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Author: Daniel Gaido

approach communism through their own experience. The initiative in developing the united-front tactic was not taken by the Russian Communist Party but by the German Communist Party at the behest of Paul Levi. In this paper we analyse the events leading to the development of the united-front policy by the

In: Historical Materialism
Author: Daniel Gaido

The united-front tactic found its first formulation at the initiative of the Stuttgart metalworkers in December 1920, and became the official policy of the KPD with the publication of the ‘Open Letter’ of the Zentrale of the United Communist Party of Germany, drafted by Paul Levi, on 8

In: Historical Materialism
Author: Paul Levi

This is a translation and critical edition of two documents on the Kapp Putsch and the origins of the united-front policy in the German Communist Party (kpd). The documents were written by the kpd leader Paul Levi and their titles and dates are, respectively: ‘Letter to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Germany’ (16 March ) and ‘Open Letter of the Zentrale of the United Communist Party of Germany’ (8 January 1921). They are a documentary appendix to our essay ‘Paul Levi and the Origins of the United-Front Policy in the Communist International’, published in this issue of Historical Materialism.

In: Historical Materialism
Editor: John Riddell

reckon with two tendencies that limit us in carrying out the united-front tactic in Germany. These tendencies do not take the form, as in Italy and France, of open currents that have developed their viewpoint into a theory and are in principle opposed to the united-front tactic. With us, as I said

In: Toward the United Front
Editor: John Riddell

united-front question, Clause 9 of the Statutes,4 the crisis of the French Party, and the conduct of the Executive Committee. Comrade Duret said yesterday that, as soon as there was talk in France of the united-front tactic, what can be called generalised indignation broke out among all French workers

In: Toward the United Front
Editor: John Riddell

workers’ movement. If what I have told you regarding the policies of the Second and Two-and-a-Half Internationals is correct, if they are in fact preparing a systematic split of the trade unions and the working class, our united-front tactic follows necessarily. It follows that, for this and many

In: Toward the United Front
Author: Holger Weiss

latter meeting also put an end to the United Front-tactic. The bourgeoisie had launched an offensive against the working class, the ecci declared, and branded social democratic politicians and trade union leaders as lackeys of the bourgeoisie and betrayers of the working class at the most critical

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In: A Global Radical Waterfront
Editor: John Riddell

class. I will not present you with extensive tables – that can be done in a pamphlet. I will rather focus on the country that is particularly important for us for the question of the united front: France. The comrades in France were the most emphatic opponents of the united-front tactic. That has

In: Toward the United Front
Editor: John Riddell

provides an instructive example. We in Austria have implemented the united front under particularly difficult conditions. And I believe that the Austrian experience has shown that the united-front tactic can be applied successfully even where a small party confronts a much stronger party. And that is

In: Toward the United Front
Editor: John Riddell

, openly reform- ist programme. 12 November–6 February 1922 – Washing- ton conference on Far Eastern issues and naval disarmament; Soviet Rus- sia excluded. 6 December – British and Irish authori- ties sign treaty providing for estab- lishment of Irish Free State. 18 December – ECCI adopts united-front

In: Toward the United Front