Throughout history, societies have been controlled by wealthy decision-makers, whose wealth has stemmed from either landowning, commercial activities, state positions, or a mix of those three. Due to the fact that working people are controlled by their incomes, to the point that they are willing to do almost anything if you pay them enough, those in power out of necessity are often among the wealthiest individuals in society due to the sheer amount of influence they can wield over others. In addition to this, there’s hefty material interests that can be pursued by participating in politics, where upcoming legislation and government contracting information allows politicians to buy equity in areas they know are soon to explode in value. An example of this can be seen in the case of Nancy Pelosi, who’s amazing investments have earned her hundreds of millions of dollars since she entered the political arena in the year 1987. It isn’t that these politicians are bad people, but rather that the material interests that their class has in society turns them against those they’re supposed to serve in even representational republics like our own. In this article, we will go over the political influence of the bourgeois and explain how without their help in one form or another, most political movements are doomed from the start by a lack of resources, lack of influence, and lack of political protections that the government affords to its insiders. Not being able to recognize this fact and counter it will continue to allow political movements to subject proletarians to the subjugation of the bourgeois, in one form or another, regardless of even the economic systems in place.
While DMSG considers Lenin part of the bourgeois, an agent of a force that subverted the birth of a truly socialist Russia, a quote of his on the matter relating to the bourgeois’ influence over media is very useful to bring up here, “‘Freedom of the Press’ in bourgeois society means freedom for the rich. systematically, unremittingly, daily, in millions of copies, to deceive, corrupt, and fool the exploited and oppressed mass of the people, the poor.” The poor and the workers have little ability to spread their messages, given that traditionally it took large amounts of machinery and resources to create the means to spread messages. Likewise, in the digital age, due to the pervasive censorship by Big Tech against communist and fascist organizations alike, the ability to spread messages is limited by what they allow you to say on the internet. Due to the pervasiveness of cancel culture in the United States, where progressives try to destroy the livelihoods of people that step out of line, even what you say offline, in the sanctity of your social circles, can be used to derail your academic and professional ambitions. The truth is that while freedom of speech exists in the United States, it is limited only to those who can afford it, and thus, the class interests of such a group are always aligned against genuine socialism. While these illusions of all of us participating in a marketplace of ideas are nice to think about, the truth is that as Americans, we’re merely prisoners inside isolation chambers, where our only sensations come from the speakers inside our chambers that blast out propaganda from the different bourgeois groups in the United States. It’s not only that we aren’t actually allowed to say what we want, but also that there’s no two-way speakers in our isolation chambers, leaving us typically screaming into an empty void if we dare speak up at all.
Due to the fact that the media apparatus, legislative class, and corporations are dominated by the interests of the wealthy, wherein our lives and perceptions are shaped by what they want us to see, it stands to reason that in the United States, our duties as workers are mainly to remain simply compliant and productive for the people in charge. As proletarians, we’re allowed no place in the discussion, our movements pushed to the margins whenever possible, and forced to showcase our submission to such a system, in the form of not critiquing the unique brand of totalitarianism that Americans have to live under. Just as China is employing mafia thugs to disrupt proletarian protests surrounding the banning of withdrawals from banks there, American right-wing socialists have to contend with a political atmosphere in which hired thugs, masquerading as directionless agents of an anarchist organization known as Antifa, are immune from legal consequences despite the terrific damage they do during their permitted riots. Much like the government-backed mafiosos in China who have been beating up protestors, the political realm of America for proletarians is one in which when proletarian-led movements gain genuine traction, they’re dispersed and beaten down by the pawns of the bourgeois. The political conversation in America is entirely theater, with the opposing bourgeois forces of the country simply trying to harness the anxieties, cultures, and struggles of different ethnic voting blocs in the country in order to partake in the insider trading inherent in capitalist politics.
The answer to, “why don’t politicians ever do the things they say they’ll do,” is that they do not have the same interests as you and by playing up to your desires during election season, they can further their own interests. Due to the fact that social and spiritual conditions are derived from material conditions, the bourgeois regard you as closer to a tool than a human, far more interested in using you for their own ends than helping you out. For an idea of what happens when people lose their value in the eyes of the bourgeois, simply look at the conditions that the homeless of many countries live in, forced to endure constant indignities and live in crushing squalor because it’s not profitable for society to afford them anything else. Representational politics is mainly a game of cruel manipulation, where the public is endlessly tricked and deluded by the powers that be into going along with the charade, consenting to deprivations in the last several decades that would’ve astounded our Soviet counterparts due to the power that the media holds over our perceptions here. When socialists look at the world around us, it’s hard not to think, “it is strange to think that not a single mainstream political organization agrees with me on anything. Even the largest socialist organization agrees with the democrats on everything.” This isn’t a coincidence but more of an eventual outcome from all forces being either co-opted by the powers that be, to function as controllable opposition by the bourgeois, or to be destroyed in their entirety, with their central messages running counter to the interests of capital too much to be co-opted. Any time that we have seen a domestic political party or organization banned in the United States, it should be seen as more of a failure of our democracy to accommodate any actual arguments.
Throughout history, successful dissident groups with anti-capitalist motives have often been funded by foreign states or run by agents of intelligence agencies, existing as the pawns of bourgeois interests either domestic or abroad. An example of this can be found in Adolf Hitler, who was an intelligence officer for the government assigned to monitor the National Socialist German Workers’ Party during its infancy. Hitler was given this role by the government due to its fears about Bolsheviks gaining political power in Germany, seeing the formation of different fascist groups as being essential to counter the growing influences of communism in the Weimar Republic. Additionally, the Germans funded the Bolshevik Party prior to it taking control of Russia, seeing it as an effective tool through which the Germans could disrupt the political atmosphere of Russia even more, thereby weaking its resolve to continue fighting in World War 1. Without the funding from the Germans, the Bolshevik Party would’ve never been able to print as much propaganda as it did, with their printing activities being subsidized to the point that they could change the minds of millions in the same ways that newspaper companies had done. Throughout history, socialist revolutions have often been instigated by the bourgeois to weaken forces that opposed them, and in acknowledging socialism’s natural tendency to be used as a pawn, we can build methods through which we can take advantage of these dynamics.
It’s a learning process, but one in which we can build up socialist states throughout the world by capitalizing on the disruptive interests of bourgeois forces both domestic and abroad, after which we can begin to scrutinize peoples’ interests to see who still aligns with their former bourgeois sponsors. Hitler and Lenin, being sponsored by the bourgeois forces from the beginning, were compromised from the start, while figures like Stalin, who benefitted from the party’s expansion without being subverted by the bourgeois, helped to obliterate bourgeois elements wherever he discovered them. Using a combination of narrowed and focused classicides to eliminate surviving bourgeois elements in established states, as well as practicing territorial maximalism in order to overthrow surviving capitalist states, we can smother capitalists with their own greed.