How you can help the ICC
The gravity of the situation facing humanity is increasingly obvious. The world capitalist economy, after four decades of trying to deal with an open economic crisis, is breaking down in front of our eyes. The perspectives posed by the destruction of the environment appear more sombre with each new scientific survey. War, starvation, repression and corruption are the daily lot of millions.
At the same time, the working class and the other oppressed layers of society are beginning to resist capitalism’s demands for sacrifice and austerity. Social revolts, occupations, demonstrations and strike movements have broken out in a whole series of countries from North Africa to Europe and North and South America.
The development of all these contradictions and conflicts more than ever confirms the need for the active presence of an organisation of revolutionaries, able to analyse a rapidly evolving situation, to speak clearly with a unified voice across borders and continents, to participate directly in the movements of the exploited and help clarify their methods and aims.
There is no hiding the fact that the forces of the ICC are extremely limited in comparison to the enormous responsibilities we face. We are seeing the worldwide emergence of a new generation looking for revolutionary answers to the crisis of this system, but it is essential for those who sympathise with the overall aims of our organisation to connect with the ICC and make their own contribution to its capacity to act and to grow.
We are not only talking about joining our organisation here, although we will come to that. We value any kind of support and assistance that all those who are in general agreement with our politics can offer.
How can you help?
First, by discussing with us. Write to us by letter, email, or take part in our online discussion forum. Come to our public meetings and meetings organised for contacts. Raise questions about our positions, analyses, the way we write, the way our website works, etc etc.
Write for our website and papers, whether reports on meetings you have attended, what’s happening in your workplace, sector, or neighbourhood, or more developed articles, theoretical contributions, etc.
Help us translate from/into the many different languages in which we write: the ICC has web pages of varying size in English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Turkish, Bengali, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino. There are always too many articles to translate into all the languages, including some of the most basic texts of our organisation. If you are able to translate into these or other languages, let us know.
Participate in our public activities: selling the press on the street, speaking and distributing our press and leaflets at picket lines, demonstrations, occupations. Help us to intervene at political meetings, go along to them yourselves and argue for revolutionary ideas; contribute to the internet discussion forums in which we participate regularly, such as www.libcom.org, or www.revleft.com (in particular the left communist forum on the latter: http://www.revleft.com/vb/group.php?groupid=9.), www.red-marx.com, etc.
If you know others who are also interested in talking about revolutionary politics and the class struggle, set up discussion circles, class struggle forums or similar groupings, which we would be very happy to help you get going and to take part in ourselves.
Contribute practical skills and resources: photos, artwork, computer skills…
Help increase our very restricted finances by making regular financial donations, subscribing to our press, taking extra copies to sell to those you know, or to place in local bookshops.
Joining the ICC
We enthusiastically welcome requests by comrades who want to raise their support for the organisation to a higher level by becoming members.
While not every sympathiser will join the organisation, we think that becoming a member means taking part in the history of the proletarian class struggle in the fullest sense. The proletariat is by nature a class whose strength lies in its capacity for collective organisation, and this is above all true for its revolutionary elements, which have always sought to unite in organisations to defend the communist perspective against the huge weight of the dominant ideology. Becoming a member of the ICC enables comrades to participate directly in the reflection and discussions that are constantly underway inside the organisation and to make the most effective contribution to our intervention in the class struggle. To shape the analyses and policies of the organisation, the individual militant’s most useful place is inside it, while for the organisation as a whole, the members are an irreplaceable resource which it can count on and through which it can develop its activities on a world wide scale.
Before joining the ICC, it is essential for any comrade to have an in-depth discussion about our fundamental political positions, which are linked by a general marxist coherence and contained in our platform, so that those who become members do so out of genuine conviction and are able to argue for our political positions because they have a real understanding of them. It is equally important to discuss our organisational statutes and agree to the basic principles and rules which guide our functioning: how we collectively organise at the local, national, and international level, the role of congresses and central organs, how we conduct our internal debates, what is expected of members in terms of their participation in the life of the organisation, and so on. The basic approach contained in our statutes can be found in this text (‘Report on the structure and functioning of the revolutionary organisation’.
In this sense, we are in the tradition of the Bolshevik party, for whom a member was someone who not only agreed with the party’s programme but aimed to actively defend it through the activities of the organisation, and was therefore ready to adhere to its method of functioning as embodied in its statutes.
This is not an overnight process and takes time and patience. Unlike the leftist groups, Trotskyist and others, who falsely claim descent from Bolshevism, we do not seek to ‘recruit’ at any price, and therefore end up with members who are no more than pawns in the games of a bureaucratic leadership. A real communist organisation can only flourish if its members have a profound understanding of its positions and analyses and are able to take part in the collective effort to apply and develop them.
Revolutionary politics is not a hobby: It involves both an intellectual and an emotional commitment to facing the demands of the class struggle. But neither is it a monkish activity, cut off from the lives and concerns of the rest of the working class. We are not a cult, seeking to regulate every aspect of our members’ lives, turning them into fanatics incapable of critical thought. Neither do we expect every member to be ‘experts’ in all aspects of marxist theory, or to enter our ranks with highly developed skills in writing or public speaking. We recognise that individual comrades will have varying capacities in different areas. We work on the communist principle that everyone contributes according to their means – that it is the task of the collective to harness all these individual energies in the most effective way.
The decision to enter a revolutionary organisation is not one to be taken lightly. But joining the ICC means becoming part of a world-wide fraternity struggling for a common goal – the only goal which really offers a future for humanity.
ICC, November 2011