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