Socialist Fight Group: Where We Stand
Unity is strength, L'union fait la force, Es la unidad fuerza,
Η ενότητα είναι δύναμη,
سا ترق دا.
nh, Jedność jest siła, ykseys on kesto,
Midnimo iyo waa awood, hundeb ydy chryfder, Einheit istStärke,
एकता शि है,
единстве наша сила,
vienybės jėga, bashkimi ben fuqine,
חוכ איה תודחא
, unità è laresistenza,
, A unidade é a força, eining er styrkur, De eenheid is de sterkte,
ةولا وه ةحولا
, Ní neart gochur le céile, pagkakaisa ay kalakasan, jednota is síla,
, Workers of the World Unite!
We stand with Karl Marx: ‘The emancipa-
tion of the working classes must be conqueredby the working classes themselves. The strug-gle for the emancipation of the working classmeans not a struggle for class privileges andmonopolies but for equal rights and duties
and the abolition of all class rule’ (The Interna-
tional Workingmen's Association 1864
, Gen-eral Rules
). The working class ‘cannot emanci-
pate itself without emancipating itself from allother sphere of society and thereby emanci-
pating all other spheres of society’ (Marx,
Contribution to a Critique of Hegel’s Philoso-
phy of Right
The revolutionary process of transition tocommunism is based on the struggle to form
an international federation of workers’ states;
such a federation is required in order to de-feat global capital, end world hunger andoppression and release the full global poten-tial of united world working class. A worldeconomy and a worldwide division of labourmake this our ultimate strategic goal.
In the class struggle we shall fight to de-velop every movement in the direction of
democratic soviets/workers’ councils as the
instruments of participatory democracy whichmust be the basis of the successful struggle
for workers’ power. Although workers and
other progressive layers retain overwhelmingillusions in bourgeois parliaments and otherelective capitalist assemblies, which in factwork counter to their interests, we will partici-pate in this parliamentary fraud in order toexpose these outmoded forms of so-calleddemocracy and those MPs and Councillorswho represent it by promoting the cause of social revolution through the workers and
progressives’ soviets/workers’ councils.
Thereby we will be counter-posing real work-
ers’ democracy in struggle to finance
-capitaldemocracy. This is the only possible form of
mass workers’ democracy which can over-
throw capitalism and we must continuallycounterpose it to the fraud of bourgeois de-mocracy.
The capitalist state consists, in the lastanalysis of ruling-class laws within a judicialsystem and detention centres overseen by thearmed bodies of police/army who are underthe direction and are controlled in acts of defence of capitalist property rights againstthe interests of the majority of civil society.The working class must overthrow the capital-
ist state and replace it with a workers’ statebased on democratic soviets/workers’ coun-
cils to suppress the inevitable counter-revolution of private capitalist profit againstplanned production for the satisfaction of socialised human need.
We acknowledge the need for a leadershipconsisting of the most broadly-based MarxistRevolutionary Socialist Party to defeat thiscapitalist state and its political system. Thisparty must be based on the principle of de-
mocratic centralism contained in Lenin’s 1906
Freedom to Criticise and Unity of Ac-tion
: autonomy for local Party organisationsand of the universal and full rights to criticiseby all members, so long as this does not dis-turb the unity to achieve defined and impera-tive actions once decided. We rule out allcriticism which seeks to disrupt and makeinoperable the unity implicit in these actions,
decided on by the Party’s elected leadership.
The process of revolution is based upon thebroadest democratic participation of themasses directed by the dialectical inter-relationship between the revolutionary partyand the working-class and its social allies. Thisinteraction creates the political conditions forthe self-emancipation of the working class andprogressives, through their self-governance of the common ownership of all principal meansof production, distribution and exchange -that is, socialist governance in all spheres of public life entailing public accord.
Revolutionary strategy and tactics
To realise these aims we base our interven-
tion in the class struggle on Trotsky’s Transi-
tional Programme of 1938. We will work toemploy and develop methods and practiceembodied in that document because it ad-dresses the Marxist method of mass partywork through which the Bolsheviks success-fully led the Russian Revolution in 1917 and asdeveloped by Lenin in
Left Wing Communism,an Infantile Disorder
in 1920. These docu-ments superceded the programme of the 2ndInternational, mainly the German Social De-
mocratic Party’s Erfurt Programme of 1891.That party’s right wing interpreted this pro-
gramme as having an artificial separationbetween the Minimum programme of thereformist class struggle and the Maximumprogramme for the overthrow of capitalism,resulting in the destruction of that interna-
tional in their vote for the Kaiser’s war credits
on 4 August 1914 and other similar capitula-
The emancipation of the workingclasses must be conquered by the work-ing classes themselves.