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An article on leftcom.org about Marxism and Anarchism,  which arises from a recent meeting very well attended by people curious about this topic, including somebody from the ICC,  contains this paragraph, which I found stimulating. Because of formatting problems that beset me I will comment on the paragraph seperately. 

 

ICT wrote:
 In the current global capitalist crisis the goal of human emancipation may not be as far away as we think. Although it is possible to talk of anti-capitalism now without being seen as certifiable, as a class we have hardly started in the process of opposition. What we now have is a rich experience of 200 years of struggle. It is an experience which remains unknown to most people today. It certainly has not yet been absorbed by the majority of the world working class.
Fred
These 5 short sentences

These 5 short sentences contained in the paragraph quoted above say much to give comfort to comrades suffering doubt, as I suppose many of us do from time to time given the depth of the crisis and the timidity of response from the working class,  especially in the West. 

So. (1). "In the current global crisis the goal of human emancipation  may not be as  far away as we think." I like "the goal of human emancipation" very much.  It doesn't mention the suspect word "communism" (still suspect as a result mainly of Stalinism as our Mexican comrades explain so well in an article new on this site) but instead refers to the ultimate goal of "human emancipation". The working class isn't mentioned, except as  part of human emancipation, for which of course it is the essential trigger.  To add almost as a throwaway that this longed for goal of humanity, longed and yearned for during  centuries of misery and enslavement, "may not be as far away as we think" comes like a sudden splash of cold water!  Can it really be true? "In the current global.crisis" effecting everyone everywhere.  Is it possible that in the depths of all the desperation and austerity,  the mass starvation afflicting the planet, as described in yet another article on this site just now,  that the chance of  our release from capitalism's chains could be just round the corner?  It makes you think, doesn't it? 

 

(2).  "Although it is possible to talk of anti-capitalism now without being seen as certifiable, as a class we have hardly started in the process of opposition."   The Occupiers and their followers round the globe have opened up the possibility of being anti-capitalist without being seen as a crackpot looney, or a massively dangerous threat to the system, precisely because generally  speaking they didn't present themselves as working class, included many people who weren't working class, or wouldn't like the label,  and, in the end, weren't the class as such. Not the class in itself. (If only I could speak German!) This is because "as a class we have hardly started in the process of opposition."  So the best is yet to come.  "We've only just begun,"  as the song has it. Was it the Carpenters? .  

 

(3) "What we have now is a rich experience of 200 years of struggle."  The satisfaction contained in this almost triumphant statement  is as a glass of old port to a connoisseur.  We have a rich experience we can draw on.  They can't take that from us.  And of course the communist left in its long fight for clarity and understanding starting with the counter-revolutionary tendencies emerging in the 3rd. International which had to be challenged and exposed, and leading  eventually  to our communist left organizations today, who have restored our connections to our rich historical experience and can relate this to the future, are a major part of the fruit of the rich experience. 

(4). "It is an experience which remains unknown to most people today." This is the sad fact.  And even some revolutionaries who are aware of it today ~ given the distortions  and tricks which history has played on us all, at the hands of the bourgeoisie of course,  with their perpetuation of lies like that Stalinism  equates with communism, or that communism died with the collapse of the USSR;   or, even worse, that the Bolsheviks were bad and betrayed the class, and that Lenin bordered on a bourgeois passion for self-aggrandizement  and the like; and that Kronstadt was unforgivable, which it is, but can be understood a little given the appalling circumstances in which it took place ~ all this has led some revolutionaries to be suspicious of communist organizations, and even of all attempts of communists to organize together and find the strength of solidarity and comradeship. 

 

(5) "It certainly has not yet been absorbed by the majority of the world working class."    IT of course refers  back to "the rich experience"  the wealth resulting from "200 years  of struggle".  But when the class does begin to reach the point when it wants  to know what happened before, and what went wrong, and to re-appropriate its class history, then it will be essential that truth prevails over misunderstandings and myths,  and that  a developing consciousness, not confusions, leads us forward.