Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism On-Line

League for Proletarian Revolution

The International Significance of the Restoration of Capitalism in the USSR


If the Communist Party being formed in the United States of North America is to correctly lead the working class and oppressed nationalities to the seizure of power and the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat, we must take seriously the life-and-death character of the struggle against modern revisionism, and in particular the full significance of the restoration of capitalism in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

There can be no underestimation of the danger of modern revisionism, especially as represented by the Brezhnev gang in control of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and its revisionist social-chauvinist agents like the so-called “Communist Party” of the United States of America (“CP”USA). First, modern revisionism is a form of counterrevolution in that it works to destroy the dictatorship of the proletariat in socialist countries, and restore capitalist exploitation and slavery, and in the process infiltrates and subverts the vanguard of the revolutionary proletariat—the Communist and Workers* Parties around the world. Second, modern revisionism is nothing less than a section of the imperialist bourgeoisie working to restore the proletariat of the socialist countries back to imperialist exploitation, and destroying the ability of current revolutionary movements to seize power. Modern revisionism is not something separate and distinct from the international imperialist bourgeoisie; it is very much an important part of imperialism’s reactionary offensive against the workers and oppressed people of the world.

What is at stake in this question of restoration of capitalism in the Soviet Union is our understanding of our internationalist obligations. Wrapped-up in this question is the matter of our proletarian revolutionary relationship to the socialist countries; to the struggles in the colonies semi-colonies and neo-colonies; and most important, the vital necessity for a proletarian socialist revolution in the USNA.

It is from this foundation that we must begin our analysis of the rise of modern revisionism and its seizure of power in the USSR.