5 April 1922


Inprekorr, ii, 42, p. 339, 6 April 1922



The delegation of the ECCI decided after the most serious misgivings to agree to the joint declaration put forward by the Vienna Union. Their misgivings arose primarily from the fact that the Second International categorically refused to accept

the watchword of workers' demonstrations for the abrogation of the Versailles treaty, which means that a great international workers' association is in this respect far behind intelligent west European liberals. This raised a doubt whether the Second International is really anxious to fight against the danger of a new Versailles peace at Genoa or is prepared to struggle by every means against the capitalist offensive.

The ECCI delegation nevertheless decided to vote for the joint resolution although the proposal to convene an international workers' conference while the Genoa conference is in session was frustrated by the opposition of the Second International.

Despite all these serious misgivings the ECCI delegation voted for the resolution, for they are anxious to promote and not to obstruct even the slightest advance towards a united front. For these reasons they refrained from the demand that this

preliminary conference should investigate the murder of Rosa Luxemburg, Liebknecht, Jogiches, and Levine and all the incidents which accompanied the civil war in Germany. For these reasons they refrained from clearing up the part played

by the social-democratic parties in the persecution of communists in Latvia, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Hungary, and they reserve the right to demand the appointment of a commission of investigation under the committee of nine into these and similar cases. For these reasons they refrained from demanding from the German socialdemocrats at this preliminary conference the liberation of proletarian fighters in

Germany. For these reasons they refrained also from demanding at this preliminary conference an investigation of the Labour Party's attitude to Ireland and the colonies, and they reserve the right to raise all these questions subsequently. For they are convinced that unless an end is put to the policy of coalition with the bourgeoisie, which is at the root of all the unprecedented actions mentioned above, a real united front of the proletariat is impossible.

The ECCI delegation decided to agree to the joint declaration and to the feeble beginnings of the united front which it embodies in the firm conviction that the pressure of events will force the proletarian masses to fight and will teach them to

compel their reformist leaders to change their policy if they do not wish to be thrust aside by the proletariat.




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