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Communist Party of Britain Discourages On-Line Adulation of Stalin, Bans Conspiracy Theorising and Holocaust Denial.

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Banned from CPB Social Media.

Britain’s Young Communist League has trebled in size, the Communist Party of Britain (CPB) is standing in elections, and leading CPB Cdes are leading the fight against Gender Theory Wokeness.

In these conditions a Marxist-Leninist Party has to observe the strictest discipline. Democratic centralism is the watch-word for old and new members. Young comrades and the more elderly must pay attention to the party’s public image. The CPB is always on the look-out for saboteurs, wreckers and elements of the class enemy infiltrating its ranks.

This, carried by our official Organ, UNITY, is a timely warning we gave to members posting on social media,

“We do not construct or promote ‘Conspiracy theories’ “Our class enemy is the ruling capitalist class, not some secretive sinister cabal of Freemasons, Zionists, the Illuminati or the Bill Gates Foundation..”

The CPB also lays down a timely call to the more enthusiastic ‘anti-Zionist’ recruits, “Posting anything on line which “normalises” anti-Semitic conspiracy theories including holocaust denial in any form – is incompatible with Party membership.”

Much-needed reminders!

It is a concern that certain Rotten Elements have got hold of our internal documents. They have just published further, hitherto confidential details, of our top- secret protocols on their deviationist web site.

The Communist Party of Britain disappears comrade Stalin.

The Morning Star’s Communist Party of Britain (CPB) issued a set of social-media protocols to its members in August 2021. These warn CPB members, in line with the ‘democratic centralism’ (in fact, bureaucratic centralism) of far-left organisations, that they cannot “undermine well-established party positions” in public. Included in such undermining and harmful endeavours is “adulation of Stalin and support for the substantial abuses of state power which occurred under his leadership”. Such endeavours are “not compatible with our party’s judgment of these matters” as set out in the CPB’s Britain’s road to socialism (BRS) programme.[1] Indeed, in that document last issued in 2020 we find the following lines: “At times, and particularly in the late 1930s following the rise of fascism, severe violations of socialist democracy and law occurred in the fight against external threats and internal subversion. Large numbers of innocent people were persecuted, imprisoned and executed. This aided the worldwide campaign of lies and distortions aimed at the Soviet Union, the international communist movement and the concept of socialism.”[2]

These putrid forces continue,

As one can imagine, this hasn’t gone down at all well among some sections of the CPB, which has always been a generally pro-Stalin organisation, even though, in recent years, this hasn’t been pursued in the more cult-like manner of rivals such as the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) (CPGB-ML) founded by Harpal Brar in 2004. Ioannis Michalopoulos, a CPB supporter from Yorkshire, opines in his organisation’s current pre-congress discussion that the “CPB’s criticism on Stalin merely resorts to bourgeois/Trotskyite/Khruschevite phraseology and clichés”. He adds: “It is ironic that defending Stalin’s legacy is not considered [by the CPB’s social-media protocol] compatible with the judgment of the BRS, the first draft of which was approved by Stalin himself.”[3]

Head Office shall be having a word with this so-called Blog site.

Written by Andrew Coates

October 18, 2021 at 8:52 am

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  1. Sound advice from the CPB, which could usefully be adopted more widely. We see far too many Labour politicians crashing their own careers with idiotic tweets and ill-considered ‘likes’. Back in the day, the CPGB had Wal Hannington’s ‘Mr Chairman!’ to guide the conduct of meetings. An analogous document for the social media age could save a lot of bother.

    Francis

    October 18, 2021 at 10:56 am

  2. Domenico Losourdo has the question nailed.

    Nick Wright

    October 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    • On Cde Losourdo, I attach a link to what looks to be a fair wiki critique for readers to judge the above proposition. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Losurdo

      David Walsh

      October 18, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      • Assuming this is the real Nick Wright, eminence grise of the CPB…

        This is Losourdo’s starting point,

        In this historical evaluation there was no longer a place for Trotsky’s harsh accusations directed at the deceased leader. What sense was there in condemning Stalin as a traitor to the ideals of world revolution and as the capitulationist theorist of socialism in one country, at a time in which the new. social order had expanded in Europe and in Asia and had broken “its national shell”?

        “Ridiculed by Trotsky as a “small provincial man thrust into great world events, as if by a joke of history”,6
        in 1950 Stalin had become, in the opinion of an illustrious philosopher (Alexandre Kojève), the
        incarnation of the Hegelian spirit of the world and called upon to unify and lead humanity, resorting to energetic methods, in practice combining wisdom and tyranny.

        Other remark,

        “Overall, the caricature of Stalin made first by Trotsky and later by Khrushchev no longer enjoys much credibility. From the present day research by eminent scholars, beyond suspect of having indulged in the “cult of personality”, emerges the portrait of a politician who rises and secures …..(will to read further ebbs away…)

        Click to access Domenico+Losurdo+-+Stalin.pdf

        Many will have read this, from the so-called Rotten Elements – more like decayed saboteurs. “Some CPB members, such as the oafish ex-Straight Leftist Nick Wright, have a long history of showing off on internet forums about the repressive aspects of Stalinism, which, now, would be in contravention of CPB protocols on such matters. In 2016, Weekly Worker writers documented an intervention on the now-defunct Socialist Unity website applauding Trotsky’s assassins. Wright wrote: “The assassination of Trotsky was the task of the security unit under the command of Pavel [Sudoplatov]. It was exceptionally well planned. As one would expect from professionals with long experience of combatting counterrevolution and subversion.”[6] But this unreconstructed strand of idiocy has been partially combatted by people in and around the CPB such as Andrew Murray (also an ex-Straight Leftist as it happens) who has referred to Stalin’s purges as a “horrifying operation”.[7] Back in 2014, ex-Morning Star editor Richard Bagley became somewhat notorious for spiking a half-page advert celebrating Stalin’s birthday.

        Yet now he looks like Wright could well be on the road be having us read this to give balance to our view of Stalin:

        Un autre regard sur Staline (Another View of Stalin) Ludo Martens:

        A work that challenges in particular the commonly accepted view of collectivisation in the Soviet Union and the Great Purge under Joseph Stalin. He explained his motivation for writing the book in the introduction: “Defending Stalin’s work, essentially defending Marxism-Leninism, is an important, urgent task in preparing ourselves for class struggle under the New World Order.

        Click to access another-view-of-stalin1.pdf

        Andrew Coates

        October 18, 2021 at 1:06 pm

  3. If the comrades arent supposed to be into conspiracy theories then someone needs to be telling the Morning Star in which I see them All The Effin Time.

  4. In fairness, I’ll concede that the CPB and the Morning Star editorial team cannot be held responsible for letter that appear in the rag, but I note that even today, some jerk has a letter published, appauding the authorities in Hong Kong for their “restraint” in dealing with protesters and also recommending Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton of Greyzone as “reliable journalists providing reliable information” on Syria …

    Jim Denham

    October 18, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    • That first “reliable” should be “investigative” – not that it changes anything.

      Jim Denham

      October 18, 2021 at 2:19 pm

  5. It’s no secret that vigilance is needed in the run up to this landmark event,

    “The CP executive finalised plans for the 56th congress of the Communist Party in Britain on November 6-7, when the guests will include delegates representing Ireland, Portugal, Palestine, Russia, China, Cuba and Vietnam plus video messages from Venezuela, Cyprus, India and South Africa. ”

    https://www.communistparty.org.uk/unite-to-fightback-communists-urge/

    Andrew Coates

    October 18, 2021 at 4:26 pm

  6. It says a lot about a Party when it has to caution its members not to engage in Holocaust denial.

    IainF

    October 18, 2021 at 4:43 pm

  7. Yanks have a similar problem. Republican National Socialists struggle to evade Hitler’s endorsement of pious altruistic eugenics, while William Jennings Bryan Democrats seek to distance themselves from Stalin and Kruschev, whose loyalists now wear anarchist lipstick and try to pal up to the Libertarian Party. Yecch!

    oiltranslator

    October 18, 2021 at 6:46 pm

  8. From the Rotten Elements today:

    (read for full post: https://communistpartyofgreatbritainhistory.wordpress.com/2021/10/18/correspondence-ycl-stalin/?fbclid=IwAR3yGKe3fmtcmK124WSTAs8D73H08qspD1xUeGEdf9InlAm2BkPcUYdAy7Q)

    I thought you might be interested in knowing about the friction being caused between the Young Communist League (YCL) and the Communist Party of Britain (CPB) by the policy that your article addresses. I’m a YCL and CPB member. Obviously, I can’t tell you who I am, or which branch I’m in or anything like that, but having had a look at your blog I thought that you might be interested in the impacts of this [CPB social-media protocol].

    When it was first distributed to members a few weeks ago, it caused a massive amount of upheaval, particularly within the YCL, where multiple members in most of the large branches had to be convinced not to leave. I also know that the majority of the newly elected YCL Central Committee is dead opposed to it. The CPB and the YCL are experiencing a bit of a membership boom at the moment, with the YCL in particular attracting loads of people – hundreds, across the country – who have a *****very anti-revisionist, pro-Stalin, position.****

    This policy of no talking about Stalin – which is what this is, in practice – is the knee-jerk reaction of the older generation of the CPB leadership. They’re seeing a new generation of educated Marxist-Leninists come into the party and are laying the ground for expelling the ones they think might show them up. Part of this is rational and understandable – they want to avoid becoming a strange, cultish sideshow like the CPGB-ML – but most of it is simply fear of change. They’re terrified that they may have to accommodate a new generation of Marxist-Leninists who won’t be content with circular branch meetings and acting as unpaid labour for the Morning Star.

    This is just the latest in a building tension between the CPB and the YCL. Many in the YCL see the party’s model as stale and not in line with proper communist organisation. I’ve heard the same joke dozens of times about the older generation of the CPB being “Trots without Trotsky”: buy the books, sell the paper, attend branch meetings, repeat.”

    (I imagine this classic, Quite Right Mr Trotsky, is one of their key texts…

    Quite Right Mr Trotsky: Some Trotsky myths debunked…”
    “Quite Right Mr Trotsky: Some Trotsky myths debunked; and how Trotskyists today hamper the fight for peace and socialism” (1985).)

    Andrew Coates

    October 18, 2021 at 8:51 pm

  9. The last two paragraphs of the note from the anonymous YCL’er are interesting too, especially in terms of the red / brown axis around Galloway, Williamson et al.

    He / she says; “And there are also growing policy differences between the league and the party too. The YCL recently voted at its congress to change the position on Palestinian liberation from a two-state solution to a single-state solution. That motion specifically attacked the CPB line: “Congress notes that the state of Israel’s continuing aggression towards the people of Palestine is creating a new wave of politicised young people in Britain, who are engaging in anti-imperialist politics for the first time. Congress notes that the vast majority of these new pro-Palestinian activists support a single-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Congress recognises that the currently held position of the Communist Party supports a two-state solution (but that the YCL technically has no position). Congress acknowledges the unique strategic significance of Israel to imperialist interests in the region, and notes that this significance dictates the nature of Israel’s domestic political landscape. Congress recognises that because of this imperialist interest, the international community will never be able to force the Israeli state to accept the existence of a sovereign nation of Palestine. Congress also acknowledges that the Israeli state will never accept the existence of a sovereign Palestine of its own accord, and that the conditions that would enable it to do not exist, and could not exist. Congress rejects the argument that a two-state solution is the only practically achievable outcome of the conflict as a defeatist and inaccurate assessment that fails to properly consider the role of Imperialism.

    “Congress notes that the current Communist Party policy is not only out of step with the current mass of pro-Palestinian youth, but that it is also out of step with the material realities of the conflict and its likely resolution. Congress therefore calls on the incoming Committee to develop a League policy supporting a single-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict that endorses a single multi-ethnic, socialist state of Palestine in the territories currently occupied by Israeli and Palestinian authorities.”

    David Walsh

    October 19, 2021 at 7:05 am

    • Apart from this YCL policy being rhetorical and its real basis is opposition to ‘imperialist interests’ rather than anything to do with the interests of people who live in the region, it is designed to appeal to “a new wave of politicised young people in Britain” (who seem to be rather quiet at the moment).

      Of course they will be able to say are you *against* “a single multi-ethnic, socialist state of Palestine “.

      Yes, *no* Israel…

      Andrew Coates

      October 19, 2021 at 8:53 am

  10. I note that today’s Morning Star devotes a full page to an enthusiastic report by Carlos Martinez (cheer-leader for the Chinese state who also believes North Korea to be “socialist”) on a webinar-conference called by “Friends of Socialist China” and co-sponsored by the Morning Star, “Pivot to Peace”, the International Manifesto Group, the (notorious) qiao Collective … and the red-brown conspiracists and antisemites of Greyzone. Any wanting more information about Greyzone and the sort of people they associate with, should read this: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-grayzone-genocide-denial-meet-the-u-s-authoritarian-left-s-neo-fascist-allies-1.10033313

    Jim Denham

    October 19, 2021 at 10:25 am

  11. The usual CPB approach on international questions, inherited from the CPGB, is to support whatever the local orthodox CP is saying. In the case of Israel/Palestine this would normally mean following the views of Maki and Hadash. We can be sure that any deviation from that practice will be resisted by comrades who take their party’s international links very seriously.

    Francis

    October 19, 2021 at 10:39 am


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