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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

India Election coverage—The Democratic Revolutionary Alternative

SALUTE THE CONVENTION STAGED IN BARNALA ON MAY 16TH BY THE LOK MORCHA PUNJAB AND THE INQUILABI KENDRA PUNJAB PORTRAYING THE DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTIONARY ALTERNATIVE IN THE 2019 LOK SABHA ELECTIONS TO THE NEO OR SEMI-FASCIST RULING SYSTEM WHICH WEARS THE GARB OF BEING A LIBERAL DEMOCRACY.

By Harsh Thakor
A most qualitative event in education of cadres in Barnala took place at Shakti Kala Mandir Barnala at the culmination of the campaign “Build the Revolutionary Alternative” on Wednesday, May 16th. The most autocratic nature of parliamentary democracy of India which is neo or semi fascist and how to build a genuine revolutionary alternative was covered. No event in India of such qualitative nature in terms of projecting correct mass line of active political campaign as this convention of Inquilabi Kendra and Lok Morcha Punjab. It was a perfect illustration in correct practice of educating advanced political elements of all sections. I was privileged to be present and witness the profound impact on the people present. It is in contrast to sectarian trends of both active boycott and participation in elections or NOTA which prevail in Punjab till this day, Morally it continued the legacy of the mass line of Tarimela Nagi Reddy and Harbhajan Sohi which began over 4 decades ago. Nowhere in Punjab or arguably in India itself is there such correct mass revolutionary approach to question of elections Today in Punjab there are erroneous trends of 'active boycott' practiced by pro-Maoist sections like Lok Sangram Manch and Revolutionary peoples front as well as deviationist tactics of putting up revolutionary candidates by groups like Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) New Democracy C.P.I. (M.L.) New Democracy.
The convention basically connected the issues dealt with the revolutionary alternative with the immediate demands reminiscent of a wheel and axle. It emphasized on the fundamental class offensive of the ruling classes in the parliamentary elections in contrast to its religious, nationalist or casteist projection.

Speakers summarized the burning issues of the masses in great depth covering all spheres of life. The false nationalism of the Bharatiya Janata party was exposed at its very roots but the Congress was also exposed .Aspect of arrest of intellectuals representing fascist trend was also exposed as well as the relationship between economic policies and the agenda of Around 600 people attended. A march was held at the conclusion of the event.

Jagmail singh and Shirin of Lok Morcha Punjab and Muktiar Phullar and Kanwaljeet Khanna of Inquilabi Kendra were the Speakers with Narain Dutt chairing the meeting, one hopes all the speeches are translated from Punjabi to English or Hindi which are all invaluable in creating revolutionary political consciousness and building mass line.

The organizations called upon the people that instead of looking towards the ruling parties to solve their basic problems, they should organize themselves and struggle to establish a pro-people socio-political and economic system.

Exposing the political extravaganza of electoral process the state leaders of both organizations Kanwaljit Khanna, Jagmail Singh, Mukhtiar Singh Poohla and Sheerin said that like several previous elections the present election is neither concerned with the basic issues of the people nor it aims to bring any qualitative change in the lives of people. In reality, the elections are a tool to divert the attention of people from their basic issues and to resolve the contention between different sections of capitalists, Feudal Lords and Landlords, to decide the next ruler of the country and to provide justification and authenticity to this rule by using people as mere stamps. These elections aim to get a stamp of approval for the policies of ruling classes which actually serve the interests of capitalists, Feudal Lords and big Landlords. To achieve this target, all the parliamentary parties tend to ignore the real issues of toiling masses. In present elections these parties are trying to divert the attention of people towards the futile issues of nationalism and internal security on one hand and towards petty economic benefits or the danger to the democracy on the other. The bogus claims of development by the parties, in reality, are aimed to open the doors of economy for the imperialists and big capitalists to gain huge profits. All the political parties claim that the panacea for all the ills of contemporary India, are the policies of Globalization, Liberalization and Privatization, however, these very policies are responsible for all the problems of common people.

The leaders said that, to bring a basic qualitative change and prosperity in the lives of toiling people, there is a dire need to completely change the present anti-people regime. This change can’t be brought out by the electoral process, but, only by constructing people’s power through their popular struggles in the light of the revolutionary path shown by Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Only the conscious and organized force of masses has the capacity to establish the real democracy and is capable of guarding it. Today, there is a strong need, to end the plunder of the country by the imperialists and capitalists, to implement the land reforms and redistribution of land, to end the usury, to come out of all the unequal treaties with the imperial countries, to fill up the treasury by imposing direct taxes on big corporates and companies and to put a bar on their huge profits. These steps can be implemented only by the strength of the organized people. The people have their own organizations which are the alternative to the organizational structures of ruling classes and these organizations have the capacity to bring the basic change in the society if they are provided with the correct revolutionary guidance. Both the organizations held this campaign to perform this task of providing the revolutionary alternative to the people.

The speakers said that the clamor of second or third alternative by the parliamentary parties at present is fictitious and they all serve the interests of the ruling classes. They termed the elections, an attack on the class-unity of masses, and called on to the masses that they should protect their unity from this attack. People should raise their actual demands in the elections and compel the political parties to speak on such issues. They said it is the need of the hour to uphold the path of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his comrades. A demonstration was also held in the Barnala city at the culmination of the campaign and the conference. Comrade Narain Dutt conducted the stage efficiently.

Comrade Shireen in depth dealt with the fascist trends and the methods of combating fascism. She elaborated how India was not in any way a moral bourgeois democratic and all the parliamentary institutions were fundamentally autocratic. She narrated how India was fast turning Fascist with arrests of democratic intellectuals like Professor Saibaba and later the 'Urban' Maoists and how Hindutva fascsim was linked to the semi-feudal pro-corporate socio-political or socio-economic structure.With vivid analysis she covered how fascism could never be fought by relying or allying with nay political party or defending bourgeois democracy or institutions itself. A distinction was made between a bourgeois democracy and an autocratic state and how fascism would not emerge of the Hitler-Mussolini type .but of the type of China under Chiang Kai Shek. She asserted that only revolutionary class struggle could defeat fascism. In her view even environmentalists to work for solutions would have to tread the path of class struggle and not trust or side with any parliamentary or govt. institutions. Shireen urged people not to undermine the oppressive nature of the Congress or other parliamentary parties and to challenge the autocratic state ras a whole rather than just single of the BJP-RSS as a target. She narrated how Hindutva and Corporate friendly policies were promoted with the blessings of the Congress and a lot of reactionary phenomena a was like a child of the Congress itself, be it Babri Masjid demolition or Operation Greenhunt. This is significant as today there is a trend in the Communist revolutionary camp that single outs the BJP-RSS and calls for their defeat but does not or hardly portrays the reactionary character of the Congress and other ruling class parties.

She also addressed the Immediate demands which covered how in each and every sphere the ruling class parties hoodwink the masses and how their agenda does not solve the basic issues like unemployment, land reforms, illiteracy, minimum wages for workers, housing, electricity, transport etc. It gives concrete examples of how in day to day lives the policies of the rulers act in contrary to the genuine aspirations of the masses. Examples were given of peasant suicides, remunerative prices not given to farmers, minimum wages not paid to workers, inadequate transport and housing, price rise, etc.

Comrade Jagmail addressed the question of the revolutionary alternative. He propagated the substitute progressive angle in every sphere be it agriculture, industry, education, health etc. In detail it covers the revolutionary alternative in terms of agrarian revolution, workers take over of factories, alternative education system etc. He described how a system should run in a revolutionary democratic social order. It discussed how people should build their pro-people revolutionary alternative forms or structures in all spheres rather than have faith in any of the alternatives of the current social order. The aspirations of Shaheed Bhagat Singh were vividly projected as well as how the post-1947 rulers betrayed him from Nehru-India Gandhi to Modi.

He elaborated the developmental model summarizing the kind of alternative that should be developed in a genuinely democratic state where land was equally divided, jobs, literacy, hospitals, electricity, housing etc were available to all. It was critical of the Gandhian angle that was eulogized from 1947 onwards and supported the approach of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in creating a genuine Revolutionary democracy. In depth it explained the pretensions of the so called nationalism of the ruling class parties who in essence only supported the anti-people agenda like with regards to Kashmir.

Kanwaljeet Khanna touched upon about the oppression on minorities, particularly Muslims and reminded people of the martyrdom of a famous Ghadr freedom fighter on the same date of May 16th. He also covered the fascist repression in Kashmir. In depth it explained the pretensions of the so called nationalism of the ruling class parties who in essence only supported the anti-people agenda like with regards to Kashmir.

Speakers also exposed how the policies of the colonial British rulers was continued till today in every sphere be it the transport system, education system, industrial system etc. In details contrasts the policies of the ruling class parties with a pro-people development model.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Long live the 70th anniversary of the birth of Ibrahim Kaypakkaya, leader of the struggle for the proletarian revolution in Turkey! Joint declaration of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist organizations

Translated by Google and សតិវ​អតុ 


From Communist Party of Ecuador- Red Sun:

This is a joint declaration of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist parties and organizations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the birth and the 46th anniversary of the murder under torture of the communist leader of the international proletariat in Turkey, Ibrahim Kaypakkaya.

Proletarians of all countries, unite!

Long live the 70th anniversary of the birth of Ibrahim Kaypakkaya, leader of the struggle of the proletarian revolution in Turkey!


This year marks the 46th anniversary of the assassination of the representative of the international proletariat in Turkey, founder of the TKP / ML (Communist Party of Turkey / Marxist-Leninist) Ibrahim Kaypakkaya. Comrade Ibrahim Kaypakkaya was only 24 years old when he was killed under the severe torture inflicted by the Turkish fascist state on May 18. Kaypakkaya founded the TKP / ML at the age of 23 years.

Ibrahim Kaypakkaya has managed to become the permanent leader of the communist idea and the just revolutionary line in Turkey.

He is one of the best disciples of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. He evaluated his own ideas and the TKP / ML, which he founded, as a product of the great proletarian cultural revolution. At a time when Marxist-Leninist ideas were globally active, when the struggles for revolution and socialism developed in the 1960s and 1970s, the class struggle in Turkey was progressing in an incredible way. Especially in the conditions of the 1968 Movement, which covers the entire world, anti-fascist and anti-imperialist revolutionary waves have been formed among the students. This movement reached its 50th anniversary last year. On this occasion, we salute this movement that has shaken the world of imperialism and the powers turning it into a place of fear.

This movement was influenced by Marxism-Leninism and adapted to the revolutionary wave that developed in the world with the idea of ​​revolution and the affirmation of the need for revolution. This period was at the same time a process in which the socialist camp divided the revisionists and the Marxist-Leninists. On the one hand, the Vietnamese resistance, the Student Movement of 1968 and several national struggles for social liberation, opposed to imperialism and the reactionary system of government at an accelerated pace, and on the other hand, the struggle. led by Mao Zedong in which the communists fought against Soviet revisionism and the capitalist restorers that existed in China. In particular, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, which emerged in China against the bourgeoisie, It gave the development of this great revolutionary wave enormous enthusiasm, power and courage. While, on the one hand, revolutionary processes and needs were being pursued and discussed, on the other, in the course of the debates on the problems of socialism, a profound and astonishing ideological struggle was developing.

Kaypakkaya was deeply involved in the international proletariat with the class struggle in socialism, his position on social-imperialism, his persistence in the people's war, his ties to the class struggle and his strong reference to President Mao Zedong. In this context, he took as a reference the courageous step of the Naxalite movement in India. He drew a sharp dividing line between himself and the line of adventurism and focalism around the world. By systematizing the communist line of demarcation, which is based on the creativity of the popular masses, I mean a rupture and form that line with the internationalist conscience.

It is there, in the middle of this process, where Kaypakkaya took his ideological, political and theoretical form. It was nourished by the progressive and rich experiences of the class struggle. But that is not all. He was also influenced by the audacity, fearlessness and richness of theoretical and intellectual thought, which would destroy all taboos, which provoked the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. This showed that he had strong theoretical discussions with revisionist currents, that he had arrived at clear results on the question of political power, that he had adequately analyzed the problems of society in Turkey, which had clearly positioned itself in socio-political and historical issues. more fundamental, and that he had drawn the right path and the right line for the revolution.

Kaypakkaya has shown the historical character of the current political regime of the Turkish ruling class with clarity never before seen. It shook revisionism from the theoretical and political point of view of class collaboration by defining Kemalism as a fascist current. With regard to the issue of the Kurdish nation, he explains with a clear Leninist point of view with which he draws a clear line of demarcation between him and all the self-proclaimed progressive Marxist-Leninists, revolutionaries, who essentially advance in social-chauvinist positions. He explained the quality of the revolution as a democratic popular revolution and tried to adopt the strategic line of the people's war in the country, with its theoretical and practical bases. He brandished the communist flag against the insensitivity and long-standing humiliation of the proletariat and the popular masses, repressed by revisionism and opportunism. He brought the solution to the historical and social problems, presented as already resolved by revisionism, but which remained trapped in reality, thanks to a complete and determined position in the MLM (Marxism-Leninism-Maoism). He also led the ideological struggle against the petty-bourgeois revolutionary centrist movement, which developed under the conditions in which he lived. Once again, he perfected and extended his communist line through the struggle he waged against the new revisionist views, against peaceful reformism and liquidation.

He achieved ideological clarity, political affirmation and theoretical understanding from an early age. His method was the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist. Its affirmation and its ideological clarity are the result of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. His understanding and perception grew in the class struggle. It is a continuous and uninterrupted part of the struggle of the workers' movement, the occupation of the land by the peasants and the struggle of the young students.

His communist and revolutionary attitude led to his murder when it fell into the hands of the Turkish ruling classes. He still exists as a communist leader because of his legacy in the TKP / ML and his programmatic views, which serve as a guide for this party. He remains the main representative of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism in Turkey.

On the occasion of the 46th anniversary of his death, his powerful legacy, his theoretical wealth and his political affirmation have helped to perpetuate a tradition that has not deviated from his line and does not accept commitments, going against the counterrevolutionary wave that has prevailed throughout the world. world. He left behind an inheritance and a struggle that are related to uninterrupted communism for 47 years.

For the 70th anniversary of his birth and on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of his death, we commemorate the leader Ibrahim Kaypakkaya with the oath of devotion to communism, devotion to the revolution and devotion to the ideology of the proletariat. And we will continue to commemorate it. He was a good disciple and follower of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and President Mao. For its 70th anniversary and its 46th anniversary of assassination, it is essential to first place the struggle against revisionism, to learn from the dialectical relationship of Kaypakkaya with Marxism -leninism and Maoism. Not only is it historically important, it is also essential in the current situation, where the ideological tendency of reformism, opportunism and revisionism also influences a broad revolutionary front and, therefore, is the main issue. The main topics, like the ideological-political tendency of "the impossibility of the revolution in a country", the deviation of the objective of the dictatorship of the proletariat or the liquidation and the deviation of the mission of the communist parties as vanguard and direction, are the main and fundamental lines of demarcation between Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and revisionism. This dividing line is hidden under the umbrella of the "new Marxist thought". With the argumntation of a unifying imperialism and the reactionary classes in power, the working and oppressed masses are subtracted from the struggle for political power. Issues related to ethnicity, beliefs, national identity, etc. they are increasingly requested by the masses in this direction and move forward in a reformist orientation. In the regional and local struggle problems, they are increasingly isolated, which in reality can only be solved by breaking the fundamental principles of imperialism. Through this concrete situation, at the origin of this fundamental conception, the imperialists themselves are expected to give the solution to the problem. The ideological and Marxist-Leninist-Maoist positions of Comrade Kaypakkaya are not only an important key for the Turkish Communists and Turkish Kurdistan, but also for all Marxist-Leninist-Maoists around the world. As an important proponent of proletarian internationalism and of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideology, Kaypakkaya occupies a very important place as a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist leader in the history of class struggles. what can really only be solved by breaking the fundamental principles of imperialism. Through this concrete situation, at the origin of this fundamental conception, the imperialists themselves are expected to give the solution to the problem. The ideological and Marxist-Leninist-Maoist positions of Comrade Kaypakkaya are not only an important key for the Turkish Communists and Turkish Kurdistan, but also for all Marxist-Leninist-Maoists around the world. As an important proponent of proletarian internationalism and of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideology, Kaypakkaya occupies a very important place as a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist leader in the history of class struggles. what can really only be solved by breaking the fundamental principles of imperialism. Through this concrete situation, at the origin of this fundamental conception, the imperialists themselves are expected to give the solution to the problem. The ideological and Marxist-Leninist-Maoist positions of Comrade Kaypakkaya are not only an important key for the Turkish Communists and Turkish Kurdistan, but also for all Marxist-Leninist-Maoists around the world. As an important proponent of proletarian internationalism and of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideology, Kaypakkaya occupies a very important place as a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist leader in the history of class struggles. it is expected that the imperialists themselves will give the solution to the problem. The ideological and Marxist-Leninist-Maoist positions of Comrade Kaypakkaya are not only an important key for the Turkish Communists and Turkish Kurdistan, but also for all Marxist-Leninist-Maoists around the world. As an important proponent of proletarian internationalism and of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideology, Kaypakkaya occupies a very important place as a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist leader in the history of class struggles. it is expected that the imperialists themselves will give the solution to the problem. The ideological and Marxist-Leninist-Maoist positions of Comrade Kaypakkaya are not only an important key for the Turkish Communists and Turkish Kurdistan, but also for all Marxist-Leninist-Maoists around the world. As an important proponent of proletarian internationalism and of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideology, Kaypakkaya occupies a very important place as a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist leader in the history of class struggles.

Comrade Kaypakkaya lives and will live again in rebellions, uprisings and revolutionary struggles against imperialism, capitalism, feudalism and all the reactionaries of the oppressed peoples of the world under the leadership of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoists! For the 70th anniversary of his birth, we remember the leader Ibrahim Kaypakkaya for his link with communism, his link to the revolution and his link with the proletarian ideology. And we will continue thinking about him.

Long live Ibrahim Kaypakkaya!
Down with imperialism and all the reactionaries!
Long live the luminous path of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and President Mao Zedong!
Long live proletarian internationalism!
Long live our struggle for revolution, socialism and communism!

Signatories:

Communist Party of Turkey / Marxist-Leninist
Communist Party Maoist, French State
Tjen Folket - Communist League, Norway
Maoist Communist Party, Italy
Committees for the formation of the Communist Party (Maoist) of Austria.
Red Flag Committee, Germany
Communist Party of Chile, Red Faction.
Popular Movement of Peru (Reorganization Committee)
Communist Party of Brazil (Red Faction)
Communist Party of Greece (Marxist-Leninist)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

¡Viva el 70 aniversario del nacimiento de Ibrahim Kaypakkaya, lider de la lucha por la revolución proletaria en Turquía! Declaración conjunta de organizaciones marxista-leninista-maoístas


Esta es una declaración conjunta de los partidos y organizaciones marxista-leninista-maoístas con motivo del 70 aniversario del nacimiento y el 46 aniversario del asesinato bajo tortura del líder comunista del proletariado internacional en Turquía, Ibrahim Kaypakkaya.

¡Proletarios de todos los países, uníos!

¡Viva el 70 aniversario del nacimiento de Ibrahim Kaypakkaya, líder de la lucha de la revolución proletaria en Turquía!

Este año se cumple el 46 aniversario del asesinato del representante del proletariado internacional en Turquía, fundador del TKP / ML (Partido Comunista de Turquía / Marxista-Leninista) Ibrahim Kaypakkaya. El camarada Ibrahim Kaypakkaya tenía solo 24 años cuando fue asesinado bajo la severa tortura infligida por el estado fascista turco el 18 de mayo. Kaypakkaya fundó el TKP / ML a la edad de 23 años.

Ibrahim Kaypakkaya ha logrado convertirse en el líder permanente de la idea comunista y la línea revolucionaria justa en Turquía.

Es uno de los mejores discípulos de la Gran Revolución Cultural Proletaria. Él evaluó sus propias ideas y el TKP / ML, que fundó, como producto de la gran revolución cultural proletaria. En un momento en que las ideas marxistas-leninistas eran globalmente activas, cuando en las décadas de los sesenta y setenta se desarrollaban las luchas por la revolución y el socialismo, la lucha de clases en Turquía estaba progresando de manera increíble. Especialmente en las condiciones del Movimiento de 1968, que abarca todo el mundo, se han formado olas revolucionarias antifascistas y antiimperialistas entre los estudiantes. Este movimiento alcanzó su 50 aniversario el año pasado. En esta ocasión, saludamos este movimiento que ha sacudido el mundo del imperialismo y las potencias convirtiéndolo en un lugar del miedo.

Este movimiento fue influenciado por el marxismo-leninismo y se adaptó a la ola revolucionaria que se desarrolló en el mundo con la idea de la revolución y la afirmación de la necesidad de la revolución. Este período fue al mismo tiempo un proceso en el que el campo socialista dividió a los revisionistas y los marxistas-leninistas. Por un lado, la resistencia vietnamita, el Movimiento de Estudiantes de 1968 y varias luchas nacionales por la liberación social, opuestas al imperialismo y al sistema reaccionario de gobierno a un ritmo acelerado, y por otro lado, la lucha. liderado por Mao Zedong en el que los comunistas lucharon contra el revisionismo soviético y los restauradores capitalistas que existían en China. En particular, la Gran Revolución Cultural Proletaria, que surgió en China contra la burguesía, dio al desarrollo de esta gran ola revolucionaria un enorme entusiasmo, poder y valor. Mientras que, por un lado, los procesos y las necesidades revolucionarias se perseguían y discutían, por el otro, en el curso de los debates sobre los problemas del socialismo se estaba desarrollando una lucha ideológica profunda y asombrosa.

Kaypakkaya estuvo profundamente involucrado en el proletariado internacional con la lucha de clases en el socialismo, su posición sobre el social- imperialismo, su persistencia en la guerra popular, sus vínculos con la lucha de clases y su fuerte referencia al presidente Mao Zedong. En este contexto, tomó como referencia el paso valiente del movimiento Naxalite en la India. Trazó una aguda línea divisoria entre él y la línea del aventurerismo y el foquismo de todo el mundo. Al sistematizar la línea comunista de demarcación, que se basa en la creatividad de las masas populares, significo una ruptura y  forma esa linea con la conciencia internacionalistas.

Es allí, en medio de este proceso, donde Kaypakkaya tomó su forma ideológica, política y teórica. Fue alimentado por las experiencias progresivas y ricas de la lucha de clases. Pero eso no es todo. También se vio influenciado por la audacia, la intrepidez y la riqueza del pensamiento teórico e intelectual, que destruiría todos los tabúes, que provocó la Gran Revolución Cultural Proletaria. Esto demostró que tenía fuertes discusiones teóricas con las corrientes revisionistas, que había llegado a resultados claros sobre la cuestión del poder político, que había analizado adecuadamente los problemas de la sociedad en Turquía, que se había posicionado claramente en las cuestiones socio-políticas e históricas más fundamentales, y en que había trazado el camino correcto y la línea correcta para la revolución.

Kaypakkaya ha mostrado el carácter histórico del actual régimen político de la clase dominante turca con una claridad nunca antes vista. Sacudió el revisionismo desde el punto de vista teórico y político de la colaboración de clases al definir el kemalismo como una corriente fascista. Con respecto al tema de la nación kurda, explica con un claro punto de vista leninista con el que traza una línea clara de demarcación entre él y todos los autoproclamados marxista-leninistas progresistas, revolucionarios, que esencialmente avanzan en las posiciones social-chovinistas. Explicó la calidad de la revolución como una revolución popular democrática y trató de adoptar la línea estratégica de la guerra popular en el país, con sus bases teóricas y prácticas. Blandió la bandera comunista contra la insensibilidad y humillación de larga data del proletariado y las masas populares, reprimidas por el revisionismo y el oportunismo. Trajo la solución a los problemas históricos y sociales, presentados como ya resueltos por el revisionismo, pero que se quedaron atrazados en la realidad, gracias a una posición completa y determinada en el MLM (Marxismo-Leninismo-Maoísmo).También dirigió la lucha ideológica contra el movimiento centrista revolucionario pequeñoburgués, que se desarrolló bajo las condiciones en que vivió. Una vez más, perfeccionó y extendió su línea comunista mediante la lucha que emprendió contra los nuevos puntos de vista revisionistas, contra el reformismo pacífico y la liquidación. La búsqueda ininterrumpida de la lucha ideológica ha hecho una enorme contribución al desarrollo y progreso de Kaypakkaya.

Logró claridad ideológica, afirmación política y comprensión teórica desde muy temprana edad. Su método fue el marxista-leninista-maoísta. Su afirmación y su claridad ideológica son el resultado de la Gran Revolución Cultural Proletaria. Su comprensión y percepción creció en la lucha de clases. Es una parte continua e ininterrumpida de la lucha del movimiento obrero, de la ocupación de la tierra por los campesinos y de la lucha de los jóvenes estudiantes.

Su actitud comunista y revolucionaria lo llevó a su asesinato cuando cayó en manos de las clases dominantes turcas. Todavía existe como líder comunista debido a su legado en el TKP / ML y sus puntos de vista programáticos, que sirven como una guía para este partido. Él sigue siendo el principal representante del marxismo-leninismo-maoísmo en Turquía.

Con motivo del 46 aniversario de su muerte, su poderoso legado, su riqueza teórica y su afirmación política han ayudado a perpetuar una tradición que no se ha desviado de su línea y no acepta compromisos, yendo contra la ola contrarrevolucionaria que ha properado en todo el mundo. Dejó tras de sí una herencia y una lucha que están relacionados con el comunismo ininterrumpida durante 47 años.

Por el 70 aniversario de su nacimiento y con motivo del 46 aniversario de su muerte, conmemoramos al líder Ibrahim Kaypakkaya con el juramento de devoción al comunismo, la devoción a la revolución y la devoción a la ideología del proletariado. Y lo seguiremos conmemorando. Fue un buen discípulo y seguidor de Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin y el presidente Mao.Para su 70 aniversario y su 46 aniversario de asesinato, es esencial colocar primero la lucha contra el revisionismo, aprender de la relación dialéctica de Kaypakkaya con el marxismo-leninismo y el maoísmo. No solo tiene una importancia histórica, sino que también es esencial en la situación actual, donde la tendencia ideológica del reformismo, el oportunismo y el revisionismo también influyen en un amplio frente revolucionario y, por lo tanto, es el tema principal. Los temas principales, como la tendencia ideológico-política de "la imposibilidad de la revolución en un país", la desviación del objetivo de la dictadura del proletariado o la liquidación y la desviación de la misión de los partidos comunistas como vanguardia y dirección, son las principales y fundamentales líneas de demarcación entre marxismo-leninismo-maoísmo y revisionismo. Esta línea divisoria se oculta al amparo del "nuevo pensamiento marxista". Con la argumntación de una  unifición del imperialismo y las clases reaccionarias en el poder, las masas trabajadoras y oprimidas son sustraídas de la lucha por el poder político. Temas relacionados con la etnicidad, creencias, identidad nacional, etc. son cada vez más solicitados por las masas en esta dirección y avanzan en una orientación reformista. En los problemas de lucha regionales y locales, están cada vez más aislados, lo que en realidad solo puede resolverse rompiendo los principios fundamentales del imperialismo. A través de esta situación concreta, en el origen de esta concepción fundamental, se espera que los propios imperialistas den la solución al problema. Las posiciones ideológicas y políticas marxistas-leninistas-maoístas del camarada Kaypakkaya no solo son una clave importante para los comunistas turcos y el Kurdistán turco, sino también para todos los marxista-leninista-maoistas de todo el mundo. Como impulsor importante del internacionalismo proletario y de la ideología marxista-leninista-maoísta, Kaypakkaya ocupa un lugar muy importante como líder marxista-leninista-maoísta en la historia de las luchas de clases.

¡El camarada Kaypakkaya vive y vivirá nuevamente en rebeliones, levantamientos y luchas revolucionarias contra el imperialismo, el capitalismo, el feudalismo y todos los reaccionarios de los pueblos oprimidos del mundo bajo el liderazgo de los marxista-leninista-maoístas! Por el 70 aniversario de su nacimiento, recordamos al líder Ibrahim Kaypakkaya por su vínculo con el comunismo, su vínculo con la revolución y su vínculo con la ideología proletaria. Y seguiremos pensando en él.

¡Larga vida a Ibrahim Kaypakkaya!
¡Abajo el imperialismo y todos los reaccionarios!
¡Viva el camino luminoso de Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin y el presidente Mao Zedong!
¡Viva el internacionalismo proletario!
¡Viva nuestra lucha por la revolución, el socialismo y el comunismo!


Signatarios:

Partido Comunista de Turquía / marxista-leninista
Partido Comunista Maoísta, Estado Francés
Tjen Folket - Liga Comunista, Noruega
Partido Comunista Maoísta, Italia
Comités para la formación del Partido Comunista (Maoísta) de Austria.
Comité de Bandera Roja, Alemania
Partido Comunista de Chile, Fracción Roja.
Movimiento Popular del Perú (Comité de Reorganización)
Partido Comunista de Brasil (Fracción Roja)
Partido comunista de Grecia (marxista-leninista)

India- RESISTANCE TO EXTINGUISH THE NEO-FASCIST SOCIO-POLITICAL ORDER IN BATHINDA—Rally Held

A truly great event part of the annals if Indian revolutionary history-

By Harsh Thakor
HAIL THE SPECTACULAR CONFERENCE JOINTLY STAGED BY BHARATIYA KISAN UNION (UGRAHAN) AND PUNJAB KHET MAZDOOR UNION SHIMMERING THE FLAME OF REVOLUTIONARY DEMOCRATIC RESISTANCE TO EXTINGUISH THE NEO-FASCIST SOCIO-POLITICAL ORDER IN BATHINDA IN PUNJAB ON MAY 15TH.AN EXAMPLE TO THE WHOLE NATION AND A STEPPING STONE FOR BUILDING A GENUINE MOVEMENT TO EMANCIPATE THE ENTIRE PEASANTRY OF PUNJAB FROM THE YOKE OF SEMI-FEUDAL SLAVERY.IDEAL ILLUSTRATION OF PRACTICE OF MASSLINE NARRATING REVOLUTIONARY POLITICS IN THE VERY LANGUAGE OF THE PEOPLE.

A truly great conference was jointly staged by Bharatiya Kisan Union Ugrahan representing the landed peasantry and Punjab Khet Mazdur Union representing the agricultural labourers near I.T.I Chowk, in Bathinda city on Wednesday, May 15th, shimmering the flame of revolutionary democracy and exposing the -neo-fascist policies of the rulers. In genuine people's language in level with their political consciousness addressed the rally. Arguably one of the most encouraging and positive events in the revolutionary democratic history of Punab and India.

The conference urged the people to sharpen their day to day class struggles and the people's organizations and have no faith in the rotten parliamentary system. Around 10,000 attended the meet. An event of great qualitative success in exposing the fraudulent parliamentary democracy prevailing today and in encouraging people to tread path of revolutionary resistance. Example of mass line practice and arguably nowhere in Punjab or India do we witness such level of revolutionary democratic practice in open mass work during elections. The farmers and agricultural labourers had literally found anew road distinct from that offered by the ruling class parties and parliamentary system on the journey back home. The success was a tribute to the painstaking work for a whole week in over 55 villages by the leaders and activists and to the series of struggles organized earlier .Motorcycle flag rallies were held mobilizing people in districts of Bathinda.Barnala,Moga,Muktsar,Mansa,Ludhiana,Faridkot,Amritsar,Gurdaspur,Jalandhar,The sustained struggles of the past like the protest in Ludhiana against the fra

uds launched by a bank which issued false payment cheques to the peasantry, a series of protests against debts and suicides of farmers, a 50 day protests in Bathinda for demands of water supply ,protests of dalit agricultural labour for right to plots and be awarded minimum wages and panchayat land played an important role in the success of this event during the elections. The mutual support of the landless agricultural labour to the struggles of the landed peasantry and vice versa played a vital role.

The protesters, including farmers, farm labourers and family members of farm suicide victims, also took out a march. The leaders addressing the rally requested the people to launch protracted or consistent struggles on issues of debt waiver, farm suicides, drug abuse and unemployment. They accused the political rulers of dividing the people on religious lines and hoodwinking them for electoral victories instead of giving a genuine alternative to the people for solving their problems. They linked the peoples problems and issues with the neo-fascist economic and political agenda of the Narendra Modi led govt. in the Centre explaining who win in essence the ruling Congress was no different than blessing Hindutva. In a subtle manner some of the speakers touched upon the issue of the false nationalism of the BJP govt. which was morally supporting imperialist enslavement and diverting people with national anti-Pakistan jingoism. They portrayed the actual revolutionary alternative of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and explained how since 1947 all the rulers betrayed the great martyr from Nehru to Modi. Reference was also given to how Operation Greenhunt was an attack on the entire people of India explaining how the armed forces were used to crush peoples movements.

In the front of the rally women participants displayed garlanded photos of their husband farmers who were suicide victims as a result of debt.

Inspiring speeches by Jhanda Singh Jethuke, Laxman Singh Sewewala, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Sukhdev Singh Khokri and Harbinder Bindu.

Harinder Bindu in depth exposed how women were literally enslaved by the imperialist culture. She gave vivid examples of women being exploited in advertisements and sold as commodities.
She tarred how peasant women refused to bow down to traditional slavery or captivity and were participating in many a struggle to oppose rapes, feudal exploitation and day to day class struggles with men, even playing a vanguard role.

Joginder Singh Ugrahan, state president of the BKU (Ugrahan), said, “All major political parties have let the farming community down for decades. These political parties and their leaders have played the politics of opportunism and always leveraged support to corporate houses. The agricultural sector is in dire straits today. Distressed farmers burdened under debt are forced to committing suicides while the owners of corporate houses and leaders of political parties are busy living lavish lives.”
He said, “We demand that government land must be distributed equally among farmers and interest on farm loan must be abolished. For the growth of the agriculture sector, investment from the government sector is a must. Besides, facilities of irrigation must be increased and adequate arrangements to meet the storage of farm produce must be made. There is a need for an agro-based industry, cheaper power, transportation, water and regular jobs. Privatization must be stopped.”
He felt that the rich farmers and politicians were getting richer day by day, the poor farmers were further pauperized and turning landless, while both farmers and agricultural labourers were compelled to commit suicide.

Laxman Singh Sewewala, Secretary of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union (landless workers organization)stated that people had to play a major role in exposing the ruling class politicians and build up their own sustained struggles In detail hew explained how the parties will never solve their real problems and bang every nail ion the coffin to hoodwink them.

Sukhdev Singh Khokri ,secretary of the BKU(Ugrahan) narrated the influence of imperialist culture and how it was strangulating democracy.He elaborated how a genuine pro people culture should be created. In detail he summed up how the TV ,films and social media were literally reduced to stooges of the rotten ,dirty Imperialist culture having a profound influence on shaping the thought process of the broad masses. Jethuke summarised the victory of peasant struggles in regions like Chatewada on issue of debt and Halwala where a Special Economic zones construction was thwarted. He explained the futility of the Parliamentary system and how only revolutionary struggle could create the base for any social change.

Most touching moment witnessing the aftermath of the event with the vehicles carrying the participants reminiscent of thousands of blooming red roses on a journey like many contingents of an army battalion marching. They looked as though they were resurrected with a new spirit to rekindle the flame of revolution. I was most privileged to participate here being a most memorable experience. The unity of the landed Jat peasantry with the dalit agricultural labour community here had great significance to the long term interests of the agrarian revolution wedging the caste gap between them. The farmers and agricultural labourers had literally found anew road distinct from that offered by the ruling class parties and parliamentary system on the journey back home.

Cultural activists interspersed the speeches with songs and readings of great poetic depth reaching the core of the soul of the audience as though it was playing in their hearts


Friday, May 17, 2019

Destroy the EU: Elections no, Revolution yes!

 This is a statement against the European Union. There are a lot of young people who like to be able to move freely across Europe without the hassles of borders and road blocks. But this freedom comes at a high price. It is nearly impossible to make even small changes in the system, because the ruling body of the EU can just override them. That happened a few years ago with Greece trying to reject the austerity conditions from the EU and its lenders. Democracy was subverted. The EU has more authority than the elected governments of each country. It is not much different from NATO. That is why I completely back this statement:
-សតិវ​អតុ 

This was posted on Dem Volke Dienen:
Beginning on the 23rd of May the elections of the European Union are going to take place, lasting until the 26th. Preparing for a couple of months, the propaganda of the bourgeois parties is now fully on the way, with their poster, slogans and campaigns about the greatness (or not-so greatness) of the EU. However, an eye catching similarity in between the countries of the EU is not only the common propaganda for the EU Elections, but also the deep rejection of the masses, who - venting their anger - commence everywhere to destroy and trash electoral materials in great numbers. Revolutionaries in different countries – such as Sweden for example - have already started to develop their own boycott campaigns against the EU. Now a joint declaration of several Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties and Organizations follows suit, kicking off a joint campaign to boycott the elections with common posters, slogans, declarations, etc.
In the following, we document the declaration, some posters and the poster layout files provided by the comrades of New Epoch Media:


Proletarians of all countries, unite!

Elections no, Revolution yes!

From the 23rd to the 26th of May, 27 European countries members of the European Union will hold elections for the European Parliament. These so-called “European elections” are a joke, since the European Parliament is a travesty of bourgeois democracy. It is a Parliament that decides nothing, and that just serves to fund handsomely the more than 700 members of parliament who sit there playing make believe democracy.

This truth is well understood by the masses in the countries of the European Union, since during the 2014 elections, nearly 56% abstained. This shows that the majority of the masses understand that this election is only smoke and mirrors, like the others in capitalist regime.

The revisionists have chauvinist and liquidationist tendencies that encourage them to participate in these elections, even though the reality shows that the masses reject them totally. The role of the communists, of the Maoists today, is on the contrary to correctly apply the mass line and accentuate the correct ideas in the masses, and not to convince them to go to the ballot box.

This is why the Communists of Europe call for a boycott of the European elections, which are just a smokescreen for all the peoples of Europe. The communists must go to the masses during this “campaign”, and propagate the correct idea of the boycott. In this way, the abstention shown everywhere in Europe in 2014 can become an active boycott movement and raise the consciousness and combativeness of the masses.

We unite under the slogan “Elections no, Revolution yes!”, Which breaks the conciliatory tendencies and argues that only the revolution following the strategy of Protracted People's War, led by the Communist Parties, can allow us to have power for the working class and the masses, in the form of proletarian dictatorship and not an election. Acknowledging the uneven development of proletarian revolution, we also strongly reject the revisionist theories such as a “European revolution” which tries to implement liberal ideas into the revolutionary movement and therefore liquidates the struggle for destroying the EU.

We join our efforts in Europe under the motto “Boycott the European elections!” to cut clearly with all liquidationist lines that do not analyze what the European Union is and submit to the order of the imperialists.

Destroy the EU, an alliance of the imperialists!

The EU is an alliance that has a class character, like all subjects in the class society in which we live. The latest conception of a “European Union” of the capitalists was born in the midst of the cold war, to extend the internal market to Europe and to react to the heroic victory of the Soviet Union and the partisans of Europe on the Nazis. The EU was created after the war in the 1957 Treaty of Rome between six imperialist countries in Western Europe: the French State, the FRG, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. It is therefore above all an alliance between imperialists.

The successive “enlargements” of the EU are also the result of the nature of this alliance: imperialist powers from Northern, Southern and Central Europe, such as Sweden and Austria, entered the EU in during the 1970-80-90 decades, with some oppressed countries like Greece. Finally, in the 2000s, with the fall of the revisionist regimes of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as with the imperialist aggression and war on Yugoslavia 1999, the imperialist powers at the head of the European Union were able to extend their domination to this region. Today, the EU's enlargement negotiations are aimed in particular at the oppressed peoples and nations of the Balkans.

The imperialist states at the origin of this project have a dual relationship to the EU: they defend it ardently when it allows them to advance the pawns of their own imperialism in Europe and in the world, and they reject it when their imperialist interests are thwarted by the constraints of the alliance. This is the case for example of British imperialism, where the bourgeoisie is in contradiction on the "Brexit". Besides that, the so called "Brexit" plainly shows the attempt made by the bourgeoisie to channel the rebellion, resulting from the deep rejection of the masses in the various countries against the EU alliance, into the parliamentary system by presenting some electoral choice. European identitarians, on the other hand, fantasize a Europe based on religious and cultural criteria, and serve only as useful idiots for the most reactionary fringes of financial capital in Europe.

The general crisis of imperialism today touches the brunt of alliances like the European Union. The so-called “Eurosceptic” voices rise, and testify to the inner contradiction of the bourgeoisie on this subject. With each passing day, accumulating scandals like the almost colonial management of the crisis of imperialism in Greece, the imperialist powers of Europe who lead the EU reveal their true nature and that of their project.

These imperialist powers, the oldest in the world, born with the development of capitalism in Europe, oppress people all over the world. The European Union serves as a relay in Europe for them, especially to oppress the peoples of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, who serve as cheap labor. As such, the imperialists within the EU profit from the exploitation of the semi-colonial, semi-feudal countries where they apply any means possible to subdue the rebellious peoples and serve their interests. Poverty, massacres, an increasing fascization and arming of the states as well as oppression of millions are the result.. Through the construction of military bases, investments into weapon manufactures and active arms deals, particularly German imperialism, in direct coordination with the Turkish government, tries to quell the struggles of the peoples. And not only is the reactionarization promoted in the oppressed countries, also in the imperialist countries attempts are made to silence revolutionaries such as from Turkey. Communists denounce the imperialist alliance nature of the European Union. We adopt the slogan “Destroy the EU, an alliance of the imperialists!” to show the reality of this project of the imperialists powers of Europe.

Proletarians of all countries, unite!

Our boycott of the European elections, since it highlights the nature of the imperialist alliance our enemies have formed with the EU, must always put proletarian internationalism at the forefront.

Lenin brilliantly explained that the “United States of Europe” of the capitalists, which was the name given to the European project at the time, would be only like an agreement for the division of the colonies. The EU is nothing but a permanent conflict of power between the great imperialist powers, which only ends in rupture when the balance of power changes, as Brexit shows.

The proletariat is an international class, which capitalist development in Europe has particularly prepared for the political direction of society. In the face of the European Union, which only serves as an organization for the imperialist reaction, whether for the “United States of Europe” or a so-called “Europe of nations”, we advance the line of the proletariat.

We unite under the correct slogan of Marx and Engels “Proletarians of all countries, unite!” which they expressed just before the People's Spring of 1848 in Europe, where the proletariat emerged for the first time as a politically independent and revolutionary class on a continental level.

Facing the imperialist enemies in their tactical alliance of the EU, we must adopt a clear class line: denunciation of our own imperialism, for communists organized in States of this type, resolute support for the oppressed peoples of Europe and the world that the imperialists of Europe are plundering, and fierce struggle until the victory against the Union of the imperialists, for the proletarians of all the countries to unite!

Boycott the European elections!
Elections no, revolution yes!
Destroy the EU, an alliance of the imperialists!
Proletarians of all countries, unite!

Peru People’s Movement
Communist Party of Turkey / Marxist-Leninist
Committee Red Flag, FRG
Committees for the Foundation of the (Maoist) Communist Party of Austria
Maoist Communist Party, French State
Tjen Folket - Communist League, Norway
Red Flag Collective, Finland
Committee for Construction of the Communist Party (Maoist) Galicia (Spanish State)


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

In the US there are those who will help to counter the anti-communist historians who are trying to re-write history

By សតិវ​អតុ 
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, right-wing historians have worked hard and it seems likes they have worked overtime to try and destroy the legacy of all communist leaders. Bourgeois Historians and pundits have tried to make VI Lenin (Владимир Ленинlook about the same as their top communist leader boogeyman, Joseph Stalin.[1] Since the end of World War II, the bourgeois media has used Stalin and images from his days in office as a major propaganda tool.
It is no surprise that historians are now trying to make Mao Zedong (毛泽东) into a boogeyman. They are also trying to convince the Chinese public and some officials that Mao and his companions were really just nasty bullies who did nothing for the people around them. According to Francis Grice, writing for National Interest:


“In conventional accounts of the Chinese Revolutionary Civil War (1926–1949), Mao Zedong is shown towering heroically above a great throng of adoring peasants, who have surged up in a great wave to defeat their imperialist foes and propel the Communists into power. Commonplace during Mao’s reign, this depiction remains a major keystone in Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda and claims to legitimacy today. Yet, its truthfulness has come into question in recent years and this directly threatens the survival of the Party.
A growing number of historians—both in China and abroad—have begun to unpick the myth. Among the most prominent are Jung Chang and John Halliday, who wrote a scathing retelling of Mao’s life and actions, with the thesis that Mao and his followers were bloodthirsty thugs who bullied their way into power through anti-civilian violence, sinister manipulation and dumb luck. Chang and Halliday’s revisionism has been demonized by the CCP (and condemned by some Western Sinologists), but their core claims about the cruelty and fundamental unpopularity of the CCP during this early period have been correlated by numerous other researchers.”

In some ways this is not surprising. Since the end of the Cold War, such revisionist historians have worked hard to try and destroy the credibility of Mao and any other communist leader from past. Many conservatives feel they have won the cold war. But they want to make sure that communism stays dead. They know that there are still many Maoists and Marxists in the world. Some are people in the poorer Third world countries, but there are some in the more developed countries also. They want to put doubt in such people’s minds. They want to prevent others from reading up on such leaders as Mao and they want to prevent a positive image as we saw by some celebrities in the 1960s and 1970s.[2]
I have to admit that such articles do put doubts in my mind. I really don’t believe Grice and such historians just make things up. But they do look for the facts and testaments that support their claims. They try to build cases based on their own research, or the research that others have put together that supports their claims. Just as with the US government’s case on Venezuela, these right-wing historians hope that their work will lead to a policy that most people will not dare to question. Most Americans don’t question what they are told about Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela or for much of any other foreign leader their government tells them about. It is easy in America to convince the public that some one else’s leader is no good. For those of us who have made up their mind about Mao and communism, this leaves us with the difficult task of trying to undo the damage that Grice and others do. In some foreign countries such as Philippines, it is not so hard to convince people that the US government lies to them. They are usually able to see for themselves what simply isn’t true. But in comfortable middle class America, pro-US, anti-foreign leader propaganda sticks like cement.
Luckily we have a few left of center pundits and historians who can counter some of their conservative clap-trap. Kristen R Ghodsee and Scott Sehon have written an essay called Anti-anti-communism. They called it that because they are quick to point out that they are NOT communists, but they feel it is wrong to try and falsify history just to make a propaganda point:

“The public memory of 20th-century communism is a battleground. Two ideological armies stare at each other across a chasm of mistrust and misunderstanding. Even though the Cold War ended almost 30 years ago, a struggle to define the truth about the communist past has continued to rage across the United States and Europe.
On the Left stand those with some sympathy for socialist ideals and the popular opinion of hundreds of millions of Russian and east European citizens nostalgic for their state socialist pasts. On the Right stand the committed anti-totalitarians, both east and west, insisting that all experiments with Marxism will always and inevitably end with the gulag. Where one side sees shades of grey, the other views the world in black and white.
Particularly in the US, labour supporters and social liberals who desire an expanded role for the state hope to save the democratic socialist baby from the authoritarian bathwater. Fiscal conservatives and nationalists deploy memories of purges and famines to discredit even the most modest arguments in favour of redistributive politics.
For those wishing to paint 20th-century communism as an unmitigated evil, ongoing ethnographic and survey research in eastern Europe contradicts any simple narrative. Even as early as 1992, the Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulić ‘worried about what would happen to all the good things that we did have under communism – the medical care, the year’s paid maternity leave, free abortion’. As governments dismantled social safety nets and poverty spread throughout the region, ordinary citizens grew increasingly less critical of their state socialist pasts.”

One important point that this article seems to make is that no leader or system is all bad. They want to remind people that such exaggerated and stacked statistics and horror stories can be seen for what they are. When something is painted as All Bad, there seems to be a lack of credibility. As Ghodsee and Sehon point out:

“Of course, conservatives might insist that they are merely reminding people of the genuine flaws of communism, lest there be any tendency to fall towards that path. They argue that communism must be rejected in any form, for they fear that we might repeat the mistakes of the Soviet bloc. But given the extreme unlikeliness of the West’s return to communism in the 21st century, and the continuing nostalgia for state socialism in eastern Europe, it’s worth examining these anti-communist arguments closely.
Thoughtful observers should suspect any historical narrative that paints the world in black and white. In Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011), the Nobel-prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman warns of predictable cognitive flaws that inhibit our ability to think rationally, including something called ‘the halo effect’:
The halo effect helps keep explanatory narratives simple and coherent by exaggerating the consistency of evaluations: good people do only good things and bad people are all bad … Inconsistencies reduce the ease of our thoughts and the clarity of our feelings.
Since nuance in the story of 20th-century communism might ‘reduce the ease of our thoughts and the clarity of our feelings’, anti-communists will attack, dismiss or discredit any archival findings, interviews or survey results recalling Eastern Bloc achievements in science, culture, education, health care or women’s rights. They were bad people, and everything they did must be bad; we invert the ‘halo’ terminology and call this the ‘pitchfork effect’. Those offering a more nuanced narrative than one of unending totalitarian terror are dismissed as apologists or useful idiots. Contemporary intellectual opposition to the idea that ‘bad people are all bad’ elicits outrage and an immediate accusation that you are no better than those out to rob us of our ‘God-given rights’.”

So we do have those historians who insist on a true and accurate picture of what really happened in the past. We need to keep them in mind, as we do our work, as we try to counter the anti-communist propaganda that the bourgeoisie uses to protect its positions of power. They don’t want to have to deal with those who dare question the legitimacy of capitalism.
That is the job, writers as myself, here in the US must do. Ghodsee and Sehon are a big help. I don’t mind some criticism of communism, if it allows people to see more balanced and less biased view of history.




[1]Иосиф Сталин (Russian)იოსებ სტალინი (Georgian).
[2] Such examples are KEVIN KNODELL. See Meet the American Who Joined Mao’s Revolution,