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August 29th Movement

C.L.P.– Social Prop of the Bourgeoisie


First Published: Revolutionary Cause, Vol. 1, No. 3, February 1976.
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In the December, 1975 issue of the “People’s Tribune”, the thoroughly opportunist “Communist” Labor Party leveled a vicious attack on vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping which in essence was but a cover for an attack on the Communist Party of China and the general line of the international Communist movement. We will quote from the so-called “People’s Tribune”, “Teng who has clearly emerged as China’s Kruschev”; and “we are firmly convinced that Mr. Teng and his cohorts will only be a footnote in the history of the Chinese Revolution”.

Just as the modern revisionists of the CPSU launched their attack on Marxism-Leninism by attacking an individual, Josef Stalin, the bankrupt CLP, under the cover of an attack on Comrade Teng, is doing the same. One of the points of departure between Marxism-Leninism and revisionism is the recognition of the leadership of the Communist Party of China in the international Communist movement. On this score, and a number of others, CLP has long ago revealed itself as consolidated renegades, Trotskyites and opportunists.

The CLP has opportunistically attacked the line of the CPC and this flows from two basic factors:

1) They are not Marxist-Leninists; nor principled: but thoroughly consolidated opportunists.

2) Their role as splitters, wreckers, and agent-provocateurs of the U.S. Bourgeoisie and lackeys of the Soviet-Revisionists.

In order to carry out the tasks assigned to them by the bourgeoisie these opportunists utilized bourgeois metaphysics and slick sophistry in trying to isolate and detach Comrade Teng from the line and policies of the CPC and the support of this general line and policies by the people of China and internationally.

This comrades, is an old and cheap bourgeois trick which has been used to attack and slander leaders of progressive movements or parties in order to splinter, wreck, and confuse honest forces.

The Aim of These Opportunist Attacks

The aim of these opportunists is to sow the seeds of doubt; speculation, and confusion within the Communist, Labor, and national movements, as to the revolutionary character and leading role of the CPC internationally. This is to be done by depicting the CPC as “degenerating”, “headed by Revisionists”, and colluding with mean old U.S. Imperialism against the innocent and peace loving Soviet-Revisionists and peoples of the world. Their hope is to win friends and influence people by appearing more pure and super-revolutionary than “even” the CPC.

CLP’s line of social-chauvinism and social-pacificism holds:

1) that the U.S.S.R. is still a socialist country and that capitalism has not been fully restored.
2) that the U.S.S.R. is not a social imperialist and fascist state.
3) that there are no two superpowers; no United Front Against Imperialism nor any third world, but only the socialist and imperialist camps.
4) that there is only a need for a one stage revolution in the colonies and neo-colonies. (A straight-up Trotskyite theory.)
5) that all revolutionary and progressive forces should support the Soviet “Peace” proposal (Read: Detente).
6) that the U.S.S.R. is still a friend of the peoples of the world, and its only a couple of misleaders at the top who are the problem. This line is in essence that of the CPUSA.

The CLP denies the contradiction between/among the imperialist and social-imperialist countries; and the contradiction between the socialist countries on the one hand and the imperialists and social-imperialist on the other. In doing this, these opportunists deny the possibility of using these contradictions among the imperialists (contradictions, conflicts, and wars among the imperialist states) as indirect reserves in order to strengthen the United Front against Imperialism and isolate and smash the two superpowers one by one.

By liquidating the principal contradiction worldwide between imperialism and soviet-social imperialism on-the one hand, and the oppressed nations on the other, these social-chauvinists try to rechannel the support for just wars of national liberation to a social-pacifist and capitulationist policy. Nowhere in this article from the “People’s Tribune” is the traitorous role of the Soviet-social-imperialists in Asia mentioned such as in India, Cambodia, the Philippines, etc.

There are two other nauseating articles in this same issue of their worthless rag in which the CLP states their support of the Revisionist Portuguese Communist Party as “the leader of the Portuguese Proletariat”. This is the same PCP who collaborated with the military to repress and jail the real Marxist-Leninist forces!

The other gem in this particular issue describes two “comrades” who took a two week tour of the U.S.S.R. who sound more like two bourgeois tourists on a vacation. They are totally excited because the streets had no garbage; people were well dressed; and there were re-built museums which indicated socialism still existed! This is the bourgeois metaphysical approach and method in only seeing the appearance of things and not the essence of Soviet society being the restoration of capitalism with a new Soviet Bourgeoisie; appropriation of the surplus value of the working-class, etc.

The aim of these two articles is to try and win support for Soviet influence, expansionism, and hegemonism in West Europe, and con people into believing a proletarian workers’ state still exists in the U.S.S.R. because of streets without garbage, people with clothes, and re-built museums. We should refer CLP and their two roving tourists to the fact that these things can also be found in other capitalist countries such as Sweden.

Historical Roots of This Opportunism and Our Tasks

Understanding that imperialism itself is bound to give rise to a continuous stream of different type of opportunism to corrupt the revolutionary movement, we can see that CLP is the deformed offspring of the old “left” opportunist Provisional Organizing Committee which attempted to reconstitute the “C8221;PUSA, but which ended up attacking Stalin, the Communist Party of China and Marxism-Leninism. The bourgeois method of deception and the different forms of opportunism it creates are layed out by the Albanian Comrades:

When the first signs of Krushchovite opportunism became apparent, imperialism, without neglecting the means of violence, began to practice on a wider scale the tactics of deception, of undermining the communist and workers movement, of revolution and socialism from within, a tactic which it had begun to use many years before in various capitalist countries. (Some Questions of Socialist Construction in Albania and of the Struggle Against Revisionism– Party of Labor of Albania).

The “dialectics of the development of the CLP”, not “from the standpoint of pure reason” as they see things, but in real life, is that of increasingly throwing off their “left” cover and essentially jumping into bed with the CPUSA as lackeys of the Soviet social-imperialists and agents and social props of the bourgeoisie within the labor and national movements.

Our tasks in regard to this and other shades of opportunism is to tear off their “ultra-revolutionary” cover and expose their right essence, and in the process expose the dying bourgeoisie which becomes ever slicker in its tactics of deception. We must uphold the principle of proletarian international ism and actively support the United Front against Imperialism and the struggle against the two superpowers, the national liberation struggles, and the leading role of the Communist Party of China and the Party of Labor of Albania, and the general line of the international communist movement.

The decadent CLP is going out of being since it represents the dying forces in bourgeois society, but it will not go out on its own accord, nor can they be simply “declared” defeated and out of existence in a voluntarist manner. We must direct our blows at these bribed elements, these social props of imperialism, and in the process of struggle, expose, defeat and expel them from the ranks of the labor and national movements.