World communist parties: "Socialism is the future"


ATHENS - "Socialism is the future" was the theme of a meeting here of communist and workers parties from 59 countries last month. The question, of course, was how to get to socialism. Varied views were expressed on this. (Note to Glenn Beck types who conjure up a monolithic "world communist conspiracy": it just ain't so.)

At the same time, the meeting demonstrated that those who say socialism is dead need to think again.

An array of countries were represented where communist and workers parties lead or are part of the government. These include not only countries like Cuba, Vietnam and Laos, but also, for example, Guyana, where the People's Progressive Party has led the government for 19 years; South Africa, where communists, as members of the African National Congress, serve in government; Cyprus, whose president is a leader of the Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL); and a number of Latin American countries such as Brazil and Paraguay, where communists hold positions in governments led by allied progressive forces.

The gathering, hosted by the Communist Party of Greece, was held Dec. 9-11 at the height of the economic crisis there.

Pointing to "the deep and prolonged capitalist crisis" prevailing internationally, including in the U.S., the meeting's final statement noted, "It becomes increasingly obvious for millions of working people that the crisis is a crisis of the system."

Many speakers referred to the Occupy Wall Street movement as an indication of this emerging sentiment. The Communist Party USA delegate spoke of a "surge in united action by labor and major organizations of the African American and Latino people and other democratic forces."

The Portuguese Communist Party representative said, "The attempt to make working people pay for the crisis is spurring the organized working-class struggle in several countries ... and leading to hugely diverse demonstrations that reveal capitalism's shrinking support base, and the availability of other anti-monopoly strata to struggle."

He continued, "There is a potential to build broad social alliances that ... can contribute toward a needed struggle against the dominant big-business policies and toward building democratic, patriotic and anti-monopoly alternatives."

The South African delegate emphasized that the whole of the left "needs to take up in earnest [the] ecological destruction caused by the rampant accumulation of capitalism." The meeting adopted the South African Communist Party's proposal for an international conference of communist and workers parties specifically on climate justice, to be held in 2012 in South Africa.

Discussion was also shaped by the "Arab Spring" uprisings and continuing popular struggles in North Africa and the Middle East.

The Turkish Communist Party's delegate warned that today's imperialist policymakers see "political Islam" - groups like the Muslim Brotherhood or Turkey's ruling Islamist party - as "compatible" with imperialism.

"The Muslim Brothers are ready to serve the imperialists," the Jordanian Communist Party representative said. U.S. policy, she said, "is based on creating an alliance with the Islamists and even the fundamentalists." The Lebanese representative declared that "Turkey is spearheading the imperialist efforts in the Arab world and the Middle East."

Likewise, several Middle Eastern parties warned that the feudal Gulf states are acting as agents of the U.S. and other capitalist powers, funneling cash, arms and other forms of assistance to "strengthen the conservatives and the Islamists," as the Jordanian representative put it.

As to how to deal with the current crisis and how to get to socialism, parties projected differing approaches.

The leader of the Communist Party of Greece said no proposal to deal with the crisis can "constitute a pro-people way out ... unless it poses as a question of principle the rupture ... with capitalist ownership, its state institutions, its international alliances."

She spoke of "the regroupment of the workers' and people's movement with a clear anti-imperialist antimonopoly orientation, anti-capitalist in the final analysis." A policy of alliances, she said, can go only two ways: either aim at the prolongation of bourgeois political power, or aim for the overthrow of the bourgeois government.

On the other hand, the representative of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) spoke of the participation of communist parties in Latin America and the Caribbean in different kinds of broad progressive political fronts that govern their countries. These fronts, he said, "are part of a tactical process of accumulation of forces, within the borders of capitalism." This, he said, advances the strategic objective of winning political power in order to start the transition to socialism.

He, and a number of others, emphasized that "there is not a single and non-historical model of revolutionary process neither of construction of socialism."

"What we have is a set of principles, formulated by Marx and Lenin and developed by other revolutionaries. Socialism is universal as a general theory and desire for freedom of the working class and the peoples in the entire world. But socialism takes on national features ... it is accomplished according to the social formation and the particular historical conditions of each people."

That, he said, requires from communists, "in each country, the elaboration of original programs and the formulation of strategies and tactics that are adequate to present times."

Photo: Representatives from the Americas, South Africa and Iran listen to the discussion at the 13th Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties, Athens, Dec. 8, 2011. Solidnet 


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  • As long as we use money as a medium of exchange, we will always have poverty. It's the basic economic principle of supply and demand. There must be a constant and increasing demand for money; otherwise it's valueless. Those who most need money must continually labor for it simply to survive. The more people need it, the more willing they are to do abominable things to get it. Wealthy and politically powerful people control the money supply, restricting global trade for profits. Used for world domination and the spread of terrorism, those who control it wage wars and pass trade agreements impoverishing the many to benefit the few. We don't have to barter individual goods and products. By voluntarily using our skills and abilities to benefit humanity by structuring service, social and industrial unions to produce, develop and distribute the world's resources we can abolish the overwhelming social ills caused by money: poverty, homelessness, global environmental destruction, waste, illiteracy, war, injustice, crime, slavery, governmental and corporate corruption and fraud, overpopulation and ill health around the world. Only by abolishing money can international cooperation secure genuine world peace, aided by the use of Esperanto, the international language of peace.

    excerpt from: "Ultimate Poverty, Unlimited Wealth" <>

    Posted by Timothy Gilmore, 04/14/2012 11:09am (4 years ago)

  • A socialist or communist system is the only way mankind can survive or move forward. Capitalism will kill billions based on economic level, and rule as a moral less soul less dictator whose attitude is, They are worthy of all things and the rest is worthy of only what they decide they are, including life itself. They will (and are) use any means to ensure they retain their position of power, from dumbing down, to lies to manipulation to force.
    A capitalist dictatorship is an ugly thing, their God is money and money has no morals.

    Posted by John Hepburn, 04/01/2012 12:37am (4 years ago)

  • Please read the "Juche" idea by the great leader Kim Il Sung, it is the most intelligent Socialist Idea ever brought forth. Also, read Kim Jong Il's work entitled "Socialism is a Science", it will blow your mind away, pure intelligence!

    Posted by Juche, 02/07/2012 10:52am (4 years ago)

  • I hope that people will finaly realise that socialism (and after it communism) is much better than the capitalism, and that it will aid the communist movements around the world to finaly bring socialism to entire world.

    Posted by Revolucionarbgd, 01/27/2012 6:22pm (4 years ago)

  • I'm a Chinese,now live in Shanghai,I hope the USA will become a communism country in the future.

    Posted by Wang Enchao, 01/21/2012 4:13am (4 years ago)

  • I think we would all benefit by reading and discussing the works of the great Peruvian communist Mariategui. I understand that the Peruvian Communist Party was at the conference. Can we get them to share his works with us?

    Posted by Joseph Hancock, 01/10/2012 9:57pm (4 years ago)

  • Very informative article.
    Large questions about how to establish socialism will be answered as we evolve as a species. If this sounds abstract, perhaps it is. But I believe the natural motivating forces that Marx and others established will prove true.
    If we can save ourselves from climatic destruction over the next 50 yrs others will be debating the question as a much more advanced civilization.

    wage peace
    deconstruct the military industrial complex!

    Posted by Gabriel Falsetta, 01/10/2012 5:22pm (4 years ago)

  • I am willingly & obligated to agree that socialism is indeed the future, seeing it as perhaps the most viable alternative for further human progression, especially given the state of the world nowadays. And I say this without clinging to dogma and blind faith; but based on years of becoming politically aware and active and in turn trying to directly understand life's conditions.

    Posted by revolution123, 01/07/2012 2:48pm (4 years ago)

  • great article sue y not post the link so everyone can read the proceedings? in solidarity jim

    Posted by jim, 01/06/2012 10:04am (4 years ago)

  • Thanks for keeping CPUSA in the loop on world developments

    Posted by jim lane, 01/06/2012 9:23am (4 years ago)

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