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Building Revolutionary Organisations Nationally and Internationally: seminar

The next Marxist Revival seminar will be held on July 19th 2015 in London. The discussions will be on the subject of Building Revolutionary Organisations Nationally and Internationally.

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Why internal democracy is a precondition for building an international organisation

Maziar Razi discusses why internal democracy is a precondition for building an international organisation.

Why internal democracy is a precondition for building an international organisation

Although in discussions about internal democracy tendency rights are accepted in words by many organisations both from Trotskyist and other backgrounds, in practice, however, they are not implemented. In my opinion this question is not a trivial or secondary issue, but is the precondition for building a healthy organisation both on the national and international level that are preparing for socialist revolutions.

Also, the Marxist concept of “democratic centralism” stems from an objective necessity within the labour movement. Many communist organisations and parties have a totally incorrect and non-Marxist understanding of this concept. This incorrect and non-scientific understanding is not exclusive to Stalinist organisations only, but can also be observed in many Trotskyist organisations.

These organisations and parties have an administrative concept of democratic centralism. In fact, all these organisations have an organisational structure that is a caricature of a revolutionary party. They all appear to have congresses, members of a leadership, elections and (formal) ‘democracy’. The leadership of these organisations appears to be ‘elected’ on the basis of a majority vote and the leaders and the ‘leader’ are elected for the period between one congress and the next. These organisations all have their party organ and the pages of their papers are also adorned with articles by, and pictures of, Marx, Lenin or Trotsky (or other leaders), and organise activities and have their supporters. All these organisations claim to have a so-called ‘democratic’ organisational structure. However, either they do not allow, in practice, internal rights for discussions of different views, or when the first signs of a disagreement with the leaders or the […]

By |May 17th, 2013|Party|9,668 Comments

The Question of International

The following article by Elif Çağlı was first published on the Marksist Tutum website.

Workers from different countries need solidarity and joint actions in their fight against capitalism as in the past. Therefore it is very important to build a network of international struggle and solidarity through the trade-union and democratic mass organisations of the working class. But beyond that, revolutionary struggle against capitalist system requires international organisation of the working class. Because of the ambiguities created through years we have to make it clear in the very beginning that what we mean by the international organisation of the working class (workers’ international) is the organisation of the socialist revolution that would bring an end to capitalism, that is, the party of the world revolution.

It has been vindicated many times by the history of revolutionary struggle of the working class that this struggle has an international character and requires efforts on an international level. It is clear that emancipation of the working masses from the curse of capitalism and class society necessitates an international perspective of struggle and organisation not confined to nationalistic mindset. This historical truth was set forth and tried to be implemented since Marx and Engels who analysed important laws of class struggle in capitalist society. The international dimension of revolutionary struggle and the effort to create an international organisation in accordance with that is multiply important under present conditions when capitalism is engulfed in a historical system crisis.
Lessons to be drawn from history
While 1848 was the harbinger of revolt in a proletarian way against the bourgeois order in Europe, it was also a turning point where first attempts of international organisation in which Marx and Engels were involved were seen. The first […]

By |August 7th, 2012|Party|8,569 Comments

Vanguard Party

This article is based on Maziar Razi’s contribution to a discussion on the vanguard party that took place on June 3, 2010, after the split from IMT.

 

Introduction

 

The discussion on the vanguard party is very important for the future formation of an international organisation and it is one of the central issues that Marxists have to discuss and reach a common understanding. It will be necessary to write articles and eventually a resolution on it before we can build an international.

In order to form a new organisation many points about the content of the future organisation will really have to be clarified. First, in particular, the issue of the vanguard organisation is one of the crucial discussions that must be had. Although most Marxists will be acquainted with the idea and have in the past talked many times about it, however, to begin building a new international it will be very, very important that before anything else – even though, of course, there are also many other important issues – before we start any organisational formation of activities and concentrating on developing our ideas, we must be clear about this concept.

 

Second, I wanted to mention is that the ideas I am putting forward are an introduction to the Leninist Party. They are not going to be complete by any means. I myself don’t believe that I, or the IRMT, have yet reached any deep conclusion on that. So what we like to do is to have a dialogue with other comrades with different experiences and understanding to reach a concept of the Leninist Party together. For this is not in fact a finalised version of our ideas. It is just a discussion to pass on […]

Democratic Centralism

Following the recent events that led to splits, resignations, expulsions and suspensions (including the Iranian section) in the International Marxist Tendency, a reassessment of the concept of ‘democratic centralism’ inside a revolutionary party has become necessary. This bitter experience can, at the same time, hold important lessons for our movement.

 

The Marxist concept of democratic centralism stems from an objective necessity within the labour movement. Many communist organisations and parties have a totally incorrect and non-Marxist understanding of this concept. This incorrect and non-scientific understanding is not exclusive to Stalinist organisations only, but can also be observed in Trotskyist organisations (such as the IMT).

These organisations and parties have an administrative concept of democratic centralism. In fact, all these organisations have an organisational structure that is a caricature of a revolutionary party. They all appear to have congresses, members of a leadership, elections and (formal) ‘democracy’. The leadership of these organisations appears to be ‘elected’ on the basis of a majority vote and the leaders and the ‘leader’ are elected for the period between one congress and the next. These organisations all have their party organ and the pages of their papers are also adorned with articles by, and pictures of, Marx, Lenin or Trotsky (or other leaders). All these organisations claim to have a ‘democratic’ organisational structure. However, when the first signs of a disagreement with the leaders or the majority of members appear, a wave of accusations, slander and humiliation of opponents begins immediately; and if these psychological pressures are not effective, organisational manoeuvres, exclusion and slander quickly progress towards expulsion and suspension of membership. If such organisations were to have a state position, then these differences will surely result in arrests, trials and even the […]