Are you a communist?

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By MICHEL GOULART DA SILVA*

A British organization launched a campaign with the motto “Are you a communist?” In a short time she took to the streets. This shows the importance of spreading communist ideas and revolution

Recently, the British organization Socialist Appeal launched the campaign “Are you a communist? So organize yourself!”. Within a few weeks, streets across the country were filled with posters announcing the campaign and directing interested parties to contact the organization. And many people, apparently hundreds of them, were interested in that invitation, to the point that the sister organizations of the Socialist Appeal take over the campaign in their countries. Furthermore, the international Socialist Appeal is part of, the International Marxist Tendency (CMI), took on this campaign worldwide at its recent congress, held in Italy.

Focusing on Brazil, in recent weeks the dissent of a group of PCB leaders, expelled from the party after raising some important controversies, such as in relation to the war in Ukraine or the policy in relation to the government of national unity headed by Lula. Without going into the content of the controversies, what is interesting about this process is especially the proposal to discuss the process of building the organization through a public Debate Tribune, opened by the new organization, which carries the legacy of “revolutionary reconstruction” in its name. This space has allowed frank and open discussion about communism and revolutionary organization.

Therefore, whether through the campaign calling on communists to organize, which recently arrived in Brazil at the hands of the local CMI current, or through the experience of discussing the direction of the PCB, there seems to be an important space to think not only about the organization of Marxists , as well as the meaning that the debate on social transformation can have in the current situation.

This possibility of discussion does not occur in a vacuum. In recent years, where many mistaken analyzes saw the rise of a fanciful fascism that threatened to dominate the entire planet, what reality showed was a profound polarization, as an expression of the class struggle, and the crisis of reformism, enabling a wave of growth of demagogues like Jair Bolsonaro, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson.

This scenario did not slow down the fights. After 2010, in particular, what we saw was the intensification of the struggle processes, as in France and the United States, and even the occurrence of insurrections, as in Chile and Ecuador. The term “socialism” once again appeared with force in the electoral campaigns of imperialist countries, such as England and the United States. In fact, we started the text talking about the British, so we could also highlight the fact that there has been the biggest wave of strikes in decades in that country and that the union movement is going through a profound process of reorganization. Other examples could be mentioned, but these are enough to exemplify the fighting spirit of workers and youth around the world.

This situation of struggles means that, in recent years, interest in communism has grown, which has been attested by opinion polls carried out in countries such as the United States and England. In Brazil, there are surveys that show the growth of leftist positions, especially during the recent election that elected Lula.

Certainly these polls are superficial and limited to the appearance of social phenomena, but they are a clear symptom that, in the midst of the supposed fascist rise, workers and youth are looking for a political alternative that proposes a way out that goes beyond capitalist society. . Interestingly, we can observe the fact that this is not a defense of “socialism”, a word worn out perhaps by the application of the bourgeois project by workers’ parties in countries like France and England when they came to government, but of “communism”, that is , a new society. Therefore, it is not a question of getting confused with reforms of capitalist society, associated with socialism and Welfare state, but to overcome this sociability, breaking the logic of exploitation and oppression.

Therefore, there is a propitious moment for the political organization of the left, as the number of people who want the transformation of society grows, and examples of this are, among other things, in the CMI campaign and in the discussion process around of PCB dissent. It is worth highlighting and praising, in these two examples, the process of political and theoretical training that has been carried out, especially with political and theoretical training activities and the debate around the need to discuss the forms of organization of communists.

In this sense, the continued dissemination of communist and revolutionary ideas is essential, expanding spaces for discussion, overcoming dogmatism, clarifying the lies propagated by reactionaries and, especially, seeking to organize around the principles inherited by the worker and communist tradition.

*Michel Goulart da Silva He holds a PhD in history from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and a technical-administrative degree from the Federal Institute of Santa Catarina (IFC).


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