Semi Monthly Organ of the Opposition Group in the Workers (Communist) Party of America th the greatest objectivity, first the substance of the differences of It is necessary that every member of the Party should study calmly and wi opinion, and then the development of the struggles within the Party. Neither sides are published. He who takes somebody. word for it is a hopeless idiot, ILITANT the one nor the other can be done unless the documents of both who can be disposed of with a simple gesture of the hand. Lenin VOL. II. NO.
NEW YORK, JAEUARdY 15, 1929. PRICE CENTS LENIN DAY Marx doclrioox are new undergoing the same fate, whirh, more than ance in the course of history, has hefallen the doctrines of other revolutionary thinkers and leader: of oppresszd cluster struggling for their omaozipation At the present lime. the opportunist: within the labor movement are cooperating in tlzi: work of adultemting Marxism. They omit, obliterate, and dixtorl the revolutionary ride of its teaching, it: revolutionary :ou. Lehin.
IKE Marx, Lenin has been unable to escape the distortions and revisions of his disciples. The five years that have passed since his death have witnessed the corrosive effects of adding to the sound metal of Bolshevism the base alloys sup plied by the epigones. The revolutionary content and essence of Leninism has been diluted to can form with the theoretical needs of the ruling opportunist bureaucracy in the movement. The task of Bolshevism at the present time is to maintain the banner of Lenin in the face of the open and concealed attacks of the revisionists in every guise.
What was national in Lenin his decades long struggle to conquer power for the Russian working class and maintain it was an integral and subordin ate part of his intcrnationalism. More than anyone else Lenin led a relentless battle against international social democracy and chauvinism, firing into its ranks the mighty artillery of Marxism, until he was able to build upon its defeat the basic structure of the international revolutionary movement, the Commuinst International. It was visualized by him not as an instrument whose main task it would become to defend the first workers state from the military intervention of the capitalist wolves encircling it so that a national socialixm might be sue ccssfully erected therepbut as a world proletarian army which, while ardently and unyieldingly dcfending the Soviet republic as its first victory and fortress, doggedly subordinated everything to the main problem of learning and applying successfully the art of insurrection against the bourgeoisie in the rest of the world. The timely aid of the proletarian revolution in Europe, America and the East was for Lenin and remains for us the extension of the revolutionary front beyond the borders of Russia as the surest guarantee of the victory of socialism.
The genius of Lenin gave the Communist movement the weapon of the united front as a method of mobilizing the proletariatin a struggle against the bourgeoisie and its social democratic and nationalist agents, not as an excuse for alliance with these bourgeois lieutenants so that the Communist Party is converted into a brake upon the revolutionary tem per of the masses, as occurred in Germany in 1923, in England in 1926 and in China in 1927. Fortunate are those false disciples of Lenin, the authors of the Berlin and Paris agreements of the Anglo Russian Committee, the capitulators to Chiang KaiShck and Wang Chin Wei, who by their policies robbed the Communist Partiesvof their revolution!
ary independence and deprived the struggle of its genuinely revolutionary content! Lenin alive would have branded them with the same vigor and cone tempt that he lashed the faint hearts and worse than faint hearts on the eve of the Russian October.
Lenin revolutionary wisdom gave the New Economic Policy to the young Soviet republic as an instrument of strengthening the socialist elements in the country in a period of a retarded world revTHE PLATFORM OF THE COMMUNIST OPPOSITION The thesis to be presented to the forthcoming national convention of the Workers (Communist) Party by the expelled Communist Opposition group will be published in full in the next issue of The Militant. It will deal with the present world situation, its relation to the condition of American imperialism, the situation in the United States, and the tasks of the Communist Party. It will be the first platform drawn up independently by the Opposition in the American Party. until after 12 o clock at midnight.
olutionary movement, of binding the alliance of the proletariat with the masses of the toiling peasantry.
Under the regime of the epigones it is becoming a chart for steering the course of the revolution to»
wards the right, towards the fatal magnet of the economically powerful peasant the Kulak, towards a policy of concessions to foreign capital which Lenin new only to oppose.
Lenin dictum that socialism and capitalism can»
not live side by side is substituted by assuring conference speeches by Russia representatives that there is no reason why these two systems cannot work together peacefully. His masterful Theses of Inrtructiam to Our Delegation at the Plague, so characteristic of him iii its incisive laying bare of all pacifist illusions, is discarded for the new diplo«
macy of Russia agreement with the Kellogg pact which only hampers the Communist struggle to expose its hypocritical pacifist imperialist purpose.
Lcnin cautioned the Party a thousand times that the chief enemy of the working class of which the Communist Party is an inseparable part is op portunism. His mightiest blows were delivered against it. In the struggle against it Bolshevism took shape and developed. Today the arsenal of the temporary leaders of the Communist Interna tional is not only not directed against opportunism but against the Leninist Left, and opportunism itself has been installed in high places.
After the death of Marx, the opportunists in the Second International denounced the revolutionary fighters who remained true to Marxism as Blanquists and Bakuninists. After the death of Lenin, the opportunists in the Communi International denounce the banner bearers of Leninism. as Trotskyists. Behind this sham cry the Stalins and Bucharins conceal their own vulgarization of Lenin teachings. Lenin said about Marx and other great Cleveland Meeting Great Success By Telephone to The Militant CLEVELAND, Ohio, January 13. An enthusiastic and interested audience of more than 200 workers gathered in a hall here remained until after midnight listening to a lecture by James Cannon, leader of the Communist Opposition, on The Truth About Trotsky and the Rust sian Opposition, despite the unsuccessful attempts of the Party right wingers to disrupt the meeting and create a not.
When the workers had quietly listened to Comrade Cannon for half an hour, the hall was suddenly invaded by upwards of 60 rowdies led by the Party district or»
ganizer, Israel Amter, champion Party wrecker of the Lovestone faction, and Schaeffcr, expelled from the Party a few years ago for corruption and stealing of Party funds, who came to repay his debt to Lovestone who reinstated him into Party leadership in Cleveland.
Chairman John Foley urged everyone to maintain order but: under Amter direction the 60 rowdies began to sing at the top of their voices: Hail, hail, the gangs all here, To hell with Trotskyism, To hell with Trot: skyism and shout their college yell: Down with Cannon!
We want Amter! For a while pandcmonium reigned.
Then the brawlers made a mass rush towards the plat!
form, hoping to break up the meeting by pulling down the speaker. Schaeffer hit the Opposition Communist Keller on the head with the leg of a chair. The workers guard at the meeting led by our comrade Elmer Boich, finally decided that these fakers tactics had gone far enough and a flying wedge put the entire 60 of Amter gang outside the hall in short order. By 9:30 the hall was cleared of the gang whom the Cleveland revolul tionary workers had thus given an impromptu lesson in workers democracy. It was one of the worsts defeats the Party right wing has suffered in a long time.
Comrade Cannon then continued to speak for more than hours to the scores of workers who had come to hear our point of view. All questions were answered, and the interest of the workers kept the meeting going strong group of Opposition Communists and supporters were consolidated at the meeting, and a good collection taken. The report of the meeting in the Daily Worker of January 19, 1929, is false. The Stalinites tried to cover up the chagrin of their bad defeat by wholesale lying.
Workers will soon be asking in greater numbers why the correct position of the Stalinites has to be bolstered up by the twin pillars of falsification and gangster methods which lead to the destruction of the movement. revolutionaries: After their death, however, at tempts are usually made to turn them into harmless saints, canonizing them, as it were, and investing their name with a certain halo by way of consolation to the oppressed classes, and with the object of duping them; while at the same time emasculating and vulgarizing the real essence of their revolutionary theories and blunting their revolutionary edge. This is now true of Lenin himself.
The real essence of Lenin revolutionary theories will not be emasculated for the Opposition led by Trotsky are their vigilant guard and most unyielding defenders. The opportunists have been unable to convince the revolutionary fighters of the world that these Bolsheviks have betrayed Lenin. for there is no proof in existence with which to convince revolutionists.
Those who cannot defeat Trotsky and the Opposition on the basis of their present struggle are forced to resort to the miserable subterfuge of digging in the asheheaps of history to find differences that Lenin had with Trotsky twenty years ago. And it is true that Lenin had differences with Trotsky and that Trotsky came to Bolshevism. But it is the literal truth that Lenin differences with Trotsky prior to the October revolution and even afterwards, added all together and doubled, are as nothing com pared to the divergence between Leninism and the policies and line of the present leadership of the Com munist Party of the Soviet Union and the Commun ist International.
Those who fight for Lenin teachings, who are the remorseless opponents of all opportunism and revisionism, who remain international revolutionaries, are expelled from Lenin Party, denounced and slandered. In the Soviet Union, they are im«
prisoned and exiled, and at the head of the exiles stands, unvanquished and still triumphant, the living leader of world Bolshevism, Trotsky.
Trotsky in exile today is Lenin in exile!
expelled is Lenin expelladl It is our shame that the Lenin memorial meetings this year are transformed by the official Party apparatus into a mobilization of the revolutionary workers against Trotskyism. against those who really defend the power and the teachings of Lenin.
The upportunists have now their brief moment of mastery.
Trotshy We are fortified in our convictions and in our struggle by the knowledge that the Wisdom and strength of Lenin lies in the fact that he was chosen by history to make history; that he was the highest expression of the struggle of the world most pr0 gressive class which liberates all humanity by freeing itself; that his teachings and his work have been written into the final chapter of a centuries long world epoch. Those who fight for Leninism, for the victory of the proletarian revolution, are clearing the road that leads to a new era of history.
Those who fight for the Opposition, in spite of contumely, persecution and temporary setvbacks, are building the permanent, living memorial to Lenin.
The triumph of the Opposition is the triumph of Leninism. i THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ORDERS ANOTHER BURGLARY!
As we go to press! The house of comrade James Cannon, during our temporary absence, was again burglarized on Monday, January 14, 1929, and a number of old private and personal documents, letters, bound Ioprekors and books stolen. In addition money orders, bank and receipt book, and postage stamps were stolen. The responsibility for this criminal work rests directly with the Central Committee of the Workers (Communist) Party from which neither faction is exempt, either for participation or silent acquiescence. More details in the next issue of The Militant.