At its annual conference, CPUSA-Boston committed to an ambitious political program for 2017, which includes a focus on the day-to-day struggles of working and oppressed people in the Boston area, especially opposing the criminal and erratic Trump regime.
Our political work is focused on building strong and healthy labor unions, better resources for health care, education, reliable public transportation, and other services for young people, workers, older adults and people living with disabilities, as well as our strong support for the labor campaigns for Medicare for All, the Fair Share Amendment, Fight for $15 minimum wage and Family Medical Leave—among many other important issues facing working class people in our area.
Besides the many social movements in which we are working, CPUSA-Boston also dedicated itself to celebrating and learning about the decisive victory for the working class which we know as the October Socialist Revolution of 1917. This is an important part of our heritage, but it is also definitive in many ways, of the Communist movement since 1917.
Although no transition to socialism can be based on a cookie-cutter plan, every socialist revolution has shared one determining factor: They have resulted in a fundamentally new type of social relations.
While each country reflects its own tapestry of class relations, historical events, and unique natural environment, the one unifying pillar of strength shared by the global working class is its combined strength and demonstrated ability to end capitalist oppression and prioritize social cooperation to meet basic human needs. While the USSR was far from perfect, incredible advancements were made, and today opinion polls indicate that over 60% of the people of the former Soviet republics regret the counter-revolution which dismantled their first steps into socialism.
The process of human liberation is a long one, not the stuff of a single battle, or even a successful revolution, but the synergistic sparks which characterized the October Revolution can be understood and—most importantly—put into action today. This process must be underpinned by a scientific discipline which can teach us how to move forward by resolving contradictions and focusing on issues and necessary tasks to move us closer to the transition to socialism worldwide.
That scientific discipline is known as Marxism—not a dogma, but a scientific method, and it may take many forms, depending on the relation of forces and circumstances in any given historical and economic context. In a nutshell, that means that there may be a pattern we can learn from the October Revolution, but we shouldn't try to repeat it like a recipe from a book. The sparks we are looking for are principles which can help us to understand our position in the struggle against capitalism.
The first and most obvious of the revolutionary “sparks” is the leading role of an organized and conscious international working class and its alliance with all oppressed peoples. In 1917, comrades from around the region and the world helped the Bolsheviks, harbored them in time of exile, and volunteered in the construction and defense of the nascent Soviet Republic. One such comrade was the American Communist, John Reed, author of the bestselling account of the events of October 1917, Ten Days That Shook the World.
The second striking characteristic of the October Revolution is the leading and organizational role of the Communist Party. This factor cannot be overstated, in large part because the Communist and workers’ parties around the world share a common goal, which is the third “spark”; enabling the working class to seize power and establish a new set of social relations which is based on cooperation and which eradicates exploitation.
From now until November 7th, the official day marking the seizure of power by the Russian working class 100 years ago, we will be sharing periodic reflections on how this rich and important legacy can be applied to our present-day democratic struggle for human liberation right here in Massachusetts.
We hope you’ll check the schedule of the Center for Marxist Education for our ongoing educational events, films and discussions on the fundamental aspects of Marxism and the work of the Communist Party here in the Boston area and around the nation and the world.
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