Today humanity faces the same ultimatum posed to it since the
eve of the First World War, in the words of Rosa Luxemburg and
Friedrich Engels before her - Socialism or Barbarism.
The world capitalist system has seen its worst economic crisis
since the Great Depression, with the working class taking the
brunt of the blow, everywhere facing wage-freezes, job-cuts
and worsening working conditions. The threat of global environmental
catastrophe looks more possible than ever before. Bloody and brutal
conflicts rage on around the globe - from Iraq to Afghanistan,
Somalia to Sudan, Colombia to Mexico.
In contrast to these emanations of a moribund society we also see
the germs of a new world – without exploitation or oppression,
without poverty or scarcity, without wars or national borders –
in the class struggle of the international working class.
The Communist Left has its origins in the Left currents of
the Communist International which came into being as a proletarian
response to its opportunist slidings when faced with the retreat
of the international revolutionary wave in the 1920s. Whilst the
Communist Left had expressions in many countries its most prominent
representatives were to be found in Germany, The Netherlands, Italy
and Russia. In the period of counter-revolution which opened at the
end of the 1920s, it was the Communist Left which proved to be the
most intransigent defenders of proletarian internationalism and the
most rigorous in drawing up the balance sheet of the revolutionary wave.
Whilst sympathisers of the Communist Left do exist in Australia, at
this point they do so only as individuals suffering largely from
political isolation. In order to effectively intervene in the
class struggle, it is necessary that revolutionaries organise
themselves into a political organisation, founded on the basis
of shared positions and principles.
However, at the present hour the immediate formation of such a
group is not on the agenda in Australia. What is needed at present
is the coming together of internationalists for discussion conducted
with the goal of initiating and maintaining contact between comrades
(particularly those who are geographically isolated) and collective
political clarification of the positions which define the communist
Thus, we appeal for the initiation of organised discussions between
all sympathisers of the Communist Left in Australia. It is proposed
that the discussions are conducted under the name: ‘Internationalist
Communist Affiliate Network’.
We propose the criteria for participation is agreement with the most
elementary positions of left communism today:
Imperialist war and national movements of all stripes have nothing to
offer the working class but death and destruction. The working class
must oppose all bourgeois camps. By calling on them to take the side
of one or another faction, the bourgeoisie divide workers and lead
them to massacre their class brothers and sisters.
Parliament and bourgeois elections are a masquerade. Capitalist
‘democracy’ does not differ at root from any form of capitalist
dictatorship. Any call to participate in the parliamentary circus
can only reinforce the lie that elections offer any real choice
for the exploited.
All unions are organs of the capitalist system and act in its service.
The fundamental role of the unions is to police the working class and
sabotage its struggles. In order to defend its immediate interests,
and ultimately to make the revolution, the working class must struggle
outside and against the unions.
All who may be interested in taking part are encouraged to write to:
We also welcome any comments, questions and criticisms.
With fraternal communist greetings,
Fabius, Jack, Max, Niccolo, Thomas