Kuroda Kan'ichi
What is Revolutionary Marxism?
On the Principle Problem of Organizing Tactics for Revolutionary Communists in Japan

Translator: the Study group for Anti-Stalinism led by Donald L. Philippi (1930-93)
Specialist in Japanese classical literature:
Kojiki, Nihon-shoki, Norito, etc.; Kojiki, University of Tokyo Press, 1968 (1995).

Published by Kaihoh-sha, 1991, 3000 yen, ISBN4-89989-053-2


Translator' Introduction

This is Revolutionary Marxism

The 1960 Struggle against the Security Treaty and Our Struggle
(Preface to the Second Edition)

What is Revolutionary Marxism?

T. Decline of Japanese Stalinism and the Fourth International

U. A Criticism of Japanese Trotskyism
A. General Outline of the Movement
B. Problem concerning Organizing Tactics
Why Must a United Front Be formed?
Destroy Dogmatism and Sectarianism!
Combine Entrism with the United Front Tactics!
C. Theoretical Defects
(1) The question of the evaluation of the Leninfs and Trotsky's theories of dictatorship
(2) The question of Trotsky's theory of the Soviet Union
V. This is the Unfolding of Marxism
A. Marxism's Nature as Essence-Theory
B. The Logic of Revisionism
C. The Logic of Application of Marxism
W. The Japanese Revolution and Our Tasks

Distinctive Features of Our Revolutionary Communist Movement

I. The Superiority of Backward Countries in the Revolutionary Movement
1. Collapse of the Official Left-Wing Front
2. Creation of the Trotskyist Movement in Japan
3. The Uniqueness of Our Anti-Stalinist Movement
4. Philosophical Basis of Revolutionary Marxism
-In Connection with Today's Degeneration of Philosophers
of the Subjectivity Theory in Postwar Japan
5. Defection from the Japanese Communist Party
-The Case of the Japanese Togliattists
6. 'Stalin Criticisms' by Non-Marxists
7. Our Movement and the De-Stalinization Movement of Western Europe

II. Away from Criticism of the Peace Movement, towards
Advancement of Revolutionary Anti-War Struggles
1. Fundamental Viewpoint in Criticism
2. The Polemic on Strategy Arising from Discussion of the
Question of Soviet Nuclear Testing
3. The Struggle to Move Leftwards the JCP-Affiliated Zengakuren
4. Factional Struggles during the Struggle against the Security Treaty
5. Lessons of the Struggles against US and USSR Nuclear Testing

III. Split and Advances in the Line of Organization Building
1. Formation and Decline of the Fourth International
2. The Miserable End of Our Self-Styled Trotskyists
3. The Debate about "Entrism" and the Formulation of the
Theory of Organizing Tactics
4. A Crisis of Our Leadership
5. The Struggle to Disband the Ampo Bund
6. Our Struggle against Mass-movement-ism
7. Deepening Corruption in Our JRCL

IV. Revolutionary Meaning of the Third Split of the JRCL
1. The Break with Mass-movement-ism
2. Crushing the Bukuro-type Two-Staged Tactics
3. Overcoming the Unprincipled, Adulation-ist Line of United Actions
4. The Break with Bukuro-type 'Local Party' Building
5. The Struggle against Bureaucratism

V. Conclusion


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