03) COMMUNIST PARTIES CALL TO RESIST IMPERIALISM AND FASCISM
By Liz Rowley, leader of the Communist Party of Canada
The 19th International
Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP) took place November 2-3 in
It was a fitting location as 106 parties from countries, including the Communist Party of Canada, came together to mark the centenary of the first socialist revolution in history to survive and thrive over more than 70 years. “Great October” opened the way for new socialist revolutions to follow in this century, as the world continues its transition from capitalism to socialism in increasingly difficult, dangerous, and complicated circumstances.
A pre-fascist period
Speaker after speaker noted the
growth of far-right and fascist movements in countries around the world, and in
particular in the
All over Europe, the history, achievements and victories of socialism are being eradicated, while imperialism’s propaganda machines pump out the lies that socialism was a failure, that socialism and fascism are synonymous; that austerity, militarism, xenophobia, and war are the only way forward.
In Latin America, reaction has
overturned progressive governments in Brazil, Argentina, and Ecuador, and is
working hard to destroy the Bolivarian revolutions in Venezuela and Bolivia,
the peace agreement and FARC in Colombia, and to overthrow socialist Cuba.
The Trump administration is threatening war and invasion in countries around the world, with military spending that is unprecedented at $603 billion in 2017-18. At the same time Trump is amping up the attack on the US population, with massive corporate tax cuts and de-regulation which his administration hopes to offset with a protectionist trade policy and xenophobic foreign and domestic policies, attacking immigrants, refugees, undocumented workers, Indigenous and racialized peoples, women, and the LGBTQ population.
Human rights used as instrument of fascization
As the Belgian Communists succinctly pointed out at the IMCWP, the world is in a pre-fascist period, where imperialism is on a global offensive, using human rights as an instrument of fascization.
This includes the struggle around
imperialism’s doctrine of “responsibility to protect”, and the idea that free
speech, assembly, and other democratic rights are the justification to allow
fascists to organize and propagate hatred. But hate crimes and incitement of
hatred have nothing in common with civil and democratic rights; this is
criminal activity wherever it appears, and must be opposed and exposed as
fascist ideology. Likewise the “R2P” doctrine is an attempt to promote illegal
wars and invasions for which there is no legal or other justification. This is
the case is
Socialism is the alternative
A sharp struggle, uniting the broadest social forces, is called for now to defeat the forces of fascism, reaction and war. But it must also be linked by the Communists, to the struggle for an alternative to the social, economic and other conditions that create the conditions for these menaces to be tolerated, even embraced by some working people. As Rosa Luxemburg said 100 years ago, the choice is socialism or barbarism. Communists must therefore focus much more on socialism as the only alternative to decaying capitalism and imperialism, without making this demand a condition of unity in the struggle.
Simultaneously, much more
theoretical work needs to be done on the problems of socialist construction and
the socialist economy, as well as on 74 years of Soviet power in the
Resistance is growing
While imperialism’s offensive is on-going, resistance round the world is growing. Some parties have had to temporarily retreat in face of imperialism’s offensive, but they too are working to build the alliances and tactics that can move the struggle forward and put the working class and its allies in the offensive position, which is decisive and urgent everywhere. New problems, such as coming mass unemployment due to automation in the capitalist countries, and the peak environmental crisis and climate change, have forced themselves onto the agenda. Capitalism has no answers here, though these issues are looming. War and peace is also a critical issue, as the existence of the world’s peoples it threatened by a nuclear or environmental catastrophe.
In this regard, the crisis on the
The national question has also
become a major factor in
Internationalism and solidarity
The parties passed resolutions supporting the peoples’ struggles for peace and against imperialist interference, in many countries. This included solidarity with the peoples of Latin American and Caribbean; Turkey, Cyprus, the peoples of the Middle East, North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Balkans; and solidarity with the Catalonian people against the Spanish government’s reprisals. A final statement was also adopted unanimously by the gathering, committing the parties to common actions on May Day 2018, to mark the bi-centennial of Karl Marx’s birth with new theoretical work, to expand campaigns to popularize socialism. The statement is available on the website of the IMCWP, solidnet.org.
above article is from the December 1-31,2017, issue of