First Published: Resistencia, Vol. 7, No. 7, September 1976
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There are some people, and political organizations also, who believe that by repeating a lie or a dream many times, it will become reality. These people live in a world of fantasies. In a bizarre world where everything is upside down. This is the case with PRRWO-RWL. Both of them “spilt and don’t unite”, ”intrigue and conspire” and “practice revisionism, not Marxism”. The stories, the tall stories, they write really deserve better luck than PALANTE. They are worthy of the comic strips in any of the bourgeois Sunday papers.
The complete degeneration of PRRWO-RWL – both organizations consolidated around the neo-trotskyite line, and honest elements within both organizations were purged or broke with it has been in our judgment a temporary reversal for the communist movement in the U.S. Only right opportunists – the O.L. and WVO – can see as positive the degeneration of an organization such as PRRWO which made important contributions in the development of this movement in the last years. They see it as positive because the ultra-“leftist” neo-trotskyite line of PRRWO-RWL is nourishing their right opportunist line. This is so much so that the elusive and “timid”’ O.L. is now opening debate with the “wing.” WVO, so as to not lag behind has made a tour around the country in order to capitalize–read recruit any one that has differences with PRRWO-RWL – on the degeneration of these organizations.
Besides the momentary strengthening of O.L. and WVO as a result of the liquidation of PRRWO-RWL, another negative aspect of it has been the alienation from the struggle, transitory we expect, of many honest comrades who were members of these organizations. These comrades in many cases have adopted a pessimistic view of the struggle. It has affected them to see their one time comrades become objectively agents of the bourgeoisie reaching the extremes of publishing their names under the excuse that they are “Mensheviks” – thus identifying them to the bourgeois state. It has affected them o see one time comrades enter their houses and forcibly take books documents and other personal belongings under the excuse that “Mensheviks” have no rights to them. Anyone can become disillusioned by these things. However, only those that lack a real commitment with the proletariat, those that do not uphold Marxism-Leninism Mao Tsetung Thought, will allow this temporary disillusion to become hardened, an excuse for self-cultivation, individualism and political inactivity.
Comrades: Chairman Mao has taught us that communists can make a “bad thing turn into a good thing”. This is what we have to do in this case.
Faced with PRRWO-RWL’s treachery and their stand against proletarian revolution and Marxism-Leninism Mao Tsetung Thought: faced with the temporary strengthening of the right opportunist lines of WVO and OL thanks to their treason: and faced with the fact that OL and PRRWO-RWL are involved in a frenzied race – in which WVO has also entered – to see who declares themselves the “party ” first – the genuine Marxist-Leninists in this country must increase their efforts, multiply our theoretical and practical work to build the communist party of new type, which we so urgently need, and which we know OL, WVO, PRRWO-RWL and other opportunists as them will never be capable of building. They can however – and they are doing it – put obstacles in front of it which we must overcome.
For these reasons, we call on all honest comrades formerly members of PRRWO-RWL, to come back to their combat positions in this battle. Honest and serious self-criticisms have to be made. Repudiation of all conciliation, political cowardice right and “left ” deviations committed to a lesser or greater degree also have to be made, since this objectively aided that neo-trotskyite clique to take control completely of your organizations and destroy them. Remember that the only ones that do not commit errors are those who de nothing.
This is the logic of the revolution:
FIGHT, FAIL, FIGHT AGAIN, UNTIL VICTORY!