In the midst of a global wave of class struggle and popular uprising we must join forces in building a Revolutionary International!
An Open Letter from the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 27.12.2019, 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!
12 months ago, we opened our New Year Greetings by warning: “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.”
And so it has been. The capitalist world economy has entered a new Great Recession, most likely even more devastating than the one in 2008/09. The rivalry between the imperialist Great Powers (U.S., China, EU, Russia and Japan) continues to determine the dynamics of world politics.
Most importantly, a global wave of class struggles and popular uprisings is shaking the capitalist world order. Even bourgeois observers admit the historic significance of this process. The Washington Post made 2019 into "the year of the street protester" and the Financial Times compare this year with 1848 and 1968.
And indeed, from Chile to Iraq, from Bolivia to Catalunya, from Lebanon to Hong Kong and from France to India – millions of workers, oppressed and youth are rising up against reactionary regimes which are trampling democratic rights and social gains. In Syria, the heroic popular masses are still continuing the struggle against the tyranny of Assad and the Russian-Iranian occupation – after nearly nine years of civil war with hundreds of thousands of martyrs! In addition, a new Intifada can begin in Palestine as well as in Kashmir at any moment with far-reaching consequences for their whole regions. There can be no doubt: a new world political stage has opened up which is characterized by a pre-revolutionary dynamic.
The vanguard of the workers and oppressed have thrown themselves heroically into battle. However, they suffer from the absence of revolutionary leadership. It is one of the most deplorable facts of the current world situation that the revolutionary forces are weak and dispersed and often lack a clear programmatic fundament. This problem is exacerbated by the criminal betrayal of the established reformist leaderships in parties and trade unions as well as the chronic confusion among centrist forces. Clearly, there is a river of blood between revolutionaries and those who offer social-imperialist support for Great Powers like China, Russia or the EU or who are siding with the Assad dictatorship.
Hence, the most important task today is the creation of such a revolutionary leadership! The RCIT appeals to revolutionaries around the world to unite with us in jointly building a New International, i.e. 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! Comrades, brother and sisters, in order to meet the great tasks ahead, we must overcome routine, national-centeredness and complacency!
The RCIT is proud that in 2019 it could integrate revolutionary organizations in Kashmir and South Korea into its ranks as well as establishing fraternal relations with revolutionary socialists in Costa Rica and Kenya. However, we are aware that much more is necessary in order to overcome the crisis of revolutionary leadership!
Concretely, this requires that revolutionary organizations start a serious process of discussion and collaboration. If fusion is considered as premature, they could jointly form a bloc or a movement in order to intensify and organize such a process of rapprochement. Such a bloc should jointly confront the major turns in world politics and intervene in the global wave of class struggles. Such an approach will allow the construction of a Revolutionary International together with new generations of fighters who are on the forefront of the global liberation struggles.
Comrades, Brothers and Sisters! We have no time to lose! Let us jointly tackle the great tasks of the year 2020! Join forces with the RCIT and let us march forward!
Unity – Struggle – Victory!
International Bureau 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/).