They say that our deputies and ministers are uneducated people. But in order to steal, no special education is required. Today, no one is surprised by the fact that the so-called “people's elected representatives” are stealing “in black”. In a certain sense it has become the norm.
While ordinary workers are forced to work in harsh conditions, count pennies, endure hardships, buy cheap, unhealthy food, a tangible part of the results of their work goes into the pocket of some “people's elected representatives” who live from this good on a grand scale, and even on this very people they demonstratively spit down. But why is this happening and why does this all not stop at all?
Not just tangible, but most of the results of workers’ labor settle in the hands of the capitalists. It is estimated that a worker produces the equivalent of his salary in 1 hour 13 minutes of his daily work (even taking into account the money that are indirectly returned or even should be returned to him through taxes in the form of subsidized medical services, etc.), and the remaining 6 hours 47 minutes the worker makes profit for the capitalist class. In other words, during every hour of work, only nine minutes the worker works “for himself”. With the growth of the level of the productive forces of society, this gap does not narrow, but increases more and more.
Think about it and admit yourself honestly. Do you still believe that the bourgeois parliament is invented so that honest and selfless people nominated by the masses through elections would work in it for the sake of the people? Ridiculous. However, “from all the cracks” they tell us that, firstly, this actually is the case and, secondly, even if soemthing is not “as it should be,” this is only because... then the options begin, among which are:
- our people are stupid and not accustomed to democracy;
- our journalism is underdeveloped;
- this is a consequence of the so-called Soviet occupation;
- a huge part of the population is made up of people of a certain nationality (here again there are options, Latvian chauvinists will say: “too many Russians”, and Russian chauvinists: “too many Latvians”).
Latvian chauvinism is now of a state character, whereas Russian chauvinism is responding, reflective, however, both are equally disgusting and unacceptable for a proletarian internationalist. While we, the working people of Latvia, are confronted with heads on national grounds, in the ruling class both Russians and Latvians and representatives of all nationalities get along remarkably well together. For the capital nationality does not matter. They are united, and the Latvian proletariat is, for the time being, disconnected. Be careful, comrades, do not fall for chauvinism!
None of these unconvincing excuses can withstand even the most superficial criticism. We are told: the society must be governed by a “democratically elected” parliament, and if you think the parliament is bad, blame yourself, you yourself elected it.
However, we know – and this is fundamentally important for understanding the situation – that a similar situation is observed not only in our country, but in all capitalist countries. In all capitalist countries, the main primary business of deputies and ministers is theft, direct or indirect, in greater or lesser amounts, violating existing laws or changing them; showing off with impunity or – with demonstrative imprisonments. In each country, such theft is arranged and legitimized in its own way, which in no way cancels its antisocial nature.
Any person, if only he has a head on his shoulders and he is capable of using it to think, will understands, looking back, that any capitalist politicians and parties, having come to power, refuse – if not in words, then in practice – from their election promises, and do not begin to rule in the interests of the people, but continue to rule in the interests of those who are in power. Change of individuals does not change anything in the system.
Speaking politically accurate, not individuals are in power, but the bourgeois class. Specific individuals and parties are only the conductors of the will of the ruling class, to a certain extent dependent on the established system and, on the whole, deprived of any kind of political independence.
The fact that parliamentary power does not represent the interests of the majority of society was noticed in science a long time ago. This historical experience was generalized and theoretically developed by Marx and Engels, and then V. I. Lenin, after which this conclusion was repeatedly and steadily confirmed. “A democratic republic is the best possible political shell of capitalism,” writes Lenin, “and therefore capital, having seized ... this best shell, justifies its power so reliably, so true that no change of persons, institutions or parties in the bourgeois democratic republic does not shake this power "1. These lines were written over a hundred years ago, in 1917, but their relevance every year seems only to grow.
Regarding Today's Elections in Latvian Parliament
Yes, one would like to make the life of the people better by throwing the ballot… But no matter how sweet this utopia would be, the Latvian proletariat must clearly realize the indisputable fact:
Voters are only asked to choose which representatives of the capitalist class will represent and suppress them in parliament for the next four years. It is obvious that Latvian society does not need this at all, but it needs fundamental changes in the political course, it needs turning the country towards the people, that is, it needs the transition to a new level of social structure, namely, it needs socialism. And if Marx and Engels could only presume and scientifically predict a new socio-economic formation, then we actually live in an era when it has repeatedly come into existence in various forms throughout the world.
Today, the peoples of a number of countries of the world are building socialism, and one country, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has already built communism (in the first phase), and the working people of this country have and see incomparably more in their lives than the working people of Latvia despite the economic blockade from other countries and the fact that DPRK is in a state of war with 17 other states. It should be noted that the “total poverty” and “repressive persecutions” in the DPRK are a shameless lie, which anyone can easily see in the age of the Internet and video cameras.
In order for the working people to live better, they must not wait for the weather from the sea, but consciously move towards socialism. Only the working class expresses the objective economic interests of the whole society. Therefore, the intelligentsia (teachers, doctors, programmers, artists, etc.) must consciously take the side of the working class and support it in its struggle. And factory workers should, by organizing strikes, raise wages to the level of labor costs (about 3,000 euros per month), and also struggle to reduce working hours. In this way, they will achieve a higher standard of living for all other working people, and in the long term they will be able to reverse the drastically political situation, and the Latvian people will finally live a happy life.