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Lenin: “In a word, the “plan for an all-Russia political newspaper”, far from representing the fruits of the labour of armchair workers, infected with dogmatism and bookishness (as it seemed to those who gave but little thought to it), is the most practical plan for immediate and all-round preparation of the uprising, with, at the same time, no loss of sight for a moment of the pressing day-to-day work”.

Written by theworkersdreadnought

13/12/2008 at 00:44

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  1. You need to update, comrade… Six months ago?

    Also, maybe we should have a dialogue going back and forth between our sites about some of the stuff we’ve talked about in the wee hours on gmail chat!

    JMP

    09/10/2009 at 10:19

  2. DOWN THE IMPERIALIST AGGRESSION TO LYBIA!

    LONG LIVE THE PEOPLES’ RESISTANCE ALL OVER THE WORLD!

    On March 19th, under the approval of UN, NATO’s imperialist forces of USA, France, England, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Denmark and other countries started bombing the Libyan territory, with the subterfuge of protecting the civil population from the massacre waged by the fascist Kaddafi because of the people’s massive protests.

    Imperialism is again using the cloak of human rights defence and democracy to promote one more aggression to the peoples. The same governments, mostly USA’s, have kept feudal monarchic regimes in neighbour countries like Bahrein, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and have not done anything concerning the massacre of the masses those governments have perpetrated. On the contrary, while the international diplomacy preach them to be cautions with the excesses, they keep supporting those reactionary regimes supplying them with weapons and resources. Last December the USA State Secretary, Hillary Clinton, praised the Bahrein government by its “commitment [....] to the democratic road”.

    And more than that, the USA and coalition forces maintain the criminal Iraq and Afghanistan occupations, supported by mercenary armies and wage a continuous genocide against the masses; the UN has nothing declared so far.

    Imperialist disputes for new partitions and the world revolution

    The aggression undertook by the NATO/USA is the continuing of the colonial oppression on the African continent peoples and a new chapter of the imperialist partition war, before the deep world crisis capitalism lives. It is the violation of the people´s self-determination rights and part of the counter-revolutionary offensive started by Bush that continues under Obama. It tries to use the fair masses struggle against oppression and exploitation for re-structuring the bureaucratic capitalism in those countries, urging the fractions and groups in power of the big bourgeoisie for establishing ‘new’ puppet governments.

    The USA tries to prevent the existence of a legitimate revolutionary process strengthening the lackey forces of the opposition and, at the same time, preventing other imperialist powers (mostly France, Russia, China, Germany) to seize their former domain areas. That is why the military Yankee intervention has also been a desperate measure related to its own fall, as the failure of its aggression policies and the sped-up Chinese presence in Africa. And it has been done as part of the new national security doctrine, the so-called “Obama doctrine”, in machination with the local ruling groups and opportunism forces so that they can take the power of the ‘new’ governments.

    The masses rebellions are in the track of the world imperialist system crisis and are the expression of the development of the revolutionary situation in the world. The masses are the protagonist of those great and violent rebellions pushed by the political and economic conditions they are submitted to, and although without a more consequent orientation they fight against everything that represents the old order. Rising against the imperialism puppet governments, for democratic rights and against all feudal-fascist-monarchic order they are, therefore, part of the second great wave of the world revolution.

    The crisis of the world imperialist system sharpens the three fundamental contradictions in the world today: those between nations/oppressed peoples and imperialism; between proletariat and bourgeoisie and the inter-imperialist contradiction, which translates into the contradictions between superpowers and powers and between all monopolies. The deepening of the crisis in Europe, as the continuation of the crisis of the whole world imperialist system, falls on the shoulders of the African and Arabic peoples, intensifying the exploitation and oppression on the people of their countries, stopping the real escape valve which has transformed the immigration to the European countries. All of this has resulted in the worsening of the masses’ life conditions.

    The stream of masses rebellions from Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Catar, Libya, Yemen, Bahrein, Sudan, Jordania, Oman, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, reaching Pakistan, the People’s War in India, Southern Asia, compose a real iron wall of the armed masses that stuck mortal spears in the heart of imperialism, pushing it further into the ash piles of the history.

    Presently, the Yankee imperialism situation is more and more different from the 1990’s when it reached the status of unique hegemonic superpower and boasted its “neo-liberal” offensive pretending to be the world police, when it exhausted its “Cold War” strategy and created its fifth strategy, the so-called “New Order”. Even with the offensive accomplished by the Yankees from September 11th onwards, the “War to Terror”, the forces correlation worldly is a different one.

    Russia has recovered itself economically, mostly based on its broad oil reserve and reaffirmed its military and imperialist condition as a nuclear superpower. The social-imperialist China has entered in large influence areas, dominating commercially and economically, competing with USA in different parts of the planet.

    As a result of the worsening of the inter-imperialist contradictions for the control and domination of the new influence areas, the fights have stirred up among the bureaucratic and comprador fractions in the colonies and semi-colonies for the State control. Thus, among those splits, the masses insurrections come to light and in a heroic way are encouraged to face the three mountains that exploit and oppress them: imperialism, semi-feudality and bureaucratic capitalism. They shake furiously the bureaucratic regimes, throw down their managers and old dynasties whose tyrants have been mostly puppets of the Yankee and European imperialism.

    The masses are the dispute arena between revolution and counter-revolution. What imperialism has tried to do and has always done is to manipulate the masses rebellions to use them for their domination and exploitation interests and with the aim of destroying them. For that they utilize their Low Intensity War as in the Arabic insurrections and according to the political conditions, if necessary, to intervene militarily. Nevertheless the objective imperialism crisis boasts the masses to the struggle that becomes more and more violent. The revolutionaries cannot illude themselves and mislead the masses. They must by all means drive forward the people’s rebellion and it´s most organized forms.

    Chairman Mao Tsetung affirmed: “It is a law of the imperialism to create disturbs and fail; again to cause disturbs and again to fail until its complete failure… The people’s law is to fight and fail, fight again and fail until being definitely successful”.

    People’s rebellion and inter-imperialist disputes in Libya

    What is happening to Libya is at the same time a people’s rebellion against a fascist government and an acute inter-imperialist dispute for domain and partition of its oil. The powers try to influence and even lead the events in accordance to the interests of their respective monopolies and imperialist policies. The intelligence services for the imperialism operate in several ways trying to canalize the resistance forces towards their profits. They want everybody to believe they defend a foreign intervention for the sake of the “civil population protection” while in demonstrations in Benghazi and other areas, where the insurgents are numerous, there were people holding large signs in English: “No to the foreign intervention. The Libyans can do it themselves”.

    People’s rebellion in Libya is a result of the masses’ wistfulness against Kaddafi’s fascist bureaucratic regime that has for a long time put aside the anti-imperialist consigns of decades ago to transform himself in one more Yankee imperialism pawn on the chessboard of the political dispute in the area.

    Kaddafi came to power in 1969 and his triumph represented the raising of the national forces, radical sectors of the national bourgeoisie (middle bourgeoisie as part of the broad pan-Arabic movement led by the Egyptian Gamal Nasser). Those forces could reach the power in the 1960’s and 1970’s when the national liberation struggles were shaking Asia, Africa and Latin America. While the social-imperialist USSR and USA disputed the rest of the planet as their domain and influence areas at the time, gathering for combating revolution under the understanding of transition and peaceful coexistence, the socialist China encouraged and supported the revolutionary forces everywhere. Such a thing made ground so that class national forces could take the power and promote a series of measures on democratic-national character.

    Despite their anti-imperialist rhetoric in view of the limited bourgeois character of its leadership, its regime changed from the national liberation struggle into the bureaucratic capitalist, soon ranging and submitting itself to the social-imperialist USSR. In the 1970’s and 1980’s Kaddafi supported many armed national liberation movements mainly the Palestinian, and in areas that interested the social-imperialist USSR, what has resulted in economic sanctions and demonization by USA and European imperialism.

    Despite the promises related to the development of industry and agriculture in the first years, Libya submitted itself to the world capitalist system, maintaining the country’s economy based almost exclusively on oil, depending strongly on the market of Western Europe’s powers. Kaddafi utilized the oil resources for implementing their Armed and Security Forces as much for the internal control as for functioning as a regional intervention force. He bought French jets and used oil as a currency in the international politics attracting Italian and German capital.

    His ‘people’s committees’ and other departments, supposedly mass participation ones, which would grant the socialist denomination, became instruments for the mass’s fascist corporativation, besides preventing any form of independent people’s organization.

    With the social imperialist USSR fall, Kaddafi rapidly searched the same subordinate relations with the imperialist powers in Western Europe, reconciling with England, allowing a larger inclusion and control in the energy sector of powers like Italy. As a part of its cooperation process with imperialism, in 1995 he unmasked himself concerning the Palestinian cause expelling around 30.000 Palestinians from the Libyan territory.

    Under Bush’s counter-revolutionary offensive, in 2001, but particularly from Iraq’s second invasion onwards, in 2003, Kaddafi became an ally to the USA in the “Terror War”. Libya was withdrawn from the “Terrorist States” list and the larger oil Yankee monopolies returned to Libya. Libya has played since then an important role as a special force for the Yankee intervention in the African continent through the African Association States.

    Another proof of submission to imperialism and betrayal to his country is the letter sent to USA at the beginning of April in which he pleads for the end of bombing affirming himself as an ally to the terror war and, still more, saying about his wishes for Obama’s re-election, who is responsible for hundreds of bombs over Libyan territory besides the continuous massacres in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Philippines and so many other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

    The powerful rebellion people’s forces display its lack of a consequent leadership since they do not have a revolutionary vanguard, structured and organized for leading the struggle and giving them a democratic people’s course. They cannot succeed in short term and will always open space so that the ruling classes, allied to imperialism, manipulate the people’s insurrections.

    USA has been doing it in Libya and in other Arabian countries; however at the same time those rebellions open ground for the revolutionary vanguards to come up and be forged. It is the revolutionaries’ duty to take over the Marxist principle that the masses make history and launch themselves into the masses swirl for leading not only the tyrants’ debacle but for the complete destruction of the old State and establishing the new democracy republic towards socialism.

    Anti-imperialist front under the proletarian hegemony

    At the very moment the imperialism assaults peoples, as in Libya, the frightened revisionists and Trotskyites start waving the need to support and uphold the governments of the assaulted countries, with no distinction. It is necessary to distinguish a true nationalist government from a fascist one which uses the people for surviving. Not to make such a distinction is criminal since the imperialists not only launch tons of bombs over the rebel countries; they arrange negotiations and deceive the people; they sell their rotten model of democracy with their corrupt elections and for that count on the opportunists to support them.

    That is why without the hegemony of the proletariat plus the bourgeoisie in a unique front, the struggle will be condemned to failure, a shameful capitulation. Due exactly to the weak character of the national bourgeoisie – having contradictions with imperialism but also with proletariat – the alliance is extremely unstable and dangerous. Without such a hegemony the front cannot even mobilize the masses and organize most of the nation, tending to negotiations and swindling.

    In order that the liberation struggle can exist, develop and succeed it is necessary a unique front of the classes oppressed by imperialism but under the hegemony and leadership of the proletariat. The hegemony and independence of proletariat are a result of the worker-peasant alliance, under the leadership of a real revolutionary proletarian party and the building of the people’s army. Thus the proletariat will impose, build up and maintain its hegemony. Only thus it is possible to wage the revolutionary people’s resistance and national liberation war, unite the broad majority of the nation, expel imperialism, confiscate the big bourgeoisie and landownership for establishing the true new democracy republic and change into socialism.

    It is the duty of all revolutionaries all over the world to unmask the opportunism management(governments such as: Kaddafi, PLO, Chavez, Morales, Correa, Dilma/Lula, etc.); hold up the anti-imperialist struggle, strengthen the worker-peasant alliance for combating imperialism and their managers, being either from the right or from disguised ‘leftists’, ‘socialists’, ‘popular’. By thrusting forward and developing the resistance struggles and the liberation wars all over the world it will be possible to defeat imperialism and destroy its lackeys in every country.

    Down to imperialist war!
    Imperialism is a paper tiger!
    Long live people’s war!

    REVOLUTIONARY FRONT FOR DEFENSE OF PEOPLE’S RIGHTS – BRAZIL

    REVOLUTIONARY FRONT FOR DEFENSE OF PEOPLE’S RIGHTS - BRAZIL

    17/05/2011 at 10:36

    • Greatly respect your work.I research on Maoism and the massline and would like to post you my writings for publication.We need to staunchly work on defending the massline and the correct line of the International Communist Movement and defend stalwarts like Marx,Lenin,Stalin and Mao.Great attacks have been launched on Comrades Mao and Stalin,particularly the latter and we have to strive to defend their contributions.Where could I post you my writings?

      Harsh Thakor

      20/03/2012 at 12:45

      • Dear Harsh Thakor,
        I know of your work and admire it greatly, however, unfortunately I do not normally have “guest posters” because I use this blog for my own study and development of thoughts. However, if you do want me to comment on an article that you have written you can try to post it in the comments and I may or may not put it up on the main page. I would recommend strongly that you establish your own blog and publish your copious writings there. Again apologies.

        theworkersdreadnought

        20/03/2012 at 19:03

  3. Today,on March 28th is the 70th birthday of the late Harbhajan Singh Sohi,who made an invaluable contribution to defending the polemics of Marxism-Leninism-MaoTse Tung Thought.He was the first comrade to recognize the revisionist character of the Deng Xiaoping regime and reject the pernicious theory of three worlds.Comrade Sohi also contributed important writings on ‘In defence of Mao Tse Tung Thought’ in 1979 and on the ‘International Line of the Communist Movement ‘in 1982.I suggest you could reprint excerpts of such documents as they have relevance till today.He was the best theoretician in the Indian Communist Movement who defended the proletarian party concept till the last breath of his life.

    Harsh Thakor

    28/03/2012 at 18:52

    • Dear Harsh Thakor,
      Thank you for reminding us all of Comrade Harbhajan Singh Sohi’s birthday. Furthermore, I definitely do agree that Comrade Sohi played an important role in criticising the Three World’s Theory and denouncing the revisionist character of the Deng regime, however, think that we cannot simply just stop thinking. And if you can provide me with pdf copies of those two documents I would be more than happy to comment on them and publish them in a future post. However, I must say that I think we should learn from the PWG critique of Com. Charu Mazumdar about the role of the individual because I see in your admiration a slightly dogmatic appraisal of him which is akin to the kind of leader-worship that infects groups like the RCP,USA. I think we can appreciate his work and contributions without needing to say that he was the “best theoretician”, I say this because I do not think it helps develop any conversation about the substance of the ideas, rather, we focus in a bourgeois fashion on the individual as a person. We are not Leninists because of the physical person who was Lenin, but because of his ideas, and that is the plane on which we should discuss.

      theworkersdreadnought

      28/03/2012 at 19:06

      • On 22nd and 23rd April 2012 ,the Revolutionary Democratic Front held their first state conference. It was a remarkable achievement that the organization could stage the historic conference when it’s units and constituent forces faced the onslaught of state repression all over the country.3 of the comrades of RDFCentral Committee, Comrade Raja Sarkhel and Comrade Prasun from West Bengal and Comrade Jatin Marandi from Jharkhand are languishing in jails. The theme of the conference was on the opposing of Operation Green Hunt. This front was formed in May 2005 as a result of the merger of the All-India Peoples Resistance Forum with the Struggling forum for Peoples Resistance. The significance of this formation was the need for an organization to give solidarity and support to the anti-feudal agrarian revolutionary movement and to the anti-imperialist movement. Such a force like R.D.F has immense significance when the democratic rights of struggling, revolutionary sections are being trampled upon on all spheres of life. An Organisation standing by the right of the broad masses be it the peasants,youth,working class or intellectuals is the need of the hour.

        Earlier ,a constituent of the Revolutionary Democratic Front, the All-India Peoples Resistance Forum staged 3 conferences. These took place first in Calcutta in 1994,(a fantastic mobilization in the rally consisting of over one lakh people)then in Hyderabad in 1997 and finally in Sangrur in 2000.They were historic steps in assembling the struggling revolutionary organizations like the Andhra Pradesh Radical Students Union and Andhra Pradesh Rytu Collie Sangham or the Mazdoor Kisan Sangrami Parishad and Bharat Naujavan Sabha in Bihar etc.They also gave solidarity to the nationality struggles ,democratic rights of minorities and the anti-imperialist mass movements .The author cannot forget the 1992 rally in Calcutta attended by 10 lakh peasants resembling a storm thundering, literally lighting a red flame .I also have similar feelings towards the seminar on ’50 years of independence ‘held in Mumbai.Here all aspects of repression and struggle were represented throwing light on the armed peasants struggles in Andhra Pradesh,Dandkaranya and Bihar. Above all the best programmes were those opposing the state repression in Bihar,Andhra Pradesh and Dandkaranya carried out in 1999 in Punjab,Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.They lit a torch in opposing the iron feet of oppression by the state against the democratic revolutionary peasant movements.

        Sadly since its formation ,unsurmountable repression has been launched on the Revolutionary Democratic Front. In West Bengal 2 of their office bearers have been arrested and in Jharkhand open rallies are virtually prohibited. They are simply dubbed as ‘Maoist’ outfits and their revolutionary democratic identity is virtually erased. The R.D.F.has units in Punjab,Uttarkhand,Delhi,West Bengal,Jharkhand ,Kerala and Bihar.However it has still been unable to form effective functioning units becoming consistent victims of state repression.The Constituernt units of peoples m,ass organisatin sof all spheres are weak.Infact in some states where R.D.F operates such mass fronts do not even exist. In Orissa it was banned even before officially forming an organization,while in Uttar Pradesh,Haryana or Maharashtra they have stray contacts but no proper organization. In recent years the R.D.F carried out a huge range of programmes covering every sphere of struggle. They fought for the release of political prisoners, defended struggles of nationalities, opposed repression on minorities, gave solidarity to peasant movements in Lalgarh and Dandkaranyanya and supported anti-imperialist movements.It is a tribute to the organization that withstanding the repression they held sammelan sin Punjab in 2007 and 2011 ,in Bihar and Jharkhand in 2009 and in Uttarkhand in 2010. The most important struggles which the R.D.F launched independently were against the death sentence on the Bihar peasants in 2004 (programmes in Bihar,Delhi and Jharkahand ), for the unconditional release of political prisoners from 2-8 2006,,against Salwa Judum in Chattisgarh from 19-25 January in 2006,forming the Campaign committee for the release of political prisoners in April 2006,a bandh call in Orrisa,Jharkhand and Bihar on 14th October 2006 against the arrest of leader Sheela Devi,an all-India conference on March 23rd 2007 opposing displacement on Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom day. With other organizations R.D.F. under the banner of CATAS launched a campaign from 10August to November 10th against Salwa Judum in 14 states with a culmination convention in Delhi on 9th nad 10th November with a public rally organized and a memorandum given.R.D.F. endorsed several anti-war fronts and promoted a series of joint forums condemning the killing of Azad and opposing Operation Greenhunt. Against Nandigram and Singur RDF joined a series of Dharnas.It also sent civil liberties activities to visit places of State repression.Sadly we could not witness the level of open struggles like the erstwhile organizations like the All-India Peoples Resistance Forum. After 2006 there were great efforts to curtail the movements of the R.D.F.RDF.also participated in important joint programmes like the public protest meeting against the killing of Kishenji in December,2011,the joint convention against army intervention in Bastar in May 2011 IN Delhi, a public meeting against the killing of Co.Azad along with journalist Hem Chandra Pandey in August 2010,etc.

        Sadly the rally at the conclusion of the conference was banned by the Andhra Pradesh govt.This was really sad as now the protest against Operation Green Hunt was curtailed and could not be reached to the broad masses. In all the first 3 A.I.P.R.F.conferences the rally was permitted but on this occasion it was prohibited. A resolution was passed condemning this. The author feels it was undemocratic of the Andhra Pradesh govt to ban it in the name of endorsing “Maoist ‘ideas. Irrespective of the correctness or wrongness of the line or practice of the C.P.I.(Maoist)one has to recognize the revolutionary democratic right of the people of Jharkhand or Dandkaranaya to fight for their rights in an-anti-feudal struggle. Even those disagreeing with the ideology of Maoist forces have to understand the significance of the government prohibiting such a rally and their non- recognition of the C.P.I.(Maoist)as a revolutionary democratic force. It teaches us a lesson on how even our bourgeois democratic right to protest is curtailed even more in ‘Operation Greenhunt. We also learn how much our democratic space has been curtailed. In all the conferences the rallies of the All-India Revolutionary Students Federation were permitted be it in Hyderabad in 1985 or in Madras in 1989. One pertinent observation is the weakness of the democratic Rights movement and a strong democratic Rights organization is the need of the hour.

        On certain issues the author of this article has differences be it on the question of casteiesm,nationalities and the line of the C.P.I.(Maoist).Intellectuals like Vara Vara Rao asserted the correctness of the line of the Maoist party claiming it as the only revolutionary party in the country, which the author differs with. In the author’s views the revolutionary party still has not been re-organised and different groups still constitute it’s components.Infact a very important aspect is the differentiation and independent identity of a revolutionary mass organization from that of a revolutionary party. The R.D.F.supports active boycott’ of elections which however revolutionary is in the author’s opinion in certain areas not the correct political tactic.(In some areas only active political campaign is the correct tactic and the struggling masses are not prepared to imbibe the boycott slogan) On Dalits the author disagrees with the resolution on Brahmanical feudalism which does not provide an adequate class or Marxist-Leninist analysis and replaces class with ‘caste’struggle.Infact there was a powerful trend amongst intellectuals to endorse this view disregarding the class factor .Infact one spokesman even suggested ‘Brahmanical Imperialism!. I still feel that revolutionary democratic forces have still to be strengthened and mass revolutionary democratic functioning has to be developed to a larger extent. Sadly gone are the days of the Andhra Pradesh Radical Students Union ,Rytu Coolie Sangham or Mazdoor Kisan Sangrami Parishad,which had earlier led historic struggles and open rallies. This again brings the need to develop the mass struggling organizations,inspite of state repression being so intense.
        The author ends this piece congratulating the Revolutionary Democratic Front for it’s staging of the conference which has immense significance in the struggle against Operation Greenhunt.It is a tribute to their tenacity that they have defended the struggles in Dandkaranya and Jharkhand and remained a fighting force. The need of building broader independent revolutionary democratic forum to defend the revolutionary rights of the masses is the need of the hour and the 1st conference of the R.D.F.was an answer to it.

        By Harsh Thakor

        the author is not a supporter of any organisation but a democratic writer

        Harsh Thakor

        29/04/2012 at 09:59

  4. WD,this month will be the 40 th death anniversary year of com.Charu Mazumdar on July 28th and the 30th death anniversary year of Com.Kanhai Chatterjee on JUly 18th.

    I wish you give importance to India,which today is at he centre of the world revolutionary movement and a lesson to everyone worldwide.I would suggest posting some writings of CM and KC and some of the earlier struggle reports.Also some writings on the developments in Dandkaranya and Jungalmahal are useful.A good topic would be a post on the debate on whether subjective condition sexist for armed struggle in India and the mass line.I could cooperate with you and post some earlier writings.

    Harsh Thakor

    09/07/2012 at 05:25

    • I would really like to work with you on such a project.

      theworkersdreadnought

      11/07/2012 at 07:11


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