Speech of the First Vice-Chairman of the Paektusan Czech-Korean Friendship Association and the Czech Group for the Study and Materialization of the Juche Idea Comrade Lukáš Vrobel at the 46th Prague Theoretical and Political Conference „On the Issue of International Unity and the Interaction of the Communist Movement in the Fight Against Anti-Communism and War Dangers, for Social Progress“, held on October 12, 2019 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist International.
the disunity of the world communist movement is a serious fact, decisively contributing to its detachment from the working masses in most countries and to its inability.
The communist movement is strongly divided not only internationally, but also within most of the individual countries. In the Czech Republic, three Communist parties are registered, one working poorly, the other worse and the third practically not at all. The common attitude of the Communist towards other Communist parties and organizations in my own country is: “I am a member of the only revolutionary Communist Party, others are pseudo-communists, opportunists, serve class enemies and cooperation with them is not possible.” Others say, “There is no revolutionary party or organization in my country.” And I add with self-criticism that also I am not able to create one under current conditions and I do not see enough organized forces to establish it.
Differences of opinion on even the most important issues are often quite contradictory not only between individual Communist parties, but also within them. The fight against anti-communism cannot be effective if a number of members and officials of these parties also accept and disseminate anti-socialist propaganda, first and foremost the myth of “criminal Stalinism”.
A large number of Communist parties and organizations have resigned from independent policies and are concerned only with supporting one bourgeois camp against the other, as in the Czech Republic, where the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia supports the government of the oligarchic prime minister. The anti-Communist president of the Republic, a key figure in the 1989 counter-revolution, a Zionist and a warmonger, is an idol for many of the party’s members. Almost all delegates of the party congress last year applauded while standing to this reactionary for anti-communist speech. The Czech president went so far in his hatred that he expressed a desire to murder comrade Kim Jong Un. Some Communists do not mind, however, because the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is politically more distant from them than the domestic anti-people’s regime.
Most of the Communist movement is detached from the working movement for one or two generations, so Communists are indifferent or ridiculous to most workers. When the Communists in the capitalist countries participate in elections, they usually choose one of the main pillars of capitalism, such as social democracy. Alternatively, they do not vote at all, but without effectively carrying out non-parliamentary activities, so that they are completely out of social events. If they stand alone, they usually achieve results close to 0 %. Even our republic will soon be one of the countries where the communists will not be represented in parliament. It will not be a tragedy, however, because the working people will not feel it.
Representatives of the Communist parties in paid state and party positions are usually indifferent to the revolutionary theories and history of the progressive movement, focusing on bourgeois trade. By contrast, ordinary communists are falling into a sectarianism consisting in the constant remembrance of the great revolutionary leaders of the past, totally detached from contemporary life.
Especially in the former socialist countries, the Communists express sharply anti-refugee attitudes, sometimes explicitly racist, calling for the defence of their homeland hand in hand with the domestic bourgeoisie against foreign proletarians. They do not understand that the enemy is inside. They even call for a strengthening of repressive state power. For example, a number of Czech Communist deputies repeatedly proposed a law against defamation of the President of the Republic.
These voices coincide with fascist, which suits the liberals and reinforces their campaign that „socialism and fascism are the same“. An alliance with conservative nationalists against liberal democrats is manifested in parliament and in public rallies. It should be added that members of the same Communist Party sometimes face each other on the same action on both sides of the barricade. The conservative image of the „reds“ also creates an anti-ecological attitude of some of them, their mockery of the ecological movement, which, unlike the socialist, gains the favour of the masses of youth.
Foreign participants in Prague theoretical-political conferences may think I’m exaggerating, because they do not hear such reactionary opinions here. I must add that supporters of the mainstream in the party, supporting the renewed capitalism, do not participate in these conferences, despise them, and have repeatedly tried to thwart them.
In the former socialist countries, we could not cope with defeat in 30 years. There are very few young supporters of socialism, with reformists and opportunists predominating among them. Strong anti-communism, which has been brainwashing society for three decades, has led young socialist advocates to believe that the current bourgeois-democratic regimes are better than both former and contemporary states claiming socialism.
I often meet with a call for a new Communist International. I believe that the current communist and labour movement is not ripe for its renewal. There are currently several international associations working to strengthen the international cooperation of revolutionaries, but I am afraid that none is working effectively and they are dividing rather than unifying the movement. There are so many contradictions in cooperation that effective coordination is not possible. Political and personal contradictions between the communists of individual countries are usually such that there is no possibility of only one communist party in one state, and the new Comintern would only limit cooperation to the circle of its member organizations. There is a need for all-round international cooperation between the Communist Parties and organizations, not limited by their involvement in individual international coordination.
It is necessary to improve and activate the individual communist parties and organizations before joining them firmly. If we combine the individual debris, there is nothing but a large wreck.
I believe that if the future of humankind does not belong to socialism, the future will not belong to humankind at all. I would like us to contribute to the first of these two alternatives, but for that we must break with the announcers of anti-communist and fascist views in our own ranks.