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Issue #1923      July 13, 2020

This week ...

Hello Comrades! This week marks the first of a set of theoretical articles on Australian Communist Thought on Fascism. One of the first signs of open fascism is the censorship and destruction of the arts. Here, L Harry Gould discusses Art, Fascism, and the relationship of art to labour. It is a concise but insightful essay.

Our history section marks a sad, but significant moment, for the Australian and world, communist movement. In 1962, what became known as the “Hill group” decided to resign from the CPA. The following year, these ex-members would form the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) (CPA-ML). The split was reflective of a larger ideological fracturing of the international communist movement centred on what became known as the “Sino-Soviet split” – a breakdown in the political relations between the USSR and PRC over ideological differences, starting with Khrushchev’s secret speech. As a result, many Maoist parties around the world sprung up, co-existing with Soviet-aligned Marxist-Leninist groups.

The Sino-Soviet split caused irreparable harm to the international communist movement from which it never truly recovered.

The CPA today does not harbour the same resentment expressed in the article presented here for historical purposes. The CPA is committed to fighting on a united front against capitalism and welcomes all organisations that are committed to this struggle.

We must remember that we are stronger together, weaker apart.

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