With the foundation of the I.C.G., we organize ourselves internationally to contribute to the process of constitution of the proletariat as a class and therefore as a party. Our general action belongs to the general prospect of the communists of all times, this is why our organization does not aim at founding a "distinct party facing other worker parties" (Manifest) but at creating an active, conscious, voluntary agent of the enormous task of organizing the proletariat in a world class party.
As the communists have "no interests but those of the proletariat as
a whole" and as "they do not have any particular principles through
which they intend to model the proletarian movement", we do not claim
that we have the exclusive property of the "communist revolutionary program"
and we do not call ourselves "the Party". But our structure corresponds
to the historical necessity for the proletariat to do the tasks that have
always characterized the avant?garde communist fractions, which "differ
from the other proletarian parties in the fact that they defend the interests
of the proletariat as a whole" without any distinction of nationality;
on the other hand, in the different phases of the struggle between proletariat
and bourgeoisie, "they always represent the interest of the whole movement"
and they are always "the most determined fraction, the one that pushes
the rest forward" (Manifest).
The tendency of the proletariat to organize itself as a class, as a world party, is determined by the general conditions of salaried exploitation, the general interests deriving from it and is reinforced by the present crisis of the capital.
But the lack of communist direction of the movement has stopped the development
of collective class memory. Each worker struggle still carries the signs of
weakness and hesitation the communists have pointed out for over a century.
The analysis of all these failures would be a decisive weapon but it is still
lying under the counter?revolutionary dust. Any struggle must take into consideration
the lessons carried by the proletarian memory.
Despite all the efforts of the communist fractions that during and after the defeat of the most important revolutionary wave of all times, broke with the Third International, which was already fully corrupted, we haven't recovered our class memory yet. During the years preceding the second world war, the Italian left communists, with the "Prometeo" and "Bilan" reviews, made the most important attempt in this sense.
Our group, recently founded (1979), tries to contribute actively to the fulfillment of this task. We try to restore the history of our class, in continuing the work started by the communist fractions, in demonstrating the continuity of the communist program in time and in space.
We would like to point out two important things:
1) This necessary task is bound to the other ones, so our militants act in the country where they are, in the limits of our forces, in the struggle of our class against the capital.
2) If our weak forces do not disperse themselves, it is because we are sure that the historical necessities of our class tend to let the fractions of the proletariat, which, all over the world, defend the communist program, converge into an organic central structure.
We are anti?sectarian, our will is to discuss, exchange information, strengthen the contacts between the worker groups, make common actions against the capital, get a narrow international community of work and tend to form the international communist party. But all this should not be mixed up with any democratic tendency. The practice of our class is basically anti?democratic and all the steps heading to a revolution were made possible because some structured minorities took no account of any majority consultation or any democratic principle. One of the most important lessons of the counter?revolution is that democracy is not only a mode of reproduction and a weapon of the bourgeoisie, but is also a poison within the working class organizations: trade?unions, councils, soviets, parties, internationals. That is because, as Marx saw it, democracy is not only a superior form of the capital domi?nation, but the contents of domination in a generalized mercantile society (see the article "The Myth of democratic rights and liberties").
This domination process is based on the dissolution of classes into a sum of individual?buyer?seller?worker?citizen. Among the tasks of our international organization, there is the publication of the following reviews:
"Le Communiste", central review in French
"Communismo", central review in Spanish
A central review in Arabic
"Parti de Classe", local review in France
"Action Communiste", local review in Belgium
"Boletin", local review in Spain.
We also publish this review "Communism" with our limited means, for all the minorities of proletarians who understand English and who try to break with the framing imposed on them by all parties and trade?unions of the capital, and who try to organize themselves to defend their class interests. To do so, it is necessary to establish the programmatic experiments of the previous revolutions.
Our diffusion will be limited because of our weak forces, and the periodicity of the review will not be regular. This is why we will stay at a high abstraction level. We cannot assert that this review answers to all the struggle requirements and leads the workers' fight directly. But we think that an English review that combines propaganda and theoretical analysis is capable of helping the constitution of an organ of centralization and organization that gathers the working class forces over the frontiers the bourgeoisie tries to set between us.
Therefore we ask our readers not to receive this review and the other publications of our group as a merchandise to be consumed quickly and passively, but to help us to improve its contents: by sending informations about the workers' struggles, publications of other proletarian groups, analyses of the strength relations between classes, unknown historical texts; by criticizing our review and by helping to diffuse it (by having each number read by others, by making a subscription, by selling the review, etc.).
The International Communist Group and the "Communism" review