National Council of Communists, USA

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National Council of Communists, USA is a leftist split from the Communist Party USA. In 2014 it became the Party of Communists, USA

We have now established “a party of a new type” in the United States! A working class, vanguard party, guided by our science of MarxismLeninism, we intend to carry on the struggle for socialism that has been abandoned by the CPUSA and we will carry on the best traditions of our comrades that inspire us every day to fight for our class. We fully intend to support our comrades in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe as they work tirelessly to take back what was taken from them. Expropriate the expropriators! [1]

The organization controls the U.S. Friends of the Soviet People, and the League of Young Communists, USA.

Ideology

From the National Council of Communists, USA website;[2]

Our ideological allegiance is to the communist parties that were established after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 in Russia and that later became part of the Third International (Comintern). Historically, our orientation has always been directed toward the Soviet Union, and we proudly consider ourselves part and parcel of the pro-Soviet wing of the communist movement. We make no apologises for supporting the Leninist policies of the leadership of the socialist community of nations and the USSR from 1917 to the counterrevolution in 1985, when Gorbachev came on the scene. However, history has now shown that the internal economic policies during the Khrushchev period, culminating in the disastrous reforms of Gorbachev (Glasnost and perestroika) were Bukarinite, social-democratic departures from previous socialist construction (centralized planning).
We are Marxist-Leninists (communists) that have come together inside the United States to fight against revisionism and right opportunism inside some “communist” parties. Although, most of us are long time members of the American CP, we welcome those who have left the party in disgust, or have been driven out by the policies of the current faction in control of the party center.
Be warned: WE DO NOT SUPPORT SOCIAL-DEMOCRACY and its manifestations in the US Democratic Party. We believe it is the duty of Marxist-Leninists, in addition to parliamentary forms of struggle (electoral politics), to act as a vanguard to lead the masses into more advanced,independent forms of struggle. Marxist-Leninists do not tail bourgeois parties (see our 7 points of communist unity on this website).
The National Council of Communists USA is working collectively to fight revisionism in the CPUSA, which is manifested in the CPUSA’s blind support for social democracy and the Democratic party. We call for a return to the party’s Bolshevik roots as the vanguard party of the working class, and we reject the various Trotskyite and anarchist theories of spontaneity as most recently expressed by the “Occupy” movement.

Ideological Fightback

Ideological Fightback is the journal of the National Council of Communists, USA.

As of May 2014. Board of Directors (In Formation) consisted of;

Purges

In early 2014, Transit Workers Club of the New York District Communist Party USA was expelled by Bill Davis. The Austin Hogan Club was the shop club of the CPUSA in NYC. Its members worked primarily for the Metro system. Bill Davis had this to say in a letter addressed to the expelled members: “Enclosed is a check for $96.00 that was submitted on 12/3/13 as dues. It can’t be accepted as dues since the people involved are not members of the Party.”The dues were sent in on 12/3/13 and the CPUSA’s response is dated March 20, 2014, some 3 months later. The letter goes on to say that “[T]he Austin Hogan Club has demonstrated in many ways and on many occasions that it does not respect the Communist Party, its duly elected Leadership and enacted policies. The club has not participated in any of the events and activities of the Party nor has it supported the national or district policies of the Party, including those related to transit.”

The leadership of the Austin Hogan Club issued this response: “the NY District has purged our Transit Club, Austin Hogan Club of the CPUSA. We will continue to send Pre-Convention documents to the Party in keeping with the Pre-Convention period. And, we will send them to other comrades; both those who are still in the Party and those who chose to step away. ”

This purging was apparently in line with the factional leadership’s unwritten policy of “dropping” “expelling” or simply not accepting dues as payment as spelled out in the CPUSA Constitution. First, the Gus Hall communist club in New York was dropped from membership. Then the Arts and Entertainment Club was dropped from membership by Bill Davis himself! Then the Houston, Texas community club was dropped and its members purged. This was followed by the Los Angeles Metro Club, and the Austin Hogan Club.

“Given the underhanded and deceitful way in which the NY District has uncomradely treated our club, a club with excellent attendance [a club that functions in a Leninist manner], with solid transit experience and very good influence in transit matters in our union and NYC, we don’t expect a response from them. The very few who remain in the NY District are not known for direct discussions. There has not been an official District-wide meeting since the last convention.” We at the National Council of Communists have to ask, is this the proper practice of “democratic centralism”?
So what does the future hold? Our party has been hijacked by Quislings and imperialist agents. There is little hope of saving it. “Clearly the 23rd Street leaders, soon to be the Halstead Street leaders, have a lock down on the June convention. Their choice of leadership leaves out most of the more active Districts from participation. That leadership is very narrow and small. It does not reflect the Party, that is, those who are still in and those who are looking at June to see what happens.”[4]

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