For several years, different elements in Russia, either in isolation or belonging to organised groups, have undertaken a search for a revolutionary political coherence. This situation is in some ways comparable to what happened in Western Europe during the period that followed the social struggles of May 1968 in France. It testifies to the proletariat’s ability to create from within itself revolutionary minorities, including in a region of the world where it has suffered the most from the world counter-revolution, in its Stalinist form. This historical ability of the world proletariat to tend towards the recovery of its revolutionary consciousness, through the reappropriation of its history by its minorities, is also to be found today in Germany, the other country where the proletariat suffered most heavily from the effects of the counter-revolution.
We live in a class society. For so long as it exists, there will exist competition and the struggle for power, looting and terror, big and small wars. Any attempts to get rid of all these calamities while preserving the foundation of class society--relations of property and management in which those productive forces that belong to me do not belong to another and vice versa and in which society is divided into managers and managed--are utopian and unrealisable.
But let us ask ourselves a question. Is it worth trying to get rid of these calamities? After all, people have been living in class society for nine thousand years. They seem to have grown accustomed to social alienation and all its consequences. Perhaps it is not worth our while to engage in risky experiments in the quest for some new way of life? To accept and live by the rules of the game that are now in force, and if you do try to change them somehow then only in particular minor details--that, you know, is safer than destroying the whole world of violence and building a new world in its place. What kind of new world exactly? And how is it to be built--in accordance with what models, by what means? And what for? Of course, many do not survive in this world. Many find life in it unbearable. But most adapt somehow and live--some better, others (the majority) worse, but somehow people get by. And what if the notorious new world turns out much worse than the old? What if humanity comes to ruin in its quest?
“Why, 80 years after the October revolution, does capitalism still dominate the world”. To reply to this question, according to the GPRC, it is necessary to use the method of historical materialism and pose another question: “was the level of the development of productive forces of mankind (first of all in the most highly-developed countries) in the 19th - first half of 20th centuries sufficient to make proletarians capable to organise the ruling over production, distribution & exchange by all the society as a whole?”
When the revolution broke out in Russia, revolutionaries unanimously greeted it as the first step towards the world proletarian revolution, Already in 1914, Lenin had put forward this perspective: “In all the advanced countries, the war is putting the socialist revolution on the agenda.”