Year 2000 No. 8, January 19, 2000

The Line of March to a New Society

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The Line of March to a New Society

Conclusion of presentation given by a representative of the Central Committee at the release of the Political Report to the Third Congress of RCPB(ML) on the Work of the Central Committee. Parts 1 and 2 appeared in Workers’ Daily Internet Edition Nos.6-7, dated January 17-18, 2000.

As we enter the 21st century, there are all sorts of predictions about how society will develop that come from the politicians and the media. Many of them are gloomy scenarios about how humans will become the slaves of machines and the prey of events outside their control. This reflects a projection of the present-day state of affairs when human beings are made subordinate to things. Predictions such as that robots will become more intelligent than human beings and could well control or exterminate them are little more than a reflection that without an aim, without an overall plan for society, anarchy and chaos are the result. They are also warnings from the bourgeoisie that the people should become fatalistic, take no initiative in their hands, but let the politicians and the experts take charge. There are warnings to the people that the 21st century will be a "hard century". In this the youth are being especially targeted, to attempt to train them as the willing workers of the capitalists, and exist on the margins of society. The only future that is being offered to them is of doing a job, having a family and repeating the same for every future generation, and even this is supposed to be uncertain.

In other words, this coming "hard century" is supposed to be one of every competition with fellow human beings, of becoming subordinate to those things which are absolutely out of their control.

Going into the 21st century on the basis of the "Third Way" is to actually deny that there is an aim in society, despite the rhetoric of Tony Blair. It is to offer no future. In fact in some ways, although it takes us further back to 19th century values, and turning back the clock to medievalism, it is similar to the situation a hundred years ago, at the time of the transition from capitalism to imperialism, that saw the reawakening in the working class movement, the demand for the workers to have their own independent party.

Tony Blair is said to be a student of the early years of the Labour Representation Committee which was formed in 1900. If so the lessons he draws are the opposite of the warranted ones, because now in entering the 21st century, he is telling the workers to stay out of politics, that to have a party of the working class is old dogma. The problem with the Labour Party was that neither did it adopt socialism as its aim, nor did it work out an ideology that was partisan to the working class, nor did it become independent of the bourgeoisie in its programme and tactics. This was the situation one hundred years ago.

Although in his New Year Message, which was delivered at Trimdon Colliery Community Centre in County Durham, Tony Blair recalls 19th century conservatism in his call for one-nation politics, in reality this is only a call for social partnership, that is, that workers should unite with their employers. This has more in common with 19th century liberalism, except that in that case struggle between worker and capitalist, and between capitalist and capitalist, was a given of society. In actual fact Blair also emphasises globalisation, which throws the interests of the nation to the winds in the interests of the international financial oligarchy, and puts all the material and human resources of the nation at their disposal. Although he raises the questions: who decides? who enforces? when is it legitimate to act without unanimity? when should we use force, when not? what are the rules? he does not answer them, except to say that no solution but a global one works and that the 21st century must confront those questions early and find answers.

The answers that the working class has is that it has the necessity itself to constitute the nation, it must attain political supremacy, place the resources of the country in its hands, the resources of international and national trade, the human and material resources of society. The bourgeoisie has proved that today it is not concerned with the national economy; it is concerned with making and amassing the maximum capitalist profit. The financial oligarchy utilises the state itself so that the whole of society is forced to pay the rich. In putting its stamp on the nation, the working class affirms the individual and collective rights and claims of all.

The Political Report of the Central Committee to the 3rd Congress pays particular attention to the question of hitting at the illusions of the "Third Way". It explains that these illusions are designed to conciliate the class struggle and points out that the essence of the "Third Way" is to create illusions about capitalism and imperialism and to reconcile the class struggle. At the base of the illusions is that the crisis can be overcome within the confines of the capitalist status quo and that its severity and the havoc that it is causing is merely a passing phenomenon to be dealt with by some adjustment of government policies. It points out that the particular issue with Tony Blair is that he was brought to power as the champion of the bourgeoisie and the form that this took was opposition to Thatcherism in order to carry Thatcherism forward. So that it is now more than ever crucial that the working class and people of Britain unite in a consistent programme against Tony Blair’s "Third Way". At the same time, all serious groups and individuals should work to strengthen and consolidate the communist and workers’ movement in Britain.

As the Party advances along its line of march, it is important to emphasise, as the Report does, that the strengthening and consolidation of Workers’ Weekly has prepared the conditions for the task of increasing the tempo of the all-round organising work and of defining new organisational tasks. The new cutting edge work is being built on Improving the Content, Extending the Readership of Workers’ Weekly, incorporating it and not moving off in some different direction. All the demands of the programme of the working class, Stop Paying the Rich, Increase Investments in Social Programmes, must find and are finding their place within the newspaper and the Party bears in mind that the newspaper is the scaffolding for building the Party in every detail. In particular, the paper is the scaffolding for building the Party in the heart of the working class, for imbuing the workers with the spirit of taking hold of what belongs to them and presenting them with the clear theory that they can take up as their own and use their own experience to organise their peers and set their agenda.

We are entering the 21st century in confidence that the line of march to which the 3rd Congress has given rise will, if we do not deviate from it, give rise to the conditions whereby the working class can lead the people in establishing a socialist Britain. In this respect, the practical plan the Party must adopt is outlined in the Report to the 3rd Congress. The Report itself will become an important instrument in setting out the perspectives for entering the 21st century, for a socialist Britain, in organising the working class and people.

It is with this optimism in entering the new millennium, while recognising the enormous amount of work that lies ahead, that the Central Committee would like to announce the launching of a Millennium Project. This project is not to depart from the plan set by the Congress but is to maximise and accelerate it.

As we said, central to the plan set by the Congress is to consolidate the Party on the new historical basis, and to build the Party in the working class, establishing the newspaper as the scaffolding around which the Party is built. To further concretise this plan, the Central Committee is putting forward that it is to establish and build a Workers’ Resource Centre to be centred at the Party’s National Office, John Buckle Books. We have there a library and research resources, and this will be further developed to assist the paper and to assist the basic organisations in their work of building groups of writers and disseminators in the working class and other sections of the people, but it is primarily directed at the workers. In the course of their work, the comrades can let the Party know what their needs are and their views on how such a Centre can be developed.

Secondly, as from this Monday, January 10, the Internet Edition of Workers’ Weekly will become a Workers’ Daily on a daily basis. Conditions have already been laid for this with the daily-updated weekly edition. For a period in December, Workers’ Weekly was updated on a daily basis. This has provided the conditions for the further advance. This is to fulfil the needs of the comrades, the working class and people, for news and analysis on a daily basis.

Thirdly, and most importantly, the Central Committee would like to announce a further development of our Press Project. This is to build a fully professional publishing house with the most up-to-date digital technology so that the printed edition of the paper becomes a paragon of excellence and embodies all that is most modern as we enter the new millennium. Then Workers’ Weekly will further take on its role of becoming a force in the workers’ and communist movement and can provide direction for those who find a converging point in their struggles in the independent programme of the working class and in taking a step forward in defence of the rights of all. The Publishing House will provide further facilities for those forces engaged in these struggles.

This is a very ambitious project and requires the maximum political mobilisation together with the comrades pledging fully their commitment to this cause. But, as the Report "The Line of March to a New Society" says, the Party in particular upholds that the Party members on the one hand cannot claim to be revolutionary in words while at the same time withholding their physical, financial and social commitment. To put it another way, they cannot live their lives with their social culture being detached from their politics or with political culture which is circumscribed.

So with this, I would like to issue a call to all the comrades and friends to support this new Millennium Project, as well as to utilise the Congress Report to the utmost in their work, use it as an organising tool, and enter the 21st century building on the success in their work and creating the conditions for the victory of socialism in Britain in the 21st century.

With that, I’d like to end with the slogans that the Report ends with.

Forward into the 21st Century! For a Socialist Britain!
Party and Class: Take Hold of What Belongs to You!
Long Live RCPB(ML)!
Workers of All Countries, Unite!

(Applause; standing ovation)

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An Invitation to Make Use of the Workers’ Resource Centre

The Central Committee of RCPB(ML) announced at the launch of the book The Line of March to a New Society on January 8, that as part of the Party’s Millennium Project, it is to establish and build a Workers’ Resource Centre.

The primary aim of the Workers’ Resource Centre is to assist the work of building groups of workers and other sections of the people who write for and disseminate the Party’s newspaper, Workers’ Weekly. In the course of the work to provide resources for this purpose, research and investigation will be carried out which will also contribute to further strengthening the newspaper, in line with the guideline Improve the Content, Extend the Readership! Furthermore, the Workers’ Resource Centre will respond to the needs of the basic organisations of the Party in their work of establishing and building such groups of writers for and disseminators of the newspaper amongst the various sections of the people, primarily amongst the workers.

The Workers’ Resource Centre consists of two aspects. There are the material resources of a Workers’ Centre situated at the Party’s National Office, where John Buckle Books also has its premises. Here there is a library and research resources. As well as having access to the literature stocked by John Buckle Books, which includes the classics of Marxism-Leninism, as well as other contemporary communist and progressive literature from Britain and around the world, visitors to the Workers’ Centre will have access to the workers’ library. This contains material on the International Communist Movement, and the history and of the workers’ and communist movement world-wide, as well as theoretical and other material. The Workers’ Centre also contains research material and resources, as well as photocopying and word processing facilities, and will shortly be provided with a computer and internet access. In addition, anyone interested can come and discuss problems connected with the communist and workers’ movement, aspects of Contemporary Marxist-Leninist Thought, and questions of organising.

The second aspect is the ongoing work of research and investigation of the Resource Centre, and the provision of information on modern communism. As part of this work, the Workers’ Resource Centre will publish pamphlets or other material which can be made use of by the groups of writers and disseminators. The Resource Centre will gather and make available material and analysis on the economy and on the political processes and institutions, as well as other theoretical topics. As well as being directed at workers, this work will also be aimed at the youth in their struggle to acquire a world outlook and build a bright future for themselves.

The full programme of the Workers’ Resource Centre will be published on Monday, January 31.

We invite workers and progressive people to come and use the Workers’ Resource Centre in the course of their organising work, and let us know what your needs are and views on how such a Centre can be developed. Please contact the WRC at 170 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LA, telephone 020-7627 0599, or e-mail wrc@rcpbml.org.uk.

Everything for the Organising of the Working Class!
Workers, Lay Claim on What is Yours by Right!

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