The need for communist organisation today

1. The need for communist organisation today

Today, capitalism means war, crisis, deepening poverty for billions of oppressed people and environmental destruction on an ever-increasing scale. There is no future for humanity in a capitalist world. The choice is once more between socialism and barbarism. Whilst the resistance of the working class is spontaneously revolutionary, only through the fusion of such a struggle with Marxist thought can there be created a new communist movement capable of challenging capitalism. Hence the struggle to defend the ideas and principles of Marxism is critical to creating the movement of the future. An organisation must be built which is capable of uniting the fighting elements of the working class into a force strong enough to lead the mass of the oppressed into confrontation with the ruling class and its state.

At the same time, material conditions give rise to opportunist layers in the working class movement in imperialist countries which seek to reconcile the interests of the oppressed and the oppressors. Without ruthlessly exposing these currents, no revolutionary movement can emerge. Without political organisation, no crisis of the capitalist system will ever, of itself, give way to socialism. “Organisation is our only weapon.”


FRFI 182: Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! is 25 years old

FRFI 173: Supporting Labour's imperialist war: How the campaign to stop the war was sabotaged / FRFI 173 Jun / Jul 2003 

FRFI 170: Time to build a revolutionary anti-capitalist movement against war and imperialism / FRFI 170 Dec 2002 / Jan 2003

FRFI 146: Yesterday’s opportunism / FRFI 146 Dec/Jan 1998/1999

Basic Principles of Marxism – Part Six: The international working class movement

Basic Principles of Marxism – Part Seven: Communism and the First International

Supplementary reading

Manifesto of the Revolutionary Communist Group, Parts 5 & 6

RCG: ‘What we stand for’ statement

Beware false friends / FRFI 3 Mar / Apr 1980

FRFI 1 Editorial 

John MacLean – Part III: From imperialist war to socialist revolution by Michael McGregor, from Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! 148

Revolutionary Communist No 6: Editorial and article ‘Lenin and the Bolshevik Party’

Lenin: A study on the Unity of his Thought, chapter 3. By G. Lukacs

Combat Liberalism by Mao Tse Tung

Marx & Engels, ‘Address to the Communist League, 1850’

Lenin: What is to be done?

Zinoviev: History of the Bolshevik Party (only chapter 1 available on-line)

Comrades may also find useful two great socialist novels, Maxim Gorky's Mother and Robert Tressel’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, which brilliantly illustrate many of the problems of socialist organisation in revolutionary and non-revolutionary situations.