Wars Are Part Of The Very Nature Of Capitalism

“Wars between capitalist states are, as a rule, the outcome of their competition on the world market, for each state seeks not only to secure its existing markets, but also to conquer new ones. In this, the subjugation of foreign peoples and countries plays a prominent role. These wars result furthermore from the incessant race for armaments by militarism, one of the chief instruments of bourgeois class rule and of the economic and political subjugation of the working class.

Wars are favored by the national prejudices which are systematically cultivated among civilized peoples in the interest of the ruling classes for the purpose of distracting the proletarian masses from their own class tasks as well as from their duties of international solidarity.

Wars, therefore, are part of the very nature of capitalism; they will cease only when the capitalist system is abolished or when the enormous sacrifices in men and money required by the advance in military technique and the indignation called forth by armaments, drive the peoples to abolish this system.”

First published:

International Socialist Congress at Stuttgart,

August 18-24, 1907 Vorwärts Publishers, Berlin, 1907, pp. 64-66;

Source:

Bolsheviks and War, Lessons for today’s anti-war movement,

by Sam Macey 1985; Translated: by Sam Macey; Markup: Daniel Gaido

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