Archive for the Category 'Independent youth organizations'
In September, we decided upon new positions about revolutionary youth organizations.These theses represent a development and discussion process of our group. We want to present our new theses here as a result of this process.
Under capitalism, young people are subject to special forms of oppression. We get bad jobs with low wages, we suffer under the arbitrary rule of parents, teachers and bosses, we are impeded in the development of our sexuality, we are not allowed to vote but can be sent to die in imperialist wars, to name just a few examples. This oppression is a product of capitalism and therefore it can only be ended by the overthrow of this system. »»»»
Under capitalism, young people are subject to special forms of oppression. We get bad jobs with low wages, we suffer under the arbitrary rule of parents and teachers, are impeded in the development of our sexuality, we are not allowed to vote but can be sent to die imperialist wars, to name just a few examples. This oppression is a product of capitalism and therefore it can only be ended by the overthrow of this system. »»»»
Should a communist youth movement be independent? Answers to this question from Karl Liebknecht, V.I. Lenin, Leon Trotsky, the Communist International and others. A collection of texts by the independent communist youth organization REVOLUTION.
A Brochure – Why?
On the Road to a Youth International
To the Socialist Youth of All Countries!
Workers’ Movement and Youth Organization
Theses on the Youth Movement
The Communist International and the Communist Youth Movement
The Struggle Against the Youth
League for the Fifth International
Communist Principles of Youth Organization
The Young Socialists‘ Alliance
Trotksy, Gould and the Youth
Published by: Independent REVOLUTION
Title graphic: Joß Fritz
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Why do we need a brochure about the communist youth movement? Is the youth movement relevant anymore? And why do we need texts by Lenin and Liebknecht – isn’t that just left-wing nostalgia?
On September 1, 1915, the first issue of the internationalist youth magazine “Youth International” appeared. This small organ of propaganda and struggle was a central tool for founding the Communist Youth International in 1919. For young communists today, who recognize the need to build a revolutionary youth international, the first attempt, which dates back to 90 years ago, provides several important lessons. Wladek Flakin wrote… »»»»
The Bureau of the International Union of Socialist Youth Organizations wrote in the first issue of „Jugend-Internationale“… »»»»
The first socialist youth organizations were founded at the end of the 19th century. The left wing of the workers movement recognized them as an important force for the socialist struggle, while right-wing party and trade union bureaucrats feared the independent youth movement as dangerous competition. The socialist youth had to fight for recognition, supported by the left wing. Karl Liebknecht wrote… »»»»
In the struggle against the First World War, the socialist youth movement played a central role. Revolutionaries attempted to deepen the gap between the youth associations and the reformist parties through the slogan of “complete independence”. With this review, meant to present the “Jugend-Internationale” to a Russian-speaking audience, Lenin encourages the initiative behind the paper but also criticizes its errors. V.I. Lenin wrote… »»»»
The following theses were drafted by the leadership of the Communist Youth International and passed by the Executive Committee of the Communist International in August 1920… »»»»
The following resolution was was passed in the 24th session of the Third World Congress of the Communist International from July 12, 1921…. »»»»
The economic and cultural backwardness of Russia led to the workers’ councils, which had organized the October Revolution, being replaced by a state and party bureaucracy. In the 1930s, hundreds of thousands of Communuists were persecuted and executed. Oppositional communists fought for the re-establishment of council democracy – the Soviet youth, massively oppressed under Stalinism, was their central hope. Leon Trotsky wrote… »»»»