A response to some loser who says we don’t need parties anymore, arguing that such arguments are only being raised now because a party is needed more than ever and the calls for them are perhaps gaining steam
^link up here
There is one proposal in apparently some IWW internal discussion suggesting that maybe the IWW should not attempt to represent members (by forming locals etc.) but should instead just create a network of labor militants.
That would make them a lot more like platformists/leninists. Interesting.
(1) Stay true to your principles and learn how to communicate better
(2) Throw your principles out the window, conform to the mainstream’s prejudices
Good signs from North Star — an article that’s not just activist, but also SHORT AND SWEET!
I really have no clear interpretation of what’s going on in Syria, nor do I feel I need to pretend to understand events I cannot possibly know about as a guy in the eastern US who only hears extremely biased, partisan interpretations of events from far away, in order to be an effective radical or whatever
but this guy knows how it’s done
worth a read. i may be somewhat more optimistic about just launching a party via a unity conference. but the obstacles are real, it’s true. it’s almost like we need an organization solely dedicated to unifying the other organizations, whether formally or through increasing joint events (besides doing typical socialist movement/education stuff). i think that’s the group i want to build.
I think the key to being a long-term radical and not losing your mind is eliminating the gap between theory and emotion. Hearing and judging a new idea, re-examining an old one, or pondering something yourself is often a sensory experience, felt in your gut — it “resonates” with you or not. Listen to your subconscious, it knows the truth (and it is merciless to dogma). Your mind’s job is only to articulate what’s stirring down below.
If you’re not careful this can spell instant demoralization, but that probably means your political strategy sucks or you mistakenly believe that your country’s population is less radical than it really is. You should always be following your nose, trying to figure out a method for getting from where we are to where we need to be.
When I was a new radical, political theory was vital and a direct expression of my dissatisfaction with my life of continually exchanging one taskmaster for another, from parents to school to work to cops to whatever.
Once during a lunch break I was reading Capital by Marx, a section about how employers attempt to minimize the break-time in the workday to maximize work-time. While reading it, the top manager came in and cut the lunch break short. That’s theory addressing life.