We present herewith the seventh issue of the RCIT’s English language journal Revolutionary Communism. There has been a delay since the publication of the last issue in November 2012. The reason for this has been the priority we gave to finalizing and publishing our new book on imperialism and the super-exploitation of the semi-colonial world called THE GREAT ROBBERY OF THE SOUTH (more on this below). For this reason we are now publishing two issues of Revolutionary Communism with only a short interval.
These two issues are thematically divided. The issue in front of you focuses on the revolutionary liberation struggle in Palestine and Syria. These countries are without doubt two key areas of the international class struggle. Syria is the country where the Arab Revolution has – for the second time after Libya – reached the level of a civil war. In several articles we outline the revolutionary position of support for the ongoing democratic revolution in Syria with the goal to advance it towards the creation of workers, peasants and poor councils which should overthrow the reactionary Assad dictatorship and replace it with a revolutionary workers government with the support of the peasants and poor. At the same time there must be no political support for the bourgeois forces inside the rebel movement – neither for the pro-imperialist current at the top of the SNC nor for the Islamist al-Nusra current. We report both about international solidarity activities in which the RCIT is involved as well as about the heroic struggle of the Sevian al-Laith Brigade (Brigade Leon Sedov) which we have received from the Fracción Leninista Trotskista Internacional. The RCIT is collaborating with the FLTI – despite a number of political differences – in the International Committee in Defense of the Syria Masses.
Another focus is Palestine where the heroic people in Gaza have successfully thrown back another attempt of the Zionist state to smash the resistance in November 2012. However the revolutionary liberation struggle for the Palestinians' right of national self-determination is not limited to Gaza. Amongst the Palestinians in the West Bank – particularly the youth – there is a growing militancy. This is also true for the Palestinians inside the 1967-occupied Palestine (i.e. the state of Israel). All this steadfastness of the Palestinian resistance finds its expression in the heroic struggle of Samer al-Issawi and many other prisoners who fight under the worst possible circumstances for their freedom.
The RCIT calls for the destruction of the Israeli Apartheid state. We fight together with the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel / Occupied Palestine) for a revolutionary programme. We stand for the defeat of Zionist oppression, for the full right to return for all Palestinians to their homeland and for the creation of a single Palestinian multinational workers and peasant’s republic from the river to the sea. In such a state the Israeli Jewish workers and the migrant workers who will join the Palestinian-led workers will be part of the new ruling class in the Palestinian workers state from the river to the sea. The Jewish masses who accept the loss of the Apartheid privileges can live together in peace without discrimination. We publish in this issue a number of statements and reports both from the RCIT as well as from the ISL. The RCIT is in a process of discussion and collaboration with the ISL in order to clarify both agreements and disagreements.
We also publish in this issue Theses on Islamism. This lengthy document was written by Michael Pröbsting and Simon Hardy and adopted at a congress of the League for the Fifth International in January 2011. These theses give an overview of the various shades of Islamism, relates them to their class bases and outlines a revolutionary strategy for fighting against its increasing influence.
Finally we reprint a speech of Leon Trotsky which he gave in 1924. In this speech the leader of the Russian Revolution as well as of the Third and Fourth Internationals elaborates key elements of the theory of the Permanent Revolution. This theory is of burning importance for the international class struggle today. It is the basis for the revolutionary struggle both in the imperialist and in the semi-colonial world.
We conclude our editorial by drawing our reader’s attention to a new book which the RCIT has published in February 2013. As mentioned above the book is called THE GREAT ROBBERY OF THE SOUTH. The book’s subtitle is: Continuity and Changes in the Super-Exploitation of the Semi-Colonial World by Monopoly Capital. Consequences for the Marxist Theory of Imperialism. The book is in the English language. It has 15 chapters, 448 pages and includes 139 Tables and Figures. The author of the book is Michael Pröbsting who is the International Secretary of the RCIT.
We recommend our readers to read, study and discuss this book. (Details to order it can be seen on page 30 in this journal). THE GREAT ROBBERY OF THE SOUTH is an important contribution to the development of the Marxist theory of Imperialism. Comrade Pröbsting analyzes the conditions of modern capitalism and the changes in the super-exploitation and oppression of the so-called Third World by the imperialist monopolies and Great Powers. He analyzes in detail the various forms of super-exploitation as well as the emergence of Chinese imperialism. Pröbsting outlines the revolutionary principles on imperialist wars as it was elaborated by the Marxist classics and develops their application to present-day conditions. He also defends the Marxist position against the various forms of centrist and left-reformist deviations.
In 1937, Leon Trotsky wrote an article on the ninetieth anniversary of the famous Communist Manifesto. He emphasized the importance of the revolutionary struggle of the oppressed masses in the colonial and semi-colonial world. His conclusions are even more valid today: “The questions of revolutionary strategy in colonial and semi-colonial countries are therefore not touched upon at all by the Manifesto. Yet these questions demand an independent solution. For example, it is quite self-evident that while the "national fatherland" has become the most baneful historical brake in advanced capitalist countries, it still remains a relatively progressive factor in backward countries compelled to struggle for an independent existence. ‘The Communists,’ declares the Manifesto, ‘everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things.’ The movement of the coloured races against their imperialist oppressors is one of the most important and powerful movements against the existing order and therefore calls for the complete, unconditional, and unlimited support on the part of the proletariat of the white race. The credit for developing revolutionary strategy for oppressed nationalities belongs primarily to Lenin.” (Leon Trotsky: Ninety Years of the Communist Manifesto (1937); in: Trotsky Writings 1937-38, p. 25)
18th March 2013, Editorial Board of the Journal Revolutionary Communism
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