Resolution of the MLPB Central Committee «On Party Ethics»

Taking into account:

That the Bolshevik Party is an alliance of comrades whose views by definition coincide. We are fighting in difficult conditions of increasing reaction and militarism, and this struggle requires unity and cohesion. Most of our actions are determined by the Party’s Charter, and our views and objectives are determined by the Program.

That the most active and politically passionate people join the party. This often makes our discussions heated and even rude. And where there is rudeness, cracks of splits are outlined.

That in the conditions of struggle, splits must be prevented, which means it is necessary to avoid rudeness in party relations and be based on internal party ethics.

The MLPB Central Committee insists on observing the following rules:

1) A party member cannot be called an opportunist, revisionist, Trotskyist until such a decision is made about him by the committee he is a member of and expels him from the party. In other cases, we can only talk about alleged errors, these errors can be pointed out in a calm evidentiary tone, without using the above labels.

2) Disputes that have arisen in local committees or in the highest bodies of the party must be resolved within the framework of these committees and collegiums and cannot be submitted for public discussion, both within the party and outside it, except in cases when the committee itself decides to call an outside body, conference or congress to resolve the issue.

3) The chats of the committees, commissions and supreme bodies of the party are a working tool, so no one can leave them «in frustration of feelings», and no one can remove participants except those excluded from the party or removed from the governing bodies.

4) The conversation between the comrades should be smooth and reasoned. Rudeness, swearing, humiliation should be excluded from conversations. We demand to learn to be a communist-Bolshevik under any circumstances, to be able to calmly defend their position in front of their comrades.

5) An attempt to win over some comrades against other comrades creates an unhealthy atmosphere in party life, leads to groupism and the emergence of factions. It is necessary to avoid singling out some party members at the expense of others in activities. (This does not prohibit the usual private friendship between party members, if friendship does not lead to an attempt to make decisions at the expense of others).

6) It is necessary to avoid pressure by the authority of a member of the Central Committee, etc., as well as references to such authority. As comrades, we are all equal, we are all engaged in the struggle for the liberation of the working class.



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