[Marxism] 21 Conditions

turbulo at aol.com turbulo at aol.com
Tue Apr 30 00:24:54 MDT 2013


Louis Proyect wrote:

...the 21 Conditions were about as meat-headed a manifesto that can be imagined, like something out of Bob Avakian. Here’s condition number two:

Every organisation that wishes to affiliate to the Communist International must regularly and methodically remove reformists and centrists from every responsible post in the labour movement (party organisations, editorial boards, trades unions, parliamentary factions, co-operatives, local government) and replace them with tested communists, without worrying unduly about the fact that, particularly at first, ordinary workers from the masses will be replacing ‘experienced’ opportunists.

Unbelievable.

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I'm at something of a loss to understand why Louis considers this condition of Comintern membership outrageous on its face, given the historical circumstances.
Has he forgotten that the socialist movement had recently experienced unprecedented episodes of class treason and betrayal? That most parties of the Second Interntional had not only abandoned their solemn anti-war pledges overnight under the pressure of war fever in 1914, but that one such party, the SPD, had acted 
as the "bloodhound" of counter-revolution in 1918-19? Why, then, does Louis find it so alarming that the Comintern demanded a clean break, not only with the
outright betrayers, but also with those centrists (of which there were many) who, while wishing to jump aboard the bandwagon of the October Revolution, continued to maintain organizational ties with the betrayers and lend them a veneer of socialist respectability? Bob Avakian never faced such circumstances. 

Jim Creegan 


Every organisation that wishes to affiliate to the Communist International must regularly and methodically remove reformists and centrists from every responsible post in the labour movement (party organisations, editorial boards, trades unions, parliamentary factions, co-operatives, local government) and replace them with tested communists, without worrying unduly about the fact that, particularly at first, ordinary workers from the masses will be replacing ‘experienced’ opportunists.

Unbelievable.

*************
I'm at something of a loss to understand why Louis considers this condition of Comintern membership outrageous on its face, given the historical circumstances.
Has he forgotten that the socialist movement had recently experienced unprecedented episodes of class treason and betrayal? That most parties of the Second Interntional had not only abandoned their solemn anti-war pledges overnight under the pressure of war fever in 1914, but that one such party, the SPD, had acted 
as the "bloodhound" of counter-revolution in 1918-19? Why, then, does Louis find it so alarming that the Comintern demanded a clean break, not only with the
outright betrayers, but also with those centrists (of which there were many) who, while wishing to jump aboard the bandwagon of the October Revolution, continued to maintain organizational ties with the betrayers and lend them a veneer of socialist respectability? Bob Avakian never faced such circumstances. 

Jim Creegan 



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