Bilan against the idealist theory of the new ICC
about the "gradual" sinking through a "slow process"
into the permament "Decomposition"
ICC desperately tries to prove "the marxist roots of the
concept of capitalism's decomposition". It presents today
this one as a phenomenon which has become permanent in capitalism
life. It presents it as a slow and progressive descent into barbary :
"the new period opens the way for a third possibility :
the destruction of humanity, not through an apocalyptic war, but
through a gradual advance of decomposition which could in the
end undermine the proletariat's ability to respond as a class"
(Resolution of the 15th congress of 2003,
International Review 113, we underline and we
translate since this resolution is now shamefully hidden and has
disappeared from the internet ICC pages). This vision of a gradual
advance of decomposition isn't a skid. We find it too in the article
Marxism at the roots of the concept of capitalism's
decomposition : "Decomposition signifies a slow
process of destruction of the productive forces up to the point
at which communism would no longer be possible"
(International Review 117). The resolution on
the international situation of the last 2005 congress is even more
precise : after having denying that generalised imperialist war
can still be the only perspective that capitalism carries in itself
- "even if world war is not the concrete threat to
mankind that it was for the greater part of the 20th century" -
it affirms that "the working class (...) now faces the danger
that it will be progressively and insidiously swamped by a kind of
creeping barbarism" (Review 122).
how, 70 years ago, the review Bilan of the Italian Left
responded in advance to the today ICC about this "revision".
It reaffirmed the ineluctability of generalised imperialist war if
the proletariat is defeated. And it rejected all kind of "gradual"
and linear evolution of the capitalist society : "But
the basis of the capitalist society don't enable to indefinitely
remain on the rails of the course of events, on a line of constant
uniformity which, subdueing and strangling the proletariat (the
social personification of the only force capable to lead the
unceasing development of the production forces), subdues and
strangles the only force which can avoid war. The present regime,
even after having slit the proletariat, won't have peace since every
instant of its life and of its evolution isn't possible but by
creating a contrast in the person of the capitalist rival, of the
adverse State, of the monopoly or of the constellation of States
which arise in opposition"
23, Manifesto of the Italian Fraction of the Communist Left,
September 1935, translated by us).