09/11/2018 by socialistfight
Do lot let the far right appropriate the anger of the masses at the rise of the price of petrol for their own cause!
(The “yellow jackets” protesting fuels prices in a stand off with French riot police. AFP)
Introduction by Viriato
Is it possible to publish the following article about some tactical questions discussed on the occasion of a projected demo here in France?
It comes from a good friend that fights still under the banner of “Marxism Leninism” but he is at odds with every possible ML group or individual (the MLs here are becoming very few) but he takes in almost every problem a left communist position (apart from on the Stalin-Trotsky question).
On 17 November a demo has been called by some anonymous people to protest the continuing rising of the price of petrol. This call by Internet has found more than 500, 000 signatures that said that they will “Stop France” that day.
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan President of Debout la France since 2008, an opportunist who seeks to capture the discontent for the far right
The extreme-right (Débout la France on Dupont Aignan  and Rénovation Nationale (RN, ex-Front National of Marine Le Pen) are supporting the protest.
This was enough for the left and the extreme left to “denounce the action” as “being convened by the extreme-right and call their militants not to go (!!) and the far left have condemned the initiative on grounds that, ”these are not worker’s demands” and the like.
Some few friends, workers of the left communist view are outraged of this stupid sectarianism that helps Macron and makes the way free for the extreme right. The tactical question is so clear that we think that it would be of some interest published in your blog, that some of us read with some frequency.
and here is the translation revised by Luniterre the author.
NEWS FROM FRANCE
About November 17….
Open letter to the “left-wing” trade unions and parties and their pseudo avatars – “Marxist-Leninists”, “revolutionary Marxists” and other “revolutionary trade unionists”…
In the form of a refresh of historical memory….
Currently, there is unanimity on at least one point between all these self-proclaimed “elites” and “avant-gardes” of the French “left”: none of them supports the November 17 movement, except Mélenchon and Ruffin, on a “personal” and lip service basis , and, naturally, without committing their failing “troops”.
Several of these “institutions”, the CGT, the newspaper “l’Humanité”, the “solidarity” unions, the NPA, LO, etc., even officially got involved themselves into articles and communiqués to condemn, in fact, any “left” participation in this movement.
The stated pretext is obviously the attempt at political exploitation of this movement by the nationalist right and the extreme right, DLF, RN (ex Front National), and other activists on that right side.
As for the real origin of this movement, it clearly has no particular political colour at the outset and is in line with popular protests induced by the reality of the economic crisis and the brutality of the economic and social setbacks imposed by the capitalist system and its current servant, the Macron government.
So the wave of support he seems to be currently raising raises a clear question to the left:
Is the immediate demand underlying it, i.e. against the rise in fuel prices, justified from a social point of view?
If the answer is yes, then the left must take up this demand on its own, to start with, and, on the one hand, express its support for this initiative and, on the other hand, if it considers that it has criticisms to make of the chosen mode of action, which is not necessarily illegitimate, as we have already seen, to propose additional actions that will prolong this first spontaneous action.
If it considers the claim unjust and therefore finds that it only serves as a stepping stone to the far right, it must not only condemn it outright and openly but much more, it must also campaign outright and openly against this supposed “political manoeuvre” of the far right…
It must, therefore, provide a convincing argument that can pull this popular movement out of the “claws” of the far right. Otherwise, not only does it legitimize this recovery, abandoning the ground of a justified social claim to the far right, but it also makes it downright short-sighted in view of its possible accession to power.
The fact that the far right managed to step up into this train at the right time is undeniable, the fact that there was a preconceived plan on this subject still does not seem to be true, but anyway it would not change the substance of the problem.
In early 20th century Russia, when the proletariat began to organize itself spontaneously, the tsarist regime rushed to infiltrate it with spies and provocateurs. He even went so far as to create himself, through his infiltrators, complete workers’ organizations, on the basis of immediate popular demands, in order to channel and control them!
However, this did not detract from the validity of these claims, and even less from the massive popular support, they enjoyed at the turn of 1905…
The dead Gapon after he was killed by the Socialist-Revolutionary Party in 1906. The Bolsheviks could not ignore the movement, although it was led by a police agent.
This is where the famous episode of the great demonstration organized by Pope Gapon,  both an occult tsarist agent and a charismatic leader of the popular movement of the time, takes place… Given the brutal mores of that fierce period, the affair obviously turned tragic, but it actually completely and definitively demolished the legitimacy of the Tsar, who had actually signed his own death warrant there, believing that he was stopping history in motion, literally, pun not intended…!
One can imagine, in the light of the “lights” of the current French left, what an “alternative” course of history would have been if the Bolsheviks, all newly organized in a political party following the break with the Mensheviks, had dissociated themselves from these demands and these struggles!
Not only was this not the case, but while being fully aware of the likelihood of police infiltration, which was only confirmed later, they were also doing their undercover work in an attempt to strengthen this movement and promote increasingly radical demands. 
Without this work, political legitimacy would not necessarily have changed side, neither then nor later, and the tsar’s warlike and murderous autocracy would certainly have lasted much longer, if not till today. Of course, ‘comparison is not the reason’, and there is no reason to project this old situation onto our own, but nevertheless the question of the social and political legitimacy of a claim remains whatever the context.
To refuse to legitimize socially a claim such as that of November 17 is, ipso facto, to legitimize Macron’s politics and the system, and, whatever happens, failure or success, the extreme right’s control over the popular and proletarian movement.
In the state of relative weakness in which he stands himself, and with the diminished popular legitimacy that Macron has yet left, this is likely to be, for the French “left”, a historical choice from which it is not about to recover, so little legitimacy remains for it, too. The pseudo “extreme left”, posing as “Marxist-Leninist” or not, would do well to check this out, too.
A start, despite the odds, on the part of the very minority and pathetic “Social Front”… Better than nothing, however, and so we relay their call:
November 10th call, let’s regroup: Let’s not let the far right recover social anger
Date: November 10, 2018 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Bourse Du Travail – salle Hénaff, 29 Boulevard du Temple, 75011 Paris, France
At the initiative of popular circles, a mobilization against the rise of the price of petrol has met with great success on social networks.
The trade union and political left, having no other project against Macron than the negotiations or the European elections, did not want to take this opportunity to bring general anger against the government.
As a result, this initiative, which hits on all current anger against government attacks from the Labour Code to the Social Security system, has been the subject of an attempt at recovery by the extreme right, from Mr. Le Pen to the fascinating police groups, including the youth of the LR, a number of its representatives and N. Dupont-Aignan.
The CGT denounced this recovery in a press release but as an alternative it only offers social dialogue with a government that negotiates nothing but hits hard; Mélenchon could only say “do what you want” to its supporters by offering as an option only the right ballot in several months.
Only the stated and determined will to unify popular exasperation with a clear battle plan, a struggle agenda that is not limited to days of action, leaps and bounds or scattered professional battles can stop Macron and stop far-right demagogy.
This is why, in the face of the danger that is looming where the far right could recover social anger, sectors on strike, McDonald on strike, Deliveroo delivery workers and others from Clap on strike, post workers from 92 on strike, students from the One Tackle of All Fights, CGT Goodyear, CGT Geodis Calberson IDF, Sud Commerce, activists from the Social Work Mobilisation Committee, the Social Front…. and all those who would like to join these first signatories, have decided to call a meeting on 10 November in Paris to discuss and decide together in this situation on an alternative initiative and policy.
Meet on November 10 and prepare for action against rising prices and falling wages. This is our field of action. We will not let the far right take the lead in our battles!
There is widespread frustration with the rise in fuel prices. It extends to other increases – food products, rents, health… Anger is rising, because this price increase is hitting the decline in wages, pensions and social assistance.
All this is due to the profits of the bosses and the taking of dividends from shareholders. Government taxes are added to it. The price of labour is falling as a result of the policy of sustained high unemployment, permanent and massive layoffs and precariousness.
The reduction in salary is relayed by the dismantling of the social wage, the Social Security.
State repression relays employer attacks on strikes, strikers and their trade union representation.
The Social Front therefore declares a state of emergency on purchasing power, wages and pensions.
Purchasing power is too serious a thing to leave it in the hands of the far right.
Purchasing power is a cause abandoned by trade union institutions looking for seats in the corridors of empty ministries. Whoever does not contribute to the common struggle, all together, for purchasing power, will bear some responsibility for the rise of the extreme right to power.
The Social Front will not leave the ground of an extreme right-wing party that wants to make November 17 the date of its recovery, any more than it recognizes Macron’s lesser quality to fight against it, because it is the stepping stone.
We call for the meeting on Saturday, November 10, of the sectors in struggle and all those who find themselves in this fight from 10 am to 5 pm at the Salle Hénaff- Bourse du travail- Paris
Let’s make our side’s voice heard!
Exasperation is not only about the rise in fuel prices: it is general
Although severely weakened since this summer, the Macron government continues to hit hard: unemployed people’s rights, point retirement, job cuts and privatization of many public sectors. student selection, attacks on migrants… against a backdrop of intense police, judicial and disciplinary repression. For its part, employers, despite their considerable profits, continue to evade taxes as never before, lay off massively blocking wages while inflation finishes ruining the working classes.
Anger about the rise in fuel prices is rising because it is hitting the decline in wages, pensions, social assistance, the dismantling of social security, pensions, unemployment…
We must make our side’s voice heard through its demands: higher wages, pensions and allowances. Let us not allow the far right to divert and recover the issue of purchasing power.
Will the “yellow vests” follow in the footsteps of the bonnets rouge and force Macron into a climb down? Photo: AFP
On the contrary, let us build on the significant resistance that exists: the Ford who have been fighting for 10 years against the closure of their company, the Goodyear who, although their company has closed, continue the fight, the postmen and women of the 92 who have been on strike for 7 months, the agents of the Pinel hospital who have been fighting for 4 months, the cleaning women of the Park Hyatt Vendôme hotel who affirm their desire to hold out at least until Christmas, the railway workers who, after 3 months of strike in the spring, are resisting and still fighting today against the application of rail reform and repression, but also the employees of McDonalds, New Look, Happychic, Monoprix, Deliveroo’s delivery workers, the students who are resisting the selections and so many others who are fighting, resisting and not giving up everywhere.
To push back a centralized power with a common battle plan, we need to move beyond days of scattered action sector by sector. We too must have a mobilization plan. We too need to think about how to move forward towards building an overall movement that can stop them. To win: Let’s face it! Let’s converge!
The signatories of this call therefore propose to the sectors in struggle, to the trade unions, to all the fronts of struggle, to those who are facing repression and who do not want to leave the ground free for the extreme right to come together to face and converge!
Let us not let a parasitic minority continue to make us precarious, impoverish us and destroy our conquered!
We suggest you meet us for this purpose
Saturday, November 10, Henaff Hall at the Labour Exchange,
29 boulevard du Temple Paris, at 10am to discuss it.
 Wikipedia: Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (born 7 March 1961), often nicknamed NDA, is a French politician serving as President of Debout la France since 2008. He has been the member of the National Assembly for Essonne’s 8th constituency since 1997 and was previously Mayor of Yerres from 1995 to 2017. A member of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party until January 2007, he then founded the Gaullist and souverainist party Debout la France (DLF; “France Arise”) in November 2008, named Debout la République until October 2014 and which is closely linked to the European political party Europeans United for Democracy. He ran for President of France in 2012 and 2017 and endorsed the runner-up Marine Le Pen in the 2017 second round.
 Wikipedai: Father Georgy Apollonovich Gapon (17 February 1870 — 10 April 1906) was a Russian Orthodox priest and a popular working class leader before the Russian Revolution of 1905. After he was discovered to be a police informant, Gapon was murdered by members of the Socialist Revolutionary Party.
 See the documentation in PJ, PDF and ODT, at the end of the article.