A Revolutionary Communist Monthly
ORGAN OF ALLIANCE MARXIST-LENINIST
Volume 1, Issue 1. January 2003
In 1991, Alliance Marxist-Leninist (North America)
was formed and started publishing a theoretical journal. Since then it
has certainly survived a climate of sectarian attacks on the left, but
also the general anti-left mood of the tail-end of the boom years. It has
published to date some 50 issues of a theoretical journal, but also ? but
it has participated in a number of developments - small as they are, which
are seeds of a more far-reaching process of renewal of the Marxist-Leninist
movement internationally. This has taken the tangible shape of the International
Struggle Marxist-Leninist. The explicit aims of the founders of
Alliance were to act as a non-sectarian focus in order to:
"i) Provide a Marxist-Leninist analysis of modern life, and to analyze
the rise of revisionism world wide.
We explicitly stated that the only views barred were
ii) Discuss practical progressive policy.
iii) Discuss a program for progressives in North America ultimately
to develop a M-L movement. ??" (to foster) "Non - sectarian discussion
is the goal. Thus, anyone can participate or join; barring those with proven
background of disruption in the International ML movement. "
"Liberal or counter Marxist ? Leninist" origin.
We fully intend to continue with all of these above as they are all relevant
today, in especial we stress that a non-sectarian approach is vital.
There is however, one significant difference, that
has become apparent in the last decade. We are now, at a new stage, as
the exposure of certain revisionisms becomes clearer. The differences have
become somewhat clearer, or starker. We are now, no longer at a purely
broad front stage in party development. In 1991, we were aware of no clear
Marxist-Leninist factions, in either the USA or Canada, that were prepared
to examine the past and present with un-blinkered eyes. In that time, a
nucleus has been built that is composed of honest Marxist-Leninists who
irrespective of their prior views ? find themselves in agreement that the
following minimal statements are true:
(i) That the state of the USSR was on a Marxist-Leninist path, until
approximately 1956, when under the increasingly open revisionism of Nikita
Khrushchev it became converted relatively quickly to a capitalist state;
that the nature of this state was disguised by the waving of red flags;
In no way, do we eschew the honesty of many of those
who proclaim that they are "Marxist-Leninist" ? but who profess other "isms"
? e.g. "Maoism"; "Gueveraism"; "Castroism"; "Ho Chi Minh-ism" etc. That
is why we believe that in the post-revisionist destruction of the movement,
a key tactic in party-building, must be non-sectarianism. We wish,
to continue to engage in both United Front action with clearly specified
ends; and theoretical debates ? to elucidate what is our true Marxist-Leninist
history and our most meaningful forward development.
(ii) That the only other state to establish socialism, under the unequivocal
dictatorship of the proletariat ? was the Peoples Republic of Socialist
Albania ? under the leadership of Enver Hoxha; that lapsed into revisionism
under the leadership of the erst-while hidden revisionist Ramiz Alia in
(iii) That a cool appraisal of the People?s Republic of China, would
have to conclude that its beginnings under the theory of the ?New Democratic
State? were designed to enable it to survive as a ?disguised? capitalist
(iv) That the various other states that have called themselves ?socialist?
were either national-liberation movements of some sort (varying from the
so-called Islamic socialist states to those such as Vietnam); or alternatively
states that were under the leadership of the Socialist era of the USSR
? progressing towards socialism (the "Peoples Democracies"), but under
the sway of Khrushchevite polices in the USSR rapidly became neo-colonies
to the now-revisionist USSR.
Thus we are no longer a ?broad front?. But we are
not a party.
We are still at a pre-party stage. We believe
that we are in a situation analogous, to that when Lenin described the
tasks facing Iskra in Russia:
"We declare that "Before we can unite, and in order that we may
unite, we must first of all draw firm and definite lines of demarcation,
as Iskra demands"
It is in that spirit that the monthly ? "Alliance!"
is born. It will be both on-line and in hard copy form.
The Editorial board consists of: Hari Kumar, Alfonso
Casal, Marenglen, and Dita Behn. End.
HARI KUMAR, ALFONSO CASAL, MARENGLEN, DITA BEHN.
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