Other formats

    Adobe Portable Document Format file (facsimile images)   TEI XML file   ePub eBook file  


    mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

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

Comintern Dissolved

Comintern Dissolved

The dissolution of the 3rd Communist International has been received in different quarters with mixed feelings. One section, typified by the leaders in the axis countries and those who would, perhaps unwittingly assist them in their ends, hail this event as the collapse of Communism the world over. Another section, among whom we find those desirous of seeing the speedy and final crushing of Nazism and its satellites have hailed this move as making for progress and unity in the present struggle. Yet still another section, thinking neither way, find themselves in the position of simply not knowing.

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.

Anti-Comintern Bloc.

In addition, the conditions of the war make it impossible for the C.I. to work effectively as a real organising and co-ordinating body. Again, the dissolution of the C.I. helps to dissolve the fear of allied governments that the Soviet Union is attempting to "export" revolution, or on the other hand, fear of the so-called "foreign" affilations of their own CPs. The dissolution of these barriers to complete co-operation among allied nations, and complete unity, within each nation, is a necessary step forward towards complete defeat of Fascism and the consolidation of the peace to follow.

The dissolution has relieved the Nazi propaganda of its most powerful political weapon. The Fascist Axis powers organised around the nucleus of the "Anti-Comintern" Pact have with their pernicious propaganda appealed to the reactionary and vacillatory elements in every country in the world—using the alleged desire of the Soviet to "export revolution" and the myth of identity of the C.I. with the Soviet Government, as a means of splitting the unity of the anti-Fascist countries.

It is clear, then, that the action of the E.C.C.I. in dissolving the International is a desirable and neceassary move in the interests [unclear: of] success of the immediate [unclear: task [gap — reason: illegible] front [gap — reason: illegible] free peoples of [gap — reason: illegible] won [gap — reason: illegible] free of Nazism].