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On the Disarmament Question
Written: 1932. First Published: 1932. Source: Class Struggle Official Organ Of The Communist
League Of Struggle (Adhering to the International Left Opposition), Volume 2 Number 5, May 16, 1932. Online Version: Vera Buch & Albert Weisbord Internet Archive. Transcribed/HTML Markup: Albert Weisbord Internet Archive/David Walters.
1. The fundamental cause of the crisis can be put in one word: capitalism. The special character of this crisis is explained by another notion: Imperialism, that is to say, monopoly capitalism which is beginning to put reify in its own blind contradictions. The rise and fall of Ivar Kreuger symbolize all present day capitalism. The official moralists when all is done hurl their thunderbolts against the match king. But he could answer: why did you allow me to dispose at my own will of the productive forces of which should be serving human society, under its own direction? Will the world capitalist order overcome the present crisis? The answer depends upon what is understood by the term crisis. Variations of conjuncture accompany the whole history of capitalism. In past epochs, the curve of capitalism was rising through all the variations in conjuncture. Today, it is falling. This does not exclude further variations of conjuncture in the future. On the contrary, such are inevitable. But the sharp present crisis can be softened only by leading into a higher paroxysm in the following stage which is not far off. All this extremely
The outcome of the future war will be determined by the technical capacity of the warring countries. From this point of view the US has given a lesson to the whole world and especially to Germany. The higher the industrial development of a country. Have I any hopes for the success of the Disarmament Conference? Not in the least. I am hardly an exception. if there is a force on our planet which can ³limit´ armaments on land and sea. But I should like to hope that the Soviet delegation will find a moment to pass from technico-pacifist proposals which. The French plan is characterized sufficiently by the fact that it is presented by the Tardieu government. A lesson beyond compare for all peoples! France¶s plan aims to create. Japan gratefully supports the pacifist initiative of France at Geneva. The inevitable failure of the Geneva Conference will constitute a new impulse for the armament race and will increase the danger of war. But the American plan also opens up no perspective. . it is the will of the masses of the people. For. the warlike one as well as the ³pacifist´. The present war are not conducted with the arms which the belligerents possess on the eve of the war. cannot be doubted by any attentive observer. That Litvinoff at the Geneva Conference expresses the honest will of the USSR not to resort to war. to a more active policy. is directed always more and more openly not only against China but against the Soviet Union. The Franco-Japanese policy. under the cloak of the League of Nations a new entente with the sole aim of stabilizing the hegemony of French finance capital with the aid of the ³international´ army. At the best. At the same time that France supports the bloody work of Japan in the Far East. to tell the Conference openly how things are. But in that.painful process can be ended only by a transformation of the whole social system. that is. but with those which they manufacture in the course of the war itself. have not much importance. the more this country is interested in provisional limitation of armaments. then it will really be easier for it than for its adversaries to equip its army with everything necessary. the Conference will end with hollow formulas. 2. even from a pedagogic point of view. and thus to warn the peoples of the threatening danger.
do not rest upon any serious foundation. Voroshiliov. in 1918-20. . and others were in sharp oppositio n to the methods of conducting the war which I was following in full accord with Lenin. The rumors of the press as to my near return to the USSR . Stalin.. It is rather a case of inventions caused by the strained general situation.. which did not prevent the oppositionists of that time from taking an active part in the struggles. It is needless to say that that fraction to which I belong will place itself entirely and completely at the disposition of the Soviet Government. As a precedent. it may be shown that at the time of the civil war.3.