reason of being of the communist militancy is to fight the class
system which rests on
hierarchy. Therefore, it should specially not reproduce in its way of
functioning the hierarchy of the dominant society, but on the contrary fight it.
Like the lyrics of The Internationale says: "There are no supreme saviours,
neither God, nor Caesar, nor Tribune”. A
communist structure must thus be directed by all of its members, and not entrust
itself to the "leaders".
fight for the abolition of all the forms of
domination starts by preventing them in the struggles' organizations and
structures. The democratic communists are basically and by nature on the side of
the free development of thought, on the side of the broadest democracy. It
cannot be possible to fight against alienation in an alienated manner.
democratic communists take part in the social movements and fight so that they
are always organized in a democratic way. Our fundamental slogan is that "the
emancipation of the working classes must be conquered by the working classes
That means that the workers must be collectively their own leadership : the
authentic communists always support the self-organization
of the struggles. General assemblies, strike committees, national
co-ordinations: the examples of structures of direct democracy created and
directed by the workers and young people are very frequent, but they are at the
moment limited in time.
passage from the pro-reforms mobilizations to the taking over of power will be
done by the development, the perpetuation and
the convergence of these struggle structures, which must become the instruments
of self-government, replacing the institutions
of government of the bourgeoisie. The entire power must rest on these
structures of direct democracy created by the exploited throughout the struggle,
on all the levels: sovereign general assemblies,
strike committees, workers councils, international coordination of
general assemblies and councils. This is the process of a democratic and
socialist revolution. The revolution must abolish the wage-earning work,
capitalism and the frontiers, and replace
them by direct democracy on all the levels.
terms "socialism" and "communism" have been opposed because
of many historical treasons. The term "socialism-communism" seems to
us to make it possible to overcome them, and to
affirm the unity of these two words.
socialist-communist revolution is
the conquest of real democracy. "In
place of the old bourgeois society, with its classes and class antagonisms, we
shall have an association, in which the free development of each is the
condition for the free development of all"[ii].
The real freedom of an individual can only be
obtained through the conquest of the freedom for all. In the capitalist society,
the immense majority is not free. Moreover, one human being, one class, one
population which oppresses another cannot be truly free: the emancipation of the
workers will allow the emancipation of the entire Human kind.
movement towards the emancipation of Humanity
can only be the result of the action of the majority. "Socialism
will not and cannot be created by decrees; nor can it be established by any
government, however socialistic. Socialism must be created by the masses, by
every proletarian"[iii]. It is thus a question of abolishing the domination
system, as a mean and an aim of the revolution.
preconditions of socialism-communism are the expropriation of the capital and
the end of wage-earning work, leading to the disappearance of the social classes
and the exploitation. "The working class must write on its flag the
revolutionary slogan of the wage system abolition, which is its ultimate aim"[iv].
The objective is to replace the wage-earning work by the common property over
the means of production through the collective
appropriation and a production system based only on the needs (and not on the
profits as in
capitalism). It is also the socialisation of the means of transportation,
and the handling of the production by the workers themselves
and the end of the labour division.
objective is the end of all oppressions and of all alienations. In
order for the human being to be really free, it
is necessary to get rid of all the institutions created for the
maintenance and the justification of the oppression: the States, the
representative "democracies", the armies, etc... On the contrary,
socialism-communism is a society without frontiers or
is clearly our enemy. "The capitalist society is nothing other than the
more or less hidden domination of violence"[v].
The only true and durable response to the class violence is the collective
action for the end of the division of society into classes. It must fight
against all the types of discrimination (racism, sexism, etc...). Obviously, we
fight against them within the framework of the current society, while
trying to obtain advances which may be sometimes very
important, but knowing that only the abolition of capitalism, of
wage-earning work and of the patriarchate, will make it possible to remove all
the discriminations, allowing the advent of a free and egalitarian society, of
an united humanity.
(like "Marxism") is a very imperfect word,
first of all because it
mentions only one person. But the facts
are there, and there is unfortunately no other term
that defines clearly what "democratic Marxism" is: the
participation in the real movement - "the autonomous movement of the
- which fights to abolish the established order and to create a society without
States, social classes, money.
[i] Karl Marx, General Rules of the International Workingmen's Association, 1864
[ii] Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto, 1848
[iii] Rosa Luxemburg, Our Program and the Political Situation, 1918
[iv] Karl Marx, Letter to Kugelman, 1848
[v] Karl Liebknecht, speech in Berlin on the 23rd of December 1918
[vi] Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto, 1848
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