The Communist Party of Bolivia

The Communist Party of Bolivia was founded by Raul Ruiz Gonzalez and other Revolutionary Left Party members in 1950. This part remained small in numbers, and their first national party congress was held in 1959. The PCB soon entered the labour movement and was happy to be included in the Central Obrera Boliviana’s leadership, as well as the FSTMB during the 60’s. Even with all this attention, the PCB remained a minority in most unions. The PCB’s already weak structure was damaged further in 1964 when Ruiz Gonzalez broke away from the party to form the Communist Party of Bolivia (Marxist-Leninist). At this time, the original group’s membership was estimated to be more or less 6500.
In ’66 Che Guevara, the Cuban based revolutionary, had planned to wage a guerilla war against Rene Barrientos, the dictator ruling Bolivia with an iron fist.

While the PCB at first pledged to support him in this endeavor, suspicions grew around Guevara when he arrived. Not wanting to associate themselves with untrustworthy causes, the party did not participate in Guevara’s campaign against Barrientos. Guevara went on alone instead to form a separate organization, the National Liberation Army. When democracy was finally restored to Bolivia in the 1980’s, the PCB carried on, and remained a minor party. It lost its recognition as an official political party in 2003.

For those of you who have a slim grasp of politics, I will go on to outline what communism is, and a little about the concept ad where it began. Basically, Communism is the notion that we should exist in a class free-there would be no upper or lower classes, no difference between a dish washer and an industrial engineer- society, with all distribution of wealth and goods being equal. This ideology made a large mark on the history of the 20th century in the form of the rivalry between the socialist world (countries lead by Communist parties) and the western world (countries lead by Liberal Democratic Governments) which culminated in a cold war between the Eastern Bloc and the Free World.
Marxists (those who follow the thoughts of Karl Marx) believe that communism is a stage in the historical development of society that will inevitably come about as the people work together to produce an abundance of material wealth.

This abundance allows for distribution based on need. Socialism and communism are often confused in conversation, but Marxists believe that socialism is merely a transitional stage along the road to communism. Leninists (who follow the beliefs of Vladimir Lenin) revised this theory by proposing that a vanguard (military) party lead the proletarian (lowest wealth class) revolution and hold political power after the revolution in the name of the people, and until the establishment of the socialist regime. There are also a number of online gambling sites that are not to keen on communist principles. Certain communist sects (council communists, libertarian communists and anarcho-communists) are against the idea of military power at the time of switching from capitalism to socialism, and favour the idea of full communism being set in place right away. Luckily for all involved, the Bolivian Communist Party was not about to ban gambling, leaving its members free to collect online casino bonus codes and win a little money for everyone involved by playing Blackjack, Poker, Roulette or Craps.

There are many theories formed by all the different sects on how current capitalist institutions would be replaced: institutions such as food distribution, education and healthcare. Some capitalists have a solid idea of what they would do; how they would set up administrative bodies to deal with these functions…bearing in mind that these administrative bodies would be worker owned and entirely decentralized. Other communists have no set plan, but believe that they will simply have to trust in the people to distribute as is in the masses’ best interests; that there will be no need for state based control or intervention.

There you have the bare bones of the concept of communism and the areas within it. Further detailed information is easily obtainable via the internet.