Wednesday, August 26, 2009

From Nationalism to Internationalism

We have just published a booklet, "From Nationalism to Internationalism".

This booklet tells the story of an activist over a period of about 35 years. For him, it is an easy enough transition from nationalist to Maoist groups, for almost all of them are fundamentally nationalist, with the Stalinist justification of the concept of "socialism in one country" for the latter. He has been well acquainted with Maoists having been a militant founder of the Maoist group In Struggle! (En Lutte!) This booklet is his political autobiography.

In the introduction he writes: “The purpose of this booklet is to comment on my political activity as a militant, while grounding myself on my current knowledge of Left communist positions.”
His booklet is both intended as a criticism of past activities (for example, a critique of the Maoist current in which he’d long evolved) and to show that these same activities were alien to the proletariat. In fact, he is writing this booklet so that young workers and students can avoid the same mistakes and gain an understanding of the politics of the Communist Left, the real proletarian camp. To learn from our struggles and past mistakes is an important aspect of Marxism.
Here’s an excerpt:
“The October 1917 Russian Revolution was the first step toward world communist revolution in an international revolutionary wave that ended the imperialist war and lasted several years. The failure of that revolutionary wave, particularly in Germany in 1919-23, condemned the Russian Revolution to isolation and rapid degeneration. Stalinism was not the product of the Russian Revolution, but its gravedigger. The bourgeoisie’s biggest lie for the past 80 years has been in calling Stalinism “communism”. “

Table of Contents
My origins
My years in the dead-end of nationalism or the nation before classe struggle
Taxi drivers’ Struggle against Murray Hill
My years in the dead-end of Maoism or socialism in one country
October 1970 crisis
Other important events in Quebec and internationally that influenced me
L’Atelier Ouvrier
The In Struggle! (En Lutte!) team
1976 Olympic Games underground
Once again, the police and their mercenaries
Dissolution of the Maoist group In Struggle!
Fight against pesticides in a suburban town
Years ‘89 and ‘90: the collapse of the Soviet Union and its satellites
Summer of 1990 :The Mohawk bourgeoisie’s struggle against the Quebec and
Canadian bourgeoisie
Memoir that plays into the hands of bourgeois democracy
1996 socio-economic summit
Summit of the Americas Quebec City April 2001
Discovering the existence of the communist Left
The International
I- Basic Positions of internationalists of Montreal
II- "every man for himself"
III- Marxism and the police
IV- Terrorism, a War Weapon of the bourgeoisie
V- A circus of darkness and lies: the National Assembly
VI- from The Question of Trade Unionism in Quebec
VII- Data on major Quebec companies
VIII- Origin of the Communist Left
IX- Capitalism is dying !

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  1. Internationalist Communists - KlasbataloSeptember 6, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Obviously we welcome this publication [From Nationalism to Internationalism], first because it’s a voice from the Communist Left that expresses itself before the class, but also because this booklet is, from a methodological point of view, an example of a political break, fully realized, with a current of the extreme left of capital – something which wasn’t done by some people (you know who I mean) who will end up paying one way or another, one day or another.

    For IFICC, Jonas March 13, 2008.

    Note from icm: The ’some people’ that Jonas means, is a long time militant of the IWG.

  2. Is this still available?