Report of the 54th Congress

54th Congress CoverThis 54th Congress of the Communist Party of Britain took place on November 19-20 at Ruskin House in the London Borough of Croydon. More than 100 full and consultative delegates and visitors participated in extensive debates and discussions.

The main resolution 'Block the Ruling Class Offensive and Win a Left-led Government' set out the party's analysis of the current national and international situation and its campaigning priorities for the coming period.

Dialectical and Historical Materialism

HDM A4 Final coverThis pamphlet is based on the fifth part of an introductory course on Marxism produced by the Communist Party in 1949 - edited and updated for today with the assistance of Robert Griffiths, David Grove and Graham Stevenson.

This publication is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Halpin (1927-2017), the outstanding workers' leader, chair of the militant Liaison Committee for the Defence of Trade Unions.

International Women's Day

KOLLONTAI CoverAlexandra Kollontai (March 31 1872 – 9 March 1952) was an active socialist and fighter for women’s rights in Russia from 1899. A member of the Russian Social Democatic and Labour Party who was at first independent of the factions, she joined the Bolsheviks in 1915. The only woman member of the Bolshevik central committee, she also served as Commissar of Welfare of the Soviet Republic and head of the Women’s Section of the Bolshevik Party.

After the Bolshevik revolution in October 1917 Kollontai became People’s Commissar for Social Welfare and founded the Zhenotdel or “Women’s Department” in 1919. In the first days of soviet power, this worked to improve the conditions of women’s lives in the Soviet Union, fighting illiteracy and educating women about the new marriage, education, and working laws put in place by the Revolution.
In 1923, she was appointed Soviet Ambassador to Norway, becoming the world’s second female ambassador in modern times. She later served as Ambassador to Mexico (1926–27) and Sweden (1930–1945) and was also a member of the Soviet delegation to the League of Nations.

Kollontai and Zetkin between them were between them largely responsible for establishing IWD and its international significance came out of the Russian Revolution.

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The EU

Star EU coverThis pamphlet will look first at the likely course of the negotiations themselves: how options are currently being defined by the British government and what their implications are for workers’ rights. Next, it will examine the EU: its positive achievements but also its neo-liberal economic framework and the consequences both for the crisis of social democracy and the rise of right-wing populism. The third section will look at the objectives of British big business and the City of London, the relationship with the US, and most important of all, why British big business and the City will not and cannot resolve the basic problems facing the British economy and why public sector intervention is essential.

The pamphlet will end by considering the opportunities and dangers posed by the negotiations for working people in Britain. It argues that the opportunity now exists for restoring democratic control over the economy, for addressing the structural problems of stagnation and job loss and for re-establishing workers’ rights. A campaign for such an outcome has the potential to galvanise a wider movement across Europe and constitutes the best chance for winning the battle against right-wing populism.

The alternative, of the Conservative Government creating a new right-wing populist base for neo-liberal economics, is one that should persuade every trade unionist of the necessity to campaign for a progressive settlement.

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BLOCK The Ruling Class Offensive and Win a Left-led Government

Block the ruling class offensive CoverMain Resolution of the Communist Party of Britain 54th Congress, 19-20 November 2016

  • Bring down the Tory government!
  • Defeat the ruling class offensive!
  • Build the labour movement and its Communist Party!

 

Communist parties across the world play a unique role in demonstrating that capitalism, because of its commitment to marketisation and profit, cannot provide lasting reforms and that a socialist alternative is the only solution to capitalist crisis. The Communist Party can play this unique role in Britain and its programme Britain’s Road to Socialism is a key tool in support of this. It is the role of the Communist Party to give the working class and its allies a vision of an alternative society, a socialist society, by taking into account our
own country’s history and conditions.

The Communist Party and its programme provide a Marxist analysis of the crisis of capitalism and the role of imperialism in the world. We point out the urgent need to lift people out of poverty, to protect hard won gains made over the last 70 years and to protect our planet’s ecosystem.

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