CPGB: ‘What we fight for’

The CPGB’s ‘What we fight for’ statement:

Our central aim is the organisation of communists, revolutionary socialists, anti-capitalists and all politically advanced workers into a Communist Party. Without organisation the working class is nothing; with the highest form of organisation it is everything.

The Provisional Central Committee organises members of the Communists Party, but there exists no real Communist Party today. There are many so-called ‘parties’ on the left. In reality they are confessional sects. Members who disagree with the prescribed ‘line’ are expected to gag themselves in public. Either that or face expulsion.

Communists operate according to the principles of democratic centralism. Through ongoing debate we seek to achieve unity in action and a common world outlook. As long as they support agreed actions, members have the right to speak openly and form temporary or permanent factions.

Communists oppose the neo-conservative war plans of the Project for the New American Century and all imperialist wars but constantly strive to bring to the fore the fundamental question – ending war is bound up with ending capitalism.

Communists are internationalists. Everywhere we strive for the closest unity and agreement of working class and progressive parties of all countries. We oppose every manifestation of national sectionalism. It is an internationalist duty to uphold the principle, ‘One state, one party’. To the extent that the European Union becomes a state then that necessitates EU-wide trade unions and a Communist Party of the EU.

The working class must be organised globally. Without a global Communist Party, a Communist International, the struggle against capital is weakened and lacks coordination.

Communists have no interest apart from the working class as a whole. They differ only in recognising the importance of Marxism as a guide to practice. That theory is no dogma, but must be constantly added to and enriched.

Capitalism in its ceaseless search for profit puts the future of humanity at risk. Capitalism is synonymous with war, pollution, exploitation and crisis. As a global system capitalism can only be superseded globally. All forms of nationalist socialism are reactionary and anti-working class.

The capitalist class will never willingly allow their wealth and power to be taken away by a parliamentary vote. They will resist using every means at their disposal. Communists favour using parliament and winning the biggest possible working class representation. But workers must be readied to make revolution – peacefully if we can, forcibly if we must.

Communists fight for extreme democracy in all spheres of society. Democracy must be given a social content.

We will use the most militant methods objective circumstances allow to achieve a federal republic of England, Scotland and Wales, a federal Ireland and a United States of Europe.

Communists favour industrial unions. Bureaucracy and class compromise must be fought and the trade unions transformed into schools for communism.

Women’s oppression, combating racism and chauvinism, and the struggle for peace and ecological sustainability are just as much working class questions as pay, trade union rights and demands for high-quality health, housing and education.

Socialism represents victory in the battle for democracy. It is the rule of the working class. Socialism is either democratic or, as with Stalin’s Soviet Union, it turns into its opposite.

Socialism is the first stage of the worldwide transition to communism – a system which knows neither wars, exploitation, money, classes, states nor nations. Communism is general freedom and the real beginning of human history.

All who accept these principles are urged to join the Communist Party.


3 responses to “CPGB: ‘What we fight for’

  1. Hi, I’m a Socialist and I like your website. The only thing is that I am a Quaker. Other Communist parties are concerned because it supposidly doesn’t tie in with Dialectical Materialism. To me I believe in both and certainly the emancipation of the working class. I know that most Marxists are Atheists but I find it a bit narrow minded that some CP’s can’t get their heads round my spirituality. At the and of the day I want the same outcome as you guys on a class level so I don’t see it as a problem. If I’m not concerned with secularism I don’t see how my spitituality should be of anyone else’s concern or that it prevents me from working with Communists and even being a Communist.

    I see that you say the other parties are just left sects and that there is no real CP today. So what is this? Is this a movement in order to create a CP? And can you let me know if I can be a supporter of it and how it works and whether you have an issue with my Quaker beliefs. Many Quakers are pretty left anyway and particularly opposed to imperialist wars.

    I would really appreciate some feedback if you get the chance. I am in the STWC, CND and UAF as well.

    Many thanks,

    In Solidarity


  2. Hi Simon,

    thanks very much for your comment. You raise some very important and interesting points.

    Let me start by saying that I do not believe that being a Quaker is incompatible with being a communist. There have been plenty of religious communists through the years, and there will continue to be so. We have in the past been pleased to have a vicar as an active member of our group. We would welcome any Quakers that wanted to work with us.

    We argue that communists should unite around a practical programme of what we are going to do, not one which insists you must think this or that. Also that unity around a programme should be based upon *acceptance* of it as a guiding framework for our action. I stress *acceptance* as opposed to the idea of many left sects that you must *agree* on every clause in their programme, or at least pretend you do in public. That is simply a recipe for sterility and splits. Differences of opinion of all aspects of the programme should be up for public debate, so long as members abide by majority decisions regarding specific actions.

    Yes, there is no real CP today. We see ourselves as a group working for the creation of such a party. So we fight for the unity of the revolutionary left on a democratic basis around a principled programme. We cannot know how exactly a new CP will be formed, but it will not simply be through recruitment to our group. That said, we are keen to recruit and work with comrades who are serious and working toward that aim. In the here and now we seek to operate, as far as our size will allow, in the way we would hope a future CP would.

    You are also correct to mention that most Marxists are atheists, and we think these atheistic beliefs are important. We argue, as secularists, that religion should be a private affair, but recognise that today it is not. Globally religion plays a very big role in politics and society, and analysing this role is important to all who want to change society. So Marxists will argue for atheism, while religious communists should also be free to argue for what they believe in. But arguing for atheism is certainly not our priority – that would be a foolish misuse of our resources – the important thing is to change the social conditions.

    As a footnote I should mention that the Soviet Union had an appalling history when it came to religion. It is one that we certainly do not subscribe to. Groups like the League of the Godless must surely have done more to push people away from any concept of communism than win them over.

    As I said, thanks very much for your comment. I hope the dialogue will continue and that we can work with you in the future.

    In solidarity,

  3. Thanks Dave – I’m really pleased with your response and am certainly interested. I think you guys maybe onto something here. Very refreshing. I think I’ll subscribe to the paper first and go from there.

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