Dear Comrades of the Communist Party of Greece (marxist-leninist) ,
The Marxism-Leninism-Maoism Revolutionary Study Group of the United States sends our greetings and salutations on the occasion of The 7th Conference of your Party!
You meet at a time of extreme crisis—of both great opportunity and ominous danger. As we move forward in the 21st Century, we take a moment to reflect on the legacy of the 20th, which gave us the launching of great revolutionary ventures worldwide. The experiences gained from the communist-led projects of socialism and new democracy and struggles for liberation are bountiful, and give us much continued inspiration and lessons—though, it must be said, much of this experience has not yet been adequately summed up, and many of the problems which arose and were confronted have not yet been solved.
In the closing decades of the 20th Century, the overthrow of socialism and the restoration of capitalism in the Soviet Union and in China have provided openings and resources for the world imperialist system. Yet even this revisionist gift to the imperialists has run its course, and today the worldwide imperialist crisis is shaking the system deeply, amplifying the schisms in the recently “monopolar” (US hegemonic) imperialist world.
Worldwide, the revolutionary struggles of the people have marked important advances. In several countries, revolutionary forces, many with a significant mass base, have united on a revolutionary basis and have taken the initiative leading the people’s struggles against horrifying conditions. Revolutionary leadership has moved to clarify the pathways forward toward the revolutionary seizure of power, as applied to the various conditions the people face in different countries. But in all countries, the path forward depends upon maintaining the independence and initiative of the revolutionary proletariat and its allies.
At every turn the people’s forces are confronted by apologists, defenders and promoters of bourgeois rule. Revisionists in various disguise, social democrats, liberal and “humanitarian” imperialists, “populist” compradors, fundamentalist religious movements, and theocratic regimes continue to distract and confuse many of the people’s forces. And that is not all: the people’s forces are directly attacked, jailed, beaten, and murdered without respite, on a massive and unconscionable scale.
Yet the revolutionary forces continue to resolve to meet these challenges, step by step. And our efforts are joined, illuminated and guided, by the internationalism we share, and which is brought to the thousand battles waged every day.
We also share problems that need solution, and as we, in every country, work to contribute our share, we dedicate ourselves to reaching the most complete understanding through comradely exchanges of experience, investigations and analysis. Among these are the ideological and political and strategic problems of revolutionaries in advanced capitalist and imperialist countries, who for many decades have suffered from the influence of revisionism and social-democracy and the corrupting “sugar-coated” bullets of imperialism as a whole, as well as from various idealist ventures and schemes.
In the US, we see this most dramatically in the ongoing effect of “Obama-ism”. Similar magnets for capitulation of people’s forces exist all over the world. “Maintaining independence and initiative” is the key, as revolutionary political forces are gathered and launch wave upon wave of struggle. We look forward to hearing the summations of your experience through the recent struggles which have shaken the ground in Greece. Your advanced experience enriches the classroom of us all.
As the saying goes, “the road is tortuous, the future is bright.” We are proud to share with you the tortuous road and the bright future.
Our comradely salutations to the CPG (m-l)!
Marxism-Leninism-Maoism Revolutionary Study Group in the US