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Once again, I've come across that idiotic charge, "You want things to get worse so there will be a revolution." News flash: No serious revolutionary socialist has ever believed that. Things are quite bad enough, thanks. 1/6
As Trotsky said, "In reality the mere existence of privations is not enough to cause an insurrection; if it were, the masses would be always in revolt." What is lacking is not conditions being bad, but political consciousness among the oppressed of a way forward. 2/6
And that consciousness develops in the fight to make things better. The key is this: I believe only the oppressed themselves are capable of waging such a fight; finding a "nicer capitalist" is utterly futile. They are in office to defend interests hostile to our own. 3/6
The direct struggle for what is needed by the poor & the working class is not just the only way to improve their condition, but it also gives them confidence to continue and deepen the fight, so that in a revolutionary crisis they are able to carry things through to the end. 4/6
Hence I oppose the dependence on supposedly "nicer" capitalist politicians both because I believe they will never improve the conditions of the oppressed, and because it works against what is most important: 5/6
The building of a politically conscious, aggressive, and unified working class. 6/6

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