Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism On-Line

Communist Unity Association (Marxist-Leninist)

Imperialism and the Struggle for a Revolutionary Party


In this pamphlet we have attempted to make the following points:

1. The working class in Britain needs a revolutionary party capable of strategically and tactically leading the struggle to overthrow capitalism and establish the dictatorship of the proletariat. Party-building is the central task today for all revolutionaries.

2. The organisations of the ’left’, revisionists, Trotskyists and others are in essence bourgeois, not proletarian or revolutionary. They can never produce revolutionary loader-ship, a revolutionary party.

3. Britain is a monopoly-capitalist, imperialist society and the material base created by imperialist super-profits is fundamental to the general, prevalence of opportunism in the British left. Only through complete opposition to opportunism based on a penetrating analysis, of imperialism can a real revolutionary movement and party be built.

4. Only on the basis of Marxism-Leninism Mao Tsetung Thought can the party be created. The Marxist-Leninist movement in Britain, however, is weak and divided and has not succeeded in creating the necessary conditions for a revolutionary party.

5. Marxist-Leninist weakness has been primarily the result of failing to concentrate on the central task of integrating Marxism-Leninism with British conditions, failing to unify theory and practice.

6. The primary party-building tasks are not organisational matters, but centre on building the capacity to really give a revolutionary lead to the working class. This requires developing the conditions for the party’s ideological unity on the basis of Marxism-Leninism Mao Tsetung Thought; political unity on a general strategy based on a Marxist analysis of concrete conditions and expressed in a party programme; and the building of links with the working class.

7. At this stage of the struggle the theoretical task of analysing British imperialist society and developing a strategy expressed in a party programme is the primary task.

8. In particular, the developing contradictions internal to the economy of imperialism and the class forces in Britain require concentrated analysis.

9. To correctly carry out analysis and build a general political line we must engage in practical struggles, conduct political agitation and participate in basic workers’ economic struggles, as well as researching and publishing political lines. Only those working to unite theory and practice can produce a Marxist analysis and political programme.

10. The question of organisational unity is subordinate to political unity. Therefore no concrete organisational steps to the party can be planned at this time, The communist principles of leadership must, however, be recognised and all organisational development appropriate to each stage of the struggle put into effect.