chapter  2
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Immediate Tasks of the Communist Parties in Capitalist Countries

The present situation of the communist parties in capitalist lands is influenced by the fact that flow in the revolutionary tide has given place to an ebb, that the period of storm has been followed by a period of calm. The insistence that every communist shall belong to an appropriate trade union; the systematic propaganda among trade unionists in favour of forming a united front against capitalism. These activities will create the conditions which make it safe for the communist parties to rely upon the support of the trade unionists. The trade unions and the communist parties of the West are not what they are in Soviet Russia. The mutual relationships between the unions and the communist parties of the West are by no means as intimate as those existing between the unions and the Communist Party in own land. Russian trade unions were born later than the Party, and they grew up around the Party of the working class.