untill the Spanish American war and Teddy Roosevelt the nation was stagant.
Now, as a revolutionaires we must look forward. We must be the eternal optimist that Trotsky always told us to be. We must be prepared to be the new Nardoniks. We must open the door for future generations to change america. We must not be simply an intellectual elite. We must get all unskilled workers who the unions ignore to our side. We must stand up for them against all odds and not turn our back on them. We also must not forget the latin american workers flooding america everyday. They are the future, for the immigration cycle in america continues just like the dynastical cycle in China. We must prepare them for the struggle before the Republicans or Democrats awaken to their impending downfall.
Join the struggle, spread the words of the revolution. All the unskilled workers across america truly controll america. One great strike would cost the capitalist scum billions of dollars. Unify now or die.