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The Revolutionary Internationalist Movement [RIM]

Documents, Statements, Publications and Commentaries


      We are posting here a collection of materials by and about the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement [RIM], including their official documents, statements by the Committee of RIM [CoRIM], and issues and articles from their unofficial magazine A World to Win.

      After some tentative earlier steps, the participants at the Second International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations officially formed the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement in March 1984, as an international association of Maoist revolutionary parties. Over the years some new member parties joined and some older ones departed. Due to growing internal problems and differences RIM ceased functioning around 2007, though there was apparently never any public announcement that the organization was disbanding. The history of RIM has not been adequately summed up in documents which we have yet seen. (We hope that those with substantial knowledge of RIM and its history will prepare such summations and make them available here.) But RIM did play an important, if limited, role for a time. Some of the political disputes that occurred within RIM are also quite instructive.

      There were two preliminary issues of A World to Win, on May Day 1981 and in May 1982. The first issue of the regular series of AWTW during the RIM period was #1 in 1985. The final issue of AWTW was number 32 in 2006. An AWTW web site formerly existed at: http://www.aworldtowin.org/index.htm But all the articles and issues of AWTW posted there have been copied over to this website, and we have scanned and added the missing issues and are now adding the few missing articles from the issues which were once posted on their website.

      Apparently the last remaining public expression of the legacy or inspiration of RIM and AWTW is the “A World to Win News Service”. It once had a web site containing older news articles at http://www.aworldtowin.org/wordpress/, but this site was not updated after January 2011, and now no longer exists. However, a periodic email packet of news stories is still sent out by the News Service, which can be signed up for at: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/AWorldToWinNewsService/

      Starting around 2012 there have been efforts by some parties and organizations around the world, to try to resurrect or re-establish RIM, or else some new international Maoist organization. (Whether conditions are yet ripe for this is one of the matters under debate.) Some of these efforts involve small parties or groups which have been promoting the idea of the universality of people’s war (i.e., the notion that people’s war is the appropriate revolutionary strategy everywhere, even in highly urbanized, advanced capitalist countries). This includes those groups centered around the Maoist Road magazine. Other parties and organizations would also like to see RIM re-established, but recognize the serious difficulties in doing so at present. (Including the short-term collapse of the revolutions in Peru and Nepal, and the degenerated lines of the parties which had been leading those revolutions, and also the bizarre political lines and behavior of some other RIM parties, such as the RCP,USA.) We have a special section at the end of this file where we will post some of the documents related to these proposals and attempts to re-establish RIM or a successor organization.

      If you know of additional statements or documents which should be posted here, or have any comments or suggestions, please contact us at: freespeech@bannedthought.net



Official RIM Documents


Statements by the Committee of RIM [CoRIM]


Disputes and Debates within RIM


Criticisms and Summations Of, and Commentary About, RIM and CoRIM


A World to Win  [Unofficial magazine associated with RIM]

      Some of the highlights of each issue are also listed. All the issues of AWTW are now posted here, but some of the issues which were once posted on the old AWTW site (which no longer exists) were missing a few articles. So we are still in the process of scanning and posting them. All the issues are now complete except for:
  • Issue   #5 (1986): 5 missing articles.
  • Issue #17 (1992): 1 missing article.
  • Issue #18 (1992): 2 missing articles.

Attempts to Resurrect or Re-establish RIM





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