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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 7. June 9, 1943

Historically . .

Historically . . .

In forming an opinion on this important event, it is necessary to consider the purpose of the International, its function, and finally the true significance of its dissolution. The purpose of the 3rd Communist International, established in 1919 as a result of the political collapse of the opportunist Second International, was to preserve the teachings of Marxism from vulgarisation and distortion by these opportunist elements, and help to unite into genuine working class parties the most advanced sections of the workers in each country, and assist them to mobilise the masses of toilers in defence of their political and economic interests. 25 years' work of the C.I. has resulted in the creation of strong Communist parties in every country, parties able to stand on their own feet and in the main pursue a correct line of activity based on the teachings of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin, as exemplified by the untiring efforts of every Communist Party of the world towards the complete defeat of Fascism, the enemy of all working peoples. Hence, by the fulfillment of its purpose the C.I. has brought about conditions which make possible and necessary its dissolution.