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Submitted by AWL on Mon, 12/09/2016 - 02:20

In reply to by Cautiously Pes…

This is an interesting comment. I would also want my "fantasy communist organisation" to "reflect the class", in terms of gender, race, sexuality, disability, and employment status, as much as possible.

But in a period in which communist organisations are not mass parties (or whatever anarchist word you prefer if you don't like the word "party") but, essentially, what we've termed "fighting propaganda groups", our primary concern is not actually to "reflect the class" but to organise a minority of workers (necessarily, in this period, a tiny, tiny minority), not on the basis of where they work or how much industrial leverage they have, but on the basis of whether they adhere to revolutionary-socialist ideas and commit to fighting for those ideas in the wider labour movement and working class. This is essentially what anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist groups are doing too, no matter how much SolFed likes to pretend it's sort of also a union (sorry comrade).

The ultimate question for us (working-class revolutionaries) isn't just about how workers can organise at work and gain more industrial power, but about how to develop a mass revolutionary consciousness within the working class. In fact, communist organisations will probably always be in some sense "minority" organisations, even in a much higher pitch of struggle. I definitely agree that no one organisation, either party or union, will ever "be able to represent the class as a whole", and that even in a revolutionary upheaval there'd be a diversity of different groups and parties competing for ideological hegemony but working together on fundamental areas of agreement. The idea of the revolutionary party as a singular monolith leading the working class in a commandist fashion belongs to Stalinism.

Anyway... we're venturing off into quite different territory here.

I have actually finished a reply to your blog article, which I've uploaded here. It touches briefly on some of the issues in your latest comment. It's rather longer than I was planning on making it, so good luck wading through it. I've obviously linked to your blog, but if you'd prefer I am happy to also reproduce your article in full here on our site.

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DR

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