Letter to the revolutionary Marxists of Japan
April 4th, 2019
Dear comrades of JRCL-RMF
We want to tell you that we have published a compilation of our main elaborations of the last months, which we published in different special editions of our newspaper "The International Worker Organizer" and also in the last issue of "The Truth of the Oppressed" that we are sending you attached.
In these materials we address the international situation, the battles of the French working class and the movement of the Yellow Vests; the imperialist offensive in Latin America as we can see in Brazil with the government of Bolsonaro or with the siege to Venezuela; the farce of the " Bolivarian Revolution "; the situation in Syria and the Middle East, among other subjects.
We have published two issues dedicated to Southern Africa. One of them on Zimbabwe giving account of the combats against the military dictatorship in this country and we also included our polemics against the "New Left" policies there.
We have also published another special issue dedicated to South Africa, where we have compiled all the articles and contributions we have written about the new "Socialist Revolutionary Workers' Party" (SRWP), which emerges as component of a process of huge swaths of the South African working class breaking up with the CNA of Mandela and the bureaucracy of COSATU (the trade union center led by the PC of this country, which is in the government with the ANC).
The role of the New Left in the African Continent
Fractions of Stalinism are trying to enter that party to control this process of workers who have broken with the opprobrious popular front of the ANC that has allowed imperialism to continue looting Africa and super exploiting the workers, yesterday with the Apartheid of the white fascists and now with a millionaire black bourgeoisie. Stalinism is fully committed to the task of preventing this process of explosion of the ANC from deriving in a process of self-organization and the setting up of workers’ and soldiers' councils that resume the revolutionary struggle of the black working class.
Undoubtedly, this sinister policy of Stalinism is disguised by renegades of Trotskyism. To manipulate these socialist workers who turn left, South African Stalinism has painted itself as "Castroite" and claims Cuba, at a time when the old Stalinist bureaucracy of the island has already handed it over to imperialism. The black workers of South Africa, like the workers of Harlem and all of the United States, have historically been genuinely sympathetic with the Cuban revolution. Their memories of Che Guevara fighting in the Congo move the new generations of the black proletariat. This is used by Stalinism to maintain control of a workers' movement that has escaped from their hands.
We are fighting for the metalworkers union that has set up this party not to have its struggle dissolved at the hands of old and new traitors to the working class. It is necessary to accompany this rich experience of ample fringes of workers who are turning from right to left as they break with Stalinism, to help prevent them from being taken back to the same place from which they come. It is a decisive battle to unmask the "Bolivarian Revolution", a scam of a revolution that expropriated the anti-imperialist struggle of the Latin American working class, this is the task of the moment. It is necessary to show that Chavistas and Maduro, who have Venezuela surrounded and blocked by imperialism, have not touched a single property of the bankers or the Wall Street pirates. It is also crucial to expose that Maduro and the Castroites are the biggest foes for Venezuela turning into a "new Cuba" and that they have recently signed a pact with Obama and the Democratic Party, the directors of the AngloAmerican who kill the South African workers, as it happened in Marikana; it is a great combat we have to wage and are already waging.
By means of traps like the elections of May 8 in South Africa, the bourgeoisie is trying to deviate the workers of Southern Africa from their tendency towards the revolutionary struggle; these workers have revolted staging general strikes and fighting in the streets as has happened recently in Zimbabwe and some time before also in South Africa, where the Zuma government fell by the revolutionary push of the working class.
There is an international battle against the so-called "New Left" which, based on the labor aristocracies and bureaucracies of the imperialist countries, permanently revives Stalinism and creates new parties and walls to contain and deceive the masses. So they want to pass the left wing of Wall Street, Bernie Sanders, as "socialist" and abort the processes of turning from right to left of fringes of the working class as we see in France with the Stalinist bureaucracy of the CGT betraying and boycotting the struggle ever more brave of the Yellow Vests and also the Syrian and Algerian workers who are taking France to a new Spring in Paris.
On the Chinese question
We have received your letter giving an account of your view of the enormous struggle and the hundreds of conflicts in China, with the workers revolting against the brutal exploitation and dismissals that have begun, at a time when the Chinese economy has stopped growing and strong tendencies to the recession have materialized as a result of the trade war that Trump and the US imperialists have launched, seeking to kneel the government of the "red mandarins" of the Communist Party.
It is clear, as you say, that China has not yet become an imperialist state and it is also correct that it is a country not governed by an imperialist power, which gives it a relatively independent character in world politics. Though, the dependent bourgeois character of China is undeniable. That Stalinism becomes in new bourgeois parties after giving out the former workers states, is also evident.
But, likewise, reality shows that China cannot be an imperialist country and that what has begun on the part of the imperialist powers is the scramble for China, in order to subdue it, to enslave it.
It is clear that your contribution on the struggle of the Chinese workers is of utmost importance to us, but you and we also know that every struggle of the working class against the attack of the bourgeois state deserves the solidarity of the Marxists. The confrontation to the brutal repression exerted by the Chinese counterrevolutionary government is a task of all the revolutionaries of the planet.
Of course, your position as Marxists of the Pacific is decisive for us. Beyond the words and the name that we put to the categories, we have the same opinion of the economic-social formation of China and the character of its state. We also have a common vision of the heroic combat of its working class and surely in the same way we will agree on the need to sustain each of its struggles, as we fight to set up a revolutionary party there on the basis of re-founding the party of the Third Revolutionary international that in 1919, under the leadership of Lenin and Trotsky, led the first great revolution of workers and students in that country.
Let's continue fighting together!
By the Editorial Board of the “International Workers’ Organizer”