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
The right wing in Italy suffered a devastating defeat in last weekend’s
regional elections. Berlusconi’s party, Forza Italia suffered the most,
losing 1.8 million votes compared to the regional elections in 2000 and
4.5 million compared to the 2001 general elections. This marks the
beginning of the end for Berlusconi.
On the weekend of 28-29 May, the picturesque town of Cortona in Tuscany
was the scene of a very successful national meeting of the supporters
of the Fifth Motion, the platform organised by the Italian Marxist
tendency, Falce Martello. The rally was attended by over 140 comrades
from about forty different federations of the Italian Communist Party.