November in Latvia is full of holidays. Everyone knows about November 11 and 18, the days when the Military Order was founded and bourgeois Latvia was proclaimed. But there is another significant event in human history – November 7 (October 25, O.S.) 1917, the day of the Great October Socialist Revolution. On that day, workers’ and peasants’ power was established for the first time, including in the territory of modern Latvia.
This event brought unprecedented progress for all mankind. Hunger and unemployment were defeated, housing was provided for all, and education and medicine were at the highest level and accessible to all.
Back then, Soviet people took it for granted. Now, after the counter-revolution, when the working people were deceived and betrayed, all this seems utopian, a fantasy. Nowadays, a part of the intelligentsia, serving the interests of big capital, is smearing all these conquests and trying to shift the responsibility for all the troubles that have come upon us, especially in recent years, onto someone else. These corrupt propagandists have no choice but to fall into nationalism. Latvians are told: “It’s Russians’ fault”, Russians are told that Latvians are to blame. In fact, the Russian and Latvian workers, as well as people of any other nationality have nothing to divide. Nationalism is an invention of capital and an instrument of capital to divide and oppress people. Workers today do not own the means of production that they have created with their own hands – on the contrary, the means of production are now used to oppress society.
Recent events in the country, such as mass state vandalism of Soviet monuments that glorified the achievements of the working people in their fight against fascism, sharp increases in food and utility prices, unemployment, lack of access to medicine and quality education and their complete destruction, repression of dissenters, all this is intended to drive the working people into apathy. The illusion of our country’s doom is created. The proletarians are at a loss, they do not know what to prepare for, and nothing seems to surprise them anymore. Some are leaving, others are shutting themselves away, preferring not to see what is happening. The first have already made their choice and will flee from the problems, not realizing that the problem is not them or the people around them, not even the bad rulers, but the capitalist exploitative system, which exhausted its historical progressive role over a hundred years ago and does nothing but maintain its withering existence of a cannibal devouring and killing people.
To the second – to those who stayed behind – I’d like to quote Chekhov’s short story “Gooseberries”:
“I thought: ’After all, what a lot of contented, happy people there must be! What an overwhelming power that means! I look at this life and see the arrogance and the idleness of the strong, the ignorance and bestiality of the weak, the horrible poverty everywhere, overcrowding, drunkenness, hypocrisy, falsehood… Meanwhile in all the houses, all the streets, there is peace; out of fifty thousand people who live in our town there is not one to kick against it all. Think of the people who go to the market for food: during the day they eat; at night they sleep, talk nonsense, marry, grow old, piously follow their dead to the cemetery; one never sees or hears those who suffer, and all the horror of life goes on somewhere behind the scenes. Everything is quiet, peaceful, and against it all there is only the silent protest of statistics; so many go mad, so many gallons are drunk, so many children die of starvation… And such a state of things is obviously what we want; apparently a happy man only feels so because the unhappy bear their burden in silence, but for which happiness would be impossible. It is a general hypnosis. Every happy man should have some one with a little hammer at his door to knock and remind him that there are unhappy people, and that, however happy he may be, life will sooner or later show its claws, and some misfortune will befall him illness, poverty, loss, and then no one will see or hear him, just as he now neither sees nor hears others. But there is no man with a hammer, and the happy go on living, just a little fluttered with the petty cares of every day, like an aspentree in the wind and everything is all right’”.
Workers and the conscious intelligentsia do not need to close down, do not need to wait for someone to come after them. We need to unite and fight for our own interests, for the most progressive interests of the working class. And to know how to fight, we should study the science of the development of society, Marxism. You will probably be surprised, but Lenin was right when he wrote: “The Marxian doctrine is omnipotent because it is true” in “The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism”. We suggest that you see this for yourself.
Be that as it may, society is not blind, and people are increasingly beginning to notice and recognize the injustice and lawlessness going on around them, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. All this was already described by John Steinbeck in his novel The Grapes of Wrath:
“And in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.”
Happy Holiday. Happy Great October Socialist Revolution Day!