Information Bulletin of the P.O.U.M.
(Workers Party of Marxist Unification)
EDITOR AND ADMINISTRATION
Plaza del Teatro, 2 - BARCELONA
22nd. September, 1936. No.4.
THE RESOLUTION OF THE P.O.U.M. CENTRAL COMMITTEE.
The necessity of bringing the war to an end by the total extermination of the fascists, and of guiding the economy of the country towards socialism (which is alone capable of rebuilding the economy destroyed by the civil war) and of radically changeing the political and social structure of the Republic: - all these measures require the formation of a workers' government. This government should immediately proceed to call a constituent Cortes, elected by committees of workers, peasants and combattents, which would establish the constitution of the new regime that has arisen out of the Revolution. Any attempt to limit the present magnificent revolution within the narrow bounds of the democratic republic must be pitilessly rejected as counter-revolutionary.
The Central Committee considers that the Largo Caballero government recently formed in Madrid, as much by its composition and program as by its systematic sabotage of Catalonia, acts as a break on the progressive developement of the revolution and therefore of the war against fascism.
Thanks to our party, which has always remained true to revolutionary marxist principles, and thanks to the C.N.T. and the F.A.I. which, inspite of their confused ideology and tactical errors, represent a powerful revolutionary impulse of the working masses, the policy of the Popular Front has not caused the same dammage in Catalonia as in the rest of Spain where the Socialist and Communist Parties have become apendages of the bourgeois republicans and endeavour to obstruct the advance of the proletarian revolution. In Catalonia, thanks to the circumstances mentioned above, even the petty bourgeoisie has been carried away by the tempestuous revolutionary current as far as taking up positions which are more advanced as regards the direction and objectives of the movement than those of the socialists and Stalinists.
From the very first, the revolution took on a proletarian character in Catalonia and the working classes made themselves absolute masters of the situation. The governmental bodies contiued and still continue their normal existence, but the appearance of other, parallel bodies, such as the Central Militia Committee and the Economic Council, turned them into a fictionary power. This state of affairs, understandable in the early days of the revolution, no longer corresponds to the situation. The constitution of a strong power is imperative, a power capable of creating a new revolutionary legality based on the expropriation of
1. The Resolution of the P.O.U.M. Central Committee.
2. The Death of Maurin.
3. A Revolutionary Class Struggle instead of the Popular Front.
4. The Defeat of the Parliament.
5. The Moscow Executions.
6. News and Notes.
The "Lenin" International Column at the front.