Editorial for Revolutionary Communism No.15

The October issue of the RCIT’s journal Revolutionary Communism (RevCom) has two main points. One is the Open Letter on the Arab Revolution which the RCIT has issued recently. The second one is the Theses on Recent Major Developments in the World Situation which the RCIT’s international leadership has discussed and adopted in early September. In fact these documents are related to each other. As we analyze in our Theses, the Arab Revolution remains the key to the world situation. Furthermore the democratic revolution, which started in December 2010 / January 2011 is facing enormous dangers after the counter-revolutionary coup d’état in Egypt. The reactionary plot by the imperialist Great Powers – in particularly the USA and Russia – to contain and liquidate the Syrian Revolution pose an additional threat for the Arab Revolution. (See on this the RCIT’s resolution on the imperialist Geneva Accord in this issue.)

These developments underline once more the terrible crisis of leadership. The lack of any sizeable authentic revolutionary organization in the Arab world leaves the field open for petty-bourgeois democratic forces as well as Islamists to derail the revolutionary struggle. The bankruptcy of the Morsi government in Egypt delivered the Mubarakhist elite the pretext for its 3rd July coup.

However the Arab Revolution is continuing. We refuse any suggestion like various demoralized petty-bourgeois intellectuals that the revolutionary process in the Arab world has come to an end. But to defeat the massive dangers for the revolution, the working class needs a program, a plan to struggle, and above all revolutionary workers parties. All this must be achieved and built in time.

This is not only an urgent task for the Arab countries itself but for the international workers movement as a whole. The Arab Revolution is not an isolated phenomena but only the most advanced sector of the international class struggle which is characteristic for the new revolutionary historic period opening in 2008. The political explosions which we saw in the recent past in Brazil, Turkey, Greece and other countries are also testifying our assessment.

Furthermore the fate of the Arab Revolution is highly dependent on the development of the international class struggle. The united support of the imperialist Great Powers for General Al-Sisi as well as the Geneva Accord demonstrated how important international politics is to hammer blows against the struggle of the workers and oppressed in North Africa and Middle East. On the other side, revolutionary developments of the class struggle in other parts of the world as well as a militant international solidarity movement with the Syrian and Egypt Revolution can have highly accelerating effects for the Arab Revolution.

However, to have any lasting and decisive impact the class struggle must be transformed from spontaneous outbursts and uprisings or ones which are led and controlled by petty-bourgeois or bourgeois forces, the workers vanguard must organize itself in revolutionary parties and lead the masses of the workers and oppressed.

The precondition for this however is first the elaboration of the correct programmatic lessons of the experiences of the past victories and defeats. Only on such a solid basis is it possible to organize the vanguard of the workers and oppressed in revolutionary parties.

The RCIT understands its mission to build a programmatic and organizational international centre which shall support the workers vanguard to lead the working class to victory.

This is why we direct our Open Letter Open Letter on the Arab Revolution to all revolutionary organizations and activists both in the Arab world as well as internationally.

Any organization – be it nationally or internationally – which claims to serve the working class liberation struggle must be measured by its approach towards the most important international class struggle events. The Russian Left Opposition in the 1920s, led by Leon Trotsky, was centrally formed not only on “Russian issues” but also international issues like the failed revolution in Germany 1923, Britain 1926 and the Anglo-Russian Trade Union Committee as well as the Chinese Revolution 1927. In addition it emphasised clarity on fundamental programmatic and theoretical issues (Socialism in One Country, Permanent Revolution etc.). Similarly we need clarity on the most important issues of the class struggle today. The revolutionary programmatic line exists international or not at all. Trotsky once remarked aptly: Marxist policies ’in one country’ are as impossible as the construction of a socialist society ’in one country’.” (Leon Trotsky: Unifying the Left Opposition (1930); in: Writings 1930, p. 99)

This is why Revolutionary Communismanalyzes also other important events in the international liberation struggle of the workers and oppressed. In this issue we publish two reports from our fraternal group in Brazil El Mundo Socialista about the recent upswing of strikes.

We also publish two articles from Yossi Schwartz about the simmering unrest in Palestine against the Zionist occupation.

We also elaborate the revolutionary tactics in Greece after the villainous murder of the antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas by Nazi thugs of Golden Dawn. In addition we report about a public meeting on Greece where Nina Gunić, a leading member of the RCIT, held a speech on the perspectives of the class struggle. And we reprint a letter of solidarity with the Greek Trotskyist leader Michael-Matsas.

In another article Nina Gunić shows the criminal policy of TEPCO and the Japanese government when faced with the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima.

Our recently published book Cuba‘s Revolution Sold Out? in which the author, Michael Pröbsting, analysis the capitalist restoration implemented by the Castro bureaucracy, has caused interest amongst a number of organizations and activists. We report about a public debate on the book which took place in early September in Vienna (Austria)

We complete this RevCom issue with large extracts from a highly interesting pamphlet of Trotsky –  The Spanish Revolution and the Dangers threatening it – in which he elaborates on the lessons of the unfinished democratic revolution in Spain in 1931. We consider Trotsky thoughts useful for an understanding of the current developments in the Arab Revolution.

We hope that this issue contains a number of interesting documents and articles for our readers. We look forward for responses, criticisms and suggestions.


October 6, 2013, Editorial Board