The First Congress Of The Party Of Communists USA. New York State April, 2016.
Dear comrades and friends,
From Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3, our Party of Communists USA held its Founding Congress at historic Arrow Park (formerly the American-Russian Organization of Workers – AROW) in Monroe, New York. The Congress was attended by several dozen delegates and observers from all parts of the country, as well as representatives from fraternal parties internationally.
The Congress consisted of lively political discussions as well as a cultural program including music and videos.
Friday night was dedicated to two book presentations hosted by U.S. Friends of the Soviet People. Grover Furr discussed his new book: Trotsky’s Amalgams, and Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny discussed their book, Socialism Betrayed. There was a vigorous question and answer period.
The Congress opened and closed with the singing of The Internationale (in several languages). There were workshops on the workers’ movement in the U.S., on the economy, on oppressed nationalities, and on women and youth. While we could not decide on all outstanding questions, various views were aired and clarified.
We approved the Program (which had been discussed by the whole membership over the past year) with one small amendment. We also approved the Constitution with a few amendments that are currently being written up. These items and the greetings to the Congress are being printed and will be distributed shortly. On the last day, we elected a new and expanded Central Committee.
We apologize for the delay in sending out this announcement. This was partly inevitable due to the ongoing political work of our small but active Party, as well as to the untimely death of one of our leading comrades, Greg Rose, who was a highly respected member of our Secretariat.
Eight Points of Unity
We apply the science of Marxism-Leninism as the means to achieve supremacy of the working class.
II. Vanguard-Cadre Party
We hold the role of the party, as laid out by the Bolshevik example, is that of a vanguard workers party, which opposes and organizes against the bourgeois state and its surrogate parties. Such a party acts as the general staff of the working class, educating, organizing and leading the proletariat in its struggle for liberation, and to that end the party must develop and train strong cadres to lead the struggle.
III. Dictatorship of the Proletariat
We support, as Marx and Lenin wrote, that organizing a class conscious working class is the only way to achieve liberation from the bourgeoisie-and that due to the inevitability of the class struggle and the nature of the state as the tool of suppression of one class upon another-only the overthrow of the bourgeois state by the proletariat and the active suppression of the bourgeoisie either dictatorship of the proletariat may consolidate power for working-class interests and bring about a socialist state.
IV. Democratic Centralism
The governing principle of the PCUSA is known as democratic centralism, which is what distinguishes us from the bourgeois parties. Decisions made at the level of the PCUSA Central committee are based on discussions that have taken place within the basic units and districts of the party. Clubs, also referred to as cells or fractions are the basic unit of the party upon which democratic centralism is anchored.
The fundamental principle for building and organizing the work of the party, Democratic centralism combines the full initiative, right, and duty of party organizations to decide on questions within their scope of responsibility, with their accountability and regular reporting of activities to higher party bodies, and the subordination of the minority to the majority and strict discipline once a decision has been made. Underestimation or rejection of democratic centralism is typical of revisionists, testifying to their non-scientific approach and the influence of bourgeois and petty bourgeois ideology.
V. Proletarian Internationalism
We support the international working class, and the struggle of the oppressed groups for liberation from imperialist domination and exploitation within this country and around the world, and oppose all forms of imperialism which oppresses worldwide, fighting especially against the mechanisms of imperialism created and maintained by the current bourgeois regime in our own country, and will actively oppose and work to end its wars of imperialists adventurism around the globe.
VI. Support for real existing socialism of the 20th century
We support and uphold the legacy and lessons of the socialist revolutionary movement of the 20th century, and the contributions of Lenin, Stalin and other leading Marxist-Leninist revolutionaries. We will defend that legacy against defamation by revisionists, Capitalists, Trotskyites, Social Democrats, anarchists, Cold War liberal bourgeois and petty bourgeoisie ultra left radicals who undermine the revolutionary history and struggle of Marxist-Leninist theory and practice. We Will reject the so-called “21st century socialism” and Euro communism as revisionist attempts to promote reformist and “market socialism” over true revolutionary struggle and socialist collectivization.
VII. Continuing Lenin’s opposition to right opportunism and revisionism inside the world Communist movement
We oppose all forms of right opportunism and revisionism to supplant Marxist-Leninist ideology in the world Communist movement, historically and especially found in the CPUSA. We identified this revisionism as an intrusion of bourgeois ideology that weakens and distorts our theory and purpose, leading to class collaboration and counter-revolution.
VIII. Historically, revolution is the sole means of establishing the dictatorship of the proletariat and a scientific socialist society
We hold that class conscious struggle to revolution is the only means of achieving liberation for the working class. Further, that any measure of reformism, collaboration or conciliation with the bourgeoisie serves only to undermined and prolonged workers struggle, leading to the further consolidation of capitalist power and dominance. “The immediate aim of the Communists is the same as that of all other proletarian parties: formation of the proletariat into a class, overthrow of the bourgeois supremacy, conquest of political power by the proletariat.” [Communist Manifesto, chapter ll, paragraph Vll]