Guilt of the KPD/ Schuld der KPD
adam at pmel.com
Mon Dec 11 04:29:25 MST 1995
It coincided with two factors : First, and most importantly, Stalin decided
that Nazi Germany could become a threat to the USSR, so the priority became
an alliance with the West against Germany; Second, ordinary CP members were
genuinely worried about Fascism and something had to be done to satisfy them.
For instance, in France in 1936, many CP members simply ignored the party
instructions to keep the factory occupations in check. Of course, when these
two pressures conflicted the first won out, as the later Pact with Hitler
showed. But at this time, the CP's generally were "class struggle parties"
( to use Louis' phrase ) despite their Stalinist politics ( except perhaps
in Spain ).
> Louis: I am glad Chris posted on this question. It sort of re-focuses us
> back on fascism. The problem with Dmitrov's "correction" is that it
> reflects, underneath all of the militant rhetoric, a 180 degree shift
> from the ultraleftist "3rd period" to the politics of the Popular Front.
> A "united front" in Spain translated into a coalition between CP and a
> bourgeois government. The results: another victory for fascism.
> On 10 Dec 1995, Chris, London wrote:
> > The central charge is that until late in the day, the KPD continued
> > with idealist bravado to pursue a "class against class" line
> > promoted by the Commintern, which failed to unite with the
> > great majority of social democrats, to isolate the Nazis, who were
> > able to take power on a minority vote.
> > In 1935, The 7th Congress of the Communist International brought in
> > the line of the United Front against Fascism. The leading speech
> > by Dimitrov, hero of the Reichstag Trial, though not in form,
> > yet in content, was a massive, massive self-criticism by the
> > communists for the class against class line.
> > The core proposition follow:
> > "Comrades, millions of workers and working people of the
> > capitalist countries ask the question: How can fascism be
> > prevented from coming to power and how can fascism be overthrown
> > after it has attained power? To this the Communist International
> > replies:
> > "The first thing that must be done, the thing with which to begin,
> > is to form a united front, to establish unity of action of the
> > workers in every factory, in every district, in every region, in
> > every country, all over the world. Unity of action of the
> > proletariat on a national and international scale is the mighty
> > weapon which renders the working class capable not only of
> > successful defence but also of successful counter-attack against
> > fascism, the class enemy."
> > `
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