cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgPresidential Elections in France: Neither Le Pen nor Macron!

Neither right wing racism, nor Millionaire EU imperialism! For a mass movement of the workers and oppressed to build a real alternative!


Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 05.05.2017,




The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) calls upon the workers, migrants and youth of France to reject giving support to either Le Pen or Macron in the second round of the presidential election that will be held on the 7 May.


If the only alternative is to choose between two factions of the same capitalist class that exploits us day by day, then there is no lesser evil. No matter who will win this coming Sunday – whether Le Pen or Macron – the next French president will be an enemy of the country’s working people, as well as of migrants in France and the oppressed peoples overseas who suffer from French imperialism!


It is certainly true that Le Pen represents the more nationally-centered and chauvinistic elements of the French capitalists, and her – unlikely – victory would be a declaration of war against the oppressed, especially the migrants in France of Muslim belief.


However, Macron is no lesser evil. Rather, he is the candidate favored by big French capital as well as German imperialism! While a victory for Le Pen could provoke the dissolution of the EU and an aggressive war against migrants at home, Macron’s victory would be a major step forward in the formative process of EU imperialism. The significance of such a development would be profound, as EU imperialism still does not exist as a major, independent entity, but instead represents an alliance of German imperialism with France, as junior partner, and the subordinated integration of the weaker imperialist EU states. A strengthened EU, which would follow Macron’s ascension to the French presidency, would enable the union to build up its military power and increasingly undertake dirty wars of occupation abroad. Therefore, a Macron victory in no way constitutes a “pragmatic” or ”strategic“ advantage for our class.


Regardless of Le Pen’s disgustingly racist ideology and policies, we the working class must take an independent revolutionary position in this election, and oppose both of the capitalist visages vying for power.


Instead, we must build a third alternative – one based on a consistent struggle against capitalism, racism and imperialist wars! We need to fight for a Europe in which the workers and oppressed hold power, not the European Central Bank, Merkel, Le Pen or Macron! This means that we need to build mass movements for our class that will be able to challenge the rich and their presidents! Furthermore, this involves founding a new working class party, one based on a militant program of struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalist exploitation, and for the revolutionary toppling of the ruling class!


The stakes in this game are extremely high. Nowhere is it ordained that the future will offer a better life for us, our children and our grandchildren. Only if we conduct a united, revolutionary struggle will we even have the chance to create a better tomorrow! Without such a struggle, the forecast is indeed very bleak. This is why we in the RCIT call upon the workers and oppressed of France, regardless of who wins the vote on Sunday, to take to the streets, to strike and demonstrate against the newly elected head of the French bourgeois state. We have no intention of paying for their crisis!





About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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