FROM THE ECCI
TO THE FRANCO-GERMAN WORKERS' CONFERENCE
16 March 1923 Inprekorr, iii, 49, p. 379, 16 March 1923
When the Executive of the Communist International received the invitation to the international conference at Frankfurt-am-Main sent by the Rhineland factory councils to all workers' organizations, it did not hesitate a moment in accepting. The Communist International places its entire influence at the service of that section of the German proletariat which is conscious of its international duty. A special delegation from the Executive of the Communist International will make known to your con-ference our views on all the burning questions connected with the occupation of the Ruhr.
However, the Executive thinks it particularly important once more to declare most solemnly to the entire organized working class of the whole world that the Second and the Amsterdam Internationals have again defaulted and openly neglected their elementary duty. All the resolutions passed by the Second and Amsterdam Internationals at their recent Hague peace conference have become scraps of paper.
One of the best-known leaders of the Amsterdam International, Edo Fimmen, stated publicly that nobody dreams of carrying out these decisions. Edo Fimmen tries to shift the responsibility for this on to the proletariat by declaring that the international working class is split and helpless. This is the same argument that was used by some disguised social-chauvinists when war broke out in 1914. They too tried to shift responsibility for the vacillating and treacherous attitude of the leaders on to the working class. It is true that the Second and the Amsterdam Internationals are helpless, but that is because they do not wish to do their duty. The working classes are helpless and split because the Second and the Amsterdam Internationals split them and so made them helpless. If the leaders were ready to form and operate a united front with the communists, the working class would have stronger forces.
Once more we propose to the leaders of the Second and the Amsterdam Internationals a united front with the communists. We are ready to negotiate with the social-democratic and trade union leaders, although our opinion of them has been again confirmed, and most strikingly, by recent events. At the present moment the chief enemy is French imperialism. The German working class can fight that imperialism successfully only if it defeats its own, the German bourgeoisie, forms a revolutionary workers' government, and then allies itself closely with the international working class, in the first place with Soviet Russia and the French proletariat. The Communist International is ready to do everything to form a real united front with the workers who belong to the Second and Amsterdam Internationals. But if the leaders of the social-democratic organizations succeed once again in blocking the united front, the Communist International will in any case march at the head of the militant sections of the German and French working class.
Up to now only the communist parties and revolutionary trade unions have done their duty. Only the German and French communist parties, led by the Communist International, have determined on a common path and begun the struggle together.
Only the communists have carried out their international duty in the struggle against French imperialism and landed in Monsieur Poincare's prisons because of their stand for the interests of the international proletariat.
The mere fact that at such a critical moment two large communist parties, the German and the French, have acted together is a great political event for the working class of the entire world.
For us communists, international conferences are not parades, not empty demonstrations. What we desperately need is a real, serious merging of the day-today struggles of the various sections of the international working class. Politically, life is now internationalized to a very high degree. If bourgeois reaction is forced to make preparations on an international scale, the revolutionary proletarian movement is in even greater need of such action. The workers must learn not only to pass joint resolutions, but to act jointly, to co-ordinate their struggle, to prepare for universal struggle.
The Frankfurt conference is a signpost on the road of preparation for the victorious proletarian revolution. Stubbornly and relentlessly, with inexhaustible energy, the class-conscious workers of the various countries must work for the real unification of their struggles.
The Executive of the Communist International sends warmest fraternal greetings to the sorely tried workers of the Ruhr, to the militants in the French proletariat, and to the proletarian vanguard of the entire world.