Communism's name

Kevin Cabral kcabral at
Mon Aug 12 10:04:05 MDT 1996

On Mon, 12 Aug 1996, Louis R Godena wrote:

> Hashing over the CPUSA and Clinton the past few days,  I was again led to
> wonder why Marxist parties in the English speaking countries lay in such a
> disreputable state?

> Surely part of the answer lies with the practice of relying too much on
> full-time party cadre for not only day to day operations,  but for much of
> the policy making, as well.     The full-timers are frequently people
> unleavend by outside day to day experience in the real world (many of them,
> in my experience,  have never held full-time jobs, have an unsatisfactory
> work history,  numerous inter-personal difficulties, etc.).     This

> Of course, this situation exists because of the stagnant isolation of the
> American left,  its failure to integrate itself into the running stream of
> American life.     The drafting of unsuitable or incompetent personalities
> to accomplish fundamental tasks because there is simply no one else is the
> bane of our existence.     This is one reason why I argue so passionately
> for a communist politics that is part and parcel of the mainstream of
> American political life.

	I am among those who completely agree with your stance towards electoral
politics, and have articulated these thoughts to co-workers and friends,
many of whom are very open to the ideas of socialism, for as long as I've
identified with communism. The question to be asked still remains how can
communists integrate themselves into the mainstream of American political
life while keeping their revolutionary commitment intact. At this point I
think it would be worth our time to consider the ways in which this can be
done by not only studying the example of the Russian Social Democratic
party of Lenin's time, but more specifically by looking at the tactics of
the Christian Coalition, the South African Communist Party, and the
Brazilian Worker's Party. The differences in the politics of the CC and
the PT Brasil may be striking, but both have managed to organize a
signifigant grassroots effort in their respective countries.

	The other issue that needs to be worked out in the near future
needs to be the question of organization. I myself have come to the
practical conclusion that "complete conformity of opinion can only exist in
a cemetary" but nonetheless do not feel that is a signifigant reason for
splitting our small forces tactically and financially. I would rather see
one quality national paper, sponsored by a great diversity of socialist
opinion, that can bring a rational communist view of the world than 50 more
"reconstitution" journals. The new affordability of computers, and
online communications can be a boon to a left that is lacking in this sort of
communication and financial resources. I only wish more established
parties with financial resources could take the initiative to start the
kind of projects, at local and national levels, that can help the left
grow. That includes speeches, campaigns, lectures, open community hall
discussion groups, and a full use of media resources.

A question for Louis G. that may be answered publically or privately, and
that may be educational for many: how many people are in your Rhode Island
and/or Massachussets chapter of the CPUSA, what is the mode average age, and
what diversity of opinion that exists within them. How many think along
your lines about independent communist action and its relation to
support for Democrats versus how many think along Tim Wheeler and Fred
Gaboury's line of support for Democrats? Finally, how many believe Gus
Hall's prediction that a socialist USA is right around the corner, and how
many question his sanity or authority?

Cols, Oh


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