The Communist Project – Excerpt from Christian Picquet’s report

Posted on 07/12/2022 by PCF

From this panorama, we derive first of all a confirmation: the communist project has never been so relevant. This is the fourth, fundamental question that the text develops.

Because the planet needs an ecological revolution more than ever, the communist project manifests the ambition to make livable its relationship with the ecological space it occupies.

Because we are facing severe trends towards the withdrawal and fragmentation of societies, this raises the question of unification.

Because the ongoing technological revolution places the sharing of information, knowledge and power on the agenda, it presents the prospect of going beyond the capitalist market.

Since the universality of the protection of human rights is expressed in a multitude of popular movements, it promotes individual and collective emancipation as an absolute necessity for the common good of all humanity.

Because there is a need for a revolution in relations between generations, a revolution in work, a revolution in politics as much as in culture, it is an anthroponomic project. That is, a project that inextricably links economy and ecology, social and societal, with the aim of removing power from capital.

Since the thirst to regain control of the future and the decisions made is expressed everywhere, it makes democracy to the end the goal and the means of the revolutionary struggle.

As the 38th Congress had already noted, communism is both a civilizational horizon and a warpath.

The civilizational horizon, when it wants to lead to the overcoming of work, money, nations, the state…

The path of war, in the sense that, if the elements of communism do not cease to arise from the contradictions of the system itself, a revolutionary force is needed to change the relations of forces, to articulate the struggles against all dominations. the class struggle to end exploitation, because this is the condition to achieve the overcoming of capitalism.

This is what makes the need for a stronger, more influential and more established Communist Party.

In this sense, the communist project irrigates all dimensions of our action, gives them meaning.

Precisely, this is the fifth question that the project addresses, from this coherence emerges a process for action.

Contrary to what we did in the previous congress and in others before, we suggest that you do not develop a “programmatic” part in the text of this common basis.

We, in fact, voted in the National Council last December for a program of 180 proposals, “France for Happy Days,” which the Communists have largely appropriated during the presidential campaign.

We have taken the main axes that can structure our activity.

First, start a revolution in work, production and consumption. At its heart are the interrelated struggles to eradicate unemployment through a system of job security and training, to change the very meaning of work as well as the way wealth is produced, to open a perspective for young people, to go towards a new industrialization. of France.

Then, the promotion of the common good by public service. All the confrontations of the last period confirm its importance. I spoke earlier about energy sovereignty, which requires a 100% public mix of nuclear renewables. Of course, we must add everything related to health, education, the right to housing, transport, communication or access to art and culture.

Finally, the goal of a new Republic.

In this context, we want to articulate new political institutions that put people at the center of decisions, which means the end of the presidential system and a Sixth Republic, with the conquest of new decision-making powers for employees in companies.

It is the originality of our proposals to inextricably link the sovereignty of the people and the sovereignty of work.

And it is also their originality that they want to feed this process of democratic revolution with the feminist fight for equality, or even the fight against all forms of discrimination, against racism and anti-Semitism, against attacks on the rights of LGBTQI people.

And it is another originality, within the left, to connect these major transformative objectives with the means of financing them and gaining a new economic efficiency. This requires a different use of public money, money from banks and companies, through the social and democratic appropriation of the main banking networks and groups that dominate strategic sectors.

Our congressional debate still raises the question of a strategy capable of overturning the balance of power in the country, to build a political majority in the service of social and ecological transformation. This is the sixth point of discussion opened by the text.

The problem, in this case, cannot be reduced to the alliances that will be created between leftist political forces and ecologists.

It is important first of all to ask ourselves about the subject of the revolution we are calling for. This topic is the world of work in its diversity.

He is the social and political basis of change, because he represents the living forces of a nation like ours, and because his place in the economy, as much as a potential power, gives him the means to rally around him all available forces. go beyond capitalist logic.

This assessment, it seems clear, distinguishes us from other currents of the left.

It makes us think that the primary objective, at the moment we are going through, should be to find the way of these millions of men and women who are currently missing on the left to unite them, because without them there is no social and political majority. it is unimaginable.

Precisely to start this reconquest, we have set ourselves the objective of building an active popular dynamic.

Engaging in battles, searching for convergences between social movement organizations and political forces respecting the specifics of each, the battle of ideas: such are the means of construction due to this dynamic.

And it is always to contribute to this reconquest that we want to argue with our left partners.

We call on them to engage in this battle, all together, for the remobilization of labor forces, the only possible way to win tomorrow and the only way to block the way to power on the extreme right.

The discussion here is not about participation in Nupes.

Our DNA is the union of left and popular forces.

Therefore we want to systematically seek unity of action, on the basis of a common agreement on content and initiatives.

This is what we do by exchanging regularly with other parties, or working within the group that has been set up in the National Assembly.

However, the coalition formed for the legislative elections cannot now be transformed into a new political movement, or a federation, as the prospect presented by La France insoumise a day after the legislative elections.

Differences exist. They are related to important topics: the program, the strategy, the relations that will be established between the forces of the left.

These points require a fair, fraternal, public debate.

A debate freed from the hegemonic wills that are an obstacle to the development of the popular movement and that prevent the left from maintaining an alternative aimed at the majority. We have seen this again in recent weeks, when hegemonic temptations have provoked strong tensions with unions, when there was an urgent need to develop convergence on wages, employment or the protection of the right to pension.

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