On the weekend of 4-5 December, the national meeting of the comrades of the Fifth Document took place. The meeting was held in the premises of the PRC branch of via Confalonieri, Milan, with 140 comrades present from all over the country.
Tomorrow the 6th national congress of Rifondazione Comunista opens in
Venice. The party is being called on to join a future Centre-Left
governmenet headed by Prodi, as it looks very likely that Berlusconi
will lose the next general election. The Marxists of FalceMartello
have intervened up and down the country in over 1000 local party
congresses warning the ranks of the party that to go down this road
would be a disastrous policy. We provide here a brief introduction by
Fernando D'Alessandro and Part One of the document the Marxists are
defending in the congress.
In Part Two of the document of the Italian Marxists, presented at the
national congress of the Partito della Rifondazione Comunista (PRC)
which opens today in Venice, the comrades draw a balance sheet of the
previous congress and deal with the questions of the war in Iraq, the
crisis of capitalism in Italy and Europe and draw up a programme of
transitional demands that the party should adopt.
In the final part of their document the Marxists in Rifondazone
Comunista (FalceMartello) outline the crisis of Social Democracy and
the Trade Unions. In answer to both the leadership who are preparing to
join forces even with bourgeois parties and also the sectarian fringe
who believe these mass organisations can simply be wished away, the
comrades develop a strategy based on the best traditions of the
Communist International in the days when Lenin's ideas dominated.
This is the intervention of Claudio Bellotti at the national congress of the PRC last week, available as a transcript and as a video.
When viewing the video you have to be a little patient as there are
about 15 minutes of organisational proceedings before the comrade
starts to speak.
Yesterday we republished the article Wojtyla and Teresa, or a Case of Saintly Overproduction
to mark the death of John Paul II. The Italian Marxists also published
a translation of the same article, together with their own brief
comment which we are making available here for our English language