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’Our Parties Are Bound Together’

Speech by Pal Steigan, Chairman of the AKP-ML


First Published: Class Struggle, No. 10, Summer 1978.
Transcription, Editing and Markup: Paul Saba
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Dear Comrade Chairman, Dear Comrades,

It is a great honor for me to extend the warmest congratulations from the Workers Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) of Norway to the vanguard of the proletariat in the United States, the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist), on its first anniversary. This anniversary is an event of great importance, not only to you and the proletariat in the U. S., but to workers and oppressed peoples all over the world, because it marks the historic victory of reestablishing the communist party in one of the two imperialist superpowers.

The CPML has set itself the task of leading the working class and the oppressed nationalities in the U.S. in defeating the monopolist capitalist class and building socialism in this country. Your victory will have a tremendous impact on the revolutionary struggle of all peoples. It will put an end to imperialist oppression of a vast number of nations and liberate the productive forces in an advanced capitalist country. It will go down in the history of mankind as one of the most important milestones ever seen.

The perspectives are bright, but just for the same reasons are your tasks so difficult. You shall defeat one of the strongest powers in world history. The CPML, one year old, may seem tiny compared with the huge forces of the enemy. But being small is not necessarily a bad thing only. What counts in the end is whether or not a party has a correct political line and how well it is organized. U.S. imperialism is on the decline and has already been doomed, while the CPML and the proletariat represents the future. Our experience with the CPML has taught us that it is a principled party with high Marxist-Leninist qualities. By taking a correct stand for the national self-determination of the Black nation, the Party has passed the test set by Karl Marx when he estimated the qualities of a proletarian party of an oppressor nation.


By taking this stand, your party has opened the bright perspectives of fully mobilizing the heroic Afro-American people and the oppressed nationalities. Once this is achieved, the revolutionary forces will be able to defeat any enemy however strong it may be. Just like Mao Tsetung, our Party has a great respect for the proletariat in the U.S. Some of the most outstanding battles of the world proletariat have been fought by the working class in your country in the past. The big miners’ strike this winter and the countless class struggles waged here have shown the great potential of the working class. Once this force is unleashed under the leadership of its vanguard, the CPML, it will sweep away the rotten and decadent capitalist system and create a bright new U.S.A. of the people.


We have great hopes for the future of the CPML. Our Party is a young one, just like yours. We can give no advice but one: stick to Mao Tsetung Thought. Our experience is that when we do, we succeed, and when we don’t, we fail.

The Norwegian working class is now facing the sharpest attacks on its living conditions since World War II. Recently the social-democratic government denied the workers the right to vote on the new wage agreement, while this agreement cuts back real wages by five or ten percent. In this situation our Party put forward the slogan of apolitical strike against the forced agreement. Some 25,000 workers of different trades followed the slogan and tens of thousands of others made resolutions against the agreement.

At the same time the so-called “workers’ government” plans to layoff tens of thousands of workers in shipbuilding, pulp, construction, social services, etc. Now we call for the working class to defend their jobs by intensifying the class struggle. While the capitalists and their government cut back on all the gains that the working class has achieved during the last decades, they use the method of so-called “nationalization” to fill the bank accounts of the monopolies from the tax bill.

This fully exposes the class nature of the social-democratic government and the bankruptcy of the modern revisionists who see “nationalization” as the road to “socialism.”

Just like yours, our Party supports the scientific theory of the three worlds elaborated by Mao Tsetung. According to the new brand of revisionists, we should hence be “class collaborationists,” “opportunists,” “supporters of imperialism” and what not. Very well then. Let me ask these gentlemen, the opportunists:

Who in Norway is in the van of the strike movement against the capitalist class? To whom will the class-conscious worker turn when he or she is in the midst of a sharp struggle? The social-democrats? The revisionists? No, sir. It’s an established fact that no other political force than the AKPML plays the leading role in the strike movement, in the struggle against wage cuts and layoffs.


Who in Norway is fighting against the discrimination of the foreign workers by the capitalists? No other party than the AKPML has taken a principled stand against chauvinism and national oppression.

Who is fighting for the democratic rights, for the ban of the neo-Nazi party, etc. Again, it is not the social-democrats, it is not the revisionists. It is no other force than the working class and its vanguard party.


The fact is that Chairman Mao’s theory of the three worlds is a theory for class struggle and revolution under the present international conditions. The opportunist gentlemen can scream their heads off with all their subjective “theories,” but their attacks on the greatest Marxist-Leninist of our era will not hurt any more than the mayflies lightly plotting to topple the giant tree.

Dear Comrades,

At present the rivalry between the two superpowers is more fierce than ever. Soviet social-imperialism is making aggression everywhere. Now it tries to grab the Horn of Africa to close in on the southern flank of Europe. It prepares to take Europe by a pincer movement, and I will like to point out that Norway constitutes the northern flank. The new czars are undoubtedly making plans for a future invasion in Norway. They are already stealing the territorial waters of our country, trampling on its sovereignty over the Spitsbergen archipelago and sweeping the coastal waters of our country for fish.

The Norwegian people have witnessed five years of Nazi occupation and will never allow any aggressor to become their master. We rely on the correctness of the Party’s line, on the patriotic Norwegian people and on the international support of all freedom-loving peoples of the world, including the people of the U.S.A. We will never be intimidated.

Dear Comrades,

On behalf of our Party, our youth leagues and all revolutionary workers, I’ll wish the CPML success in its further development. Our two parties are bound together in a common cause. Together with the Communist Party of China and all other genuine Marxist-Leninists, we will march forward towards our aim of liberating mankind from the chains of imperialism and the victory of communism all over the world.

Long live the CPML!

Long live the militant unity between our two parties!

Long live Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought!