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October 03, 2009

The Crisis of the CPUSA Part 1 (Excerpt) Written by Edward A. Drummond , From M-L Today

From: Part 1: This is What Liquidation Looks Like

What is Liquidation?
Party liquidation can be political, ideological, organizational, and physical, or all of the above.
An excerpt from a long out‑of‑print CPUSA pamphlet, “The Communist Party and How it Works” states:

"There are constant pressures of ruling class and petty bourgeois ideology on the Party. Occasional errors of Party organizations and individuals can, if not corrected, become tendencies and even general departures or "deviations” from Marxism‑Leninism. Ideological struggle against such tendencies is permanently necessary for the Communist Party. Though the forms constantly change, in the United States opportunism has been the main character of ruling class pressure on the Party and the working class movement. This involves adapting the working class movement to the interests of the ruling class. It also means capitulating to the difficulties created by the ruling class and learning to “live with" those difficulties. Tendencies to liquidate the Communist Party as a Leninist party, to be replaced by an ideologically and organizationally amorphous “broader socialist" organization, have been one of the principal expressions of opportunism historically." [6]

[6] Party veterans say this superb pamphlet was written by Danny Rubin. Let us give credit where credit is due.

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