Communist Workers’ Movement

Open Letter to All Marxist-Leninist Organizations

First Issued: 1976 or 1977 [undated]
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The Communist Workers’ Movement was formed by Marxist-Leninists, formerly members of the CPB (M-L), who could see no way forward for the British Revolution, in that organisation. We are not a local organisation, but have branches in different parts of the country.

In common with other Marxist-Leninists we believe that the building of a revolutionary proletarian party is the most important single task facing Marxist-Leninists.

The problem is, and always has been, how to build it. The Marxist-Leninist movement in Britain has a positive aspect in that many are working and active despite the absence of such a party. But it has a more negative aspect, namely that the theory and practice of each group is limited by its local scope and perspective so that a synthesis of collective experience is not possible. It is precisely this synthesis that must form the foundations of the revolutionary party.

To establish such a party Marxist-Leninists must unite to develop a clear analysis of Britain, its relation to the rest of the world, and what strategy and tactics must be followed to establish the dictatorship of the proletariat.

This unity can be established by a sincere desire on the part of those participating to submerge their own personal prejudices and interests for the benefit of the class and revolution. It can only be maintained and developed by a continuous dialectic between different views and experiences.

Such an exchange would be sterile however, if it were not based on unity in mass revolutionary work. This work should form the foundation upon which the developing line is tested.

Accordingly the Communist Workers Movement invite all Marxist-Leninists, whether as groups or individuals, to work together with us towards the convening of a national conference as soon as possible in 1977. The aim of this conference will be to bring together the collective experience of Marxist-Leninists and to develop a programme of practical and theoretical work towards the founding congress of the revolutionary party.

In the meantime, the Communist Workers’ Movement seeks mergers with all groups or individuals where there is a common identity of interests, on the basis of complete equality, and with this in mind it declares itself to be a purely provisional organisation whose aim is to dissolve in common with the other groups, to form the revolutionary party. The Communist Workers’ Movement does not claim for itself any fixed line or programme other, than the basic precepts of communism. Within these limitations, especially at this stage we welcome diversity of opinion, as Marxism-Leninism, and our experience, especially in the CPB (M-L), convinces us that only from that can a correct line emerge.