|Oppose the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit!
We call on workers and people all over the
to fight internationally!
Japan Revolutionary Communist League (Revolutionary
Marxist Faction) [JRCL-RMF]
|No to the hypocritical G8 Summit promoting
the destruction of the global environment!
Oppose the interactive acceleration
destruction by the US/Japan,
the EU and emerging
Oppose the imperialists' neo-colonialist
invasion of developing countries
in a new
form plunging people into starvation!
Workers and people all over the
us fight in solidarity across
The Group of Eight Summit at Lake Toya in
Hokkaido, to be attended not only by the
power holders of the G8 member states but
also by China and other economically emerging
countries, is being propagandized as an 'environmental
But can it be really a step forward to preventing
'accelerated global warming'? Definitely
not! No matter how hard those rulers may
repeat the mantra of 'international cooperation',
no matter how hypocritically they wear the
veil of 'saviours of humankind', this summit
will merely be an opportunity for the imperialist
rulers of the US, Japan and Europe, together
with the rulers of China, Russia and other
emerging and developing states, to impose
the 'reduction of greenhouse gas emissions'
upon each other with unreserved state egoism.
In other words, it will be a new starting
point for their interactive acceleration of environmental
destruction. Or rather, it will be an arena not only
for relentless struggles over 'CO2 emissions
trading' and newly developed eco-business,
but also for a scramble to acquire grain
and mineral resources (including oil, gas
and uranium) between the three blocs of (1)
the US and Japan, (2) the EU led by France,
Germany and Britain, and (3) economically
emerging countries. This 'environmental summit'
will be, without a doubt, the beginning of
an environmental = economic war (i.e. economic war connected with conflicts
over environmental issues) in a new phase
between the three blocs.
'An increase in greenhouse gas emissions
cannot be helped for the time being' are
the words that show the shameless attitude
of US President George W. Bush, despite the
fact that global warming is causing abnormal
changes in climate and destruction of eco-systems
all over the world, and more seriously than
ever. Arrogantly enough, his administration
is maintaining its stance of rejecting the
EU-initiated scheme for net reduction targets,
featuring in particular a new agreement on
a 'midterm target' (after the Kyoto Protocol).
On this government of the US as well
of Japan and emerging economies, power
in Germany, France and Britain are
the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS),
which they have enforced since 2005.
are threatening American, Japanese,
and other foreign companies that fail
meet their 'EU standards' with the
of an 'environmental tariff', i.e.
on their exports of products to the
scheme is obviously based on their
to consolidate the status of the euro
a key currency and to expand the 'euro
The rulers of emerging economies are
vehement objections against these imperialist
power holders, who lay bare their disagreements
yet are trying on the whole to press
economies to accept a net reduction
emissions. Indian Prime Minster Manmoham
Singh, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio
da Silva and others maintain that the
responsibility for curbing emissions
with developed countries, which have
emissions over a long period of time.
are supported in this claim by Hu Jingtao's
China and Vladimir Putin's Russia.
Chinese rulers are bent on strengthening
ties between emerging and developing
to build up a global network against
in alliance with Russian rulers. At
time, they are making a tiny 'concession'
to the EU over 'measures against global
in order to deflect worldwide criticism
the extensive environmental destruction
with their rapid economic growth.
As for Vladimir Putin, this self-styled
Ivan the Terrible is even gloating
melting of ice over the Arctic Ocean
result of global warming, regarding
a godsend, a chance for Russia to develop
submarine oil and gas fields.
The power holders of the world are
their state egoism ever more prominently
in their attempts to promote their
national and economic interests, despite
the fact that disastrous conditions
could cause the destruction of the
race as well as the world' ecosystems,
a result of global warming, have been
day by day.
This is not all. Monopoly capitalists
imperialist states have embarked on
of 'eco-friendly technologies' (e.g.
energies' and 'energy-saving technologies')
in search of new profitable ventures.
are engaged in fierce struggles among
to export these technologies and their
in the name of emissions trading. Moreover,
financial institutions and hedge funds
the US, Europe and Japan, which have
driven into a tight corner due to the
financial crisis triggered by a sharp
in subprime loan deficits, are now
a fresh chance for profitable speculation.
They are rushing to invent new financial
derivative products from 'CO2 emissions
and to trade them on the market.
Comrades all over the world!
We resolutely oppose this hypocritical
summit that promotes the environmental
of the earth. Never let the rulers
US / Japan, the EU and emerging economies
interactively accelerate the destruction
of the global environment.
At this very moment, monopoly capitalists
in the US, Japan and Europe are intensifying
their neo-colonialist invasion of developing
countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America
and Central/Eastern Europe. They do
pursuit of 'emissions quotas' by taking
advantage of the Clean Development
(CDM), as authorized in the Kyoto Protocol.
In developing countries, for instance,
corporations are pushing on with their
of natural resources by levelling forests
and driving out indigenous people,
use of the 'emissions trading' system.
of them are vastly expanding their
acreage of palm trees with a view to
The EU-initiated expansion of the market
for emissions trading, as well as imperialist
powers' economic inroads into emerging
developing countries under the cover
CDM, are nothing but acts that force
destruction on these countries. They
for the plunder of natural resources,
devastation of farmlands and the intensification
of exploitation. This is a new form
invasion of emerging / developing countries
by American, Japanese and European
We must resolutely bring this to light
create a struggle to oppose it.
Furthermore, the US, Japanese, French
other governments, together with nuclear-related
monopolies in these states under their
have started intense competition with
other for the export of nuclear power
and nuclear-related technologies to
India, Brazil, South Africa and oil-rich
Arab countries, under the cover of
controls. It seems more and more likely
another nuclear disaster may break
like the reactor meltdown on Three
in 1979 or the explosion of the Chernobyl
nuclear plant in 1986. We must also
object to these schemes to export and
nuclear power plants on a massive scale.
Workers and toiling people all over
Another ill that disfigures our world
besides environmental destruction promoted
by the power holders, is the bottomless
of hunger that threatens the poor.
Driven to a crushing defeat in the
war of aggression against Iraq, the
administration in the militarist empire
America, the 'world's sole superpower',
been obliged to call for a move away
oil dependency. Because the plot to
oil resources in the Middle East went
the administration has barked out orders
for 'bio-ethanol conversion' of auto
In response to Bush's decree, US agribusiness
monopolies have rushed towards a massive
increase in their production of corn,
main ingredient of ethanol, thereby
their production of wheat and soybeans.
has caused a steep rise in international
grain prices, combined with a worldwide
in agricultural production due to global
warming and its consequences, i.e.
climate change. These price rises are
accelerated even further as droves
funds (including hedge funds) swarm
on the futures of grain and other food
oil. They have been looking for an
to use their plentiful surplus funds
that the decay of Yankee-style 'casino
has come to light since the start of
uncollectible subprime loan debacle.
a great many people are dying of hunger
this very moment in developing countries.
This is especially true in some of
'poorest' countries (such as Haiti,
and Ethiopia), which depend on the
grains not only because their local
(including both livestock and dairy
and fishing industries have suffered
devastation, but also because US imperialism
has been forcing the governments of
countries to 'liberalize imports' of
Oppose the imperialists' neo-colonialist
invasion of developing countries that
people to starvation! Never let American
imperialism 'export' hunger! Oppose
in grain and oil by financial monopoly
in imperialist states! Never let them
the environment, nor impose hunger
poor by expanding their production
Workers and toiling masses all over
We are witnessing a new chapter in
= economic war between the three poles
the US-Japan, the EU, and China-Russia.
rivalries are growing between these
poles for economic domination over
countries, as well as a larger share
resources, under the pretext of 'environmental
protection'. The newly created antagonism
is not only driving people all over
to poverty and hunger, but is also
the seeds of a new World War. In every
war, poverty and environmental destruction
are combined inseparably with each
The emergence of this cruel 21st century
world results from the miserable bankruptcy
of 'Bush's war', a failure of the militarist
empire of America, the 'world's sole
At the same time it lays bare the loss
energy of contemporary imperialism,
has only narrowly prolonged its life
to the self-destruction of pseudo-Marxism,
In the first place, the present situation
known as 'global warming' has been
by nothing but contemporary imperialist-type
production based on mass consumption
fuel - namely 'mass production and
(or dissipation of resources)' - along
imperialist states' neo-colonialist
invasion of emerging / developing countries
(unbridled development of natural resources
including forests). Moreover, the governments
of China and other rising economies
out environmentally destructive development
based on their policies for 'transformation
to capitalism from above', as if imitating
the methods of dead-end capitalism.
is further accelerating global warming
environmental destruction. A grave
that is unprecedented in the history
precious earth and humankind is deepening
minute by minute. What is most crucial
is that we should lay bare the bourgeois
class nature of contemporary material
i.e. present-day technological civilization,
that has brought about the destruction
our earth's environment.
Irrelevant arguments that distract
the main issue, such as 'Let the voice
the citizens be carried to the G8 Summit
by means of an alternative summit'
our society of mass production and
with a sustainable one based on local
recycling', are tantamount to willingly
involved in the Japanese government's
the monopoly bourgeoisie's) propaganda
under the slogans of 'energy-saving
and 'eco-friendly consumption'. These
merely sweeteners designed to conciliate
workers and the toiling masses. Nothing
Marx's Marxism can show us the way
overcome the crisis of the present-day
We, anti-Stalinist revolutionary Marxists
in Japan, call on all the oppressed
and toiling masses in the world. Now
time to revive Marxism!
Here in Japan, we must resolutely create
a struggle against the G8 Summit by
and overcoming the labour aristocrats
Rengo (the Japan Trade Union Confederation),
who would not raise one iota of objection
against the G8 summit because they
and abetting the profit-making of monopoly
capitalists in each industry. We must
fight by overcoming the leadership
Japanese Communist Party, a party of
Stalinists, who are merely appealing
government for the introduction of
system (which EU governments are imposing
on their companies) by saying that
'contribute to increased in corporate
We, the JRCL, are determined to fight
all our might to create a struggle
the G8 summit, by integrating it with
politico-economic struggles to oppose
planned raise in taxes and neo-liberal
in the social security system, and
antiwar struggles against the deployment
of missile defences and the strengthening
of the new US-Japan military alliance.
uniting the power of workers, students
toiling people, we stand firm to overthrow
the 'brain-dead' Fukuda government,
is now stranded between American and
power holders and is unable to do anything
but mill around aimlessly.
We call on workers and toiling people
over the world!
Rise in unity to break through the
ever crisis in our 21st century world,
by the triple disaster of war, absolute
and global environmental destruction!
of all countries, unite!
(Published in weekly Kaihoh No. 2025, June 30th, 2008)
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