[Marxism] Communist Party of Nepal recognises role of Leon Trotsky

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Oct 22 18:31:30 MDT 2009

Jay Clinton wrote:

> My question, and it is not meant as provocation but in an attempt to learn something here, is whether the maoist and trotskyist traditions are at such odds

Actually, the Trotskyist traditions are pretty good at being odds with 
each other as well.

I don't think that there is much point in battling over Lenin's 
successor. Down in New Zealand Maoists and Trotskyists came together in 
a new formation that puts these sorts of questions on the back burner, 
where they belong. It is no accident that they have established some 
ties with the Nepalese Maoists.

Fusion forms new group – Revolutionary Workers League

Philip Ferguson

The Spark 15 June 2004

On the day after the Anti-Capitalist Alliance’s anti-imperialist 
conference (People’s Resistance-2004), another gathering took place. 
Members of the ACA belonging to the Workers Party, the revolution group 
and some belonging to no group merged to form a new Marxist current, the 
Revolutionary Workers League.

The Workers Party and revolution initiated the ACA in early 2002 and 
have been working more and more closely together ever since. Last 
October, at the last ACA national gathering, they decided to embark on a 
formal fusion process, with the aim of fusing at Queen's Birthday 
weekend (in New Zealand, the first weekend of June).

A number of previously non-aligned ACA activists also took part in the 
discussions leading up to the fusion. In particular, most of the 
non-aligned Wellington ACA activists joined in the fusion process.

Discussion of a draft programme for the new RWL took place over several 
months leading up the ACA conference and the fusion, and this discussion 
was open to all ACA activists, regardless of whether or not they were in 
either WP or the revolution group.

The draft programme benefited greatly from this discussion and was 
adopted at the fusion meeting.

The fusion gathering also adopted a one-page document on the 
requirements of membership, governing the level of commitment expected 
from members. We recognise that the revolution is not imminent in New 
Zealand, we are still in a period of downturn, and there is little point 
in hyper-activism. Hyper-activism can only lead to demoralisation and 
burn-out in this period. However, serious commitment is still required 
for membership of the RWL, including financing the group, selling the 
group’s publications (in particular, participating in regular stalls) 
and being active in an area of work such as anti-imperialist campaigning 
or workplace organising.

The new organisation has small branches in Auckland, Wellington and 
Christchurch, and aims to have a further branch, or branch core, in 
Hamilton (New Zealand’s fourth city) by the end of the year.

The fact that WP had a regular paper (The Spark) and the revolution 
group had a regularish review (revolution magazine) gives the new 
organisation an impressive publication set-up. The Spark will continue 
to be published every 2-3 weeks, as the basic paper of the RWL, and 
Revolution will be the new group�s review/magazine, coming out 
three-four times a year.

The fusion gathering elected Daphna Whitmore as national secretary and 
Mark Muller as national industrial organiser. Also elected were 
editorial boards for our publications; for Revolution-Philip Ferguson, 
Paul Hopkinson, and Daphna Whitmore; and for The Spark-Daphna Whitmore, 
Philip Ferguson, Sam Kingi, Jared Phillips and Don Franks (a long-time 
Wellington working class activist who is not a member of the RWL, but 
works closely with us and the ACA). A national treasurer was elected and 
local organisers will be elected at a branch level.

Interestingly, the RWL has historical links through current members and 
supporters with all three major far-left groups in New Zealand in the 
1970s and 1980s – the CPNZ (which was pro-China in the 70s and 
pro-Albania in the 80s), the Socialist Action League (which was the New 
Zealand section of the Trotskyist Fourth International in the 1970s and 
for much of the 1980s) and the Workers Communist League (which was 
pro-China for much of that era).

The fusion is also interesting in that it crosses historical divisions 
on the left. The Workers Party, for instance, was a pro-Mao (but not 
Maoist) group, while revolution was a pro-Trotsky (but not Trotskyist) 
group. The most prominent founder of the WP came out of the CPNZ while 
the most prominent founder of the revolution group came out of the SAL.

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