Manifesto of Communist Party: Theoretical and practical value in today era
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Mr. Vo Van Thuong, Member of the Politburo, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of the Central Commission for Communication and Education and Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, Secretary of the Central Committee of Vietnamese Communist, Chairman of the Party Central Theoretical Council, President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics chaired the seminar. Mr. Phung Huu Phu, Vice chairman of the Party Central Theoretical Council co-chaired the seminar.

Mr. Vo Van Thuong- Member of the Politburo, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of the Central Commission for Communication and Education made the opening speech at the seminar

This seminar was held on the occasion of the 170th anniversary of “Manifesto of Communist Party”, which is an immortal theoretical work, a political pamphlet of the entire international communist and workers’ movement and has significant historical value in practice. This seminar was aimed to further clarify the core principles, viewpoints and to affirm the scientific, revolutionary value and the long-lasting vitality of the Manifesto of Communist Party in today’s renovation program; thereby, to promote the struggle, the criticism against wrong and hostile views; to protect and develop the ideas of the Manifesto in current context.

Speaking at the seminar, Mr. Vo Van Thuong, Member of the Politburo, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of the Central Commission for Communication and Education stated that the Manifesto of Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels was first published in England in January 1948. This manifesto had enormous theoretical and practical value for both international communist and workers’ movements in specific, and for the development of mankind in general. The birth of this manifesto was a crucial turning point for the development of international communist and workers’ movement, marking the formation of Marxist theory. It was the combination of scientific research and the summation of the practical work of the European workers’ revolutionary movement in mid-19th century of two great thinkers, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Although the society had changed a lot since the appearance of this manifesto, its scientific value and vitality as a political pamphlet for working class worldwide remains unchanged.

Mr. Vo Van Thuong also emphasized that the significant victories of the Vietnam’s revolution, especially the historic achievements of the comprehensive renovation over the past 30 years have affirmed the precise revolutionary path chosen by the Communist Party of Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese people.

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics made his welcome speech.

In his speech, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Party Central Theoretical Council, President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics affirmed that the Manifesto of Communist Party contained the fundamental values of philosophy, social science and political economy. Tested in reality of 170 years, the Manifesto is still one of the most important and influential political theories for communist party. The values and messages from the Manifesto continues to be the great goal for mankind today: To carry out the worldwide historic mission of the working class and the communist ideal: “the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all” and to make the nation-state independent, free, peaceful, prosperous and happy.

For the Vietnamese revolution, the Manifesto of Communist Party had a specially important role. President Ho Chi Minh acquired the spirit of the Manifesto by reading and learning the basic contents of Lenin’s first Draft Theses on National and Colonial Questions in 1920 in Paris (France). This is one of the works which vividly displayed the spirit of the Manifesto in the new history of the colonial and dependent liberation revolution. In such spirit, President Ho Chi Minh affirmed that "To save and liberate the nation, there is no other way than the proletarian revolution." Significant historic achievements in the innovation of Vietnam over the past 30 years were strong evidence of the proper use and development of the Manifesto of Communist Party in the current context.

However, in the reality of reform and innovation in socialist countries; the development of the international communist and workers’ movement, the relationship between socialism and capitalism; the relationship between the interests of the working class and the interests of the nation; the relationship between the prevalence and specificity of socialism and the path to socialism in each country and so on is posing more new questions for scientists, politicians and leaders. In that context, the study, evaluation and application of the Manifesto of Communist Party must be objective and comprehensive to understand the spiritual essence of each principle, each point, Prof. Nguyen Xuan Thang emphasized.

Overview of the Seminar

At the seminar, the discussion analyzed the background, the value and the vitality of the basic principles of the Manifesto of Communist Party; its inheritance, development and application in the reality of the international communist and workers’ movement. The participants continued to affirm and explain the contents of basic principles and ideas in the Manifesto and point out the issues, which need to be further researched to supplement and develop in the new historical circumstances. The discussion also analyzed and clarified the successes and lessons of the international communist and workers’ movement in the light of the Manifesto; clarified the application of the principles and ideas guided in the Manifesto of Communist Party for the innovation of the country and the issues raised in the current revolutionary cause in Vietnam. The participants also criticized false and hostile views, which denied the historical and practical value of the Manifesto of Communist Party in particular and Marxism, Leninism in general.

Mr. Thongsalith Mangnomek, President of Lao National Academy of Politics and Public Administration gave a presentation at the seminar

The participants unanimously agreed that the birth of this great work marked the foundation of the theoretical basis of Marxism with three components: philosophy, political economy and scientific socialism. The Manifesto of Communist Party is the first document of the international communist and workers’ movement, serving as the leading flag for the working class around the world to fight against the suppression and exploitation of capitalism and to move forwards to socialism and then communism.

170 years have passed and the ideas and scientific principles in the Manifesto of Communist Party have been tested in practical life to confirm its everlasting value. The work has profound scientific meaning and great human value for the radical liberation of human beings. It also sets strong practical direction, which encouraged communists and true scientists to continue researching, developing and applying the ideas of the Manifesto to today specific historical context, in order to bring the revolutionary cause of the working class to a complete victory.

Dr. Dmitry Georgievich Novikov, Congressman, First Vice Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Foreign Relations, Vice President of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation

Prof. Hansjorg- School of Economics - Law (Germany)- made his speech

On this occasion, Mr. Dmitry Georgievich Novikov, Vice President of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation presented the commemorative plaque for 100th anniversary of the October Revolution to Mr. Vo Van Thuong and Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang.

News, photo: Bui Thanh, Viet Thang

Translator: Nguyen Thuy Ngan/ Proofreader: Vu Thanh Van