Comrade Lenin, in crises and revolu masses.
He Y5? revolution marks a critical transition in the life of the great popular masses. Of course, only a fully matured crisis renders a real revolution possible and necessary. Moreover, even as a transition period in the life of a single individual teaches him much, leads him through an emotional stage suﬁused with new rich content, so also does a revolution teach a whole nation in a relatively short time highly instructive and valuable lessons.
An historical crisis is taking place in the American socialist movement. The Socialist Party of the United States is being rent by its own internal cantra.
dictions. The time for its in evitabie breakdown has arriv.
ed. In this historical process the diﬂ erentation between the disciples of revolutionary Marxian socialism and the socialism of. the social traitors, the American Scheidemanns, and the socialism of the everhesitating and wavering Center becomes clearer and clearer.
There can be no return to the lethargic past. The suspension by the reactionary of. half the Party membership is in itself of great signiﬁcance. It points to the fact that counter revolution in the Party is rampant. One has not far to go in order to realize that the drastic measures resorted to by the in the last few months are the direct result of the panic produced in their midst by the approaching in. evitablc split; and their fear of losing control of the warm nest of opportunism they have so carefully nurtured since the organization of the Party in 1891.
While the extreme Right has learned to sharply separate their opportunistic socialism from the principles of revolutionary socialism, our American Center has learned noth. lng. While the reactionary.
caunter revolutionary o i a traitors have learned from the. Bolsheviki to be resolute, the Center. here as everyWhel. in Europe. has learned nothing. Like their counterpart. the Center in Europe. they 00 lrrcsolute, they too vaCilate»
tcmporizs and remain stupid.
We can only wish them God spccd. BECAUSE TO US THE SPLlT NOW GOING ON lN his.
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tlon. lays great stress upon the educational role played by one: upon the THE COMMUNIST On th CIALIST PARTY LESS THAN THEsgggglgg THE DEATH RATTLE op THE E 0 D lNTERNA TIONAL; IT IS THE DIRECT RESULT OF GROWING RE VOLUTIONARY FERMENT 1N THE GREAT MASSES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE wmcn ONLY me an: NIC STRIKEN N, E, AND THE IRRESOLUTE CENTER WITH ALL THEIR FOLLOWERS CANNOT 0R DO NOT WANT To SEE.
In such critical times every day is to be considered a month, What can he done in one day cannot be done in months in normal times. Only the blind and short sighted Centrists can entertain the hope of uniting. Ml Hating. re organizing the two antagonistic and irreconciliable camps the opportunist; and the revolutionary socialists.
As in revolutionary crises in any country, so the revolution in the Socialist Party, the split, teaches our members in a short time the most instructive. the most valuable lessons. They learn much, and beneﬁt by the experiences of the hour; they learn to perceive and recognize their real needs.
Shall we ignore and keep in the background this great crisis in the Party? Shall we reduce the struggle for revolutionary principles to a mere contest for the technical capture of a worthless party machine? Certainly not. Our task, the task of the supporters of the Third Communist International in America, is to widen the breach, to rigidly diﬁ erentint ourselves not only from the social patriots, but also from the unprincipled, conciliatory Ccntrists of all colors. shades and tendencies. More than that. Not only must we widen the breach between the old, and, in ihﬂ eyes of the American and international proletariat. discredited Dal 1y; we must at the same time launch a new revolutionarycommunistmovement. Striking the opponents of revolutionary socialism one death blow after another from without, we must not for one moment foriIOt the direct and ultimate aim of our struggle against the capitalistic structure.
To carry on our ﬁght successfully on all fronts it is important that we at once lay the foundations of our fortress: The Communist Party Americn. All hesitation in this work of constructing the new party e Party Hor BY ALEXANDER STOKLITSKY izon Pure ran.
mal development of our move cover the nudity of their a merit. To retreat lrom this principled position. The wave: straight and clearly indicated path to the goal of revolutionary socialism. to return to (he tactics of the old, disgracecovered party, will react as harmfully on bolshevism in America as it reacted upon the Spartscnns of Germany.
Every bridge leading to the old, rotten structure oi opportunism must be destroyed. The proletarian masses must not hearken to the slogans of the Centrists. calling upon them to capture the opportunistic So»
cialist Party. The capture of the old party or revolutionary socialism is but a declaration of var upon windmills by the Don Qixotes of the Center.
Why capture the old party?
ng majority of the Left Wing Conference justiﬁes its desire to capture the Socialist Party convention by their very modest claim that it is their intention to attract the socialist In»
ses away from the social traitors. If admission to and reprosentntion at the convention is granted to us they say we have the best opportunity to expose the injustice and the bureaucracy of the The delegates must understand II.
And once they understand in they will assist us in capturing the Party. Should we, however, not be admitted, should the reactionaries refuse to seat us, we then will be justiﬁed in will beget pernicious and dcTllE BANKS OF THE OLD SOstructlve eiiects upon the norIs the name of the Socialist Party so dear to the working class? No. The name of the Socialist Party is no longer dear to the proletariat. Years of reformatory and treacherous sctivity have covered it with mud and slimc. Shall we capture the old party for the sake of its party machine and form of organization? Its party machinery and form of organization is not ﬁt for the cause of the revolutionary proletariat. Shall we capture it for its great mass of opportunistic literature? But that literature is only ﬁt to be destroyed. For what then shall we capture the old party? For revolutionary socialism. But this slogan was good only until the rupture in the Party, and for the purpose of rupturing the Party.
BECAUSE THE SPLIT IN THE PARTY IS AN ACTUAI FACT IT BECOMES OUR SAC RED DUTY T0 CONSTRUCT COMJIUNlST PARTY.
Have the members and supporters of the Third Communist International endeavored tr capture the Borne Coni ercncr of the social traitors? How they adopted the slogan Wt must capture the Second International ior revolutionary socialism? No, they have not it was the Contrists only who «grieved and lamented. It was the Centrists who ached for thr capture of the Berne Confer»
ence, just as their counterpart the American Contrists strivr to capture the American Social ist Party. Not the bolshcviki not the communists. Yes; even though we were sure to corn ture the Party, we should refuse to (lo so: WE WOULD BUT CAPTURE AN EMPTY SHELL which would prove or us a false and disastrous atop.
There is yet another argument used by our Contrists to leaving the Convention in a body and the masses will go with us. What a pitiful argu.
ment of wishy washy Centristsi NOW. we ask. is there no other way of getting the support of the masses? Must we stop so low as to beg admission in order that we may capture the masses? Bolsheviki never run after the masses; communists are not satisﬁed to be the tail. They are ever in the lead.
To be the tail is the characteristic peculiarity of the Centrists. This is why we consider the majority of the Conference Centrists. We can consider them in no other light.
The builders of the Communist Party dare not run after masses who hearts must be softened by the injustice of the We do not care for Communist Party minus communist principles. Only consistent and principled supporters of the Third Intemationsl can build a new and militant party. It is for this reason that. he Minority Delegates at the Left Wing Conference decided :n at once organize the Communist Party, even though. here be only twenty or. hiriy thousand who will stand with us.
The greater portion of the lclcgatcs to the New York couScrenre were anything Wt CW sistcnt adherents of tho Len Wing. Rather was it an aggregation of individuals a! various colors and shades, who, for one cason or another (but not be:ausc of their adherence to rovoluiionsry principle We. iisgruntled with conditions in. hc Socialist Party and objected to tho undemocratic action of the Them were of i4. supporters; there were more reformers and advocates (Continued on plgc I)
lrish nationalists. ardent