“All talk to the effect that historical conditions have not yet ‘ripened’ for socialism is the product of ignorance or conscious deception. The objective prerequisites for proletarian revolution have not only ‘ripened,’ they have begun to get somewhat rotten…. The historical crisis of mankind is reduced to the crisis of the revolutionary leadership.”
–Leon Trotsky, The Transitional Program
These were the counter protesters who showed up to defend the Ground Zero Mosque during today’s rally in Manhattan…Note the name written in red on the bottom of their signs, “Internationalist Group”
From their website:
Welcome! The Internationalist Group, section of the League for the Fourth International, fights for international socialist revolution, the conquest of power by the working class, led by its Leninist party, championing the cause of all the oppressed. After a decade and a half in which the ruling class trumpeted the supposed “death of communism,” the imperialists are bogged down in losing wars of colonial occupation in the Near East while a global economic crisis shakes the foundations of the capitalist order. With mass unemployment, poverty and hunger ravaging the planet, once again there is talk of socialism and revolution. But as in the past, the key question is that of forging a vanguard to lead the struggle of the workers and the oppressed.
We say that communism lives in the struggles of the working class and the program of its vanguard. What is dead is not communism, but Stalinism. Stalin’s anti-Marxist dogma of “socialism in one country” was the ideology of a conservative nationalist bureaucracy that grew out of the isolation of the Soviet workers state. Stalinism betrayed the October Revolution, undermining its historic achievements and ultimately preparing the way for capitalist counterrevolution under the relentless pressure of imperialism.more