January 21, 2012 - No. 3
There Is an Aim
• Action Plan Set for
There Is an Aim
Workers across the country are increasingly expressing
their opposition to the monopoly interests acting with impunity with
full government and official sanction. Because of its relevance in
arguing that there is an alternative, this week TML Weekly Information Project is
reprinting an article entitled "There Is an Aim," originally published
in TML Daily in November
1992. Minor deletions have been made to remove examples which are no
A political party, no matter what it calls itself, has
an aim. This emerges from the very interests of the people within
history. In other words, the aim is historical. At the same time, as it
is to be justified according to the aims of the society at any
particular time in history, all political parties claim to have an aim
consistent with the interests of the society and in its service. These
political parties even go so far as to accuse one another on the basis
of whether they are in the service of the society or not.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) is a
political party of the working class. It has a class aim which is to
emancipate the working class. By emancipating itself, the working class
emancipates all of humankind and in this manner it serves the need of
the society to advance from one stage to the
next. According to the way our Party thinks, political parties are
differentiated on the basis of whose class interests they serve. There
are political parties which are parties of millionaires, with the aim
of defending and maintaining capitalist exploitation and wage-slavery,
in general, and pushing their own interests
in particular, both nationally and internationally. Such parties work
to eliminate any democratic movement which seeks to end capitalist
exploitation and wage-slavery.
The working class aim of ending capitalist exploitation
and wage-slavery has not consumed itself during this period of retreat
of revolution. On the contrary, the working class is confronted with
the problems of democratic renewal nationally and internationally, a
task which no other class can really accomplish.
Leaving this fact aside for the time being, it becomes incumbent upon
all organized workers to put themselves in the front ranks of the
movement for democratic renewal. But, this is not what is taking place
at this time. The organized labour movement has presented for itself an
aim designed to keep the capitalist
system going. They have taken this aim up dogmatically and fanatically,
forgetting that many of the problems which cry out to be solved demand
rising above such considerations. Organized labour is not ready at this
time to do such a thing. This creates an atmosphere of passivity and
disarray in the working class
What is quite clear is that the leaders of the working
class look at the organized workers as their constituency. As a result,
they act to prohibit any changes which would weaken their hold on their
constituency. The aim and the methods used together manifest themselves
in the form of determined opposition to
bringing about any changes which would assist the movement for the
elimination of capitalist exploitation and wage-slavery. As a
necessity, such forces would seek a political party which would serve
their interests. [...] It becomes anachronous to have parties which get
support from organized labour but whose leaders
defend the capitalist status quo, just as it is anachronous to have
leaders of the organized labour who also defend the capitalist status
quo. This gives rise to utter confusion, especially at crucial moments
in history, [...].
The aim of the Party is to avert such confusion in the
battles which lie ahead. It becomes incumbent upon the Party to not
only pursue the aim of ending the state of ideological and political
confusion in the class and organizational demobilization, but to also
end altogether this confusion in the society as a whole.
The Party has this aim not only in the immediate sense but in the
strategic sense as well, and it must prepare the subjective conditions
for the time when the working class will be ready to embark on creating
a new society without the exploitation of persons by persons. This is
the main feature when we say there
is an alternative as it is not possible to bring about the necessary
transformations without carrying out the uninterrupted work of ending
ideological and political confusion in the working class and in the
Empowerment and the Class
People across the country are demanding to have control
over their lives. They do not trust the political process and the
politicians and they are demanding change. How should such a demand be
interpreted? Is such discontent a reflection of a revolutionary
crisis and that people are ready for change in the sense of replacing
one kind of society with another? Or are the people demanding changes
to some of the most brazen and glaring excesses within the present
set-up? What becomes quite clear is that people are demanding an end to
class privileges. In other words,
they want to bring the movement to end the situation in society whereby
privileges exist based on classes and notions of race, language and
culture superiority, to its logical conclusion. This is how capitalist
society prevailed over feudal society. Much change has taken place
since that time witnessed by the fact that,
in the first place, a feudal economic system no longer exists. But,
within the system which replaced feudalism wealth has been increasingly
concentrated into the hands of the very few in society. As a result,
instead of privilege losing its social economic base, it favours the
rich who become ever richer while the poor
get ever poorer. The privileges which exist because of the condition of
being rich find their expression in politics as well, especially when
it comes to the electoral process and matters which concern the
political functioning of society. People are becoming increasingly
conscious that the privileges which result from
being rich must go. They are fighting against class privileges.
Their discontent is not directed against the abolition
of classes. Abolishing class privileges does not mean eliminating
classes. An attitude which is strictly based on the objective analysis
of the situation will necessarily be based on the conclusion that the
working class, if it is to have any standing in the society,
must be in the forefront of ending class privileges. [...] In other
words, the aim of the Party is to empower the people and it is not
possible to achieve this without ending class privileges. The
empowerment of the people is one of the most important problems which
has emerged in history but not the only one. The
achievement of this aim is not the be-all and end-all either, even
though it is the most important problem at this time.
Ending class exploitation and the system of wage-slavery
is another problem which has emerged in history. It is in the interest
of all to end the system of exploitation of persons by persons but only
those who have nothing but their labour power to sell in terms of
making their livelihood will take it up as their
strategic aim. Others may take it up from time to time, while those who
have gained from capitalist exploitation and whose livelihood and
future depend on it will naturally be violently opposed. It may appear,
in this instance, as if not many would favour the creation of a
classless society. But this is a mechanical
rendering of the class question. It is deficient in theory as it does
not take into consideration the strivings of humanity in the social and
scientific fields. It merely looks at the question from the point of
view of those who may or may not approve of ending the exploitation of
persons by persons, but does not make
use of social science.
The Aim Is a New Society
Going by the general
feelings which prevail in the society at this time, it is obvious that
not many are satisfied with the situation as it exists at this time.
The creation of a new society would win in the opinion polls, but what
kind of new society it will be is another matter.
Already the twentieth century gave rise to a new society based on
socialism. But socialism was transformed into pseudo-socialism by those
leaders who speculated on theory, that is on the achievements of the
natural and social sciences. They began to look at leadership and
authority in themselves, divorced from
the place they had in transforming the society on an uninterrupted
basis. Once theory is abandoned, then pseudo-theories abound. It is not
true that one theory gives rise to another. On the contrary, new
discoveries improve theories or give rise to theories. It is generally
true that what is sound in theory will be sound
in practice, just as the example of the Soviet Union showed that
pseudo-scientific theories assisted those whose aim was to restore
class privileges and class exploitation. It is not possible to abandon
theory and substitute it with a mechanical approach to the question of
the existence of classes. The general feeling
which exists for a new society means that the population is ready to
listen to proposals which could assist them to create such a new
society. In other words, the constituency for the building of a new
society is increasing in scope, encompassing increasing numbers of
people while, in terms of classes, it would be
in the interests of the working class to see such a transformation
taking place. In other words, the workers must be very eager to see
this work advance.
Once the aim is forgotten, however, and individuals
begin to wage battles on the basis of prejudice and to relegate the
problems of change to the ideological sphere, nothing can clearly
emerge as an aim. Anti-communist prejudices are not the only ones which
are loathsome. "Communist" prejudices are just as
loathsome as are other forms of prejudice which completely divert from
the aim of creating a new society. In place of theory which not only
takes into consideration all that has been discovered to date but
mainly relies on the conditions of our time, "theory" designed to pit
one group of people against another is introduced.
Action and Analysis
What it really boils down to is this: a
political party must have the ability to analyze and go beyond words to
establish itself in the reality of the working class so as to lead the
people to end class privilege. This is the minimum which can be
demanded from any political party.
Anything else would mean that the political party wants to profit from
the status quo and perpetuate it. Such a political party has to be not
only action-oriented, but also analysis-oriented and it has to choose
as its leaders, those who prove that they put their words into deeds.
What is emerging is the need for a criterion
of a political party within the present moment in history.
A Communist Party, of course, has to go even further. It
must not only fully join with all who are interested to create a
society without class privileges but also organize the working class to
lead the society to abolish classes altogether. A Communist Party would
not be worthy of its name if its program did
not take into consideration these two aims in the immediate and
strategic sense. The way such a Party is organized, the methods it uses
to achieve the required results, will not depend on passing
circumstances. It will depend on these aims. The organizational
principles of such a Party are not dependent on passing
circumstances; only the tactics and tactical forms of organization can
be based on such considerations.
[...] Once questions such as these are settled, then
other issues related to changes in methods of work and forms of
political organization can also be discussed.
Action Plan Set for Implementation
On December 7, along with the Action Plan on the
arrangements towards a North American Security Perimeter, the
Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) released its Joint Action Plan.
The RCC was established to oversee the implementation of the demands of
the monopolies in various industries for
"harmonized regulations." Its membership has not been announced
publicly, although it has been reported that it is made up of the heads
of the regulatory bodies of Canada and the United States.
The Joint Action Plan sets out 29 specific areas Canada
and the U.S.
will target for changes or new bi-national regulations in the next two
years. In order to work out precisely what the monopolies want to see,
the Council will hold meetings in Washington, DC on January 30-31 for
to advise on implementation and technical aspects of the Plan.
According to the RCC, "The session on the Joint Action Plan will be of
interest to stakeholder organizations representing members with a
direct interest in Canada-United States regulatory cooperation. At
these technical review sessions, RCC officials
and working group leads from both Canada and the United States will
seek expert advice and technical input from stakeholders to finalize
work plans for the implementation of the initiatives outlined in the
Joint Action Plan."
Canada Actively Adopting
announcements reveal that the Canadian government is actively adopting
U.S. regulations in various areas already. On December 29, the Ministry
of Transportation announced that new child car seat safety regulations
into force. According to
a government news release, the updates include "aligning elements with
those in the United States and incorporating specific Canadian testing
requirements." The major changes include:
"[A] new testing requirement using a three-point
car seats in vehicles; changes to child seats' dynamic testing to adopt
most of the U.S. testing parameters; changing the definition of an
infant from 9 kg to 10 kg; an increase in the maximum allowable weight
limit of child seats from 22 kg to 30
kg; introducing dynamic testing requirements for booster seats; and
allowing harnesses to be certified for use on school buses by special
On November 9, the Ministry of Natural Resources
Canada would adopt a U.S. platform for measuring and assessing the
energy performance of commercial buildings. The new arrangement will
allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's existing ENERGY STAR
Portfolio Manager software
tool to track and rate the energy performance of Canadian commercial
In the auto industry, Canada and the U.S. have adopted
emissions standards for light-duty trucks and are in the process of
adopting similar standards for heavy duty trucks.
Initiatives Contained in
Joint Action Plan
The plan outlines the following areas where "regulatory
alignment" will be sought:
Agriculture and Food
* Develop common approaches to food safety, in light of
modernization efforts in both countries, to jointly enhance the safety
of the Canada-U.S. food supply and minimize the need for routine food
safety surveillance inspection activities in each other's country
(applies to products within the mandates
of both the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug
* Enhance equivalence agreements for meat safety systems
streamline, simplify, and, where possible, reduce import and
administrative procedures, while maintaining public health outcomes.
* Establish mutual reliance on jointly acceptable food
laboratory recognition criteria, test results and methodologies to
ensure that food safety laboratory testing conducted in one country is
acceptable to regulators in both countries and facilitate
cross-utilization of laboratory results by industry and regulators
(applies to products within the mandates of both the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration).
* Streamline the certification requirements for meat and
including, where possible, the reduction or elimination of redundant
certification, data elements and administrative procedures for
shipments flowing between Canada and the U.S.
Plant Pests and Pesticides
* Further align crop protection product (e.g.,
and establishment of maximum pesticide residue limits/tolerances in
* Further align marketing application submission and
processes for veterinary drugs, including efforts to establish
identical maximum drug residue limits/tolerances in both countries.
* Develop a perimeter approach to plant protection with
a view to
leverage each country's efforts to mutual advantage and, where
possible, streamline certification requirements for cross-border
* Work towards a common approach to zoning of foreign
* Create a common meat cut nomenclature system and
regulatory alignment tool to jointly maintain the system.
* Develop comparable approaches to financial risk
to protect Canadian and U.S. fruit and vegetable suppliers from buyers
that default on their payment obligations.
* Ensure greater alignment of existing motor vehicle
standards, notably by developing a lasting approach to align and adopt
motor vehicle standards that take into account each country's safety
risks and needs.
* Work together towards further alignment of the side
impact and ejection mitigation standards.
* Study areas where standards are not aligned
controls and displays; lighting, i.e., daytime running lamps; and
occupant protection) with a view to determine where greater
collaboration in the standards development process could have been
applied to have avoided this divergence, and adapt and
fix standard setting processes accordingly.
* Jointly review and establish a common collaborative
standard-setting agenda for all new motor vehicle safety standards
(e.g., rear camera, electric and alternative energy vehicles, quiet
* Work together on the development of regulations and
fully support the integration of intelligent transportation systems.
* Refine and enhance the existing Air Quality Committee
U.S.-Canada Air Quality Agreement) work plan with regard to information
sharing, technical work sharing, scientific collaboration and testing
related to completed emission regulations for light-duty vehicles,
which have been bilaterally
* Environment Canada, U.S. State Department and the
Protection Agency to consider an expansion of the U.S.-Canada Air
Quality Agreement to address particulate matter, the air pollutant most
commonly associated with premature mortality, based on comparable
regulatory regimes in the two
* Align rail safety standards and establish a joint
mechanism to conduct periodic reviews of regulations.
* Work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from
building on the already extensive collaboration and coordination
between both governments on locomotive air pollutant regulations.
* Establish a Canada-U.S. safety and security framework
arrangement for the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes system in order
to align regulatory requirements.
* Align the marine transportation security requirements
duplication of services and remove impediments to cross-border
operations and incorporate the ability to use alternative security
arrangements in the Canadian regulations.
* Align recreational boat manufacturing standards and
develop a proposal for aligning the monitoring and compliance regimes.
* Move to a common standard for lifejackets and
mutual recognition arrangements for other marine safety equipment.
Personal Care Products
Implement a Common Electronic Submission Gateway to allow industry
applicants the ability to submit large electronic documents related to
pharmaceutical products simultaneously to Health Canada and the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration and
further catalyze increased review and collaboration on these products
between the two regulatory agencies.
* Develop and adopt common monographs (e.g., including
claims indications and condition of use) for routine over-the-counter
* Enhance collaboration on enforcement and compliance by
mutual reliance on each other's routine surveillance good manufacturing
practices (GMP) inspection reports of manufacturing facilities for
drugs and personal products, rather than having to conduct
unnecessarily duplicative inspections in
the other country.
Workplace Health and
* Align and synchronize
implementation of common classification and labelling requirements for
workplace hazardous chemicals within the mandate of the U.S.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Health Canada.
* Work to better align Canadian and U.S. standards on
the containment of dangerous goods.
According to the Regulatory
Cooperation Council this is dealing with "aircraft weighing less than
35 kg used for flight testing, aerial photography, filming for
television documentaries, or offshore geophysical surveys."
* Establish a mechanism to share experiences on
to unmanned aircraft systems, with a view to aligning regulatory
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