Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Refuse to Cooperate Platform - Part 2

 The Paris Commune - March 18, 1871 to May 28, 1871

We are Marxist-Leninists

1. Refuse to Cooperate roots its analyses in dialectical and historical materialism.

2. Refuse to Cooperate recognizes the necessity of revolution over the ongoing failure of reform.

3. Refuse to Cooperate rejects all idealism and liberal individualism.

4. Refuse to Cooperate upholds the necessity of Lenin's theoretical contributions to Marxism in understanding global capitalism and how to fight it.

a. Lenin's Theory of Imperialism is defined as:

"(1) the concentration of production and capital has developed to such a high stage that it has created monopolies which play a decisive role in economic life; (2) the merging of bank capital with industrial capital, and the creation, on the basis of this “finance capital”, of a financial oligarchy; (3) the export of capital as distinguished from the export of commodities acquires exceptional importance; (4) the formation of international monopolist capitalist associations which share the world among themselves, and (5) the territorial division of the whole world among the biggest capitalist powers is completed. Imperialism is capitalism at that stage of development at which the dominance of monopolies and finance capital is established; in which the export of capital has acquired pronounced importance; in which the division of the world among the international trusts has begun, in which the division of all territories of the globe among the biggest capitalist powers has been completed." - Lenin, "Imperialism: the highest stage of capitalism"

Simply being a capitalist nation does not mean a nation is imperialist if it does not meet the above criteria.

b. The Theory of Vanguardism is defined as:

"the most advanced and resolute section of the working-class parties of every country, that section which pushes forward all others" - Marx & Engels, "The Communist Manifesto"

This is further explained and expanded upon in "What is to be Done," by Lenin.

c. The Theory of Democratic Centralism is defined as:

This can be found in "Freedom of discussion, unity of action" - Lenin, "Report on the Unity Congress of the RSDLP."

d. The Theory of Socialism in One Country, formalized and applied successfully by Stalin, is here defined as:

"Uneven economic and political development is an absolute law of capitalism. Hence, the victory of socialism is possible first in several or even in one capitalist country alone. After expropriating the capitalists and organizing their own socialist production, the victorious proletariat of that country will arise against the rest of the world...." - Lenin, "On the Slogan for a United States of Europe"

"I know that there are, of course, sages who think they are very clever and even call themselves Socialists, who assert that power should not have been seized until the revolution had broken out in all countries. They do not suspect that by speaking in this way they are deserting the revolution and going over to the side of the bourgeoisie. To wait until the toiling classes bring about a revolution on an international scale means that everybody should stand stock-still in expectation. That is nonsense."  - Lenin,  (Speech delivered at a joint meeting of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee and the Moscow Soviet), 14 May 1918

5. Refuse to Cooperate upholds the right of Self Determination for all nations. A nation is here defined as:

"A nation is a historically constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, and psychological make-up manifested in a common culture."
 - Stalin, "Marxism and the National Question"

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