The Professional Protester #2, Socialists in Name Only

#2

Organizing the working class is the heart of socialism. Period and end of discussion.

Recently I got into an extensive debate with former and current members of Party of Socialism and Liberation about the place a labor strategy has in socialist organization.

It cannot be denied that labor solidarity is the heart and center of socialism!

Therefore I maintain that any socialist organization or party must maintain a comprehensive labor strategy, of which I do not see from the PSL nor any other socialist organization besides the DSA.

Copping to my bias here, I am a co-chair of a DSA chapter and a 2 time convention delegate. It was at convention where DSA constructed it's labor strategy, which I do believe is quite comprehensive, it combines both a plan to organize unorganized work places and encourages a "rank and file" strategy to get members in positions of union staff and leadership. This is honestly a gross oversimplification because there is much more to the strategy than just that.

So I ask the question, if your organization does not have a comprehensive labor strategy, what exactly makes it socialist?

So many organizations I feel are socialist in name only, especially ones without a comprehensive labor solidarity strategy. Is not the point of socialism to organize the working class to seize class power? How else is that do be done without strategy? Socialism goes beyond understanding Marx or intellectualizing your platform.

This is not a sectarian rant against PSL by the way. I think the PSL does good work when it comes to street protests and political education of it's members. However any organization without a labor strategy is doomed. Strategy is the key to war, and as I have said a million times, we are engaged in class war.

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