World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 19 Mar, 2021 05:30 am

The Philippines: Political descendants of Popoy Lagman recycle Stalinist lies

The Philippines: Political descendants of Popoy Lagman recycle Stalinist lies
The CPP and all of its offshoots, including every organization based on the heritage of Popoy Lagman, are Stalinist to their core.

At every significant political juncture, it has misled and betrayed the working class, subordinating its struggles to the interests of the party’s capitalist allies in the name of “national democracy.In each instance they prevented the emergence of an independent movement of the working class behind the banner of socialism and tied mass unrest to the interests of a section of the ruling elite.A number of organizations broke away from the party over the course of this history and presented themselves to the working class as revolutionary alternatives to the CPP.They insisted to the working class, as it entered into open political struggle, that capitalism could not yet be overthrown and the working class could not take power.

Lagman’s proclamations about the independence of the working class, and his statements of hostility to capitalism, served only to disguise the class collaborationism of his politics.In every revolutionary situation the function of a party holding to the two-stage conception is to restrain the working class and to assist the capitalist class, its bourgeois allies in particular, in retaining its hold on power.

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