Under the banner “Brazil needs a Socialist revolution” the PSTU (United Socialist Workers Party) launched its political campaign for the presidency of the country.
The party calls the working class and the poor to rebel against the capitalist system.
Its candidates are not lawyers, lecturers or middle-class people with a high standard of living. They are workers from the poorest Brazilian regions, the north and northeast of the country.
Vera Lucia, presidential candidate, is a female black worker who worked in a shoe factory for many years. She has a long history in working class struggle including unemployed, outsourced workers and homeless occupation struggles.
Hertz Dias, vice-presidential candidate, is a socialist militant of the Black Movement, founder of the Quilombo Hip Hop Movement in Maranh„o and the rapper band GÌria Vermelha. He has always denounced so-called Brazilian racial democracy as nothing more than a farce.
Although the PSTU stand candidates in the national elections it states clearly that winning votes or having a large parliamentary caucus will not liberate the working class from capitalist slavery and is not a “road to socialism”.
The role of an electoral campaign is to help organise the working class, the poor, women, Black and LGBT people to destroy the capitalist system that makes profit for a handful of billionaires while a large part of the population is thrown into poverty and misery.
A revolutionary programme
A revolutionary party cannot have different electoral and strategic programmes, like the old social democracy used to do that had minimum and maximum programmes. The first is only to reform capitalism and used in parliament while the other – the fight for Socialism is only proclaimed at big events but never put into practice.
The world Left however, is repeating the errors of social democracy in their desperation for parliamentary seats, abandoning the fight for a socialist revolution.
In Britain the SP, SWP and other Left parties are putting all their hopes in Corbyn’s reformist programme.
The PSTU, on the contrary, makes its election campaign in the spirit of the revolutionary mobilisation of the masses with the slogans of the proletarian revolution, which are:
- Nationalise the top 100 industries and banks under workers control. The 100 largest companies’ revenues equal 40% of Brazilian production but only employ 2 million workers out of more than 100 million. It is necessary to nationalise these companies under workers control to organise production around the needs of the population, and not for the profit of half a dozen billionaires.
- Land for the toilers! Expropriation without compensation of the big landowners’ farms! Revolutionary and radical agrarian reform! Today Brazilian land is owned by a small number of large agribusiness companies and international finance capital. They produce for export to other countries for higher prices and not to feed the population. Only land nationalisation and a state banking system can ensure land for the landless people and cheap credit to grow their crops.
- No payment of the foreign debt! The internal and external debts are one of the main mechanisms of subordinating Brazil to the rich countries, their banks and companies. It is a lucrative pipeline that transfers 40% of the federal budget to a handful of big bankers. The end of debt repayment is a prime and fundamental condition for investment in health, education and employment.
- For the right to work! Reduction of working hours without reduction of wages!
- Public works plan to generate employment and solve structural problems!
- General increase in wages and pensions!
- Public housing, education and health quality for all!
- For the end of all oppression! Against racism, sexism, LGBT-phobia, and xenophobia!
- For a workers’ government based on people’s councils!
Parliament is a bourgeois institution
As the Third International’s Theses on Parliamentarism say, “as a state system it has become a ‘democratic’ form of the rule of the bourgeoisie, which at a certain stage of development requires the fiction of popular representation which outwardly appears to be an organisation of a ‘popular will’ that stands outside the classes, but in essence is a machine for oppression and subjugation in the hands of ruling capital.”