Information Bulletin of the P.O.U.M.
(Workers Party of Marxist Unification)
EDITOR AND ADMINISTRATION
Plaza del Teatro, 2 - BARCELONA
THE P.O.U.M. AND THE POPULAR FRONT.
FOR AN INDEPENDENT POLICY OF THE WORKING CLASS IN THE INTERESTS OF THE WORKING CLASS.
Scarcely two months ago our Party encountered great difficulties in holding a meeting in Valencia. Our political position as regards the Popular Front had put the republican parties against us, and with them the workers who belong to them. They showed us great hostility and worked to isolate us. Every circumstance offered scope for injuring and calumniating the P.O.U.M. and its militants. They did not allow us to use the public platforms. They attempted to surround our party with the same atmosphere as that which was formed round the Bolechevik party during the Russian revolution. Why did they combat us in this way? Why were we called provocateurs?
Because, in the face of the feeble manoeuvre of the official communists and the socialists and republicans we alone maintained our class morale, the revolutionary spirit of October. We kept on saying that the choice for Spain and for the world was not between bourgeois democracy and fascism, as the Communist International claimed in its opportunist degeneration, but between revolution and counter-revolution, socialism and fascism. We advocated an independent, revolutionary policy of the working class and its unity of action within the revolutionary Workers' Alliance, with the crushing of fascism and the triumph of the proletarian revolution as our goal.
We were not listened to, and a contrary policy was pursued. Instead of accelerating the experience of the bourgeois republicans, powerless to destroy the enenmy - fascist reaction - and incapable of carrying through the democratic revolution in Spain, both socialists and official communists sacrifice to the policy of the Popular Front the interests of the working class and its clear revolutionary action.
Their opportunist policy could have had tragic consequences for the working class.
1. The POUM and the Popular Front.
2. Meetings at Valencia and Castellon.
Julian Gorkin's Speech.
Andres Nin's Speech.
3. The POUM in defence of Leon Trotsky.
4. The question of a unified Command.
5. The "Lenin" International Column.
6. News from the Front.