Where there was no unity, we can have unity: The Liaison Committee for a New Communist Party congratulates the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in its 10th anniversary.
It is with revolutionary joy that we salute the Communist Party of India (Maoist) [CPI(Maoist] in its tenth anniversary. This anniversary is the continuation of a long history, that began in the late 1960s, of the struggle against imperialism, semifeudalism, and for proletarian power that was begun by the Naxalite insurrections. From these first struggles, and the shake up of the revisionist, stale, and sold-out “Communists Parties” that emerged from or gave way to the Naxalite struggle, emerged the forces that would later form the CPI(Maoist).
The revisionists have in many cases become nothing more than the left mask of reaction and fascism. Many of the most terrible criminals against the people emerged from these “Communist Parties”. The CPI(Maoist) stands as a testament of actual communist politics being possible in India in spite of these opportunist, often criminal, reactionaries. It has been forged in the struggle against these reactionaries as much as it has been forged in the struggle against the State and the ruling class they so loyally serve.
The forces advocating the communist politics of protracted people’s war have themselves marched a long march, often riddled with antagonism, disunity, and with treason and revisionism emerging from within. However, by correctly pursuing a democratic centralist policy, and by believing in unity-struggle-unity as a principle of engagement, the forces that steadfastly pursued the communist policy – Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People’s War and the Maoist Communist Center – where able to consolidate after decades of struggle into the CPI(Maoist). They were among the first forces to raise the flag of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and thus important to the Int, The forming of the CPI(Maoist) represented an example to the International Communist Movement that when the ideological, political, and military perspective that puts forth the importance of principled unity based on common synthesis in concrete action among the people, unity is possible where unity was thought impossible. To paraphrase Mao Zedong: correct line determines everything: where there was no unity, we can have unity.
CPI(Maoist) and CPI(Marxist-Leninist)Naxalbari recently continued this tradition of consolidation and struggle, announcing their merger in Mayday this year. These processes of consolidation far from being one of unprincipled unity have been a result of summation, self-criticism, criticism, and rectification.
While an example to all of us outside of India, it is in particular important for us in the United States of America where the communist movement is only now re-emerging after the historic setbacks of right-opportunism and Avakianist liquidation as well as those who would want to hide the flag of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as inconvenient in our context. The process of organizational struggle and consolidation is one shown in the experience of the CPI(Maoist) as protracted and as possible and as necessary as the struggle for liberation and socialism itself. Where there was no unity, we can have unity.
In the moments when the fascist and Hindu chauvinist government of India moves into a naked repression of even the most moderate elements of the revolutionary forces, we need to pay attention to India as the future of revolution for socialism in the 21st century. It is in the Adavasi forest that the new world is being born, a world in which patriarchy, caste, racism, homophobia, and the scorched earth reality of capitalism are replaced by the people in power, were reaction and hate are not the policy of the State, but rightfully considered crimes deserving punishment. It is a leading force of proletarian revolution our times.
As communists, it is our responsibility not only to celebrate and support the CPI(Maoist), but also to make revolution at home. The USA as one of the centers of imperialism is not only responsible directly or indirectly for the suffering of the Indian masses, but also represents one of the most reactionary ruling classes in the world. At the same time, as a prison house of nations, as the nation with the most jailed people, as a place with wide disparities in spite of huge (stolen) wealth – the USA presents an opportunity for revolutionary action.
For socialism to finally defeat imperialism and capitalism it must fall everywhere: our task as communists is to make revolution, no matter where we happen to be at. The Liaison Committee will continue the struggle to raise a communist pole in the USA inspired by the example of the CPI(Maoist) – at the same time learning and summing up from our own experience and long path towards unity and consolidation. We raise our fist in salute, and will, sooner rather than later, walk the path of revolution in the belly of the beast. We hope to repay ten fold the lessons and inspiration the Indian revolution has given us.
We celebrate the victories of the CPI(Maoist) as our own: for the victory of the CPI(Maoist) is a victory for the world’s peoples and its proletariat. This is the first pivot for unity the solidarity of struggle.
Long live the revolutionary peoples of India!
We shall shatter the shackles of imperialism and feudalism and destroy this rotten system!
We shall build our future with our own hands !
Onwards to victory!
Recently there were polemics exchanged between Joe Sims of the CPUSA national staff and the Southern California branch of the Young Communist League, on the matter of patriotism and the national question in the US. Comrades in the YCL had released a post on July 4th(No Room For Patriotism in Capitalism-Imperialism-Colonialism) in which they denounced US patriotism as the reactionary patriotism of white supremacist, settler-colonial imperialism. Joe Sims responded to the YCL (Some Thoughts on Patriotism, The National Question and the Leninist Tradition) in which he proved his failure to understand the national question in the US. The YCL comrades responded (Response To Joe Sims’ Open Letter), maintaining a consistency in their correct analysis of the social relationships that define US society in opposition to the objectively white chauvinist line of Joe Sims/the CPUSA.
We unite with the analysis presented by our comrades in the YCL. There is no “American nation” with mere racial inequalities, as Joe Sims would like to fantasize. The US is a prison house of nations, created by European settlers who colonized the continent and subjected other peoples to oppression and domination of genocidal proportions in the capitalist class structure. The American Revolution was not merely a bourgeois democratic revolution, but the bourgeois democratic revolution of a settler colonial nation that subjected kidnapped Africans to slavery and nearly exterminated the indigenous people to steal their land. The Euro-American bourgeoisie would come to look outside the borders of the US as it became an imperialist bourgeoisie on the basis of finance capital, eventually taking as its colonial possessions Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and exploiting many other nations through semicolonial or neocolonial means.
US imperialism holds nations captive within its borders as internal colonies (The Afro-American nation, the Chicano nation and the First Nations), as well as there are oppressed communities of national minorities who are here because of imperialism. The recent rebellion in Ferguson testifies to this fact, as the repressive apparatuses of the white supremacist state turned the city into a war zone; Black communities are occupied by the armed agents of the white supremacist, bourgeois state. Just because a Black man occupies the highest position of the imperial polity does not change these historical facts, for in fact Obama is the black representative of white finance capital.
Oppressed nationalities have nothing to celebrate on the 4th of July. Revolution in the US must be a war led by oppressed people to undo the America that Joe Sims is so fond of. The dictatorship of the white supremacist bourgeoisie can only be broken by the offensive of a proletarian movement placing the liberation of oppressed nationalities at the forefront of revolution. More power to all revolutionary youth challenging revisionist and white chauvinist politics!
“Without a people’s army, the people have nothing”
– Mao Zedong
The masses have the correct instinct to rebel against capitalist white supremacy. Rebellion must become revolution, to uproot the entire system of genocidal oppression that kills a Black man every 28 hours. The people of Ferguson have rightfully rebelled following the execution of Michael Brown by the armed agents of the capitalist state, a story of murder that has caused outrage throughout the country. For the people of Ferguson, protest signs and pickets are not enough; they fought fire with fire, challenging the very legitimacy of the white supremacist, capitalist state. Ferguson is now under a military style occupation, aptly compared to the occupation of Gaza by the terrorist state of Israel.
Nowhere in the US is the need for a People’s Army felt more strongly than it is in Ferguson right now. Oppressed people, who daily risk losing their lives for the crime of existing while being Black refuse to submit to the terror of capitalist white supremacy. The People refuse to allow there to be peace while Trayvon Martin can be shot by a vigilante agent of white supremacy for being Black and near a gated white community. The People refuse to allow there to be peace while white supremacist fascists can openly carry guns and flock to the US border to kill migrant children but John Crawford was shot to death in a Walmart for holding a toy gun while being Black. The People refuse to allow there to be peace when the list of lives stolen by capitalist white supremacy grows larger with every passing hour. Not more than 48 hours after the execution of Michael Brown in Ferguson, a young Black man with mental health issues named Ezell Ford was shot by police in Los Angeles while lying face down.
The state responds to the rebellion from its internal colonies with a military style occupation: assault rifles, riot gear, a no fly zone, K9 units etc. The fact that Black people in America are an internally colonized people becomes crystal clear. The role of the state is revealed as being to punish and discipline these neocolonial subjects, precisely because the state is an instrument for the rule over all of society by the white supremacist, capitalist ruling class whose American empire oppresses the People of the world- drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, a decade long occupation that destroyed Iraq, financing of Israel’s genocidal colonization of Palestine, the destabilization of African countries, propping up right wing dictatorships in Latin America etc.
The white supremacist, capitalist empire that is called the USA was built on the enslavement of African slaves, the near-extermination and theft of land from Native Americans, the colonization of Puerto Rico, Guam, Hawaii and the Philippines. It is these people who are colonial subjects inside of the empire. During the decades of the 60’s and the 70’s, it was from these internal colonies that revolutionary forces sprang forth calling for revolution, socialism, and the destruction of the white supremacist empire. Through its counter-revolutionary terrorism, the imperialist state helped to crush these movements and strengthened its repressive apparatuses to further terrorize and oppress their social base so as to prevent the rise of such revolutionary forces. From the eyes of the state, Black people must be reminded of what their place is, undocumented immigrants must live in terror and keep providing cheap labor in the same way that Israel tries to keep Palestinians living in fear.
Revolutionaries in the US must fight against oppression- whether it is the execution of Black men every 28 hours, the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants, fascist militias hurrying to kill migrant children escaping national oppression, etc. The white supremacist, capitalist ruling class is the enemy of the People and it is able to exercise its terrorism through the organized power of the state. The People must be capable of fighting back and taking power in society, to be able to put an end to all oppression and exploitation, to destroy capitalist white supremacy! The Liaison Committee for a New Communist Party aspires to build the revolutionary party of the proletariat, an organization through which the masses can resist and defeat the US white supremacist, imperialist state!
Free Wilma Austria And Benito Tiamzon!
Long Live The People’s Struggle!
Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria, two National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultants, were arrested by security forces in a joint military-police operation on March 22nd. Benito and Wilma are holders of letters of acknowledgement from the Philippines government stating “The above named person is entitled to the safety and immunity guarantees as provided under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) for the duration of the peace negotiations. You are hereby required to facilitate the safe conduct of the above named person”. According to the Defense Secretary, the Tiamzons are undergoing “tactical interrogation”; under the conditions of severe repression faced by communists this may well be synonymous with torture.
The arrest of these NDFP consultants is illegal even by the standards of bourgeois legality, and we unite with the New Democratic Movement of the Philippines in its demand that Benito and Wilma Tiamzon be immediately and unconditionally released.
Benito and Wilma Tiamzon are part of the New Democratic Movement in the Philippines to end the conditions of semi-feudalism, semi-colonialism and bureaucrat capitalism, and to establish socialism in the Philippines. They were captured while they were conducting an investigation into the living conditions of working class people in the Viasayas region which was devastated by super-typhoon Yolanda.
Their lives are devoted to the service of the people and only the people can judge them, not a regime that collaborates with US imperialism to enrich itself at the expense of the oppression of its own people.
FREE WILMA AND BENITO TIAMZON!
VICTORY TO THE FILIPINO PEOPLE IN THEIR STRUGGLE AGAINST SEMI-COLONIALISM, SEMI-FEUDALISM AND BUREAUCRAT CAPITALISM!