About Serve the People
Serve the People was founded in 1998 as a group of Marxist-Leninists expelled from the revisionist Workers’ Communist Party (AKP) and Red Youth. The struggle that led to the expulsion was over the guiding principles of communist work in the mass movement against racism and fascism. In 2008 the group transformed into a league to mark a great qualitatively leap in both the quantity and quality of our organization.
Since the beginning, our organization has been upholding Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao as the five great teachers of the proletariat. Since the beginning, we have been developing work methods for practical struggle in the concrete conditions of Norway. Since the beginning, Serve the People has been fighting revisionism – especially the reformist and Trotskyite deviations from scientific communism, but also the dogmato-revisionism of Hoxhaites and similar tendencies.
Serve the People has been prioritizing antiracist and antifascist work. We engage in mass work against all forms of racism, especially targeting the racist imperialist state and the fascist groups, working practically to strengthen unity and solidarity in the multi-national working people.
Serve the People struggle against the vicious imperialism of the Norwegian state and monopoly capital. The Norwegian bourgeoisie exploits the third world, in alliance and allegiance with US imperialism, and harvest enormous profits trough large monopolies like Telenor and Statoil. The Norwegian state has aggressively attacked – as part of NATO-terrorism – Jugoslavia in 1999, Afghanistan from 2001 and still today and Libya in 2011. Our main enemy stands in our own country – it is the Norwegian imperialist monopoly bourgeoisie and its state apparatus.
Serve the People upholds Marxism-Leninism-Maoism (MLM). It is the most advanced theory of revolution in the world of today. This scientific communism is the ideology of the proletariat. It is the concentration of the experiences of proletarian class struggle. It is impossible today to uphold revolutionary communism without upholding Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. All such attempts will fall into right or “left” opportunism.
To uphold, understand and use MLM is to learn from the great teachers of the proletariat – from Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao. It is to see that as all things, also the revolutionary communist science evolve trough leaps and stages. The world never stops developing and so also the theory of revolution must develop. MLM has developed trough three stages because of the concrete practical and theoretical development of the international communist movement and the international proletarian movement.
Marxism was developed first and foremost by Marx and Engels, discovering the laws of capitalist economy – like the law of surplus value –, discovering the principles of development both in nature and society – dialectical materialism and historical materialism – and developing socialism from utopian dreams and into the science of revolution – showing that the liberation of the working class must be the work of its own trough political revolution and establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat.
Leninism is Marxism in the era of imperialism, as Stalin concluded. Leninism was not only the application of Marxism on Russian conditions, but developing Marxism to a new and higher stage. On the basis of Marxism, Lenin and the Bolsheviks developed the understanding of the laws of capitalism, exposing the new stage of monopoly capitalism; imperialism. Lenin further more exposed the revisionism of the reformist social democratic parties and leaders and he developed scientific socialism on the question of the Party – concluding on the necessity of a vanguard Party, organized for illegality and revolution. Leninism was developed especially trough the victorious October revolution, trough the preparation for this revolution and the socialist transition of the Soviet Union guided especially by Stalin.
Maoism is the third and highest stage of scientific communism. Under the leadership of Chairman Mao Zedong, the Communist Party of China applied Marxism-Leninism on Chinese conditions and developed the principal military strategy of the proletariat – the theory of Protracted Peoples War. Maoism developed trough peoples war, led by the proletariat with the peasant class as main participant, it developed trough the establishment of New Democracy with the Peoples’ Republic of China, trough socialist transition of society and trough the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Maoism is not “Marxism-Leninism for China”, it is a significant all round development of Marxism-Leninism. Mao Zedong developed scientific communism in the realms of political economy, Marxist philosophy and socialism.
Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is no lifeless dogma or a collection of blue prints or mechanical phrases. Marxism-Leninism-Maoism has to be creatively applied to the concrete conditions. The concrete analysis of the concrete reality is the living soul of scientific communism. Serve the People uses MLM as guidance to develop our work and our line for revolution in Norway.
Our main task today is to gather forces for class struggle and revolution around the revolutionary communist core. We need to build red base areas wherever possible. To be revolutionary is to act revolutionary, and grasp for peoples’ power everywhere and all the time. To gather forces, to develop revolutionary communists, we need areas of society where communists can work and develop in direct contact with elements of the masses. We need space where social democrats and other representatives of the bourgeois class dictatorship do not dominate. This is the core of our strategy today, and a necessary step to be able to challenge capitalism.
Serve the People – Communist League of Norway