Proletarians of all countries, unite!
There is one goal, the conquest of power!
TELEGRAM TO WILLIAM Z. FOSTER
GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE U.S.A.
Chairman Mao Tse-tung
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TELEGRAM TO WILLIAM Z. FOSTER
Comrade William Z. Foster and the National Committee of the Communist Party of the United States of America,
We are glad to learn that the special convention of the Communist Political Association of the United States has resolved to repudiate Browder‘s revisionist, that is, capitulationist line1, has reestablished marxist directorship and revived the Communist Party of the United States. We hereby extend to you our warm congratulations on this great victory of the working class and the marxist movement in the United States. Browder‘s whole revisionist-capitulationist line (which is fully expressed in his book „Teheran“) in essence reflects the influence of reactionary U.S. capitalist groups on the U.S. workers‘ movement. These groups are now doing their utmost to extend their influence in China too; they are supporting the erroneous policy of the reactionary clique inside the Kuomintang, a policy which is against the interests of the nation and the people, and are thereby confronting the Chinese people with the grave danger of civil war and jeopardizing the interests of the peoples of our two great countries, China and the United States. Beyond all doubt the victory of the U.S. working class and its vanguard, the Communist Party of the United States, over Browder‘s revisionist-capitulationist line will contribute signally to the great cause in which the Chinese and American peoples are engaged, the cause of carrying on the war against Japan and of building a peaceful and democratic world after the war.
1Earl Browder was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the United States of America from 1930 to 1944. During the 2nd World War, the Rightist ideas in the Communist Party of the USA, of which Browder was the chief exponent, developed into an anti-marxist revisionist-capitulationist line. From December 1943 onward, Browder advocated this line in a number of speeches and articles and in April 1944 he published „Teheran“ as his Right-opportunist programme. Revising the basic leninist thesis that imperialism is monopolistic, decaying and moribund capitalism, and denying the imperialist nature of U.S. capitalism, he declared that U.S. capitalism „retains some of the characteristics of a young capitalism“ (Browder‘s emphasis) and that there is a „common interest“ between the proletariat and the big bourgeoisie in the USA. Thus he pleaded for the safeguarding of the system of monopolist trusts and dreamed about saving U.S. capitalism from inevitable crises by means of class conciliation. Basing himself on this absurd appraisal of U.S. capitalism and following a capitulationist line of class collaboration with monopoly capital, Browder in May 1944 presided over the dissolution of the Communist Party of the USA, the party of the U.S. proletariat, and formed a non-Party organization, the Communist Political Association of the USA. From the very beginning, Browder‘s wrong line met with opposition from many militans of the Communist Party of the USA with Comrade William Z. Poster at their head. Under the directorship of Comrade Foster, the Communist Political Association in June 1945 passed a resolution denouncing Browder‘s line. In July the association held a special national convention and decided on the thorough liquidation of this line and the reestablishment of the Communist Party of the USA. Browder was expelled from the Party in February 1946 because he persisted in his position, which was a betrayal of the proletariat, and because he openly supported the imperialist policy of the Truman Administration and engaged in factional activities against the Party.