The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) salutes the Revolutionary Socialist Party of Australia in its Marxist Education Conference for 2010. A conference to assess, enrich and deploy Marxist ideas to the situation of the world in the 21st century is utterly relevant at the beginning of this new decade.
It is worthwhile remembering now the words of Ka Popoy Lagman, whose brainchild is the establishment of PM as an independent working class party in the Philippines, back in the early days of year 2000. He wrote: “The first decade of the new millennium will be the eve of the socialist revolution in the era of Globalization.”
Looking back over the course of the last decade, it is striking how truly prescient Ka Popoy’s words were. They were borne out in the upsurge of anti-globalization struggles around the world that among others stymied the advance of the corporate project for the WTO, and in the outbreak of the Bolivarian revolution and its extension all across Latin America.
Now as we step into the second decade of the new millennium, the call for a new international amidst the greatest capitalist crisis in a century and the threat of global climate change frames the challenges for the working class and socialist parties and movements of the world.
The need for global solidarity among the working class and socialist groups in different countries rings ever truer now. More than ever it is indispensable to present an alternative to the imperialist and corporate globalization and a solution to the problem of economic recession and climate change.
Despite the vicissitudes of the struggle that confront the various groups—for we also faced similar organizational issues that in Australia led to the founding of the RSP—the task of consolidation is necessary in order to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the developing situation. A Marxist education conference then should keep working class and socialist activists’ feet on the ground as we reach for higher stages in the maturing class struggles of the 21st century.
Partido ng Manggagawa National Executive Committee