International Communism and World Revolution: History & Methods

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Appendix I
RULES AND CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMUNIST LEAGUE Proletarians of all lands, unite!

PART I. THE LEAGUE
ARTICLE 1. The aim of the League is the overthrow of the bourgeoisie, the establishment of the rule of the proletariat, the abolition of the bourgeois social order founded upon class antagonisms, and the inauguration of a new social order wherein there shall be neither classes nor private property.Article 2. Conditions for membership are:
A. (a) the way of living and the activities of the members shall be consonant with these aims;
B. (b) the members shall be filled with revolutionary energy and with zeal for the propagation of these ideas;
C. (c) they shall make Communism their creed;
D. (d) they must abstain from participation in any other Communist, political, or nationalist society, and must inform the competent authorities of the League as to whether they are members of any other body;
E. (e) they shall obey the decisions of the League;
F. (f) they shall not disclose any matters concerning the internal life of the League;
G. (g) the communes shall have to be unanimous in acceptance of new members.

Those who do not observe these conditions shall be expelled. (See below, Part VIII.)

Article 3. All members are equal, are brothers, and as such they owe one another helpful service in every emergency.

Article 4. All who enter the League shall assume special membership names.

Article 5. The League is organized into communes, circles, leading circles, central committee, and Congress.


PART II. THE COMMUNE

Article 6. The commune shall consist of not less than three and not more than twenty members.

Article 7. Each commune shall elect a chairman and an assistant. The chairman shall preside over the meetings, the assistant shall take charge of the finances and shall replace the chairman should the latter fail to appear.

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