Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism On-Line

OC statement on RCP’s opportunist conference

First Published: The Call, Vol. 5, No. 29, November 22, 1976.
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The following statement was issued by the Organizing Committee for a Marxist-Leninist Party in opposition to the so-called “Conference on the International Situation” which was organized by the Revolutionary Communist Party.

The recent decision by the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) to sponsor and hold a conference on the international situation is an attack upon the party-building efforts of Marxist-Leninists within this country. It is an attempt to reverse the gains already made in demarcating Marxism-Leninism from revisionism by creating confusion and promoting revisionism within the communist movement on the international situation.

The conference openly conciliates with Soviet social-imperialism and modern revisionism by legitimizing the views of bourgeois intellectuals, revisionists, and centrists alike. It blatantly confuses the struggle within the Marxist-Leninist movement over a correct political line with the struggle by Marxist-Leninists against modern revisionism.

Using the liberal bourgeois technique of raising all views to the same level regardless of their class content and creating a “free marketplace of ideas,” the RCP attempts to cover its own opportunist line which fails to educate the masses of people about the danger of revisionism and social-imperialism. None of the so-called “four main trends” identified by the RCP are Marxist-Leninist. One of the trends named is an out-and-out statement of the views of Soviet social-imperialism. This amounts to giving the modern revisionists and their apologists an audience and creates sympathy for their views by treating them as just one of “four different trends.”

A Marxist-Leninist line on the international situation has been identified in the course of many years of hard struggle in the U.S. movement. This line is summed up in the “Declaration of the Organizing Committee for a Marxist-Leninist Party.” It states that, in the present world situation, the factors for both war and revolution are on the rise. The two imperialist superpowers, including the U.S., which is on the decline, and the Soviet Union, which is a rising imperialist power, taken together, constitute the main enemies of the world’s people.

It is the responsibility of the U.S. revolutionary movement to overthrow U.S. imperialism in the course of the struggle against both superpowers, while striking the main blow internationally at the Soviet social-imperialists, who are the most dangerous.

The Organizing Committee for a Marxist-Leninist Party opposes this conference. We recognize that in this period of party building, the anti-party opposition will take every opportunity to sabotage the efforts of Marxist-Leninists to form a genuine communist party.