VIOLENT REVOLUTION IS A UNIVERSAL LAW

C u961680 at student.canberra.edu.au
Tue Apr 23 23:35:09 MDT 1996


The entire history of the communist movement shows that the recognition
or denial of proletarian revolutionary violence as a universal law of
communist revolution, has always been the watershed between Marxism and
all brands of opportunism and revisionism who masquerade under the title
of "socialist" and "communist".

On the basis of the experience of the Paris Commune, Marx and Engels
summed up that, "the working class cannot simply lay hold of the
ready-made state machinery, and wield it for its own purposes." The
proletariat must use revolutionary violence to "break" and "smash" the
old state machinery and carry out the dictatorship of the proletariat.[1]

In expounding this principle, Marx stressed that the first premiss of the
dictatorship of the proletariat, "is a proletarian army." The working
class must win the right to its emancipation on the battlefield, argued
Karl Marx.[2]

Thus, Lenin spoke of, "internal, i.e., civil war, without which not one
of the great revolutions of history has taken place, and without which
not a single serious Marxist has conceived the transition from capitalism
to socialism."[3]

Revolutionary violence always has been and is today a dividing line
between real and phoney Marxists.

Compare the position of the Trotskyite "International Socialist
Organisation" aka "Socialist Workers Party" with that of genuine Marxism.
The paralysing Economism of the ISO/SWP is shown in these passages from
two of their publications:
	"the crucial battle is not fought with bombs and guns. It is a
	battle of ideas, the struggle to break the hold of the past, the
	conservative traditions which weigh down the majority of the
	workers. But this isn't a battle which centres on just meetings
	and making propaganda. It centres on the daily struggle in the
	workplace, the daily struggle against the foreman, the boss and
	ultimately the employing class itself, the struggle in which the
	workers transcend their own passivity and can be won to
	revolutionary ideas."[4]

	"revolutionaries do not, even in revolutionary situations, spend
	their time running around with guns and bombs."[5]

The ISO/SWP say, "the crucial battle is not fought with bombs and guns"
-- this is the OPPOSITE OF THE TRUTH! Like the phoney Marxists which
Lenin fought in his time, the ISO/SWP peddle, "the miserable and cowardly
dream of an unarmed struggle against the armed bourgeoisie, vain yearning
for the destruction of capitalism without a desperate civil war or wars."[6]

The genuine Marxists around the world uphold the celebrated thesis of Mao
Tsetung: "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."[7]

Each Communist Party in the world must have as its fundamental objective,
leading and unleashing the masses the masses to seize power as part of
the world revolution.

Mao Tsetung established the theory of People's War and put it into
practice in the Chinese revolution. He provided the international
proletariat with its military line which is applicable in both
imperialist and oppressed countries IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONCRETE
CONDITIONS OF EACH COUNTRY:
"The seizure of power by armed force, the settlement of the issue by war,
is the central task and the highest form of revolution. This
Marxist-Leninist principle of revolution holds good universally, for
China and for all other countries.
"But while the principle remains the same, its application by the party
of the proletariat finds expression in varying ways to the varying
conditions."[8]

As Mao pointed out, applying the theory of People's War to the concrete
conditions of an imperialist country will not be the same as in China (or
Peru or Nepal or Turkey or the Philippines).

People's War in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand etc, and
the Communist Party's preparations leading up to that will be based more
directly on the October Road -- the successful seizure of power by the
proletariat during the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.

Forging each country's Communist Party into a genuine proletarian
vanguard is intimately connected to the masses actually fighting the
system now. As the Presidente Gonzalo and the PCP remind us -- our
starting point is the rebellion of the masses.

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[1] Lenin, State and Revolution, Chapter III
[2] Marx Engels Collected Works Vol.22 p.634
[3] Lenin, Collected Works, Vol.27 p.496
[4] C. Bambery, Ireland's Permanent Revolution, 1986, p.85
[5] A. Callinicos, The Revolutionary Road to Socialism, 1987, p.48
[6] Lenin, Collected Works, Vol.21, p.40
[7] Mao, Selected Works, Vol.II, p.224
[8] Ibid, p.219
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