Friday, August 19, 2016
Another murder by the police. Another young black man dead. On August 13, Sylville Smith was killed by a police officer in a sequence of all-too-familiar events that began with a “suspicious car.” This time, it is the people of Milwaukee rising in indignation against racist police. As the economic basis for the social inertia of the past disintegrates, brute force must be resorted to by the state to keep down discontent. The capitalist system couldn’t last a single week without its courts, armies, and police terror. More importantly, it could not continue to rule if the labor leadership actually led the working class majority in a concerted struggle for economic and political power.