By Samedi wa Makambo
THE 2022 NATIONAL ELECTIONS: KENYANS, THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!
By Mwandawiro Mghanga, National Chairperson of the Communist Party of Kenya
With humility, sincerity and the love that I have for you as a people and nation, I wish at this time and date to remind and warn you that you have been fixed in a box by the reactionary leaders of Kenya, their capitalist ideology and socio-economic system. They use all means at their disposal, including but not limited to the press, tribalism, political meetings and all machinery of propaganda and control to ensure that you remain permanently fixed in the reactionary box they have deliberately designed for you to serve their interests.
Remember, however much you lament, cry, condemn, wish or pray, unless you think outside the box, unless you get yourselves out of the box that you are fixed in, you will remain at their mercy; poor, exploited, oppressed and the wretched of the earth. No sustainable positive change will happen to you as long as you continue allowing yourselves to remain in the reactionary box deliberately designed for you by the capitalist exploiters and oppressors in power and their capitalist system and ideology.
What do I mean by angrily saying all this – and now? Kenya’s national elections will be held in 2022, but already the country is being driven in a heated election mood as if the elections will happen tomorrow. In fact, hitherto, it has been happening that no sooner are the elections held and concluded than the campaigns for the next one five years away begin immediately all over again. It is as if Kenyans live on elections.
You the majority of citizens are fixed to put your minds fixed in those elections in order to forget the present economic and social problems that you are made to suffer from and live with by the same regime and its reactionary system. Rather than, for example, demand for immediate solutions to corruption, poverty, growing unemployment, inequality, crime, insecurity, hunger, violence and hardships of all sorts happening today, you are instead fixed to accept to continue dreaming about false promises of solutions which they lie to you will come after the 2022 national elections that dominate media reports, news and political discussions in the country today. It is as though sustainable progressive change has ever happened anywhere and in history spontaneously without deliberate and organized struggle!
Using the same media, they have fixed you to choose leaders from the same box in every election. At the moment, you are again being driven to think that the 2022 President of Kenya should and must be either Raila Odinga or Musalia Mudavadi or Kalonzo Musyoka or William Ruto or Moses Wetangula or even Uhuru Kenyatta – that is if in their handshake political intrigues, they have conspired with Raila in the form of Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) that he will remain in political power somehow after he retires from the presidency.
Each of the presidential candidates you are being fixed to choose from in the box is loitering around the country promising he is best suited to deliver you from the cancer of corruption, poverty, underdevelopment, stampeding inflation and national debt, hunger, unemployment, insecurity, economic stagnation, tribalism and a myriad of social problems facing our country today and imposed upon us by the same elites. You don’t even stand to think and ask them – especially those in charge of the government now – what is preventing them from implementing the solutions here and now while they are in charge?
And because you are fixed in the box deliberately designed for your manipulation, like innocent lambs, you only believe them and have even started preparing to elect as President in 2022 from the same same box!
It is as though you are not aware that the said presidential candidates have completely run out of ideas of governing the country towards freedom and social progress – if they ever had any – but are also instead part and parcel of the problems confronting Kenya today and that impacts very harshly upon you, the wretched of Kenya. Don’t you know that they are so enslaved by the desire to make money for themselves and their families that they hardly have any time to think about your welfare? What they care about is to make money and more and more money by any means at their disposal including corruption and betraying the nation; more and more money for hoarding and for fixing you in the box.
Don’t you also remember that all of the 2022 presidential candidates from the box that are being popularized by the press everyday – all of them – have been involved, implicated, mentioned or accused of corruption and theft of public property at present or in the recent past?
Have you also forgotten that all of them were once senior leaders of the notorious and despicable Kenya African National Union (KANU) at the time when the political party was using state power to grossly violate the freedoms and human rights of Kenyans to the level akin to that of fascism? When President Moi was arresting, torturing, detaining, imprisoning, exiling and persecuting Kenyan patriots who were calling and struggling for multiparty democracy, political reforms and the present Constitution of Kenya, the said 2022 presidential candidates from the box were busy turning themselves into millionaires and billionaires using the positions they then occupied in the corrupt and dictatorship regime that used to reward it’s sycophants with public land, plots, eating positions and other forms of property.
They were even planning to bring back to the present Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions the notorious, despicable and infamous retired former Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions and also former Chief Justice, Bernard Chunga, who was lavishly rewarded by President Moi for grossly violating the human rights of Kenyan patriots during the 1980s. The Moi torturer and persecutor of multiparty democracy advocates was about to be appointed to lead a Task Force with specific duties at the office of the DPP today!
You also seem not to remember that these people made the millions and billions of money and property they hold and hoard today during and beginning from the Kenyatta – Moi – KANU regime. Others are proud of inheriting stolen land, money, wealth and even political popularity from their parents who used to wield and hold political and economic power. Today they are multiplying all this many times over while using the same political and economic power to fix you in the box to help them to continue retaining power over you!
Despite all of this, and since you are thinking of voting for only those inside the box, you are planning to choose a President from only among them come 2022! You are fixed to either forget or ignore history just as you ignore patriotic, honest and good capable leaders committed to your interests during elections – just because they have not looted public money to bribe you with! And since those that ignore history are doomed to repeat it, you always end up in the cycle of poverty, suffering, economic stagnation and underdevelopment.
National elections that are held after every five years are made to seem to be only meaningless rituals. Yet the elections are important, for they are used to legitimize successive regimes that ensure that you remain firmly fixed in the box. Were you to come out of the box and listen to us then you would use the democracy to win progressive reforms and to enhance the class struggle.
All the said presidential candidates from the box being popularized by the media are capitalists. Their ideology and that of their political parties embrace the values and principles of capitalism. Capitalism is the system based on private property and exploitation and oppression of person by person. Capitalism is the basis of the corruption, greed and inequality that you are fixed in the box to endure. The system of the capitalist political parties in power today is for the interests of the class of the rich few and not for that of you the majority of Kenyans who are poor, marginalized and desperate.
That is why in the National and County Parliaments of Kenya composed mainly of members of the political parties that you voted for, JUBILEE, ODM, WIPER, FORD KENYA and ANC always make laws to increase their own salaries, allowances and other benefits for themselves and other privileged members of the society. They hardly think about legislating to really improve the condition of workers, peasants, the unemployed and those who struggle and sweat everyday to merely earn a meagre living. They do not make, pass and implement policies to provide land to the landless and to eradicate slums. They pretend to fight corruption outside the Parliaments while tolerating it and even practicing it to fund their greed, lavish lifestyles and to perpetuate the tactic of fixing you in the box of recycling them as rulers.
The law makers also oversee the destruction of public economy by the robbery of public enterprises and parastatals through privatisation and implementation of neoliberal economic and social policies. They hardly represent the interests of the classes of the poor and exploited who elected them. Instead, they are there to perpetuate the capitalists’ status quo using the Parliaments that they have made mere talking shops or dogs with no teeth to bite. Why you are preparing to re-elect to Parliament the same political parties, their leaders and members and expect to see progressive change in your favour defeats all logic! Or is it perhaps because they have succeeded to lock you so tightly in the box that you are unable to think and make rational choices?
British colonialism was removed from Kenya by the armed struggle of patriots who had to endure and overcome all sorts of challenges. Thousands were arrested, detained, tortured, exiled and forced to suffer all kinds of persecution and humiliation by the colonialists for fighting for the freedom and liberation of this country. Others died resisting colonialism and in the course of the national liberation war. And today you, you are so fixed in the box that you cannot change government only by voting wisely. Just by only walking in a secret ballot box and casting your vote wisely and in your interest defeats you! You have accepted to be made so useless, greedy, corrupt, immoral and stupid that you demand fifty or hundred or two hundred… shillings to remain in the box!
What is even worse is that you are fixed in tribal based politics of divide and rule if you choose the 2022 President from the box. You know of this very well but you choose to encourage and support tribalism that always threatens to destroy Kenya’s nationhood!
You let them move around your home Counties addressing you; “This is the time for the Luhya to produce the President of Kenya”, says Musalia and Wetangula to their tribal henchmen and women and you a Mluhya common man or woman fixed in the box yell and clap with happiness! At the same time Ruto tells the Kalenjin the same, Kalonzo tells the Kamba the same and Raila tells the Luo the same. And all are cheered by you their tribesmen and women fixed in the box of tribalism!
Then the 2022 presidential candidates meet as a class in their exclusive clubs somewhere in Kenya to negotiate about the tribal alliances in preparation for the elections. In the negotiations they share the State eating positions that they will use to get you fixed in the box to vote for them. Then you who are fixed in the box are made to choose the tribalism and intrigue driven political blocks of Tangatanga or Kieleweke or Handshake. Or the charlatans calling themselves Team Wanjiku!
Yet the tribalism based politics have nothing to do with you, whether you have accepted to remain in the box or not. Kenya is made up of over forty-two ethnicities but the tribal blockings that they use for negotiations are those from the largest ethnicities. Since they have fixed you to believe that elections is about numbers, they who are in fact tribal chauvinists conspire to manipulate and use other Kenyan ethnicities that they have fixed in the box to add to their numbers, for they have fixed you to accept to be regarded as mere numbers and voting machines.
In their tribalism based presidential bids they don’t give a damn about a nation called Kenya or national interests or even you that they have fixed in their tribalism box even though you don’t belong to their tribal class. What they care about is their own personal interests and how they can use the tactics of divide and rule to fix you in the box so that you continue helping them to perpetuate their class system, rule and interests that are completely opposite to those of yours and your own class.
You see, even though you speak the same mother tongue, even though you come from the same geographical or political location, even though you are blood relatives and even though you are fixed to believe that you are from the same clan or ethnicity with them, the truth of the matter is that you are not the same ethnicity and will never be as long as the class divisions remain.
Yes, as long as Kenya is divided into classes as it is today there will always be two ethnicities, their ethnicity and your/our ethnicity, the ethnicity of the few and that of the majority, the ethnicity of the rich and that of the poor, of the exploited and of the exploiters, of the capitalists and of the workers and working classes. Ignoring or doubting this truth means being fixed in the box until you wake up from the slumber, or you are somehow made to gain consciousness after being exploited and oppressed for too long by them.
Remember, Jomo Kenyatta was the first President of Kenya and he was a Kikuyu by ethnicity. Yet it is the ethnicity of the rich Kikuyus and the ethnicity of rich non-Kikuyus who benefited the most from his primitive accumulation capitalist leadership. The majority of Kikuyus remain as poor and oppressed as other poor and oppressed Kenyans from other ethnicities.
Neither did the lives of the poor, exploited and oppressed Kalenjins become better than those of other poor, exploited and oppressed Kenyans from other ethnicities just because Moi became President after Kenyatta. Also the Kikuyu poor, exploited and oppressed people do not live better than the poor, exploited and oppressed Kenyans from other ethnicities just because the two successive Presidents, Kibaki and Uhuru have come from the box of the Kikuyu ethnicity.
You see, you are fixed in your ethnicity during elections and only in the interests of the common exploiters and oppressors. Otherwise, after elections and in times of peace and tranquillity, there is no Kikuyu or Kalenjin or Luo or Somali ethnicity. There are only two ethnicities, the ethnicity of the exploiting Kenyans and that of the exploited Kenyans, irrespective of the mother tongues they speak. Each ethnicity, regardless of the languages they speak and the religions they practice, retreat to their ethnic – class spaces that they occupy in Kenya and to their lifestyles and cultures conditioned by the capitalist system. In Nairobi, for example, the ethnicity of the rich from all ethnicities live in the exclusive suburbs of Muthaiga, Karen, Runda, Lavington, etc., while the poor and wretched from all ethnicities of the country are dumped by the system to suffer and suffocate at Kibera, Mathare, Kawangare, Mukuru, etc. slums.
Yet the ethnicity of the rich fixes you so much in the box of tribalism during elections that you imagine that you belong to their ethnicity! They poison and manipulate you so much that they make you hate your own ethnicity who speaks a different mother tongue from yours and who is your neighbour, friend and even relative. They poison and fix you in the box so much that you become mad and hate and slaughter persons of your own ethnicity occupying the same space with you but speaking different mother tongues from yours, especially during the elections.
In fact, if you are not careful, the 2022 presidential candidates will nail you so firmly in the box that you will forget your own ethnicity yet again and start hating and killing members of your own class ethnicity – just by you foolishly thinking that you are the same ethnicity with those who belong to the class of the rich just because they speak the same mother tongue as you!
I can read the signs and they don’t augur well! All this handshake politics appears to be nonsense to me and to be full of political lies and intrigues. Just another tool of fixing you to serve certain class tribal based political interests. The 2022 presidential candidates are roaming all over the country whipping up and mobilizing tribal sentiments among you and you are entering the box that may consume you in blood. They bank on the fact that you are already confusing their ethnicity to be your ethnicity while forgetting your own ethnicity and your ethnic interests. The heritage of mother tongues complicate class and class struggles among you in the box. In their tribe it is being said that they are plotting to assassinate one another in the fierce 2022 presidential campaigns. If you are not careful you in the box may be sucked in the bloody political war that is not in your own interest, that of your own ethnicity and Kenya for that matter.
When they talk about handshake and BBI and what not it does not mean that they want to shake hands with you or build bridges with you or between you just because you are in the box cheering them to power. Remember mpanda ngazi na mshuka ngazi hawawezi kushikana mikono!
After you have elected them and their political parties to the national and county Parliaments, who do they go ahead and nominate to County, National and Senate Parliaments? Certainly not you in the box from the ethnicity of the poor of Kenya. ODM, JUBILEE, WIPER, FORD KENYA and ANC political parties nominate their brothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends and class friends. And what of political appointments for state jobs? of course, the same. The political parties in power single out for appointments of top civil servants, parastatals and ambassadors mainly from their blood relatives and class tribes whether men or women. This is how they perpetuate the status quo of their class rule.
To them you from the working classes in the box and who tear each other apart in your own ethnicity especially during the elections, as you did in 2007/8 and repeated in 2017, thinking you belong to the same ethnicity with them, they use and dump you in the dust bin of poverty, marginalization and backwardness where you will belong to until the next elections or until and unless you get yourselves out of the box. For to them you in the box are mere election statistics and voting machines.
And if you are not aware of this, you still in the box, let me remind you: they even set aside billions of shillings every year from the national budgets to use to fix you in the box! In other words, they are using your own taxes to fix you in the box of the mentally tired and redundant leadership and their reactionary political system of exploitation and oppression of person by person. This is money that in the spirit of the Constitution of Kenya was meant to build the culture of multiparty democracy in Kenya. Actually, the Political Parties Act of 2007 ensured that the money was shared among all the registered political parties.
But later the right wing political parties and coalitions in Parliament today feared the robust growth of the culture of multiparty democracy that they believe is a threat to their neoliberal capitalist system at the present time and in the future. Although the Constitution stipulates that Kenya is a multiparty democracy, the political parties in power advocate for few political parties that maintain the capitalists status quo of capitalism and neo-colonialism like those in the UK and USA.
Thus JUBILEE and ODM with their coalition partners Wiper, FORD KENYA and ANC conspired to change the Political Parties Act to ensure that the billions of shillings budgeted for political parties are grabbed by the ruling political parties of the rich in order to use them to fix you in the box of retaining you as perpetual voters of maintaining the capitalist system and leadership in power. With this illegal arrangement they use your own taxes to ensure that you from your tribe of workers and peasants will only remain voters but will never yourselves be elected to Parliament. They also fix you in the box with your own money to use you and your votes to block those patriots and revolutionaries who fight for your interests and against their political parties from coming to power.
I am reminding you all this you fixed in the box so that you are also aware that the money they use to bribe you to elect them to power during the elections is actually your own money. They use your own money to fix you as slaves in the slavery box that they have designed and made for you. You are so fixed in their box that when we tell you this truth you don’t listen to us. Or you pretend you know and claim it’s not true. You ignore us and accept to sell your dignity, humanity and freedom for fifty, hundred or two hundred shillings! And no sooner have you elected them to Parliament through corruption and stupidity than you start lamenting and condemning them the very next day for forgetting you and for practicing corruption and for making you suffer in poverty, exploitation and oppression!
Yes, unless you get yourselves out of the capitalism box that you are fixed in you will remain in your life of poverty, suffering, backwardness and hopelessness. We shall continue reminding you that capitalism always benefits few people in society while leaving the majority to wallow and languish in perpetual poverty and underdevelopment.
However much you lament, wish, pray or vote you will remain that way until you liberate yourselves and come out of the box of capitalism and its ever elusive democracy. To come out of the box means that you must identify your own class ethnicity, unite and remember that you are a human being that must not accept to continue living in the box made for you by capitalism, neo-colonialism and the current leaders of Kenya who only care about themselves, their families and class ethnicity. Getting yourselves out of the box means refusing the present political, economic and social arrangements imposed upon you by the ruling class and their state machine. It means struggling against the capitalist system.
The capitalist system that up to today is imposed upon you has been in Kenya since colonial times. It is the system that was brought to Kenya by European colonialism around 1885 and imposed upon the Kenyan people and communities many of which were at one stage or another of mature communalism mode defined by Julius Nyerere as Ujamaa, which he also considered to be the basis of African socialism.
Colonialism fought and eventually destroyed the communal social relations of equality, social justice and common ownership of the basic means of production, land. Capitalist socio-economic relations based on private property and exploitation and oppression of person by person were violently imposed upon Africans. Colonial capitalism was used by the European settlers and rulers to rob Kenyans of their land, property, exploit their labour, deny them their freedom and human rights and to destroy their cultures based on communal values. The seeds of class inequality existing in the country today and embraced by the leadership in power and that fixes you in the box of the capitalist system were planted and nurtured by colonialism.
The BBI leaders of Kenya and their political parties, whether JUBILEE, ODM, WIPER, ANC, FORD KENYA and their leaders who impose the capitalist system upon you and your class ethnicity will never liberate you from exploitation and oppression because they themselves are exploiters and oppressors who worship the capitalist God of private property, accumulation and money. They are beneficiaries of the inhuman system that drives the vast majority of Kenyans to live the life of poverty, suffering, backwardness which is unworthy of human beings. I repeat, however many times you elect them and their political parties to power they will never change your conditions for the better. Instead, they will continue to grow richer and richer by stealing public money and property while you continue sinking more and more in the quagmire of poverty, suffering and underdevelopment.
While you are in the box you believe them when they pretend that they are fighting corruption. Yet they embrace the mother of all corruption, capitalism! What can be more corrupt than the system that advocates for private property, class division and exploitation of person by person? What is more corrupt than a system, leadership and political parties that allow few individuals and families to grab, own and retain tens and hundreds of thousands of acres of land throughout the country while millions of people are landless and are forced to live as squatters and in slums in rural and urban areas? They accumulate millions and billions of shillings when the majority of Kenyans cannot save even a shilling and are unable to afford food, house rent, medicine or pay school fees for their children.
The ethnicity of the ruling class live in castles in their exclusive beautiful and environmental friendly suburbs while you in the ethnicity of the poor and exploited are made to dwell in ugly and dirty hovels that are unfit for human habitation…and this is not called corruption! They are not even ashamed to drive their posh cars on dirty and dilapidated roads and streets full of potholes in all urban areas surrounded by slums. The leaders you keep on listening to everyday and keep on electing and re-electing to power every time regard this system as normal and justify it while calling it civilization and democracy! Yet you in the box believe and support them and their capitalist system as though you are condemned by fate! As if you are not human beings!
The Communist Party of Kenya (CPK) was formed and registered in order to struggle against the capitalist system in theory and practice. We are patriots and revolutionaries engaged in the battle of ideas with those who impose capitalism and imperialism upon our country and world, the systems which fixes the majority of Kenyans and humanity in the box of reaction. CPK believes that there can never be true liberation, freedom, peace and sustainable security in our country and world as long as capitalism and imperialism dominates the world.
Our planet Earth is itself threatened with total destruction and disappearance as long as the capitalist and imperialist systems continue to dominate the world and impose values and practices of exploitation and oppression of person by person and of nation by nation, of competition over markets, of greed, of grabbing, of looting and of destroying natural resources and the environment, of war and of stockpiling weapons of mass destruction.
Members of CPK will never accept to be locked in the box or to remain silent, unconcerned and inactive while capitalism and its ideology stands on the way of human freedom, liberation and development. CPK will vigorously perform its role in this part of the world called Kenya in the battle against capitalism and imperialism. In this just and progressive struggle we are together and in solidarity with our class ethnicities of Africa and the world for the struggle against capitalism and imperialism is global. CPK is part and parcel of the international ant-capitalist and anti-imperialist united front.
CPK is committed to the realization of the national values and principles of governance stipulated in article ten in the Constitution of Kenya. They are part of the values and principles of socialism that you today fixed in the box wished for yourselves and Kenya but are deliberately violated by the capitalists in power with impunity.
The implementation of the socialist national values and principles would put the country along a sustainable development path that will benefit all citizens and move our country towards sustainable development and social progress.
Kenya has enough human and natural resources to enable all citizens to participate in the development process and to realize the economic and social rights stipulated by the Constitution of Kenya and which are also part and parcel of the minimum demands of CPK. If the annual national budget of three trillion shillings were to be implemented honestly, prudently, equitably and efficiently to realize the intended goals of national planned development, the country would alleviate and ultimately eradicate poverty, gross inequality and underdevelopment within a few years. Every year you people would witness the construction of more and more decent public houses and transport infrastructure including roads, rail and water transport. The government would be able to provide adequate food, education, health services, water, electricity, employment and social security to all Kenyans.
The Constitution of Kenya is progressive in many ways and could be used to bring about many progressive reforms even within the current capitalist system. CPK believes in progressive reforms that are aimed at improving the welfare of the exploited and oppressed even while being aware that true freedom and liberation of society will only be realized when the capitalist system is replaced by the historically higher, progressive and humane socialist system.
But JUBILEE, ODM, WIPER, ANC, FORD KENYA and their political coalitions do not make the necessary laws for the implementation of the progressive aspects of the Constitution that will improve your present conditions. And when they do they end up deliberately making contradictory laws that they implement more in the breach than in the observance. Actually, capitalists in power everywhere will always interpret and implement the constitution to serve their class interests that are against that of majority exploited and oppressed.
And now as they prepare to form the Super Alliance capitalist political force to mobilize you in the box to vote to maintain them in political power in 2022, they are organising using the so called Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) created by President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga to make you participate in the referendum of creating ruling and eating positions for themselves.
The Building Bridges constitutional amendments, if you vote for them in the referendum they are planning will be mainly about power and position sharing and not about wealth sharing, nation building and empowering you the majority poor and exploited Kenyans to participate in the affairs of your country as equal citizens and human beings. The leaders and their parties and coalitions will not even want to hear about anything in the Bill of the Third Way Alliance that at least proposes some progressive reforms of the Constitution. Instead, they are united in changing the Constitution to perpetuate themselves and their class in power and to strengthen their democracy that is elusive to you the majority poor and marginalized.
That is why CPK calls upon you to come out of the box and join us in the struggle for socialism. CPK is a vanguard political party that seeks to unite all progressive and patriotic political parties, mass organizations, civil society, movements and other popular formations to struggle for the liberation of Kenya from the present system that prevents the freedom, development, liberation and social progress of our country.
CPK does not believe in utopian socialism but in scientific socialism that will be spearheaded by a vanguard party, guided by the ideology of Marxism Leninism applied in the concrete material and historical conditions of Kenya. Socialism will come through class struggle led by the workers and the allies of the working class.
We are, therefore, committed to mobilizing Kenyan workers, peasants and all the progressive and popular forces to join us in the frontline of the struggle for participatory democracy and for socialism. Freedom, liberation and socialism cannot happen spontaneously. That is why we deliberately came together to organize and register CPK in order to consciously organise the working classes and the masses of Kenya to carry out this struggle.
CPK expands and stretches the democratic gains and space won by Kenyans hitherto towards establishing the society envisioned by article ten and other progressive articles of the Constitution of Kenya that embody the spirit, wishes and aspirations of the majority of citizens, socialism. CPK is conscious of the fact that realizing these wishes and aspirations of the majority of Kenyans will not happen without bitter class struggles. CPK invites you to come out of the box and join us in this class struggle.
Getting out of the box means refusing to be used by the reactionary leaders and their political parties to elect and re-elect them to power so that they continue to exploit and oppress you while betraying our country and pushing us deeper and deeper in the quagmire of poverty, debt, dependency and underdevelopment. It means rejecting being used by the so called BBI formation of Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga that is plotting to change the Constitution in order to share political and state positions among themselves and their class and to perpetuate the neo-colonial capitalist system.
Getting out of the box is joining, supporting and working with CPK to struggle to amend the Constitution to consolidate its progressive content won by the masses of Kenya hitherto while demanding for more and more socialist content. It is refusing to be divided, led, exploited, oppressed, robbed and oppressed along tribal lines.
In other words, getting out of the box is waking up from the slumber in the box. It means putting to an end the sitting, lamenting, praying, wishing and expecting that progressive change will somehow emerge from the blues! Instead, it is joining us to work for, organize for, unite for and struggle for progressive and revolutionary change. It is never forgetting that progressive and revolutionary change will and must inevitably lead to socialism.
Getting yourself out of the box is asserting your humanity. It is remembering that you are a human being: an independent, conscious, creative social being. To be a communist is the highest attribute of human being.
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