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A vanguard organization is something which is permanent. A vanguard party has to be constructed, has to be built through a long process.
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After all, the history of the 20th century is the history of social revolutions.
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And if the mass of the people do not accept your choice of priorities, no power on earth, even the biggest terror of Stalin, can force them to do the one key thing that you need to build socialism: have a constructive, creative, and convinced participation in the production process.
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And you cannot have a socialist revolution commandeered from the top, ordered around by some omniscient leader or group of leaders.
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But that is going to change because the working class has become a majority in society in practically all the important countries of the world.
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Coming out of all these basic conceptual distinctions we can conclude the necessity of a vanguard formation nearly immediately.
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Factions are a sign of illness in a party.
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For us, Marxism is always open because there are always new xperiences, there are always new facts, including facts about the past, which have to be incorporated in the corpus of scientific socialism.
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Furthermore, there is absolutely no contradiction between the separate organizations of revolutionary vanguard militants and their participation in the mass organizations of the working class.
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I do not believe in self-proclaimed parties.
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If the workers would be at the highest point of militancy and consciousness all the time, you would not need a vanguard organization.
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In a healthy party you have no factions; a healthy party from the point of view of both the political line and the internal party regime.
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In the light of these principles, it is clear that no socialist or communist society exists anywhere in the world today.
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Marxism is always open, always critical, always self-critical.
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Mistakes in themselves are unavoidable.
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On the contrary, history generally confirms that the more conscious and the better you are organized in vanguard organizations, the more constructively you operate in the mass organizations of the working class.
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Only if you bring together the experience of the concrete struggles conducted by the real masses in the three sectors of the world (which are also called the three sectors of world revolution), then you have an overall, correct view of world reality.
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Only under conditions of revolutionary crises do you have the highest level of self-organization; this is the Soviet type of organization, which is to say, workers' councils, people's councils, call them what you want, popular committees.
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Otherwise we get off the track and we do not fulfil the historical role which we want to fulfil: to help the masses, the exploited and the oppressed of the world, build a classless society, a world socialist federation.
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Periodically, the workers do revolt against bourgeois society, not by a hundred, five hundred, or a thousand, but by the millions.
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Revolution is an instrument, like a party is an instrument.
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Revolution is not a goal in itself.
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Socialist democracy is not a luxury but an absolute, essential necessity for overthrowing capitalism and building socialism.
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Socialist democracy is not, a luxury and its need is not limited to the most advanced industrial countries.
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The conclusion you can draw from these characteristics is that you have an uneven development of class activity and an uneven development of class consciousness in the working class.
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The more workers you have in your organization, the better you are implanted in the working class, the more likely you are to come up with the concrete problems of the class.
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The only conclusion you can draw from the real historical movement is that by and large, in day-to-day life, what Lenin called trade union consciousness dominates the working class. I would call it elementary class consciousness of the working class.
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The radical and international definition of a communist society given by Marx and Engels inevitably leads to the perspective of a transition (transition period) between capitalism and communism.
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The real notion is that of the fusion in real life between this vanguard layer of the working class, the real leaders of real struggles of workers at factory and neighborhood levels, of woman's struggles, of youth struggles, of national minority struggles, and the political vanguard organization.
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There are no conditions in which we subordinate the interests of the class as a whole to the interests of any sect, any chapel, any separate organization.
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There has been hardly a single year since 1917, and in a certain sense since 1905, without a revolution somewhere in the world in which the workers participated in a rather important way.
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There is a process of social and of political differentiation going on in the real working class all the time.
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They cannot have an overall, total correct view of reality because they see only a fragmented part of that reality.
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We do not believe that Marxism is a full, final doctrine, dogma, or Weltanschauung.
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We do not believe that the Marxist program, which embodies the continuity of the experience of the actual class struggle and real revolutions of the last one hundred and fifty years, is a definitely closed book.
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Workers do not strike every day, they cannot do that the way they function in the capitalist economy. The way they have to live by selling their labor power makes that impossible.
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You can have relatively high levels of class consciousness with a lower level of class militancy than one would have expected.
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You cannot have a spontaneous socialist revolution.
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You cannot make a socialist revolution without really trying.
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You need a vanguard organization in order to overcome the dangerous potential brought about by the uneven development of class militancy and class consciousness.
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