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Ian Nicol sumo at cix.compulink.co.uk
Tue Aug 20 12:03:00 MDT 1996

Re:OP Broadsheet 5 part 4
The Advance from Vanguardism

The decision by the Provisional Central Committee of the TCPGBU to accept
the representational entry of Open Polemic, with its Tnon-vanguardistU
strategy for communist rapprochement, represented an advance from
vanguardism. The TLeninistU faction was moving closer to the position of
Open Polemic, towards a general line for the TPartyU. With wider, open
polemic in the columns of the Weekly Worker, it was beginning to open up
the political and organisational possibility of integrating the movement
through the Treforging of the CPGBU. In this, it should have seen Open
Polemic as a principled partner.

However, it almost immediately suffered a loss of nerve. The TLeninistU
faction on the PCC could not build upon its own initiative because it
sought to subordinate Open Polemic to its particular line. It was not
prepared to break with the practice of leader centralism for this would
have entailed an admission of its own continued existence as a faction
and would also have required an insistence that OP be represented on the
PCC. Instead, the TLeninistU faction remained clandestine and even held
back from extending an invitation for OP members to serve on the PCC.

The PCC did not even consult the Open Polemic representational faction on
any question when, if it was serious about communist rapprochement, it
was imperative that it should have done so. It retreated back to
vanguardism. The TLeninistU programme for the class was put forward in
the name of the PCC and then published as part of its strategy for
moulding the SLP into a Communist Party.

The experience of Open Polemic in the TCPGBU has demonstrated that the
practice of leader centralism lies first and foremost within the
authority bestowed upon the Central Committee and that overt factionalism
cannot, of itself, resolve the problem of leader centralism within
communist parties. It also raises the question as to whether the process
of communist rapprochement can succeed within an established, vanguardist
organisation without all factions being openly declared and a
transitional form of political organisation being put into place.

In retrospect, it can clearly be seen that both the OPEB and the T
LeninistU entered the process of rapprochement with insufficient
preparation. In the light of this, the OPEB does not believe that
recriminations and apportioning of blame for the current impasse will be
particularly useful. Concrete proposals are needed to take the
rapprochement process forward.

Open Polemic

Proposals for the Forming of a Communist Rapprochement Committee

These proposals for the forming of a Communist Rapprochement Committee
independent of all other organisations are put forward in the spirit of
rapprochement. Although the Open Polemic Editorial Board will continue to
make its case for the elaboration of a Common Theoretical Programme for
Communists, it does not demand the acceptance of its views on the
fundamentals of Marxism-Leninism or on the question of programme, or on
vanguardism, the multanimous party and leader centralism as a
precondition for membership of the committee. All will work for communist
rapprochement in the way that they see fit.

Membership Criteria

It is suggested that the Minimal Platform agreed by  the Provisional
Central Committee of the CPGB and TFor a Permanent Party Polemic
CommitteeU (faction of the (CPGB)  could be considered as the basis for
determining membership criteria for the committee.

Concensus Democracy

It is suggested that there be regular monitoring to establish the degree
of theoretical agreement being achieved and that
support for all decisions for action be recorded.All members of the
committee should have the unquestioned right not to participate in
majority actions with which they have particular, principled disagreement.


It is suggested that the committee consider the distribution of a regular
publication aimed at the communist movement.

Although it must be stressed that the OPEB envisages a non-exclusive
committee with clear membership criteria, in the first instance it is
directing its proposals to those organisations with which it has been
most closely associated with in the rapprochement process, namely, the
CPGB(PCC), the Revolutionary Democratic Group and the Trotskyist Unity

The OPEB therefore proposes that two of its representatives meet with two
representatives from each of the above organisations with a view to
establishing as rapidly as possible a suitable basis for themselves and
other organisations to join together in forming a Communist Rapprochement
Committee. Other organisations and individuals are asked for their views.

Open Polemic July 1996

Minimal Platform

Agreed by
The Provisional Central Committee of the CPGB andFor a Permanent Party
Polemic Committee (faction of the CPGB)

The central aim of all communists should be to reforge the Communist
Party as the future, Marxist-Leninist party of a new type. All communist
work must be subordinate to this fundamental task. An important element
of this struggle will be the fight for future communist rapprochement.

A  communist party based on Marxism-Leninism is guided by theories and
principles that were first advanced by Marx and Engels and later by
Lenin.  The Communist Party is the highest form of class organisation of
the proletariat. It endeavours, in the ultimate interests of all
humanity, to serve the most fundamental interests of the working class.
It does this by fulfilling the role of the theoretical, political and
organisational vanguard of the proletariat.

Communists relate theory to practice. We are materialists: we hold that
ideas are determined by social reality and not the other way round.

Communists defend their unity - nationally and internationally - with
determination and vigour.  Communist unity reflects the essential unity
of the world revolutionary process and anticipates the international
unity of the working class itself. We subordinate the revolutionary
struggle in individual countries to the world revolution. The liberation
of humanity can only be achieved in the higher, world phase of communism.
This will be preceded by a lower, transitional phase: socialism.

The lower phase of communism - socialism, will only be achieved by
working class revolution and the replacement of the dictatorship of the
capitalist class, the bourgeoisie, with the dictatorship of the working
class, the proletariat. As socialism advances in all spheres, the basis
for communism will be laid. Communism will allow humans to develop to the
fullest possible extent as social beings.

Communists are champions of the oppressed. Oppression is a direct result
of class society and its eradication requires the ending of that society.

War and peace, pollution and the environment are ultimately class
questions. No solution to the world's problems can be found within
capitalism. Its ceaseless drive for profit puts the world at risk. The
future of humanity depends on the triumph of communism.

Open polemic is a prerequisite of communist political and organisational
unity. Communist unity in a reforged communist party is vital to the
struggle for unity of the working class.

Communist organisation combines democracy and centralism dialectically.
This allows for the expression of views by both individuals and organised
trends. The reforged Communist Party of the future will be based on
democratic centralism, a universal organisational and political principle
of Marxist-Leninists.

During the process of communist rapprochement, we will initiate and
participate in discussions around the question of revolutionary
programme. This process must be inclusive and wide-ranging.

Organise Communist Rapprochement

Open Polemic 12

The Common Theoretical Programme for Communist

Issue also includes:
Conference papers on TThe Future Party and its Political Organisation

Conference papers on Communist Fragmentation and Communist Strategy and
Tactics towards Social Demopcracy plus other articles. UK POUNDS 2.00.
inclusive of postage from Open Polemic PO Box 1169 London W3 9PF. BACK

E_MAIL   <sumo at cix.compulink.co.uk>  Ian D. Nicol

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