We publish, below, two correspondences that our fraction has received.
The first one is a copy of a letter sent by the MIC (Montreal Internationalist Communists) to the IBRP group in Canada, the Internationalist Workers' Group 1. The second one is an extract of a letter sent by a contact in Greece.
Our fraction develops fraternal political relationships with the two groups in Canada and we don't want to be "judge" of the disagreements between them.
If we have decided to publish this document, it's because it seems to us that the approach of the MIC is positive since it places as one of its first concerns the need for debate, for the confrontation of the positions and analysis in a fraternal framework. It's this concern for the regroupment of the thin communist forces that we want to salute.
It goes without saying that we're ready to publish the IWG comrades' response if they so wish.
The comrade of Greece is a young sympathizer with whom we correspond since a few months. Faithful to the tradition of our organisation, the ICC, we invited at once this comrade to get knowledge of the positions of the political groups which defend the positions of the Communist Left, it means the ICP (Le Prolétaire), the IBRP and, of course, the ICC. It's what comrade B. has done and we want to salute the great political maturity of this comrade.
Considering, as we do, that the IBRP is presently the only pole of regroupment of the Communist Left forces, comrade B. is opening a process of regrouping with this group as, at the same time, he says he wants to pursue the correspondance with our fraction. Here is a great expression of this comrade's understanding of what is the proletarian camp, of what is a process of political clarification.
We're confident in the comrade's political capacities and we have the firm intention to participate to his evolution towards a concrete militant commitment within our class.
Beyond the two particular situations, we want to underline and support the two approaches - whose apparent "dynamics" could look contradictory if we remained at the surface of the surface of things : the MIC comrades having just moved away from the IBRP ; comrade B. moving to it - which fit in the same deep dynamic and which participate, both of them, to the process leading to the regroupment of the revolutionary forces. Comrade B. has taken contact with our fraction a few months ago and has, since, evolved towards the IBRP positions. The comrades from Canada are carrying out the "reverse" process if we can say : on the IBRP positions in a first time, since then they have evolved towards the ICC positions of origin which are maintained and defended by our fraction. In both cases, the comrades don't reject the current with which they have developed some disagreements, but on the contrary they affirm the necessity to keep links and, above all, to carry on the debate and the confrontation of the political positions. It means they acknowledge that the current they "move away" from and its positions belong to the same class camp and that they must be discussed and criticized as such. And that this confrontation process of the positions is indispensable, that it's a necessary moment of the regroupment process leading to the tomorrow world party.
We grant and encourage this approach which fully fits in the process of discussion and confrontation of the political positions that we have developed with the IBRP these last years, since the constitution of our fraction. Sole pole of regroupment which really lives on today, it's not but "around" the IBRP, because its historical legacy, its organisation framework and, of course, because of its political positions that this dynamic of political confrontation and regroupment can develop. Far from the bluffs and the formal regroupment - it means the bringing together without confrontation of the political positions and, thus, without their clarification, which can't but break up and disappear at the first "blust of wind" provoked by the historical situation -, it's the unique method which can seriously and solidly pave the way to the future world party of the proletariat.
Salutations to the comrades,
We had thought sending you our basic positions. As you will notice, those are very similar to yours. Actually, the IWG and the Internationalist Communists (Montréal) are two groups of the proletarian camp which act in the same territory. The tensions which exist between our two groups since the Spring 2006 events are useless to our class, all the contrary.
Comrades, the forces of our current are numerically weak. Thus, the present mail is a proposal for reciprocal collaboration - or mutual support. For instance, we propose you to help the diffusion of some of your textes or to organize events in common. For themoment, no matters the form of this collaboration ; we simply wish to make you know our willingness to make progress the forces of our camp.
As well, as you'll notice, we send a copy of this mailing to the Internal Fraction of the ICC with which we have positive exchanges for some times now, in order to simply inform them of the bringing together with other groups of the Communist Left.
A. for the Internationalist Communists, Montréal (septembre 2007
(Letter translated into English by our Fraction)
It is important to point out that the political positions adopted by the Montreal Internationalist Communists represent only a basic summary in light of thorough ongoing discussions, between other parties, in order to equip us with an organisational platform. In fact, aiming for the greatest precision, these basic positions remain open to modification. In addition, the broad outline has been taken and forms, in general the true historical corpus of the proletarian political camp and is, in fact, non negotiable. As well, they are for now, first and foremost, a working tool for our group.
The October 1917 revolution in Russia took the first step toward real communist world revolution in the international revolutionary wave, putting an end to the imperialist war, and lasted a few years. The failure of that revolutionary wave, particularly in Germany in 1919-23, condemned the revolution in Russia to isolation and rapid degeneration. Stalinism put into place during the 20’s and thereafter, created not communism but state capitalism centrally planned according to the doctrine of “socialism in one country” that we reject.
Since the First World War, capitalism has been a social system in decline. It no longer has anything of progressive value to offer. It has twice plunged humanity into a barbaric cycle of crisis, world war, reconstruction, and new crisis. The theory of decadence is a point of view in dynamic movement that makes it possible to foresee the direction that world capitalism seeks to take.
The ex-countries of Eastern Europe, China, North Korea, Cuba, etc., have never been communist despite bourgeois propaganda. That was and still is, for some, countries under a specific form of state capitalism.
We view the trade unions as organizations bound by a thousand and one threads to the state by laws, subsidies and dialogues. To change the leadership directions of the trade unions or attempt to transform the unions is impossible insofar as their links to the state are organic. This implies the renunciation rejection of the red or anarchist trade unions.
We reject such tactics of “united front”, “popular front” and “anti-fascist fronts”. All these tactics enmesh the interests of the proletariat with those of bourgeois fractions whatever they may be, and are ultimately used to divert the working class from its revolutionary objectives.
All nationalist ideologies, of “national independence”, of “right of self determination”, whatever their pretext, ethnic, historical, religious, etc., are a real drug for the workers. They aim to make them party to one faction or other of the bourgeoisie, lead them to pit one group of workers against the other, enabling them to go to war.
The working class is the only class capable of making the communist revolution. The revolutionary struggle of necessity leads the working class into a confrontation with the capitalist state. To destroy capitalism, the working class will have to overthrow all the states and establish the dictatorship of the proletariat on a worldwide scale – the international power of the workers councils, gathering together the whole proletariat.
“Self-management” and the “nationalization” of the economy are not the means to overthrow capitalism and progress to lead to a communist society. Communism requires the conscious abolition by the working class of capitalist social relationships and the creation of a society without the State, without class, without money, without national borders or professional standing armies.
A first step towards this goal is the revolutionary political organization of the class consciousness proletariat and uniting us into an international political party. The role of this party will not be to seize power in the name of the working class, but to participate take part in the unification of the its struggles, thus controlled by the workers themselves, and in the spread/dissemination of the communist program. Only the working class in its totality, through its own autonomous bodies, can institute socialism. This task cannot be delegated, not even to the most conscious and capable of class parties.
We see our mandate to intervene as often as possible, according to our real forces, within our class, in order to participate in the exchange of ideas in the clarification of the proletarian program, and in building the revolutionary part
August 30th 2007.
Dear comrades of the IFCCI,
[...] I've taken contact with the IBRP. I think that my positions are closer to the IntCP.'s ones. Moreover, the IBRP is now the unique international regroupment which does exist (despite the weaknesses and the difficulties) which can assume the continuity of the Communist Left. I share the IBRP positions particularly regarding the construction and the task of the Revolutionary Party and regarding the analysis of the relatively new phenomenons of present capitalism. In my opinion, the IBRP offers a clear platform and clear positions for the formation of a reference pole of the Communist Left. That's why I've decided to join this tendency. Now I wish that we carry on our correspondance. It is the communication of communist groups and militants which will lead to the future international party of the proletariat.
(Letter translated into English by our Fraction)
1. The IWG is a group belonging to the IBRP and the MIC are former members of the first one. Political disagreements had led, a few month ago, the latter to move away from the IWG and to set up a separated group, the MIC.
Internal Fraction of ICC - Communist Bulletin (Nš 41)