Streamed live on Jan 7, 2017
Since our last Plenary in January 2016 the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) has been engaged in a blistering pace of struggle and development to carry out our responsibility to provide leadership to the African workers and nation during this extraordinary era of imperialist crisis.
This is our third Plenary since the December 2013 Sixth Congress of our Party. Like the two previous plenaries it will examine the state of our work to carry out the mandates and resolutions established by the Sixth Congress and prepare us for the Party’s Seventh Congress scheduled for Oakland, California in 2018.
This Political Report to our Plenary will also define our work and existence at this moment, when incredible upheaval is occurring within the imperialist centers, proving again that imperialist stability depends on parasitic colonial domination of the world.
This Party Plenary also functions as a checkup on our progress in implementing the 5-year-plan that was mandated by the Party’s Sixth Congress Political Report. The Plenary is the method by which we guarantee that our Congress mandates and resolutions become reality, not just empty, inconsequential declarations.
The 5-year plan of the Sixth Congress established a formidable agenda that our Party has been determined to accomplish in our struggle for the complete liberation and unification of Africa and the African nation forcibly divided and dispersed throughout the world.
The Sixth Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party correctly realized that the crisis of imperialism, the global system of slavery and colonialism that gave birth to our oppression and the capitalist system, has resulted in an uneasy equilibrium defined by the battle between a past of slavery and colonialism and a future of liberation and socialism.
The African People’s Socialist Party was neither shocked nor frightened by the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, the headquarters of world imperialism. Indeed, Trump’s election was simply one expression of disequilibrium that sent temporary shudders through the body politics of the U.S. and much of the world.
This does not mean that we dismiss the significance of Trump’s election. The fact is that the entire electoral process was brought into high-profile disrepute through the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the campaign associated with it.
The election campaign process exposed to public view the deep division within the white ruling class. The electoral process itself is simply a generally nonviolent contest between competing sectors of the white colonialist capitalist ruling class for control of the State.
The fact that nearly 25 candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties were involved in the contest for the presidential nomination from their respective parties was evidence that the crisis of imperialism had contributed to an impulse of every white man (and woman) for himself emanating from deep within the marrow of the capitalist class.
Donald Trump is a billionaire capitalist in the service and entertainment industries. He had never run for political office before and was generally treated as a joke by the media and much of the white ruling class.
However, because he is a billionaire that did not have absolute dependency on other capitalists for funding his candidacy, he was able to ignore the traditional campaign etiquette that restricted the discussions, debates and agendas to the stability-engendering system of a generally unified bourgeoisie.