THE COMING ENERGY CRISIS AND THE PEOPLE’S WARS

People’s war report (formerly bulletin), 10.11.2021

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Introduction: A brief update on the global energy crisis

A new phase of the ongoing global capitalist economic crisis of overproduction, which began with the overextension and destruction of supply lines during the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic in the winter of 2019-20, has begun — a new global energy crisis, which began to hit the world economy hard in September. This new energy crisis has first hit China and the U.K., and is now beginning to affect other countries very hard. Power prices are rising by hundreds of per cent while it is becoming hard to buy clothing, firewood and other necessities. Switzerland is soon to be hit by this crisis. The World Economic Forum writes:

„As we head into the final quarter of 2021, a global energy crisis is sending shockwaves through economies and industry sectors around the world. In addition to the immediate shortages and price hikes, this crisis could also foreshadow the fallout from a badly handled energy transition.

Energy is vital to almost every aspect of modern life. From keeping the wheels of industry turning to powering the internet, heating and lighting people‘s homes, to keeping transport moving, so much of what we rely on is energy-dependent. Energy shocks are therefore likely to ripple through an economy and be felt by almost everyone. When the price of gas and electricity goes up, so too will the prices of many other things.“

“The Energy Crisis and the Tasks of the Proletarian Revolutionaries”, 19.10.2021

Three weeks later, the situation has worsened. The global barrel price of crude oil was at 82.24$ on Monday, the general upwards trend still as present as ever:

Left side: Dollars per barrel of crude oil. Right side: Percentage of rise in price over the past year.

Meanwhile, the global price for a ton of coal (159.00$ as of Monday) tanked considerably in the weeks before this one, as especially China has turned on all its coal power plants again, but the rising trend of its price set in again in the last few days:

Left side: Dollars per ton of coal. Right side: Same as the above graph.

Last week, Swiss fuel prices reached the highest price all year: For example, a liter of diesel cost 1.565€, after having broken the 2012 record with 1.555€ in mid October.1

This week’s report will be looking at the situation in India and on the Philippines and how the people’s wars offer concrete answers to burning questions facing the people of Switzerland and the world today.

Also, we will be reproducing bits from various tributes to the recently martyred Ka Oris, the former spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), who was murdered by the armed forces of the old Philippine state last week.

The energy situation in India

Microsoft News writes:

“In the first week of October 2021, several reports surfaced regarding the coal shortage in the country, with states and Union territories complaining that they have only 2-3 days of coal storage left to produce electricity via thermal power plants. States such as Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and the union territory of Delhi faced power outages for several hours a day. Politicians, central ministers and state chief ministers even started playing the blame game, while none seemed eager to take the responsibility to resolve the issue.

Reasons such as excessive rainfall, international price rise, Covid-19 pandemic, less production, transportation issues including freight rates and high consumption were cited as the reason for the coal shortage. In short, power generation has taken a hit and people living in the cities emerged as the sufferers.

According to International Energy Agency (IEA), coal-generated power plant account for around 70 percent of India’s electricity generation. As of October 6, eighty percent of India’s 135 coal-powered plants had less than 8 days of supplies left — more than half of those had stocks worth two days or fewer.

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In fact the country’s energy crisis escalated quickly. On October 4, as many as 16 thermal power plants – with a power generation capacity of 17,475 MW (megawatts) – had zero days of coal stock. Also additional power plants – with a power generation capacity of 59,790 MW – have diminished coal stock only to suffice for up to two days of generation.

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The report further adds that top three states with highest coal reserves in India are Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh, which account for approximately 70 percent of the total coal reserves in the country. The estimated total reserves of lignite in 2020 were 46.02 billion tonnes against 45.76 billion tonnes in 2019. The highest reserves of lignite are found in the state of Tamil Nadu.”


https://www.msn.com/en-in/money/topstories/in-depth-energy-crisis-what-has-fuelled-india-e2-80-99s-unprecedented-coal-shortage/ar-AAQeyNj

The old Indian state with its current ruling fascist Modi regime has based itself completely on coal to meet the country’s energy demands. Hence the reaction it took to the looming energy crisis, much like China:

“Supplies of coal, the key source of electricity generation in China and India, are rising again after governments pressed miners to boost output. That’s allowing power plants and major industrial consumers to start rebuilding stockpiles.

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Global coal prices that had surged to records on the supply squeeze, swelling profits for miners like Glencore Plc and China Shenhua Energy Co., have cratered in recent weeks.

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The turnaround in the region’s energy supply follows a blitz of government interventions. Both China and India pushed state-backed miners to accelerate coal output.”


https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/energy-crisis-in-india-china-that-helped-revive-coal-is-easing-for-now-2602634

All this reflects how much of a flying fuck the current regime gives about its people (especially India’s peasants and national minorities, the inhabitants of areas near natural coal supplies) and the environment. It also shows how the global capitalist economy will never be capable of a real, sustainable energy transition. All it takes is looming inflation and all sham COP-26-promises are thrown overboard as China’s imperialists and India’s bureaucrat capitalists scramble to keep their profits.

The situation with oil is not much better, despite the central government recently stepping in with a ₹5 tax slash on petrol and ₹10 on diesel:

“But the cheer may well be short-lived with indications that prices may once again climb in the months to come omnipresent.

Energy expert Narendra Tanjea was recently quoted by news agency as saying that prices of crude in international markets are expected to remain high. “Whenever there is an imbalance in demand and supply, prices are bound to increase. The second reason is the lack of investment in the oil sector as governments are promoting renewable/green energy sectors like solar power. Crude oil will be more expensive in the coming months. In 2023, the price of crude oil can rise by ₹100,” he said.

India is a major importer of oil with 86% of its domestic requirements being dependent on foreign countries. The per barrel rate of crude oil in the international market, therefore, has an impact on the price of the two fuels in India, apart from other factors. Recent times have seen prices of crude rise as OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) look to reportedly throttle supply.”


https://auto.hindustantimes.com/auto/news/petrol-diesel-prices-may-rise-to-new-record-levels-in-coming-months-here-s-why-41636090954446.html

The energy situation in the Philippines

The comrades from the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) provide a good overview of the energy situation in the country:

“A huge part of the local oil industry consists of the importation of finished petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, kerosene and others), storage and distribution. The country also imports crude oil for local refining which supplies not less than half of petroleum products in the local market. Offshore mining of natural gas in seas in the western part of Palawan contributes minimally to the local supply, and reserves are expected to be depleted within a year or two.

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Majority of these companies are mere exporters of finished petroleum products and distributors in the local market. Until mid-2020, 60% of the supply of gasoline, diesel and other products in the country were directly imported. This has further increased with the closure of the Shell refinery in Tabangao, Batangas on September 2020. Since January 2021, 100% of petroleum products being sold in the Philippines is imported following the closure of Petron’s refinery in Limay, Bataan. The company declared its plan to reopen the refinery this July after being promised a tax incentive, but prospects for this remain dim as the company is expected to sufferoses amid tighter competition.

China is a bigger giant

China’s control and domination over crude refining and exportation of finished petroleum products is growing, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. During the third quarter of 2020, the share of China in Philippine diesel imports reached 64%. From January to November 2020, the volume of gasoline imported by the country increased by 434.1% to 1.7 million metric tons. The Philippines also imports from other countries including Japan, South Korea and Singapore.”


https://prwcinfo.wordpress.com/2021/06/21/key-information-on-the-philippine-oil-industry/

And:

“In the first half of the year, the biggest giant oil companies made gargantuan profits. Petron Corporation, owned by big bourgeois comprador Ramon Ang, recorded a net income of ₱3.87 billion. It resumed its refining operations in Bataan last July, making them the sole refiner of crude oil in the country. Likewise, Shell Pilipinas, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, posted a ₱2.2 billion net income for the first half of the year.

The net income of Phoenix Company, owned by Duterte crony Dennis Uy, increased from ₱121 million in the first quarter of the year, to ₱132 million in the second quarter. The company recently acquired the Malampaya gas operations buying off the shares of Shell and Chevron for ₱1,025 billion. Caltex Philippines, a local subsidiary of Chevron Company, continued to expand its operations opening 14 new gasoline stations since the start of 2021.

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The giant oil companies are favored by the Philippine reactionary government. Their right to unmitigated accumulation of profit is institutionalized by the oil deregulation law which allows them to increase prices without state oversight or control. Through excessive tax impositions on oil prices, Duterte is equally responsible for the burden of high costs of fuel. These taxes feed large-scale corruption of the bureaucrat capitalists and cronies of the Duterte regime.”


https://prwcinfo.wordpress.com/2021/10/27/fight-the-rapacity-of-giant-monopoly-capitalist-oil-companies/

The newest news from November from a province in the Philippines reads:

“In the last week of October, the price of crude oil rose by another $ 85 per barrel in the international market. This was triggered by the refusal of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and its allies to raise crude oil production while increasing China’s and Europe’s demand for oil. Philippine oil companies are taking advantage of this to impose higher prices on petroleum products. The calculation of the price and the inventory of the oil they hold is secret.

The people will suffer even more because the prices of food and other basic commodities will surely increase in the coming months. Oil is needed to run machines in the factory and in farming to vehicles that deliver products to markets. Moreover, it is more severely affected by the drivers of public transport as well as fishermen are also complaining about the increase in oil prices.

In the face of this, the Duterte government is still adamant in continuing the excise tax on oil and condoning oil companies to indiscriminately raising the price of petroleum products. Thanks to the Department of Finance (DOF), the Philippines will lose up to P130 billion once the excise tax is removed. The rogue bureaucrats even claim that the provision of health services will be delayed because the oil tax is allegedly being used in response to the pandemic.

Contrary to the Duterte government’s boast that the taxes levied are for the people, these taxes add to their pain. The people are burdened with the fees of the previously passed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law and 12% value added tax before the pandemic. Last May, a P10 tax was increased on fuel amid widespread unemployment and worsening poverty in the country. It is a lie that it is for aid because until now, the people have been rocking the regime with the absence and lack of aid and health services. It was also exposed that the administration embezzled funds and embezzled them for the counter-revolutionary war and to feed its military and police staff.”


//prwcinfo.wordpress.com/2021/11/03/tanggalin-ang-excise-tax-sa-produktong-petrolyo-ibasura-ang-oil-deregulation-law-at-iba-pang-neoliberal-na-patakaran/

To summarize: The old Philippine state has sabotaged the country’s energy self-sufficiency by selling the country off to imperialism which sucks the native oil reserves dry only to sell the refined oil back to the Filipino people under the nastiest price hikes. No wonder so many Filipinos are picking up the gun and joining the New People’s Army (NPA)!

…which is also exactly the reason these reports get published. If we want a new world in our hands, we need to look at what’s working in the fight for one.

New power: Basically the highest current form of a mutual support network

What does it look like when thousands among thousands of masses’ political power is organized and exercised? A collective life that most of us, whose everyday life passes to the pattern of the bus schedule, break times and the length of Netflix episodes, could only dream of. The Communist Party of India (Maoist) (CPI(M)) wrote about the new power in 2014:

“These centres of new political power are as yet mere specs in this vast land. But they already make possible a meaningful life, vibrant with the strength of cooperation, collectivity, rich in values of humane care and concern. They realise the centuries old dream of the exploited to be their own masters. They ensure land to the peasantry. They allow the adivasis to foster the new while nurturing their distinctiveness. They enable the dalits to live a life of dignity. They create space for women by supporting their struggle for liberation. This is the promise of a future for India — a democratic, sovereign, federal, people’s republic; self-reliant, just and equitable. This is what is possible if we dare to fight and reach for the heights.

What is this new society? What has it already achieved?

In these villages the Indian state has been destroyed. The outdated authority of feudals and those tribal elders, who lorded over people, has come to an end. The bondage of caste has been smashed and ground prepared for its annihilation. Organs of people’s political power were established. This new democratic power is the biggest success achieved by the people through people’s war. The Revolutionary People’s Committee at village level, with 9 to 11 members, is directly elected every two/three years by all adults, except a few who oppose people and stand in support of the reactionary state and their armed forces and gangs. The voters have the ‘Right to recall’. Women have right over half of the political power through equal representation. The people have the all fundamental democratic rights — Right to meet, Right to form organization, Right to conduct strikes and demonstrations, Right to live according to one’s wish, Right to primary education, Right to primary medical treatment, Right to gain minimum employment, etc.

The RPC addresses all aspects of the people’s lives through its defence, finance, agriculture, trade and industry, judicial, education and culture, health and social welfare, forest protection and public relations departments.

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Apart from creating irrigation facilities for crops to increase the average yield and encouraging the usage of organic manure and high-quality local seeds, the RPCs assist the poor peasantry in all possible ways to cultivate their lands. Where conditions permit, with the purpose of raising living standards, fulfilling the masses food needs and those of the PLGA [People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army; our comment], all efforts are made to develop agricultural production and thus ease dependence on the market. The RPCs are themselves establishing agricultural farms. Mutual aid/ work teams are formed to fulfil various productive tasks and services. Grain Cooperative Associations are formed. The effort to provide nutritious food to people through planting orchards and growing vegetables and greens has begun. Encouragement is given to fish rearing in ponds. The party and PLGA participate in productive labour as a responsibility.

The development of class struggle and building of RPCs has opened doors for new developments in people’s cultural life. As the free labour done for the tribal elders came to an end, people fulfilling their needs through mutual aid / work teams has increased.”


Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist): “A Call To the People of India! Shatter the shackles of imperialism and feudalism, Destroy this rotten system! Build your future and that of the country with your own hands!”, 01.09.2014
CPI (Maoist) propaganda poster from the 2010s.

On the Philippines, we have the last stage before new power on almost every single island of the country, in the form of guerrilla zones. The requirements for us to be able to speak of new power that are missing is that the general arming of the people is underdeveloped and the Filipino comrades are not fully confiscating land from the old landowners yet (more on that later in this report). The process of building up and nurturing guerrilla zones that the CPP-NPA applies as well as the new life flourishing in them is described quite concisely in the “redfish” documentary “Inside the NPA“.

Something that every history schoolbook ever printed in this country tries to bury is the fact that we had first forms of new power in the form of workers’ councils in Switzerland in the late 1910s and early 1920s, such as the metal workers’ council in Zurich. The programme of the Communist Party of Switzerland (1919) tells us:

“The class organization of the bourgeoisie, the bourgeois State, must be contrasted with the united power of the proletariat through the council system. The same embodies, even before power is in the hands of the councils, the future form of the proletarian dictatorship, the proletarian State. The communists consider only the councils to be strong enough to lead the great struggles of the workers for power. The elasticity and the possibility of their perpetual renewal makes the councils the most actionable organ of the proletarian class struggle.

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Since the devaluation of money continues with its own lawfulness even during the revolution, the retention of money in the revolution should have even more corrupting effects than in the capitalist economy. It also inhibits the complete, spiritual and moral revolution. Money is eliminated in domestic circulation and replaced by ration coupons, ration vouchers and work books. Needs can only be met by corresponding socially useful, intellectual or physical labor.”


Programme of the Communist Party of Switzerland, 1919

What the Indian and Philippine revolutions are achieving is not foreign to our country at all. We just have a little longer way to go, but we’ve already been almost there once!

The second paragraph included in the quote above is also decisive. Constructing a new state enables us to escape the ups and downs of the capitalist market and the threat of our labor power, our money, becoming worth even less as we struggle to survive. And I dare say we’d all be a great deal happier without the humiliation of having to painfully count change for a coffee at work, feeling guilty for buying takeaway because of the cost or going into debt to pay our heating bills.

Against inflation: confiscation!

The old rulers have had millions of chances to demonstrate that they can use their wealth for the genuine benefit of the people. Of course, they blew every single one of them, because their class interest means they would rather die then serve the people. All their big property is just a tool to make even more money and subjugate us even more. That is why one of the prime tasks that face revolutionary movements in the takeover of state power is the confiscation of big bourgeois and (semi-)feudal property. The programme of the Communist Party of Switzerland already raises: 5. Confiscation and correct rationing of all food and consumer goods. […] Basically, exactly what we need in the wake of resource shortages.

There is no doubt that the Indian comrades are already well-versed in confiscation, especially from landlords; the old state and its media are just very intent on keeping this information well contained and the Indian comrades don’t document as many of their activities as the Filipino comrades do. However, bourgeois media can never keep everything behind closed doors:

“Union Minister for Heavy Industries Mahendra Nath Pandey has expressed concern over a spurt in Naxal activities and looting of mineral reserves in Jharkhand.

He also said development and good governance established by the previous BJP government in the state have been shattered by the present dispensation.

Extremism and Naxalism have started spreading its tentacles in the state, and freedom is also being granted to loot mineral reserves, Pandey said on Thursday, without elaborating.”


https://www.news18.com/news/india/rise-in-naxal-activities-in-jharkhand-loot-of-mineral-reserves-cause-for-concern-union-minister-4271120.html

What does confiscation of big private property enable us, the working class, masses and people of the world, to do? The answer involves more than leaving the old power-holders with empty hands and nothing to base themselves on but old ideas and connections to other capitalists or landlords.

Confiscation enables wide-range redistribution according to needs. As the Indian comrades describe it in the “People’s March” magazine from April 2019:

“The New Democratic state eradicates exploitive relations of production in agriculture. It ends dependence of agriculture on imperialism and Multi-National Companies and develops agriculture in a realistic manner. Presently 30 percent of cultivable land in the country is in the hands of 5 percent landlords. Sixty-five percent of the farmers are landless and poor and possess less than one hectare. New Democratic state seizes all the land from the landlords and religious organisations. It distributes the surplus land to landless, poor and agriculture farmers on the basis of ‘land to the tiller’. It waives government, cooperative and private loans of the landless, poor farmers. It controls the lending business institutions that exploit the peasantry. It encourages cooperative agriculture. People’s labor 10 People’s March-2019 April and capital shall be the main basis for this cooperation. The vital aspect is labor. It encourages cooperative councils of consumers and lenders. It takes over all the land in the hands of capitalist farmers, big agricultural farms, agriculture farms of corporate sectors, farm houses, plantations and other such things and pays attention to collective agriculture.”


https://bannedthought.net/India/PeoplesMarch/ePM/PM-V14N01-2019-April.pdf

Although applying confiscation of energy sources is quite a bit more complicated than land seizure due to the power grid, why should it not be doable?

In perspective, confiscating all big bourgeois/landlord property in an entire country with the takeover of state power also means that we can simply abolish inflation in that country altogether, as market demands will not be the driving force behind the productive forces anymore and fixed prices that keep the economy going can be set. This was done with great success in the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

The model example of what NOT to do as a “revolutionary party” is the one of the Kurdish Northern-Syrian “project” Rojava, which has garnered tens of thousands of supporters in European countries in the previous years due to advertising their zones according to whatever was moving European revolutionists (feminism, climate change, antifascism). Mid 2020, the armed forces of the YPG-YPJ sold their second-biggest oil field to the US for weapons!

Revolutionary taxation in the Philippines

The CPP writes:

“The national democratic revolution must be continued in order to be completely free from the control of the imperialists who monopolize important resources such as oil. With the victory of the revolution, the people’s democratic government will ensure that it will not be submissive to the dictates of the capitalists who are greedy for profit and indulge in the suffering of the people. Key industries such as oil will be in the hands of the people to ensure that it serves the needs of society, and not of the few.”


https://prwcinfo.wordpress.com/2021/11/03/tanggalin-ang-excise-tax-sa-produktong-petrolyo-ibasura-ang-oil-deregulation-law-at-iba-pang-neoliberal-na-patakaran/

At present, the main way the CPP-NPA are exercising power over big capitalists and landlords in the regions with support bases is through imposing a tax on them with sabotages and attacks if they do not comply. On this matter, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) writes:

“Only fiends […] lambast revolutionary taxation. The masses enjoy free social services like medical aid and education from these. Taxation by the reactionary government, on the other hand, is ridden with corruption transferred as ill-gotten wealth to politicians, lump sums of pork barrel enjoyed by favored officials and allies, even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. It can be expected, too, that the P5 trillion budget, with billions allotted for the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines; our comment] and NTF-ELCAC [National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict; dito], will only be used for electioneering and worse human rights violations in anticipation of a dirty election season next year.”


https://prwcinfo.wordpress.com/2021/10/23/revolutionary-taxation-is-a-legitimate-function-of-the-peoples-democratic-government/
Sabotage attack in response to a non-compliant business; taken from “Inside the NPA”.

Revolutionary taxation is definitely better than not exercising power over the enemy’s property at all. However, two problems arise from this:

1. You still let the enemy keep the basis of his power (his property), even if you siphon off parts of it and use the tax for the benefit of the people. This leaves open a much bigger constant threat of counterrevolutionary retaliation by the big capitalists and landlords in collusion with the imperialists and whatever puppet government is in place at that time.

2. By not confiscating the property, you leave it on the market and hence subjected to the market’s laws, twists and turns. Since all capitalists’ and landlords’ property is affected by inflation of course, so are the Filipino comrades, as the tax they impose will be devalued in accordance with how far inflation has developed.

We are confident that the Filipino comrades will take the leap from imposing revolutionary taxation to confiscation of capitalist/(semi-)feudal property sooner than later.

Conclusion

In “The Energy Crisis and the Tasks of the Proletarian Revolutionaries”, the following call is raised:

“It is completely necessary and most urgent to begin developing campaigns of agitation and propaganda in preparation for the energy crisis hitting the Swiss people, as it undoubtedly will this winter, and to support such campaigns with the establishment of neighborhood brigades to aid the workers and the poor with heating, clothing and food, so as to enable community connections to be built and a basis for common mass struggle to be founded.

In this question, we must agree on a specific line for how to fight the coming energy crisis; a line which takes into account the communist mass line and which completely rejects both economism and „Leftist“ phrasemongering. Taking this into account, I propose the following work programme:

1) Go to the revolutionary and progressive youth and mobilize them to fight against the inflation and price hikes, by raising the demand for nationalization and by concretely helping out the working and poor households in the neighborhood.

2) Go to the working class and poor neighborhoods and establish „serve the people“ brigades to help mobilize the masses of working and poor households against the energy crisis. The basis of this work is to help procure and distribute power, heating, food, clothing etc. to those who need it and in particular to build up community solidarity independent from the social aid programmes of the State, which serve to pacify us.

3) Demand of the government that it put an end to inflation and price hikes through the implementation of price boundaries; that it nationalize all production, storage and distribution of energy in the country; and that it reopen the nuclear power plants so as to guarantee the energy supply independent of the E.U. and other foreign powers. Accept no „aid“ from the superpowers of the U.S., Russia and China, since they will use it for political influence, as already seen with Nord Stream 2.

This work programme can be summed up in the following slogan: „Against inflation and price hikes! Free energy for everyone!“

The neighborhood brigades should be the organizational form for „serve the people“ work to mobilize the masses and build independent community solidarity. By developing this work, we will be able to aim for struggle committees, which can coordinate the work of various mass organizations in a neighborhood, as Chairman Gonzalo put forward in „May Directives for Metropolitan Lima“. This will allow the revolutionary masses to prepare for an eventual revolutionary situation, the germs of which are already emerging now.

In order for us, the working class, the masses at the very bottom, to survive the coming energy crisis, there’s no way around a broad and strong mutual support network. Building these up through the neighborhood brigades and never relying on a single service of the old state is the only guarantee we have to make it through and emerge stronger and more united, not split, sold, shivering and starved.

Why are the people’s wars so important for us and the coming years then? Because they show concretely what a beautiful path these community support networks can open if we conceive of them and construct them in the right light. Networks like these must empower, they must rouse everyone who is part of them to take up the spirit that we need to conquer our rights today so we can make revolution tomorrow. We will start out small and relatively weak, but one day our organized power will be stong enough to fiercely wrest all power plants, storages and power grids from their hands and guarantee a warm home to every working person in this country. Less and less people can escape looking the glaring contradiction in the eye: that the old rulers are running the economy, the environment and the people of the world into a ditch while making us sit at the steering wheel. They created the energy crisis: We have to pay for it. They brought the Covid-pandemic upon us by reacting far too late: we lose our jobs and get surveilled more. Even the fascists’ pseudo-solutions will only delay the coming unrest, because the people are starting to get sick of being held down. In Switzerland, it’s still mere revolutionary sympathy; in India and on the Philippines, it’s the lived experience of a new state, self-sufficient and independent of all foreign powers and crises, that drives the revolutionary tendency forward. To quote Vladimir I. Lenin: “Without state power, all is illusion.” Or to quote Billy Talent: “We don’t need them!”

Appendix 1: Rest in power, Comrade Ka Oris, martyr of the Filipino revolution!

We were deeply shocked to hear the news that one of the CPP’s most charismatic and inspiring leaders, Comrade Ka Oris, was murdered last week due to a cowardly attack by the Philippine armed forces. We reproduce the CPP’s special edition of “The Country” dedicated to Ka Oris:

REST IN POWER, KA ORIS! WE WILL CARRY YOUR STORY FORWARD IN OUR FIGHT!

Appendix 2: Highly successful tactical offensive by the LPC-NPA

Ka Oris lives on in us, we will avenge him and the Filipino comrades are already on the job. This past week (3rd of November) the following statement reads:

“The LPC-NPA [Leonardo Panalingan Command; our comment] victoriously ambushed combined troops of the 62nd and 79th IB around 3 pm on November 3, 2021, in the boundaries of Sitios Nakuruhan and Maluy-a, Barangay Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental. At least 9 enemy troops were killed-in-action and many others were wounded after the hour-long firefight.

The military troops were conducting operations for over a month in the mountain areas of Binalbagan, Isabela, Moises Padilla, Guihulngan, and La Libertad pursuant to their desperate attempts to end the armed revolution waged and supported by the toiling masses. In the said operations, they continue to red-tag, harass, and terrorize communities, targeting innocent civilians and even murdering them in cold blood with their insistence in obliterating the NPA but incessantly doing otherwise, even with the trillions of military spending of the US-Duterte regime and the NTF-ELCAC. With this, the masses demand justice for the crimes committed by the military. The recent ambuscade in Quintin Remo is one of the many answers to such demand.

By now, the 3rd ID and the entire reactionary armed forces should realize that their aim of defeating the NPA by the end of the official term of their tyrannical, plunderous, treacherous, and murderer commander Rodrigo Duterte is but an illusion. The worsening crisis of the semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system perpetuated by the greed and brutality, magnified by the current regime, has become fertile ground for more to join the ranks of the NPA. Guided by the CPP, the armed struggle will continue to grow and flourish despite the relentless attacks of the enemy. The ruling class and their fascist lapdogs in the AFP and PNP [Philippine National Police; our comment] cannot make the revolution halt; not if daily they give the masses more reasons to fight and revolt.”


https://prwcinfo.wordpress.com/2021/11/08/lpc-npa-successfully-launches-tactical-offensive-in-moises-padilla-2-firearms-seized/

TO THE OLD ORDER: REVENGE IS NEAR! NO ONE CAN STOP THE FURY OF THE MASSES ANYMORE!

1 https://www.nau.ch/news/europa/benzinpreis-steigt-weiter-66036269