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Monday, 30 January 2012

Morning Star readers and supporters

Call an all-Britain conference on the 31st March 2012 at the Bishopsgate Institute, central London to discuss the ways in which mass, popular resistance can be built to the Tory/Liberal coalition government and its policies.


  1. This will hopefully provide an opportunity for broad left labour movement and progressives to discuss initiatives and policies for fighting back against the neo-liberal/neo-conservative economic and political policies of the British government, European Union, IMF, World Bank and WTO.

  2. Underground Stations

    Liverpool Street - 4 mins from Bishopsgate Institute

    Aldgate Tube Station - 8 mins

    Aldgate East Tube Station - 8 mins

    Mainline Stations

    Liverpool Street - 3 mins from Bishopsgate Institute

    Moorgate - 10 mins

    Fenchurch - 12 mins

  3. What’s at stake?

    I would that Marxist and Marxist-Leninism come into conflict with bureaucratic Stalinism and that after Lenin’s death the Soviet Union drifted further from what Marx and Lenin had envisaged until the false consciousness of the party elite alienated the working classes of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Rumania and the Soviet Union. Whereas in Yugoslavia it was the very attempt at solving the question of alienation via workers councils and co-operatives that allowed the ‘‘false consciousness’’ of nationalism to create disunity of the republics starting from antagonisms in Croatia and Serbia which went back to the foundations of Yugoslavia after the First World War and exploited by the CIA and British special forces in the 1990’s.

    My interpretation of Marx, Lenin and Tito as a Marxist-Leninist against the Stalinist version of Marxism-Leninism which relies heavily on the idea of national bolshevism, which whilst claiming its possible to build socialism in one country the Stalinist version is a distortion of Marxist-Leninism and acts as an imperialist state imposed its version of bureaucratic socialism on the people of Hungary, Czechoslovakia etc. rather than allowing them to follow their own road to socialism and preventing Khrushchev from attempting to solve the problems of alienation and economic inefficiency which resulted from the bureaucratic control by the Russian Communist Party and looking at what Tito was doing in Yugoslavia. This then led to the rise of nationalist consciousness in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland etc. creating disunity of the working classes and the collapse of actually existing socialism.

    The significance of this now is the issue of national bolshevikism vs. international Marxist-Leninism between the European, Scandinavian and British Marxist parties so we have both historical-geographic consequences in the 20th and 21st century for socialism if nationalist ‘‘false’’ consciousness prevails over working class consciousness.

  4. nationalism = disunity of the working classes

    to quote Karl Marx ‘‘workers of all countries Unite!

  5. The evidence of nationalist ideology in the 20th century is that it was a reactionary force leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union and of Yugoslavian socialism. Those who proclaim national bolshevism can only hinder the working class struggle and aid the class interests of international finance capital and its institutions of global governance.

  6. If the left is to fightback against the dominant ideology of neo-liberalism/neo-conservatism where the mass media conceal the political and economic basis of class struggle then a dialectical dynamics has to be created which combats this which is what the Front de Gauche are doing in France and why their class struggle and the European Left and European United Left/Nordic Green Left Group led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Pierre Laurent and Lothar Bisky is our class struggle and why Rob Griffiths should be part of the Left Front in Brussels on the 30th and 31st of March 2012, putting theory into practice and leading the fightback against the neo-liberal/neo-conservative ideology of the Tory/Liberal coalition government in Britain and governance by the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and global finance capital. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Pierre Laurent and Lothar Bisky have taken the initiative it’s now time for the British Left to get on board the struggle for a left-alternative, if not why not, that’s the big question I am asking from Bill Greenshields and the other national Bolshevik’s.

  7. Europe must stand up against the misery imposed on Greece

    European leaders and the IMF have demanded from the unelected and illegitimate Greek government a new austerity plan in return for EU "assistance" - not for social development, which is a vital need for Greece, but to guarantee the reimbursement of sovereign debts to banks.

    After three years of austerity, during which economic recession has prevailed, the troika is back and the country has been put under supervision for new attacks on pensions, the abolition of the minimum wage in the private sector and further cuts in the public sector.

    In other words the same method, always with the same consequences.

    This is the eighth austerity plan. Like the previous seven it claims to solve Greece's debt crisis problem once and for all.

    All those plans have been aiming at the reduction of salaries by 50 per cent, the privatisation of public services, the closing of schools and hospitals and the explosion of unemployment, job insecurity and poverty.

    How could we not understand the popular anger that is expressed right now in Athens and in many Greek cities?

    As the saying goes, "He who sows misery harvests anger."

    The European Left Party supports Greek citizens who fight against these measures and the parliamentarians that expressed the voice of the people in the Greek parliament by voting against this text, which is dangerous for Greece and for Europe as a whole.

    We call upon European citizens to organise gatherings outside the Greek embassies in the different EU countries and demonstrate their solidarity with the Greek people.

    We also call everybody who resists these catastrophic austerity plans all over Europe to work together for the formation of a counter-offensive of the European peoples.

    Pierre Laurent
    President of the Party of European Left


  8. Greece can do without crocodile tears

    The capitalist crisis in Greece has been accompanied by an unprecedented assault on the rights of the working class and its allies and a correspondingly intense sharpening of the class struggle.

    This has caught the attention of workers in other countries.

    Within this framework even bourgeois political forces that bear enormous responsibility for this anti-people offensive claim to "sympathise" with the Greek people.

    But they take good care to conceal the true causes of the problems people are experiencing - capitalist crisis, the entrapment of the country in imperialist bodies such as Nato and the European Union and capitalist exploitation.

    Representatives of the "new left" are making statements within this context. The letter published in the Morning Star on February 21 from European Left Party (ELP) president Pierre Laurent, who is also general secretary of the French Communist Party, is a case in point.

    In reality the problem the working class and its allies face in Greece is not a problem of "democracy" - that is, it isn't due to the imposition of anti-people measures from outside by "European leaders and the International Monetary Fund" as Laurent writes.

    That would imply that the coalition government of social-democratic Pasok (the Socialist Party) and the liberal New Democracy Party is a "victim" of these outside forces.

    The truth is that the "austerity" measures taken under the pretext of reducing public debt have the goal of strengthening capital's profitability in Greece through the dramatic reduction of the price of labour power.

    We should not forget that at this very moment €600 billion - almost double Greece's public debt - can be found deposited by Greek capitalists in Switzerland's banks alone.

    The government's policies fully correspond to the interests of capitalists in order to foist the crisis onto the people, so that Greece can enter a course of capitalist development and the capital which has been accumulated in the previous period can find a profitable outlet.

    They are measures jointly agreed within the framework of the EU by the Greek government and the bourgeois class which is served by both governing parties. They were not imposed by "some European leaders and the IMF."

  9. All of them existed to a greater or lesser extent in the programmes of Pasok and New Democracy and moreover they were timetabled by EU treaties beginning with Maastricht.

    This is why the working classes of Greece and Britain - and of course others - have amassed such a negative experience of the EU and its anti-people role.

    The ELP representative in Greece, the Coalition of Left Movements and Ecology better known as Synaspismos, voted for the Maastricht Treaty.

    It has always fostered and continues to systematically foster illusions regarding the EU - presenting Greece's participation in the EU as the only possible path, in opposition to the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) which struggles for the disengagement of the country from the EU and people's power.

    The ELP president talks of Greece being "supervised" by the "troika" - the EU, IMF and European Central Bank. But Greece's bourgeois class has consciously preferred active participation in the imperialist unions of Nato and the EU for decades.

    This participation and the interdependent relations which result provide for the cession of sovereign rights to the EU and Nato.

    For example, the common agricultural policy (Cap) does not leave any room for developing the agricultural sector of the economy in the people's interests.

    Before it joined the European Economic Community which turned into the EU Greece had a trade surplus in agricultural products, while today due to the Cap it even imports those agricultural products that are cultivated in Greece.

    Hundreds of thousands of small and medium farmers have been added to the army of the unemployed.

    The ELP avoids mentioning the accession of Greece to the EU and chooses to blame "some European leaders" in general terms.

    Along with exorbitant military spending on Nato and the policy of tax exemptions for capital to make the country "competitive" - both followed by Pasok and New Democracy governments - it is the source of inflated public debt and deficits for which the Greek people bear no responsibility.

  10. The ELP president's oversight is not surprising, since the ELP swears allegiance to the EU and is generously funded by it as a "European party," that is to say a party which accepts the principles of capitalist exploitation that distinguish the EU - a predatory alliance of the monopolies.

    The ELP has even made commitments to the alliance in its statutes and founding documents.

    The ELP proposals regarding "development," an allegedly "pro-people social fund," do not call capitalist power into question at all.

    In fact the ELP and international opportunists play the leading role in creating illusions by prettifying imperialist organisations such as the EU and the Central Bank and claiming that they can become "pro-people."

    But more and more workers, not only in Greece, understand that capitalism cannot solve the basic problems of the people.

    By supporting the EU and the exploitative system, the ELP has chosen sides. The Communist Party of Greece believes that it constitutes a tool for the mutation of communist parties and the eradication of their communist characteristics. It does not challenge the opponents of the working class and the poor in Greece, however many appeals it may make.

    Nevertheless the experience and course of the working-class struggles in Greece - at the forefront of which are the communists and the class-oriented trade union movement Pame - highlight that more and more workers are being radicalised.

    They are bypassing the sermons of the bourgeoisie and the opportunists who preach class collaboration and "social cohesion" and learning to ignore their crocodile tears at the burdens shouldered by the working class.

    It is on this path that the working class can achieve the ultimate goal of its struggle - the abolition of capitalist power and the construction of socialism.

    Elisseos Vagenas is the KKE central committee member responsible for international affairs.


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