The Three Worlds Theory — An Opportunist Version of the Class Struggle of the Proletariat — João Amazonas




The Three Worlds Theory — An Opportunist Version of the Class Struggle of the Proletariat is a collection of three articles by João Amazonas, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Brazil, written in early 1978 in opposition to that highly dangerous theory which was propagated by some forces in the world. This three worlds theory was spreading the disinformation that the world was separated into three, and that the “third world” with all its reactionary lackey leaders, the “second world” and the least dangerous of the two “first world” superpowers (the disseminators of this theory claimed that was U.S. imperialism), needed to unite against the most dangerous superpower (at that time, it was claimed to be Soviet social-imperialism).

Using Marxist-Leninist rigour, João Amazonas subjects the three worlds theory to scrutiny by asserting that the proletarian class struggle reveals that the world is not divided into three, but into two — socialist and capitalist, proletarian and bourgeois. At that time, the claim that the workers of the “third world,” “second world” and half of the “first world” should give up their separate aims and collaborate with the bourgeois state in the vein and imperialist hope of smashing one of the two superpowers was a means of depriving the Marxist-Leninist parties of an aim and lining them up behind the Second Internationalist dictate of “defence of the fatherland.” Since that period, great changes have taken place in the world. Today, reaffirming the fact that the world is split into two outlooks — proletarian and bourgeois — is highly important to face up to reactionary theories of postmodernism and settler-colonialism, which, similarly, aim to make the oppressed masses, and the youth in particular, fight each other, remain with their own separate “interests” and relinquish proletarian internationalism.