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The International Communist Current is a centralised international left communist organisation with sections throughout the world. Left Communism is a term describing a whole range of communist viewpoints which oppose the political ideas of the Bolsheviks from a position which is asserted to be more authentically Marxist and proletarian than the views held by the Communist International after its first two Congresses. ...



The International Communist Current (ICC) was founded in 1975 by Revolution Internationale (France), World Revolution (UK), Internationalism (USA), Rivoluzione Internazionale (Italy), Internacialismo (Venezuela) and Accion Proletaria (Spain). Most of these groups came out of the growth of revolutionary politics with the international resurgence of working class struggles that took place in the late 1960s. 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... World revolution is a Marxist concept of a violent overthrow of capitalism that would take place in all countries, although not necessarily simultaneously. ... Internationalism is a political movement which advocates a greater economic and political cooperation between nations for the benefit of all. ... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ...

The ICC traces its political origins to the left fractions which detached themselves from the Communist International, in particular the German, Dutch and Italian Lefts. Its direct political antecedent was the Gauche Communiste de France, which broke away from the so-called Bordigists in the mid-1940s. This group was dissolved in 1952 when the anticipated revolutionary wave had failed to materialise. However, the Internacialismo group, which was founded in 1964 in Venezuela, was heavily influenced by the experience and positions of the Gauche Communiste, as the people who were to form this group had an ex-member of the Gauche Communiste as their mentor. The first edition of Communist International, journal of the Comintern published in Moscow and Petrograd (now Saint Petersburg) in May 1919. ... // Events and trends The 1940s were dominated by World War II, the most destructive armed conflict in history. ... 1952 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Gradually the ICC has spread to a large number of countries but its national sections remain tiny. It has also seen a number of splits from its ranks. In 1978 the Internationalist Communist Group split off the ICC, followed by the Internationalist Perspectives group in 1985. More recently, in 2003 the ICC expelled several members who belonged to a group calling themselves the "Internal Fraction” of the ICC". 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The ICC considers itself to stand in the left communist tradition, believing itself to be the only genuine communist movement. All other 'leftist' groups, whether Trotskyist, Stalinist, Maoist, or Leninist, are thought of as "the left of capitalism’s political apparatus." According to the ICC, there is no way these groups can be the true representatives of the proletariat. This article is about communism as a form of society and as a popular movement. ... Trotskyism can refer to either the body of ideas associated with Leon Trotsky or the movement based on those ideas. ... Stalinism is a brand of political theory, and the political and economic system implemented by Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union. ... Maoism or Mao Zedong Thought (Chinese: 毛澤東思想, pinyin: Máo Zédōng Sīxiǎng), also called Marxism-Leninism–Mao Zedong Thought or Marxism-Leninism-Maoism (MLM), is a variant of communism derived from the teachings of Mao Zedong (1893–1976). ... Vladimir Lenin in 1920 Leninism is a political and economic theory which builds upon Marxism (a form of Communism) and is a branch in its own right (it has been the dominant branch of Marxism in the world since the 1920s). ... The proletariat (from Latin proles, offspring) is a term used to identify a lower social class; a member of such a class is called a proletarian. ...

The ICC rejects what it describes as bourgeois democracy, finding that it "does not differ at root from other forms of capitalist dictatorship, such as Stalinism and fascism". It is also hostile to the unions, seeing them as "organs of capitalist order within the proletariat".

Instead it believes in the self organisation of the working class, electing its own leaders outside of parliament, in workers' councils. This organisation of the working class needs to be done on an international level; the revolution can only succeed if it is a world wide revolution, leading to the overthrow of all existing states and the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat on a world scale. The dictatorship of the proletariat is a term employed by Karl Marx in his 1875 Critique of the Gotha Program that refers to a transition period between capitalist and communist society in which the state can be nothing but the revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat. ...

In their opinion, once this has been established, capitalist social relations will be abolished: these include wage labour, national frontiers and commodity production. Instead all economic activity will be orientated "towards the full satisfaction of human needs". The ICC sees its own role in this process as the vanguard of the workers' movement, in which it neither organises the working class nor takes power in its name, but actively participates within the movement.


There is a strong paranoid streak in the ICC, which surfaces in the way it handles dissenters and critics. One of the ICC's concepts is the idea of "parasitism", the belief that other socialist/communist groups and individuals are parasites of the working class. In popular culture, the term paranoia is usually used to describe excessive concern about ones own well-being, sometimes suggesting a person holds persecutory beliefs concerning a threat to themselves or their property and is often linked to a belief in conspiracy theories. ...

An ex-ICC member by the name of Ingram characterised this idea as a mythical category invented by the ICC to enable them to label anyone they dislike or who threatens their collective delusion 1.

See also

This is a list of the various left communist international tendencies. ... Left Communism is a term describing a whole range of communist viewpoints which oppose the political ideas of the Bolsheviks from a position which is asserted to be more authentically Marxist and proletarian than the views held by the Communist International after its first two Congresses. ... Council communism was a radical Left movement originating in Germany and the Netherlands in the 1920s. ...

External links

  • website of the ICC

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