What’s New? [On The Action Centre for Marxist-Leninist Unity]


First Published: C.D.R.C.U. Bulletin, No. 1, n.d. [September 1967]
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One might well ask “What is new in the Marxist-Leninist Movement today?” Contrary to the view of some comrades who see things in the movement as inert and stagnating, if we watch closely, we can see the serpentine movements of the reactionaries who move so stealthily to infiltrate the working class leadership.

It must be admitted that their moves are not always easy to perceive. But beware, for it is just these motions that are so deadly, being designed to bring themselves in a position to strike at the very heart of their prey. Knowing full well that not all Marxist-Leninists are oblivious of their motives, they continue to adapt themselves to the popular demands, thereby camouflaging their real nature.

For an example of this we need look no further than the latest moves of A.C.M.L.U. the would-be liquidators of the Committee of the working class, C.D.R.C.U.

Self Refutation

In the A.C.M.L.U. journal ’Hammer or Anvil’, Vol. 3, No. 1, August 1967, they announce that a “Preparatory Committee for a conference of Marxist-Leninist Unity was established in April 1967... for a conference of Marxist-Leninist Unity ... in September 1967.

Obviously there is nothing new in this for it has been the aim all along and is just another attempt to secure what they failed to achieve before, which we exposed, when they called for a May Lay conference for Marxist-Leninist Unity, A unity incidentally for “re-establishment of the Marxist-Leninist party”, (all previous issues of ’Hammer or Anvil’) the precondition of which “is the broad and principled unity amongst the Marxist-Leninist forces, their groups and organisations throughout Britain”.

Clear enough you must agree. Their particular policy for a party has until now been one of broad unity of groups, etc.

Those who do not watch closely must be aware, for in their editorial of July-August 1967 they reveal for all who wish to see, their treacherous agility in performing deceptive motion.

Very subtle and deadly, they cover the move from their bankrupt policies with a smokescreen of talk about “dialectics and mechanistic views”, all to conceal the fact that they are refuting their own policy on the question of a party. This is done in the most deceptive way, as will be seen when they say –

“There has been a long standing and widespread illusion in the ranks of the anti-revisionist and developing Marxist-Leninist movement that the latter consists, and has from its inception consisted, of a number of separate and genuine Marxist-Leninist Groups. From this illusion has spread the false view that the essential process of building a united Marxist-Leninist organisation would consist of the simple quantative one of mechanically merging these groups together... In contradistinction to this false mechanical view of the process of building a united. Marxist-Leninist organisation is the dialectical materialist view, which sees a Marxist-Leninist organisation as the forerunner of a Marxist-Leninist party as ;being built around a developing Marxist-Leninist programme, reflecting the application of Marxism-Leninism to the concrete conditions in Britain. It sees the elaboration of such a programme and the building of a Marxist-Leninist party engaged in practical struggle on behalf of the working class with the strategic aim of winning them for proletarian revolution...”

Compare this with their often stated policy of broad unity, etc. (Above). Was there not a move? Was it not a tactical one at that, and isn’t the strategy the same?

Then, with the cunning of any form of life that uses deceit as a weapon, they feign death. (This is not for the first time, as other comrades can relate).

Declaring that “The Action Centre for Marxist-Leninist Unity, the sponsoring organisation of the preparatory committee, is now disbanding, its task having been fulfilled, and its forces will be absorbed into the Marxist-Leninist Organisation of Britain, which the conference will establish. This, therefore, will be the last issue of ’Hammer or Anvil’. It will be replaced by the organ of the Marxist-Leninist Organisation of Britain,...” IBID.

In their “dying breath” they call for a September “Conference of Marxist-Leninist Unity”.

As we know, they are far from dead. They are simply sliding behind]a new screen and hoisting a new banner, calling for a party on the basis of “a developing Marxist-Leninist programme”.

What virulent proof we British Marxist-Leninists have of infinite class struggle. Yet some do not see it, precisely because they are immersed in it and continue to look behind their immediate class struggle.

As many of our readers will know, in our exposure of the A.C.M.L.U. policy of Broad Unity, as opposed to the desire of many sincere Marxist-Leninists for unity. Knowing that many others now see the logic of it, it appears that A.C.M.L.U. wish to adopt this logic as their own for the purpose of hoodwinking many Marxist-Leninists into accepting their “leadership”.

“Make trouble, fail, make trouble again, fail again...’till their doom; that is the logic of the imperialists and all reactionaries” – Mao Tse-Tung.

“Cast Away Illusions, prepare for struggle” – Selected Works, Vo1. IV, p.28.