It is the task of the Young Communists to win the youth of today to the disciplined struggle for socialism.
This struggle takes on a new urgency in 2019.
Across the imperialist EU bloc far right and neo fascist forces are on the rise. This is a direct result of the policies promoted by the EU which have lead to poverty, unemployment and declining living standards for working people. The failure of the left across Europe to lay the blame squarely at the door of Brussels has allowed this development. The Communists call on all socialists, trade unionists and democrats to join the struggle to break the EU bosses club.
In Britain this means campaigning to respect the referendum result and win a Workers’ Brexit. A complete break with the EU on the terms most favourable to working people. We must also demand a People’s Boycott of the coming European Elections. This cynical attempt to keep Britain involved in the institutions of the EU is the groundwork of a sinister plot to subvert democracy and the vote.
The total collapse of UKIP was one of the major successes of the Brexit vote. However, subverting Brexit will allow the far right to return in force.
Even more pressingly, human civilisation today faces an existential crisis.
Capitalism has proven itself unable and unwilling to halt, let alone reverse, the destruction of the environment and the planet’s ability to sustain human life. In the coming years an irrevocable climate catastrophe will be set in motion. By contrast, Communists and the socialist countries, including Cuba, China and Vietnam, have provided radical policies and practice which can save the planet. Increasingly the choice for humanity is no longer socialism or barbarism, but socialism or extinction.
Today’s struggle is waged in difficult circumstances, against tall odds, with limited time to save humanity. But the youth of Britain and the youth of the world will not shrink from this struggle. The youth have always exemplified the best of humanity’s optimism and self-sacrifice.
Socialism is not simply desirable, or an improvement on capitalism, it is essential for the future of our generation and humanity. It’s time is now.
Today, May Day, the world shakes with the power of working people everywhere, their untapped potential. We stand on the shoulders of giants.
To the youth of Britain we say –
Join the struggle for peace and socialism in our lifetime!
The youth are the future! The only future there can be is socialism!
Lenin! Party! YCL!
Young Communist League
1 May 2018