This an uncharacteristically nuanced and historically informed post on this
subject, for this list, Kamran. Are you sure you're in the right place?
On Sat, 14 May 2011 08:28:15 -0700, Kamran Nayeri
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>In the interest of historical accuracy:
>Michael B. wrote: "Communists have long insisted that the working class
>needs only one party, the party that represents their interests, and the
>Communist Party is it--period."
>In Marx and Engel's writings the word party in the "communist party"
>to the communist current identified with the vanguard workers in the
>movement--re-read the Manifesto of the Communist Party, Chapter
>"The Communists do not form a separate party opposed to the other
>The Communist League, and the International Workingmen's
>Marx and Engels help build and lead included other socialist currents of
>their time. Marx praised and defended the Paris Commune even if its
>leadership was in the hands of currents he diligently criticized.
>The Second (Socialist) International never held a "single party" doctrine.
>Its Russian party include the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks and other
>The Bolsheviks leaders debated their sometimes conflicting views in
>and called for "all power to the Soviets" after April of 1917--their were a
>minority party in the Soviets at that time. Lenin's State and Revolution
>written in the summer of 1917 is all about the Soviets and the "party" is
>not even mentioned. he uphold the Paris Commune as a model
>working class power).
>After the October 1917 revolution, the Bolsheviks that had become the
>majority in the Soviets worked along with other socialist parties and
>alliance with the left Social Revolutionary party.
>After the civil war broke out in 1918 and minority socialist parties
>intensified their hostility to the socialist course of the Soviet
>government, the Bolsheviks were forced to ban them.
>After the destruction that followed the civil war and imperialist war
>against the Soviet government causing huge crisis, Lenin and some
>Bolshevik leaders moved to temporarily ban factions and tendencies
>the Newly formed Communist Party in 1921.
>After Lenin's death in January 1924 and degeneration of the socialist
>revolution, Stalin and his associates that represented the rising
>conservative within the party and the state replaced the Bolshevik
>revolutionary legacy with their own doctrine that included such things as
>"socialism in one country" and "one party system" with no right for
>and tendencies. This doctrine was imposed of the parties of the Third
>(Communist) International. Thus, it was followed by Stalinist parties in
>China, Vietnam, North Korea and Eastern Europe.
>The Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) does not have the same origin. It
>actually formed through the unification of three currents--the July 26th
>Movement, Revolutionary Directorate, and the Popular Socialist Party.
>latter looked to Moscow as its model. The July 26th Movement has its
>ideological loots in the Cuban and Latin American revolutionary
> The present-day PCC is a one-party system not in the sense of the
>parties but in the manner Jose Marti proposed at the end of the 19th
>century. All Cubans were to join forces in their fight for national
>independence from Spain. He organized such a party that proved
>The PCC just had its sixth congress that offered a way to see how it
>function and what it does. I have posted a number of articles and other
>information about this on my blog
><http://forhumanliberation.blogspot.com/>that interested parties can
>look up (the blog posts many articles on
>Cuba--including those that are critical).
>I have tried to refrain from expressing my own views on any of this--just
>what some call "stylized facts."