Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism On-Line

Jacques Grippa

“Theory” and Practice of the Modern Revisionists

A speech delivered at the Higher Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, June 10, 1964


The class collaboration practised by the revisionists also reveals itself in certain socialist countries when they deny that there is class struggle during the period of socialist revolution.

The “state of the whole people” signifies the liquidation of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and the ”party of the entire people” the liquidation of the Marxist-Leninist vanguard of the working class.

The example of Yugoslavia demonstrates the possibility of “peaceful evolution” from socialism to capitalism, and emphasizes the danger represented by revisionism which can imperil the victories of socialism.

On the other hand, to talk about building communism in one country while imperialism still exists, and when socialism is still far from being fully realized, is not only a theoretical mistake. It is also a piece of demagogy intended to cover up the repeated failures caused by revisionism at home, as well as a camouflage designed to cover up the renunciation of the tasks of socialist revolution. This is, moreover, a diversion, an attempt to justify theoretically the development of non-socialist relations to the detriment of other countries of the socialist camp, and the putting of these countries under economic, political and military control and supervision.

Such a policy not only leads to a weakening of the socialist camp which it divides. But this revisionist policy weakens the Soviet Union itself, causing grave difficulties for it and elements of the restoration of capitalism are introduced. It is the source of Soviet agricultural disasters. It slows down the tempo of its industrial development.

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The revisionists in capitalist countries have made a big issue in recent years of the miraculous results arising from the example of communism in the U.S.S.R., as if the value of this example suffices for all and for this reason all should be subordinated to the objective of the so-called “building of communism in the U.S.S.R.”.

What an absurd idea! The example of the successes of the socialist revolution certainly constitutes a great help to the exploited and the oppressed in their struggles against capitalism, against imperialism, because this example encourages their militancy and strengthens their will to realize the socialist revolution too. But the superiority of the socialist economy over the capitalist economy has long been demonstrated, and example alone can by no means replace the revolutionary struggle itself.

What is more, in the case of the revisionists, they serve precisely as a negative example. In our country, what we have to do at the moment is precisely to explain that the difficulties now existing in the Soviet Union and certain other socialist countries are due to revisionism and are not the fault of socialism.

Contrary to that, we can talk about the value of the example of the successes of the socialist revolution in the People’s Republic of China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam, the People’s Republic of Albania, and in Cuba. These successes are also victories of Marxism-Leninism.

Despite the unfortunate consequences caused by revisionism in places where it predominates, when we come to estimate the forces of the socialist camp on a world scale, we can say that they have kept on growing, thanks to the victories achieved in the socialist countries where the Communist and Workers’ Parties have persisted in their Marxist-Leninist stand.