STATEMENT OF THE ECCI PRESIDIUM ON THE MASLOW-RUTH FISCHER GROUP
17 September 1927
Inprekorr, vii, 96, p. 2073, 30 September 1927
In reply to the statement of the Maslow-Ruth Fischer group addressed to the ECCI, signed by seventeen former members of the party including Maslow, Ruth Fischer, Scholem, and Urbahns, the presidium of the ECCI declares:
The said persons who now request their readmission to the Communist International cannot be accepted. The ECCI decisively rejects such proposals from renegades to the communist movement.
The Maslow group, who undertake in their statement to defend 'the USSR, the first country of proletarian dictatorship', are in fact doing everything to discredit the land of Soviets, the Soviet Government, and the communist party, and in doing so lend support to the furious attacks of world imperialism on the Soviet Union.
This group of splitters, who dissociated themselves from the party and for a time had direct organizational connexions with avowed counterrevolutionaries like Korsch, who have already organized their 'party' and their parliamentary fraction, make hypocritical statements about their struggle for unity and at the same time make game of communist workers by writing: 'The real point is that there is a struggle between two lines of policy, both inside Russia and internationally. Two lines which are incompatible and irreconcilable, whatever organizational compromises may for a time be reached' (Fahne des Kommunismus, 23, p. 90).
This is the manner in which this group of political bankrupts propose a 'compromise' between themselves and the Communist International, while maintaining at the same time that an ideological abyss lies between the two. The Communist International agrees that this last is true, for there can be nothing in common between the fight for the proletarian dictatorship and the attack on it, between organizing the Comintern and disorganizing it, between orientation to the revolution and orientation to ten years of 'peace and order', between the policy of fighting the international bourgeoisie who are advancing against the Soviet Union, and the policy of providing a cloak for the 'westward orientation' of the German bourgeoisie.
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The ECCI declares:
As early as 1925 in the open letter to the German Communist Party, Maslow's ideology was characterized as a cloak for the 'new orientation of the bourgeoisie' (towards the West, against the Soviet Union); the open letter stated outright that 'the so-called ultra-left tendency is often only a cover for social-democratic, reformist sentiments on the Levi pattern, which threatens to turn into direct treachery to the international working class. (. . .)'
This appraisal by the Communist International, which was then still under comrade Zinoviev's leadership, has been completely confirmed. If the Russian opposition now takes the Maslow group under its wing, that merely demonstrates the ideological depths to which the Russian opposition itself has sunk, but it is no argument for readmitting these moral and political bankrupts, these slanderers of the Soviet Union, the CPSU, and the CI, these people whom the seventh plenum of the ECCI described as agents of the class enemy', and against whom it called for a struggle 'as unrelenting as against all other social traitors'.
In virtue of these considerations, the ECCI resolves to reject the request of the seventeen renegades for readmission to the Comintern.