Human rights vs monopoly rights

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 01/01/2012 - 20:30

Sir,

I am writing to express my opinion which is that the statement of the CC of the CGPI dated 8th December 2011 on the eve of the 63rd Anniversary of the signing of the United Declaration of Human Rights entitled "Clash of human rights versus monopoly capitalist “right to maximum profits”!" is a remarkable theoretical contribution to contemporary Marxist-Leninist thought.

This statement has come at a time when the world wide campaign by the US and capitalist-imperialist states against Communism has been continuing with the claim that it is the opposite of human rights, and have been claiming that capitalism and its democracy stand for individual freedom and political rights. This is a continuation of the cold war legacy, where it was posited that in the bi-polar division of the world, it was somehow the US and its orbit that stood for 'liberty' and 'freedom', while the Soviet Bloc and China which stood for the opposite.

The events of the last two decades have exposed the true and ugly face of the capitalist-imperialists, who have wrecked country after country with their insatiable thirst for world conquest, and with the capitalist democracies in each country carrying out unprecedented crimes against their own peoples. The bourgeoisie in each of their countries have enriched themselves on an unparalleled scale at the expense of the working masses, which have experienced precipitous decline in their standards of living.

The statement has pointed out that our party has through the present period, and the one preceding it has heroically defended the cause of human rights by refusing to kowtow to bourgeois pressure, and to the pressure to defend atrocities against peoples and countries irrespective of whether it was in the name of defending this or that ideology, or the interests of this or that bloc. The issue of human rights thus stands at the important cross roads of practice and theory, which must be rooted in the ground reality which unfolds. The issue of human rights today has appeared today as a defining issue as its negation has taken place at the hands of the bourgeoisie which places the right to maximize profit and rights of capital above that of any human right. In particular it is the bourgeoisie that has been championing the notion that the state has no duties, except of maintain peace and conditions requisite for capital to reap maximum profit.

In this regard, let us consider the issue of human rights, which in the book of any one with a grain of conscience would include the right of all human beings to a decent life. The arguments in favour of the status quo offered by bourgeois economists are that it is not possible to provide for everyone, without which there can hardly be any content to human rights. By calling the bluff of these economists, the CGPI has done itself proud.

These aspects which had been proposed as an amendment to Article 4 "...the state must ensure each person protection against criminal encroachments on his rights; provide the conditions preventing a threat of death from starvation and exhaustion" [as quoted in the statement] was opposed by the western Second World War victors, as they must have sensed that it would be precisely they who would renege on these duties of the state.

Thus the theoretical contribution of the statement has been to bring to the centre stage the issue of human rights and duties of the state at a time when states have reneged on all their duties except to be at the dictate of capital. The conclusion of the statement which further advances the theory is in the articulation that "The struggle for human rights must be directed at replacing capitalist democracy with a modern proletarian democracy, with a new Constitution that enshrines the inviolability of human rights, along with enabling legislation and ENFORCING MECHANISMS to make sure they are never violated in practice under any pretext." [emphasis added].

I remain indebted to the CC of the CGPI for its heroic stand on the matter.

Sincerely,

A. Narayan, Bangalore

Tag:    Punish the Guilty    Defeat Privatisation    Against Imperialist War    Human Rights    monopoly capital    Jan 1-15 2012    Letters to Editor    Political Process     Popular Movements     Privatisation    Revisionism    Rights    

PARTY DOCUMENTS

These Elections are a FarceInterview with Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of Communist Ghadar Party of India by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

Click to Download PDFInterview with Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of Communist Ghadar Party of India

by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

History of Ghadar PartyA Presentation of Communist Ghadar Party of India

100 years ago Ghadar Party was formed by Indians in the US.It was historic milestone in our anti-colonial struggle.

The goal of this party was to organise a revolution to liberate our motherland from British servitude and establish a free and independent India with equal rights for all. It believed this to be the necessary condition for our people to hold their heads high anywhere in the world.

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

Call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 30th August, 2012

Working class representatives from all over the country are gathering on 4th September, at a time when a titanic struggle is going on in our country. The struggle is between the majority of toiling and exploited people and a minority of exploiters. It is between the majority whose labour expands wealth and the minority who enjoy the fruits of wealth creation on the basis of their private property and positions of power.

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

Call to the Working ClassDefeat the program of privatisation and liberalisation!

Fight with the aim of establishing workers’ and peasants’ rule!

Call of the Central Committee, Communist Ghadar Party, 23 February, 2012

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

Necessity for the working class to take political powerThe initiating speech, at the working class conference on the Way Forward held on 23-24 December 2011, was made by comrade Lal Singh, on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. The document entitled the necessity for the working class to take political power has been edited based on the discussion in the conference and is being published according to the decision the Central Committee.

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)