August 15th 2006
This is to announce the formation of a new group on the Communist Left, in Montreal (Canada). To be honest, we're only at an embryonic stage in development and can thus barely proclaim ourselves as a "group", since we are but a few people involved in in-depth political inquiry at the present time. Despite the fact that we came from different leftist orientations (Maoism, Trotskyism, and anarchism), the last few years have seen us move closer in adherence to Left communist positions, particularly those of the Italian Left. De facto, we were all sympathizers at different levels of the International Bureau for the Revolutionary Party, through the Internationalist Workers Group from Canada, or through its paper "Internationalist Notes". Our present political legacy then stems principally from the Bilan tradition, but also together from the Dutch–German Left, and from the French communist Left (the fraction of 1945). These were currents of the Left that knew how to unleash the revolutionary praxis of Marxism, by consolidating the historical experience of the proletariat and by learning from past mistakes. This is also the tradition we wish to defend and advance.
Now, the reason we didn't pursue our work inside the Internationalist Workers Group – or in its paper the "Internationalist Notes" – is a result of political difficulties encountered while working inside this group (particularly given the impossibility of discussing our real divergences), contrary to any sectarian or political idiosyncrasies. In fact, after sending in our resignation, two of us had reiterated our complete agreement with the general political line of the IBRP and its platform. However, the fact that we weren't militants of the IWG anymore allowed us the time and freedom to deepen our knowledge of the proletarian camp, along with the possibility of developing on a firmer foundation our understanding of the various elements comprising it. As a result, during our discussions, some questions and doubts were raised with regard to the IBRP that at present make it impossible for us to express our complete agreement with its general politics.
Since we are in our early development as a group, and as we are aware of a general lack of a thorough knowledge regarding the international Communist Left, we see as our principal task the undertaking of a study of the various political tendencies arising from this current in order to take and clarify our own organisational positions. We also wish to make contact with the various groups from the Communist Left and to engage with respect and camaraderie in dialogue, this in view of the fact that political divergences can arise between the elements involved in this kind of positional confrontation. As well, we have given ourselves a mandate to intervene whenever possible, based on our actual strength within our class - this in order to discuss and participate to some extent in the clarification of the proletarian program, and in the building of the revolutionary party.
While waiting for a physical address, you can reach us at:
Thanks for the interest carried to our presence, and internationalist greetings,
Some internationalist communists from Montreal.