Capitalism is the first mode of production that ex- tends to a single metabolism all over the planet. It is based on the exploitation of a working class – the proletariat – by a possessing class, the bourgeoisie. This exploitation has a collective character: it is not the “sum” of the exploitation enterprise by enter- prise, sector by sector and even country by country, but it is a complex and universally extended system, which conceals in all its manifestations that capital is nothing more than unpaid work that is extracted from the whole of the workers in each production cycle.
The proletariat is the first universal class. In the first place because, as a product of a system that already occupies the whole planet, it is universally extended and defined by the same and unique relation of exploitation: wage labor. It is this exploitation that gives it equal interests all over the world. Second, it is the universal class because, when it struggles as a class, it does not claim any particular privileges that would prepare a new form of exploitation, but it does claim universal, human, and generic needs.
This is why the class struggle of the proletariat an- ticipates a society, communism, in which production becomes a conscious and collective activity, not guided by capital and its logic of accumulation, but by the satisfaction of those same human needs. A society without state or scarcity, without wars or borders. The communist perspective is present in each of the expressions of struggle by the workers as a class, whether they develop or not. That is why it is the revolutionary class of the capitalist mode of production regardless of the ups and downs of its class consciousness.
Solidarity of the world proletariat as a unity against international capitalism. Solidarity both in ideas and in deeds, directed against the nation and patriotism in the first place, including the colonial countries. There can be no greater interest than that of the world proletariat, not even that of a country where revolution would have triumphed. The internation- alists fight with equal fury against the two contending factions in local imperialist wars as well as in world wars, and point to the respective part takers and propagandists as traffickers of human flesh. They propose and strive to organize the action of the exploited, at the front and rear, against their respective governments and military commanders. All national defense –even in its degree of resistance– conceals exploitation and oppression. The immediate enemy is, for each proletariat, in its own country; harassing it to the fullest is a condition for unleash- ing the struggle of the proletariat in other countries and undertaking, united, the destruction of capital- ism throughout the world.
Centralism is the organizational expression of the idea of unity of the proletarian class as a universal political subject. In the working class, “centralism” does not mean adherence to a formal principle, the defense of a certain typology of command struc- tures. And of course, it does not mean concentrating power in a single person or group but, on the contrary, means extending the scope of any class strug- gle organization to all its members, reflecting the universal character that beats under each class expression and putting it before any particularism, any feeling or prejudice, imaginary privilege or real oppression. In other words: when it comes to formu- late demands, to organize and engage in a combat, we do not accept divisions by nationality, sex, age, type of contract or anything else. Any convocation, assembly or militancy limited to one sex, to one nationality, to one type of contract, to the workers of a single mother tongue or any other division reneges on the fact of doing so, of their class character.
COMMUNIST TACTICS TODAY
All factions of the bourgeoisie, big or small, oppressed or oppressing, in the market or the state, today are reactionary. We cannot engage in a common front with any of them.
State property is not socialism. Stalinist Russia, Maoist China, Castroist Cuba or Chávist Venezuela were never socialist, but state capitalisms.
All nationalisms are reactionary. Since a century no progressive national liberation has been possible. To place ourselves under a national flag is to line up for the slaughterhouse.
The trade unions are an integral part of the state. The only way to carry out the struggles is self-organization, the extension of strikes and the formation of committees to coordinate them among them- selves.
The different initiatives come together to prepare a political conference that is to constitute «Emancipation» as a single political organization
Granada, Vallodolid (Spain)
In Granada and Valladolid appear the first political nucleus in Spain vindicating political continuity with the Spanish Communist Left and FOR since 1993.
First journal in Spanish defending positions lined up with our tendency since the nineties.
School of Marxism
Take place a series of seminars reappropriating the foundations of Marxism, Spanish Revolution and the history of the internationalist tendency in Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Braxil. The seminars are followed by an effort of creating an historical archive of documents and texts on line.
Last FOR militants promote in Internet the reconstitution of the organization. They republish contents of «Alarme» and «Alarma» along with new articles and statements.
Revolutionary Workers Ferment (FOR)
FRANCE, GREECE, ITALY, SPAIN, USA
International reconstitution of the tendency around the positions hold by the Spanish Section of IVth and GCI: Stalinist Soviet Union as State Capitalism, impossibility of progressive «national liberation» during the decay of capitalism, impossibility of «United Front» with organizations out of class frontiers -as socialdemocrats or stalinists-, trade unions as integral part of State Capitalism in all the countries… FOR will have sections in France, Greece, Italy, Spain and USA. It will publish on paper until 1993. In 2000 it will publish online a part of the archive and will promote it in Internet under the domain «alarme-for.org» until 2006. The organization will decay until 2010.
International Worker’s Union (IWU-UOI)
FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, SPAIN, VIETNAM
The break with the Fourth International will promote a first attempt of world-wide regrouping with the internationalist elements that have broken in the IInd Congress of the International, forming in 1949 the “International Workers Union” with the Spanish section -renamed GCI- several French groups and a Vietnamese group that have practiced the revolutionary defeatism during the war and the German occupation of France. The IWU will collapse in early 1953 when the Spanish group in the interior of Spain as a whole, including G. Munis, falls into the hands of Franco’s police. The first will come out of jail in 1957.
Revolutionary Deafetism during the 2nd World Imperialist War
Since 1943, Natalia Sedova and an international minority leaded by the Spanish section of the Fourth International, which regroups in exile in Mexico and France, will fight against the centrist drift that leads the Fourth International to support more and more openly the allied imperialisms during the second world carnage, defending revolutionary defeatism on both sides of the front. In the second congress of the “Fourth,” the refusal of the International Secretariat to allow debate and for the congress to condemn the support of its two major parties to the “national resistances,” will lead to the final rupture and denunciation of the organization’s betrayal of internationalism.
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Prolétaires de tous les pays, unissez-vous, abolissez les armées, la police, la production de guerre, les frontières, le travail salarié!
Proletários de todos os países, uni-vos, suprimam exércitos, polícia, produção de guerra, fronteiras, trabalho assalariado!
¡Proletarios de todos los países, uníos, suprimid ejércitos, policías, producción de guerra, fronteras, trabajo asalariado!
Lavoratori di tutti i paesi, unitevi, abolite eserciti, polizia, produzione bellica, frontiere, lavoro salariato!
Workers of all countries, unite, abolish armies, police, war production, borders, wage labor!