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The European Communist Meeting was held for the 10th time in Brussels with the participation of 41 communist and workers parties

2017-01-27

The European Communist Meeting was held for the 10th time in Brussels with the participation of 41 communist and workers parties. It was hosted by the KKE’s Delegation to the European Parliament. Important issues related to the working class, the peoples, the European and international labour and communist movement, the struggle of the communists were discussed in light of the important 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.

The October Revolution was a world historic event, the most important of the 20th century, which made its mark on the course of humanity. It was the harbinger for a new historical period, the period of the transition from capitalism to socialism. It formed the preconditions for unprecedented workers’-people’s rights to be realized. It lent impetus to the struggles of the workers in the capitalist countries and to their gains. It decisively influenced the development of the international communist and workers’ movement, the liberation of the peoples from the colonial yoke. The Great October Revolution confirmed the correctness of Marxist-Leninist theory, of the irreplaceable leading role of the Communist Party.

Many speakers stressed that the counterrevolutionary changes did not alter the character of our era. Socialism remains timely and necessary. Optimism was expressed that the capitalist barbarity is not the future of humanity, that our century will be marked by a new upsurge of the global revolutionary movement and new socialist revolutions…

Several speakers referred to the counterrevolutions, their negative consequences for the peoples, the causes, the mistakes and deviations that led to the overthrow of socialism. It was noted that over its course, elements, categories and methods of capitalism were introduced to solve existing problems and that this gradually weakened and in the end undermined socialist construction.

Amongst the most important tasks of the communists  today is to confront the anti-communist campaign of the EU, restore the workers' knowledge about the truth of socialism in the 20th century, without idealizations, objectively and free of the slanders of the bourgeoisie, which are based on the catastrophes brought about by the counterrevolution.

Capitalism may still be strong today, but it is not invincible. The crisis has demonstrated more intensely its historic boundaries. However, capitalism is also dangerous in its growth phase. The growth that will follow the crisis will have its precondition the shattering of the workers’-people’s rights.

The difficulties in the European and global capitalist economy sharpen the inter-imperialist contradictions. The competition between the capitalist powers is intensifying, as well as inside the imperialist unions like the EU and NATO. The war flashpoints are multiplying, there is an increasing danger that these will taken on a general wider character.

The way out for the working class and the other popular strata is only possible via the path for the overthrow of capitalist power and ownership.

Many parties noted that this struggle presupposes the weakening of the various forms of dangerous reformism-opportunism, of the so-called Party of the European Left and the “governmental left” as is expressed in Greece by SYRIZA. It was stressed that the various approaches to managing capitalism are not an alternative solution for the peoples. The experience from subordination to bourgeois governance is negative, regardless of its label, as is the experience from participation in or toleration for governments in the framework of capitalism.

The October Revolution and the struggles for socialism in the 20th century are source for the drawing of important experience and lessons that the communist and workers parties can utilize so that they become more effective in their efforts to strengthen and provide a class orientation to the labour movement, to construct the alliance of the working class with the poor urban and rural popular strata, to organize the workers’-people’s struggle against the monopolies their international alliances and their power, for rights that correspond to their needs today, for the abolition of exploitation.

If the 20th century began with the great offensive launched by the proletariat on the heavens and ended with its temporary defeat, the 21st century will bring the final and this time irreversible overthrow of capitalism and the construction of socialism-communism.

List of the Participant Parties

1

Communist Party Of Albania

2

Party Of Labour Of Austria

3

Communist Party Of Belarus

4

Communist Party Of The Workers Of Belarus

5

Communist Party Of Bulgaria

6

Party Of Bulgarian Communists

7

Union Of Communists In Bulgaria

8

New Communist Party Of Britain

9

AKEL

10

Communist Party Of Bohemia & Moravia

11

Communist Party Of Denmark

12

Communist Party In Denmark

13

Communist Party, Denmark

14

Communist Workers Party Of Finland

15

Pole Of Communist Revival In France

16

Revolutionary Party - Communistes

17

Communist Revolutionary Party of France

18

German Communist Party

19

Communist Party of Greece

20

Hungarian Workers' Party

21

Workers' Party of Ireland

22

Communist Party

23

Socialist Party of Latvia

24

Socialist People's Front of Lithuania

25

Communist Party of Luxembourg

26

Communist Party of Malta

27

Communist Party of Norway

28

New Communist Party of The Netherlands

29

Communist Party of Poland

30

Portuguese Communist Party

31

Romanian Socialist Party

32

Communist Workers' Party of Russia

33

Communist Party of The Russian Federation

34

Communist Party of Soviet Union

35

Party of The Communists of Serbia

36

Communist Party of Slovakia

37

Communist Party of The Peoples of Spain

38

Communist Party of Sweden

39

Communist Party of Turkey

40

Communist Party of Ukraine

41

Union of Communists of Ukraine

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CONTRIBUTION OF THE SOCIALIST PEOPLE’S FRONT (LITHUANIA) TO THE 2017-01-23 EUROPEAN COMMUNIST MEETING

“100 years since the Great October Socialist Revolution. Capitalism- monopolies - European Union bring only crises, wars, poverty. Socialism is timely and necessary.”

Respected comrades,

this year we commemorate the anniversary of the Great October. For decades it has attracted the world’s attention and marked the start of the epoch of proletarian revolution.

Out of arduous struggles was born the first state in which political power belonged to the working class – the Soviet Union. A state, that not only cought up with, and often surpassed the hostile capitalist powers, but one that defeated the cruelest evil of the XX century – hitlerite fascism.

This clearly demonstrated that there is a progressive alternative to capitalism – socialism-communism – which can be reached by applying the teachings of Marx-Engels-Lenin, the correctness of which was corraborated by life itself. However, as Lenin admitted, history develops not as a straight line, but rather as a “spiral” (V. Lenin. Collected works. 1974, Vol. 21, p. 54): the end of the XX century witnessed a global counter-revolution and the restoration of capitalism around the world.

Instead of rising towards communism, humanity was thrown back into past capitalist barbarity. The decade after the counter-revolution marked a great decline, as well as ideological and political confusion of the international communist movement, with many nominally Marxist-Leninist parties openly joining the camp of bourgeois liberalism.

Almost three decades have passed since the counter-revolution, however, the international communist movement is yet to overcome the crisis, and this circumstance has to do not only with anticommunist reaction or trends towards revisionism or opportunism, but also with dogmatism, which hinders the assimilation of new XXI century conditions.

Lenin affirmed that “Marxism is not a lifeless dogma, not a completed, ready-made, immutable doctrine”, but is “a living guide to action” thus being “bound to reflect the astonishingly abrupt change in the conditions of social life” (V. Lenin. Collected works. 1974, Vol. 17, p. 42).

Such changes, the assimilation and a Marxist understanding thereof, was reflected in the Leninist analysis of imperialism, as the “monopoly stage of capitalism” (V. Lenin. Collected Works. 1974, Vol. 22, p. 266), which became the scientific basis for Bolshevik’s revolutionary strategy, as well as a firm response to any sort of dogmatism or opportunism.

During the century separating us from the Great October, imperialism has undergone many quantitative and qualitative changes, but, differently than what its defenders assert, imperialism has neither disappeared or became “humanized”. Quite the contrary – the concentration of capital, predicted by Marx, and the “uneven development”, which Lenin spoke of, has only grown more extreme (V. Lenin. Collected works. 1974, Vol. 21, p. 342).

780 million people lack access to clean drinking water; 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation; at least 3.5 million children die from hunger each year. 1% of the global populace controls greater wealth than the remaining 99% (Oxfam, 2014), 8 individuals – more than the 3.6 billion poor (Oxfam, 2017); 88% of the world’s millionaires reside in the most developed imperialist states (of these, 46% in the USA)[1]; whereas in the XIX century the richest and poorest countries differed by a ratio of 3:1, at the end of the XX century this ratio was already 74:1.[2]

Such facts clearly show the correctness and timeliness of the Marxist-Leninist analysis and critique of capitalism and imperialism; the growing competition of inter-imperialist unions, that of the NATO and EU vs. BRICS, the rise of the so-called multipolar world, demonstrate the growth of contradictions within capitalism. Imperialist wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, intervention in Syria and the refugee crisis that’s hitting Europe now – all these facts show, that this system is incapable of bringing prosperity or stability to the working class.

Manipulative rightist demagogues and “left” reformists attempt at diverting the attention of the popular masses from the true causes of these evils, towards an alleged “humanization” of the system, or forms of animalistic racist and xenophobic demagoguery. This is shown by the “left” governments existing in Europe today, as well as the wave of so-called euro-scepticism with Brexit at the head: instead of radical anti-capitalism, the struggle against the imperialist EU is being based on narrow slogans of bourgeois nationalism.

Meanwhile in Lithuania there is no truly massive opposition. With the country having joined the EU and occupying a middle position in the imperialist pyramid, over 1 million people (out of a previous population of 3.6 million) have emigrated, thus “channelling out” any greater potential for protest; whereas EU funds, which are being provided up to 2020, help the ruling class relatively stabilize the domestic situation, in spite of growing poverty and inequality. The trade unions are weak, subjugated by the bourgeois socialdemocrats. Anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist protests lack numbers, as well as a unified political direction, whereas the Socialist People’s Front is going through a deep organizational and ideological crisis. In light of these facts, the only path is a determined cleanse from opportunism, consistent propaganda and organizational work, participation in common opposition movements and promotion of Marxist-Leninist ideas.

Finally, the world is gradually heading towards ecological catastrophe that can only be avoided through actions, requiring the operation of major greenhouse-effect producing companies to assume a non-profit basis (Trucost)[3]. To blame is not the global poor, but rather the global capitalist class and the privileged “golden billion” of the West, constituting the “labour aristocracy”, that is “afraid of sacrifices” because of “too great impoverishment”, which Lenin spoke of (V. Lenin. Collected works. 1974, Vol. 31, p. 248).

The solution, on which depends not only the chance for a better future, for social and moral progress, but even the existence of humanity, is impossible within the confines of capitalism. In seeking this solution we cannot disregard the specifics of contemporary capitalist imperialism, the profound gap which exists not only between capital and labour, but also the divide between the most powerful imperialist states and de facto colonial countries.

Fidel Castro emphasized this in his speech at Rio de Janeiro in 1992: “If we want to save mankind from self-destruction, we have to better distribute the wealth and technologies available in the world. Less luxury and less waste by a few countries is needed so there is less poverty and less hunger on a large part of the Earth.” (F. Castro. Tomorrow Will Be Too Late).[4]

Such a solution is, without doubt, a socialist one: for only socialism can solve the problems, which are becoming true questions of life or death for mankind. This is the most true, undeniable proof that socialism is today, a century after the Great October, both necessary and timely.

For the working people to realize this necessity – that is a job for the whole international communist movement: a theoretical one, as regards to arriving at new and up-to-date strategic conclusions for the XXI century; and a practical one, undertaking the execution of these conclusions on an international, as well as national level.

The necessary condition is a creative application of theory, free from both dogmatism and revisionism; strict adherence to principle and loyalty to the ideals of the Great October, to the cause of socialism-communism. We are sure, that all truly Marxist-Leninist parties, fighting for the interests of the working people, will go on such a path. And in today’s Europe, at the front of these parties undoubtedly stand the Greek communists, to whom we express our sincere thanks for their hospitality and the organizing of this meeting.

 

[1] Inequality. (http://inequality.org/global-inequality)

[2] Syed Nawab Haider Naqbi. Development Economics – Nature and Significance. New Delhi. 2002, p. 57.

[3] https://www.trucost.com/trucost-news/teeb-business-coalition-study-shows-multi-trillion-dollar-natural-capital-risk-underlying-urgency-green-economy-transition-2/

[4] http://climateandcapitalism.com/2016/11/26/fidel-castro-fight-the-ecological-destruction-threatening-the-planet/