Against the Cause of War
After the horrible European hecatomb, whose 14th anniversary is in a few days, there are few individuals with enough courage and shamelessness to assert that war is a good thing.
On the contrary, governments, politicians, leaders of the Church, publicists and thinkers have condemned it with rare unanimity, considering it one of the most monstrous crimes.
But... while the anti-war conferences multiply, nations continue trying out new and more terrible forms of slaughter, arming themselves heavily and sharpening racial hatred and economic conflict through the senseless patriotic discourse of the press and even of the schools, as if everyone was in a hurry to provoke a new catastrophe.
In response to the evidence of the insincerity of almost all pseudo pacifistic rulers, one must ask, "What to do to truly avoid the declaration of a new war?"
For us the answer is presented clearly: fighting capitalism.
Regime of a privileged minority, the bourgeois system requires either deception or violence to sustain itself. And today it unleashes the state's reaction against the organized workers; tomorrow it neutralizes the pacific populist advances through the means of a dictatorship; Lastly, it enforces its will on weaker nations through imperialist arms, and, when it has no other means of eliminating a powerful rival, it declares war against it. This is, therefore, one of the many aspects of the capitalist reaction.
Being so, logically the fight against war must be a revolutionary fight against capital.
Revolutionary, because twenty centuries of fraudulent Christianity has demonstrated that only by force is it possible to snatch a dominating minority from its privileges. And, anti-capitalist, because capitalism being the original cause of war, it is natural to fight against it to get rid of that which is its effect.
When tomorrow, by organizing and gaining strength, the workers manage to abolish individual property and exploitation, all these problems of militarism, war, fascism, etc. will automatically disappear. Therefore, being the workers the owners of production, there will be no interest or benefit in maintaining armies useless to them, nor customs inspections damaging to the economic development of villages, nor chauvinist schools, nor spokesmen of irrational patriotism; since all these lack purpose, being that the interests that give them origin will no longer be.
In summary: all sincere pacifists must be militantly active in anti-capitalist organizations of their preference and propagandists of worker solidarity, the only force capable of toppling the bourgeois regime.
And he who looks for another way out will foolishly lose himself in the branches; so no matter how you try and look at it the fight against war doesn't have any other possible solutions.