Balance Sheet (A BALANCE OF IGNORANCE AND MISJUDGEMENT)

hariette spierings hariette at easynet.co.uk
Fri Apr 5 02:44:34 MST 1996


SORRY FOLKS: BY ERROR I ATTACHED THE WRONG FILE TO THIS PREVIOUS RESPONSE TO
KEN'S PREPOSTEROUS POSTING.  HERE GOES WITH THE RIGHT FILE


While the class struggle in cyberspace over the battle of ideas continues,
a balance sheet on the contribution of maoism - pcp thought to marxism can
start to be developed.
1. National interest and class interest..
When German Social Democracy in 1914 voted for war credits it did so
because it was putting the "national interest over class interest". When
labour bureacracy sells out workers struggles it does so because it is
putting "national interest over class interest". In the age of globalised
capitalist economy where 700 multinational corporations dominate the world
economy,and roughly 300 firms now make up roughly a quarter of the
productive assets in the world, and 3.4 billion of the worlds 5.6 billion
population are marginalised, can the world any longer be divided neatly
into oppressor and oppressed nations ?
Do the national bourgeoise under Suharto, Fujimora etc have any seperate
interests to those of international capital? In Thailand, and other
'underdeveloped oppressed nations'  the military do not just play the rolr
of armed force of the state but are indistinguashable from the capitalist
class, ie the military ownership of Thai Airways. In Australia land and
wealth is being sucked dry by multinational capitalism, does this make us
an oppressed nation. No the theory of national interest above class
interest was discredited in 1914. Now is not the time to resurect the
second international. A Question, if the Ecquadorian ruling class attack
the borders of Peru, in the interests of "national interest does the PCP go
to the aid of Fujimori ?

There are many exiting and positive developments occuring around the world
where the scourge of secterianism is being confronted and multi tendency
pluralist revolutionary formations emerging.The elevation of ironclast
dogma and elimination of any different thinkers as has been practised by
the PCP has nothing to contribute to the development of revolutionary
marxism either in theory or practise. There is nothing to discuss.

Anyhow, enough said, I,m off to root that scoundrel Arkavian out of the
working class, I think he was last seen down the local pub.

Adelante
Ken Howard.




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            MESSAGE FROM COMMITTEE SOL-PERU - LONDON: TO OUR
            BROTHERS, THE PROLETARIAT AND PEOPLE OF ECUADOR:

London 6 February 1995

"Let us begin from the undeniable principle that the problems bedevilling Peru-Ecuador relations,
are not issues for the people of either country". "These are issues created by both governments who
periodically stage incidents as a smoke screen to hide their own monumental failures".  "The people
of Peru and Ecuador do not want to eat borders". "They want to end their obsolete systems that no
longer have any reason to exist". - Chairman Gonzalo - Central Committee of the Communist Party of Peru. ('Let
Strategic Equilibrium Shake the Country Even More'- 1991, page 50-51).

With the full knowledge and complicity of the Fujimori dictatorship, and even before 1991, Ecuador's military
posts were already in the Cordillera del C?ndor.  This is something that Chairman Gonzalo himself had
pointed out then in the document above.  In this context, the tyrant himself, as a quisling and mass-murderer,
visited Ecuador in various occasions.  There he met with President Dur?n Ball?n and with military and other
ruling circles of your country, thus encouraging in practice this status-quo in particular.  Why?.  Then, the big
bourgeoisie of Ecuador, acting upon their own narrow anti-popular class interests, attempted to portray
Fujimori as a wise and reasonable leader. They presented him before their people as a good neighbour of
generous sentiments and peaceful intentions.  Now you can see the bloody evidence that this was nothing
but cruel deception.  

Then the issue was to legitimise his anti-national, pro-imperialist, anti-popular and reactionary dictatorship. 
The issue then was obtaining support from the reactionaries of Ecuador.  Then he wanted support for his
bloody war against the Peruvian revolution and its New Democratic State.  His aim was securing silence and
complicity from neighbouring countries while carrying out bloody mass-murder against the Peruvian people
and brutal genocide against the prisoners of the People's War.  Principally, Fujimori aimed at covering-up
his endless illegal and inhuman abuses and tortures against Chairman Gonzalo, leader of the revolution and
of the people of Peru.  

That is why, not only with Ecuador, but also with Chile, Bolivia, Colombia and Brazil, the rotten old Peruvian
state adopted a policy of concessions. They turned a blind eye and allowed military garrisons from those
countries to enter Peruvian territory.  In fact, Fujimori's policy positively encouraged this under the guise of
'fighting terrorism and drug trafficking'. In this fashion Fujimori cravenly carried out Yankee policy aimed at
helping imperialist domination and exploitation throughout our region.  

He whetted the ambitions of the ruling classes of these countries to secure desperately needed imperialist
investments and loans.  Nevertheless, today, the criminal tyrant Fujimori needs to legitimise his rule before
the Peruvian masses. For this he is attempting to resort to fraudulent elections under a fascist military
jackboot.  In 1990, this counterfeit clown disguised himself as a poor Indian peasant and made his electoral
campaign deceiving the people aboard a farm tractor. Today he wants to generate a Falklands' Factor to
emulate Margaret Thatcher.  Thus he wants to harvest votes by disguising himself as a tin-pot Napoleon and
making his pitch atop a battle tank.  

However, Fujimori finds himself in political, economic and military trouble. He is frustrated by the stubborn
and growing People's War that he had vainly vowed to end before 1995.  He has mounting electoral
difficulties amid a deteriorating economic situation while undergoing grave political internal problems even
with his own wife. His henchmen, Montesinos and the drug dealing military find themselves caught red
handed. This is because of a case of cocaine trafficking involving them with the General in Chief of the
military zone bordering with Ecuador.  This large scale criminal activity was under intense judicial and
journalistic investigation just before he started the conflict with Ecuador.

To cover up these mounting embarrassments, and to rope along the backward masses, Fujimori has today
resorted to the stock in trade of chauvinist provocations.  He has resorted to blackmail and war threats - he
has resorted to the only language he understands: air bombardments, artillery fire, ominous military
mobilization and the navy blockade of the waters around the gulf of Guayaquil.  Thus, the ruling classes of
Ecuador are harvesting the whirlwind. They are paying the price of the craven homage they rendered the
mass murderer fascist Fujimori during his 'conquering hero' visits to that country.  For the proletariat and
oppressed people of Ecuador, and for their suffering Peruvian brethren, this is nothing but a harvest of death,
anxiety and destruction.

The people of Ecuador and Peru are both victims of the same imperialist oppression.  The robber-barons
of both countries want to insure for themselves the absurd privilege of selling out to imperialist monopolies
this or that portion of our homeland. For this aim, they use the masses as cannon fodder. The soldiers on
both sides are mainly workers and peasants in uniform, recruited by force and hurled against each other
armed to the teeth in fratricidal combats. 

The ruling circles, murderers of the people, hide their political and economic disasters behind nationalistic
bombast. They also hide the corruption and the swindles of tyrants and drug dealing dictators. The workers
and peasants, students and white collar workers, are the oppressed masses of the countryside and the cities.
They are the unemployed and the victims of starvation, those who make up more than 90% of our peoples.
They have nothing to gain and very much to lose in this kind of militarised farce.

It is therefore right to denounce the reactionary character of this war.  The Peruvian and Ecuador's big
bourgeoisie, and the landowners, big bureaucrats and high ranking military circles, are all anti-national
elements in both countries. They serve mainly US imperialism. Both sides sell out our respective motherland
to the foreign exploiters.  Both ferociously repress our masses who only fight for bread, liberty, and for the
people's democracy they need for their authentic development and progress.

During more than 150 years of 'independence', the semi-feudal and semi-colonial states have fought over
the corpse of the Spanish colonial empire. They have continued oppressing our masses and treating our
territories as their private property. They have failed to offer our peoples peaceful and secure borders.  They
foster and tolerate a situation of neither peace nor war that entails heavy economic, political and social
burdens for both nations.

Therefore, the popular masses of both our countries must strengthen their unity.  They must unmask and
fight the chauvinistic politicians, social-fascists and revisionists fanning fratricidal hatred for purely electoral
purposes.  The people and the revolutionaries of Peru have fifteen years of glorious and heroic experience
in fighting and defeating the genocidal armed forces of the old Peruvian state. They will certainly render the
people of Ecuador the most decided and effective support in defending their integrity from the criminal
merchants of war. 

The unity of our peoples in fighting against US imperialism, our main common enemy, and against their
lackeys, the big bourgeoisie and the reactionary classes of both countries, will develop victoriously.  The
hyena Fujimori may indeed carry out his threats. If he hurls his legions against the towns and cities of
Ecuador, the masses of that country will know how to defend their homeland.  They will know that the people
and the revolutionaries of Peru - principally the People's Liberation Army led by the Communist Party - will
be in the same trenches.  They will then stubbornly and ceaselessly fight against the same enemy.

That the People's War may achieve victory in Peru, and that the people in Ecuador may find the road to
develop it on their own.  This would be the best guarantee of failure of imperialist and reactionary plots to
divide our peoples and to pit them against each other.

                         DOWN WITH US IMPERIALISM!
                 DOWN WITH THE FASCIST US PUPPET FUJIMORI!
                        DOWN WITH REACTIONARY WAR!
            DOWN WITH THE REACTIONARIES ENEMIES OF OUR PEOPLES!
                  LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S LIBERATION WAR!
LONG LIVE THE FIGHTING UNITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROLETARIAT AND THE POPULAR
        MASSES OF ECUADOR, PERU, LATIN AMERICA AND THE WORLD!   
            LONG LIVE MARXISM-LENINISM-MAOISM, GONZALO THOUGHT!


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