Thanks for these tips! I’m working with my party to build a branch in my area because there isn’t one here already. But it’s going at a snail’s pace for a number of logistical reasons. Any advice on building and maintaining popular interest for a party without yet having a branch that people can engage with? What are the best ways to keep applicants from backing out due to disinterest when we don’t actually have a branch to put them in yet?
I love your comment. I have learned myself that we can’t just lecture our worldview at others to convince them, we must gradually guide them in the right direction.
I like to politely ask questions that I already know the answer to, but the answers to them should hopefully help open the mind of the listener. Like, “what might have been the outcome of the russian civil war if lenin HAD immediately dropped all ‘authoritarian’ tactics immediately after the revolution? Same question for WW2 and the nazi invasion of the USSR? Or how might the Paris commune have turned out differently if they HADN’T immediately dropped their ‘authoritarian’ strategies?”
Some of the other claims they made are just simply verifiable claims which you can press for futher evidence or details. “Specifically who were the political opponents that Lenin killed and why did he do that?” “What particular right-wing goals do you think I have? What exactly have I said that is ‘just like Nazis’?”
Ask questions like an English test asks questions about a book you’ve just read. Questions that make the answerer think more deeply. Then if/when they cite false information from western liberal propaganda, be prepared to politely correct them with verifiable evidence and even have some further questions like “well if X was the case, then wouldn’t Y and Z follow? Why do you think these things don’t add up?”
Yeah I liked this video a lot too. My only real criticism was using the sort of negative connotation of the term “state capitalism” and implying that Xi’s claims of having socialism with Chinese characteristics are dubious. But those are relatively small critiques in light of the fact that the video has an overall very positive message about China and dispels a lot of harmful myths about them, while reminding viewers that the US is clearly the real problem
If you wanna get more materialist, the “both sides” concept as most people know it is flawed from the beginning. A communist could choose to see two sides like proletariat and bourgeoisie (which itself is true in a way, but still oversimplified) or like the thesis and antithesis of any given contradiction. But that’s not what most people mean. The common left versus right paradigm is just idealist bunk and ignores a vast amount of intricate contradictions, chiefly class struggle. You were correct to choose Marxism instead.
I mean, I’m never a fan of hyper-individualism and obviously this lifestyle is not attainable to most people, so it’s pretty elitist to act like anyone could do this. But that being said, you seem like you are accusing him of something without directly saying it, thereby reliving yourself of the burden of evidence for a specific claim and making the implied claim pretty much unfalsifiable. I don’t know anything about this dude, so you tell me: specifically how do you figure he affords this lifestyle? What exact connections am I missing?
I am regrettably not extremely educated on the details of this myself, but since no one else has commented yet, I will link you to the articles I have seen on the issue from trustworthy sources. Apologies if you’ve already seen any of this already, but this is the best answer I have on this subject for now
Yes PSL is based. Like every single org in existence ever, they have had problems. But these are extremely few and far between, and the good work they do for the communities where they have branches is really great. Several prominent members also do a lot of great journalism and education like Brian Becker, Eugene Puryear, Derek Ford, Walter Smolarek, etc.
I’m a millennial, and it appears based on the comments that I have something most Gen Z folks do not: alcoholism. Being that alcoholism is a self diagnosed and self treated disease, I have not found strict abstinence to be the best solution for me, I am in the process of weaning myself off gradually. But I’m very glad to see that the next generation of communists has not succumbed to blindly drinking as your only source of fun like the corporations would have you do. Casual drinking once in awhile is almost always harmless, but don’t let any substance become your whole personality.