An Open Letter from the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 30.12.2018, www.thecommunists.net
Dear Comrades, Brothers and Sisters!
The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) sends its warmest New Year greetings to all fighters for liberation and justice!
We are sending these greetings in a historic moment. Everyone with open eyes can see that the capitalist world order is in severe turmoil. We are heading towards a political volcano eruption.
The stock markets are in panic, full of fear of another, imminent Great Recession which will be even worse this time than in 2008/09.
The decay of capitalism is reflected in the declining power of that Great Power which undisputedly dominated the imperialist camp since 1945. President Trump’s declaration that the U.S. cannot continue to be “the policeman of the world” (one of his very few correct remarks!) reflects the official resignation of the former absolute dominant super-power.
At the same time, new Great Powers are rising – Russia and, in particular, China.
The looming Global Trade War between Washington and Beijing reflects that the future will be decisively shaped by the rivalry between the imperialist Great Powers – the U.S., China, the EU, Russia and Japan.
At the same time we are at the beginning of a new global wave of liberation struggles of the workers and oppressed. The popular uprising in Sudan, the ongoing liberation struggle of the heroic Syrian people against the tyranny of Assad, the mass protests in Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan and Iran, the steadfast Palestinian people resisting the Zionist oppressor, the powerful Yellow Vests movement in France which is inspiring similar movements all over the world (as far as Taiwan!), the protesting low-income workers in Hungary, the popular insurrection in Nicaragua, ... all these are powerful signs that we are facing a massive upturn of the international class struggle!
Comrades, Brothers and Sisters! The road to liberation is paved with many obstacles and traps! Beware of the treacherous corrupters and whisperers who talk about “socialism” but serve one of the imperialist Great Powers! Beware of those who talk about “liberation” but look for compromises with the capitalist rulers!
Judge leaders and their organizations not by their abstract credo but by their actual place in the struggles – in words and deeds! Are they intransigent fighters against all Great Powers … or do they side, directly or indirectly, with the European Union, with Russia or China? Are they on the side of the heroic Syrian people or are they glorifying Assad, the butcher, … or do “neutrally” stand aside of this epic battle? Do they support the Yellow Vests in France or do they arrogantly sneer about the political inexperience of the masses?
Comrades, Brothers and Sisters! In order to meet the great tasks ahead, we must overcome routine, national-centeredness and complacency! We must jointly build a Revolutionary World Party with sections in each country! Such a party should be based on a program of struggle for the period ahead, a program which combines each and every struggle with the strategic goal – for the socialist world revolution!
Without such a Revolutionary World Party, the workers and oppressed will be led into the political abyss by the “left-wing” friends of EU imperialism (like the Party of the European Left), by the numerous “Communist” Parties who act as Stalinist water carriers for Putin, Xi and Assad, or by those pseudo-Trotskyists who welcomed the reactionary military coup of Killer-General Sisi in Egypt (e.g. the Morenoite LIT or Alan Woods IMT) or who recognize the “right to exist” of the colonial settler state Israel (e.g. Peter Taaffe’s CWI).
Comrades, Brothers and Sisters! We have no time to lose! Prepare for a political volcano eruption! Let us jointly tackle the great tasks of the year 2019! Join forces with the RCIT and let us march forward!
Unity – Struggle – Victory!
International Secretariat of the RCIT
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Comrades, Brothers and Sisters! The struggle for liberation must be based on dedication and knowledge! Read and study the analysis and program of the RCIT! You will find numerous statements, pamphlets and books on our website www.thecommunists.net. In particular we refer you to the RCIT‘s program – the “Manifesto for Revolutionary Liberation” (https://www.thecommunists.net/rcit-program-2016/) – as well as our Six Points for a Platform of Revolutionary Unity Today (https://www.thecommunists.net/rcit/6-points-for-a-platform-of-revolutionary-unity-today/). We also draw your attention to our latest World Perspectives, (www.thecommunists.net/theory/world-perspectives-2018/)