Internationalists - International Bureau for the Revolutionary Party
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Purpose: The International Bureau was formed in 1983, as a result of a joint initiative by the Internationalist Communist Party (PCInt.) in Italy and the Communist Workers Organisation (CWO) in Britain. There were two main reasons for this initiative. The first was to give organisational form to an already-existing tendency within the proletarian political camp.
This had emerged from the International Conferences called by Battaglia Comunista between 1977-81.
The basis for adherence to the last of these conferences was the seven points for which the CWO and PCInt. had voted at the Third Conference. These were:
* Acceptance of the October Revolution as proletarian.
* Recognition of the break with Social Democracy brought about by the first two Congresses of the Third International.
* Rejection without reservation of state capitalism and self-management.
* Rejection of the Socialist and Communist Parties as bourgeois.
* Rejection of all policies which subjects the proletariat to the national bourgeoisie.
* An orientation towards the organisation of revolutionaries recognising Marxist doctrine and methodology as proletarian science.
* Recognition of international meetings as part of the work of debate among revolutionary groups for coordination of their active political intervention towards the class in its struggle, with the aim of contributing to the process leading to the International Party of the Proletariat, the indispensable political organ for the political guidance of the revolutionary class movement and the proletarian power itself.
The second was to act as a focus for organisations and individuals newly-emerging onto the international scene as capitalism's deepening crisis provoked a political response. In the event, the first decade of the Bureau's existence has hardly been one of a massive revival in the class struggle. On the contrary, as we have said, workers' response to increasing attacks by capital have in the main been limited to sectional conflicts, even if militant (such as the British miners' strike of 1984-5 or the on-running struggle of Spanish shipyard workers) and have as a result been defeated. International capital has thus been given a breathing space in which to restructure at the cost of millions of workers' livelihoods, increasing austerity measures, worsening conditions of work and the terms for the sale of labour power.
Geographic Scope: International
Languages: Farsi, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
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