Rob Walker, prominent member of Red Youth, speaks at the CPGB-ML celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.
The mainstream (imperialist) media have marked this anniversary, unsurprisingly, with a crescendo of anti-Soviet and anti-communist propaganda. This propaganda is so prevalent that much of the so-called ‘left’ in Britain have also adopted the false narrative.
The CPGB-ML, by contrast, has a real theoretical base that allows us to understand the economic exploitation of the working class under capitalism, and the political trends that serve to tie workers to their own wage-slavery.
We are the only party in Britain, and one of the few in the world, that has understood the reasons for the collapse and demise of the Soviet Union. The reasons were serialised in a series of articles written by Harpal Brar, which have now been published and are available to buy online. (See Perestroika, the Complete Collapse of Revisionism and Revisionism and the Demise of the USSR)
Meanwhile, Rob Griffiths, general secretary of the ‘Communist Party of Britain’ (CPB) further exposed himself to ridicule at the hands of the bourgeois media when he gave a radio interview to BBC R4’s Today programme, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, in which he characterised communism simply as “unsustainable”, and asserted that some investigation was needed to find out why!
Echoing Lenin, we would say to these comrades who have so badly lost their bearings: “Without a revolutionary theory, there can be no revolutionary movement.”
That is why our revisionist opponents languish in the mire of recycled anti-communist propaganda, instead of being able to celebrate our rich legacy of successful working-class struggle and chart a bold course forward for the liberation of mankind.
And this failure is all the more stark given the profound crisis in which the capitalist world is mired, leading to huge social upheavals, mass poverty, environmental catastrophe and war.
For our part, we recognise that what is needed is not ‘left-wing’ social democracy, but a bolshevik organisation and a bolshevik struggle.
Long live the Great October Socialist Revolution!