This is a thread for anons involved in ML orgs (whether it be CPUSA, PSL, FRSO, PCUSA, APL, NABPP, or any other org under the sun) to confront the pressing issue of the Revcoms and their meteoric rise in prominence.
First, I'm going to state the obvious: RevCom US is little more than a cult built around Avakian that is so far removed from international Marxist-Leninism that even its former MLM sister parties have denounced it. Furthermore, I don't want this thread to be seen as any sort of justification for the Revcoms, as I believe them to be too innately corrupt and cultish to be saved once Avakian kicks the bucket. However, with that said, there's a burning question we in other orgs need to ask ourselves: why are they doing so much better than us? Every weekend seems to be giving them larger and larger crowds, more and more publicity, and even further
public recognition as THE communist party. It's gotten to the point where crackpot theorists like Alex Jones genuinely fear them overthrowing the government, as well as interviews (ie exposure) by people like Tucker Carlson. They're occupying city streets across the country, overwhelming campuses, and are getting a lot of media buzz. Clearly, as deluded as they may be as theoreticians, they are most certainly excelling at organizing, judging by the sheer momentum of their org. As much as I hate to say it, unless we start learning from Revcom organizing and start reinvigorating our respective orgs, we risk letting the Revcoms take up the position of the paramount ML org in the US, something which I think we'd all like to avoid. Here are some successful components of the Revcoms which I think we could learn to implement:
1. A strong social media presence. Unfortunately, our orgs lack a very strong social media presence, with most accounts staying dormant for up to weeks on end. Meanwhile, the Revcoms see an absolute storm of social media posts and content. For example, while the PSL Instagram last uploaded a week ago, the RevCom Instagram regularly uploads upwards of five posts a day, always concerning upcoming events or news events. As far as I know, despite the CPUSA having by far the most legitimacy (for now), they don't even have an Instagram account. I'm not saying that we need to solely focus on social media, but we should have regularly posting, consistently-engaging platforms to expand the party. We can't hope that your average zoomer is going to randomly stumble upon People's World or Fight Back!, there needs to be some much broader outreach on platforms that they already use. It doesn't even require much, just get one of the org's younger members to set up a social media page and just post regularly on issues that matter. If we don't, we risk losing the internet to Avakian.
2. We need to focus more on current, important issues rather than keep descending into sectarian nonsense. It's hard to remember when we spend so much time in leftist circles, but here's the truth: practically nobody gives a shit about "theoretical purity" or which party backed who almost a century ago. They care about real answers to the issues they're facing, like dealing with Trump or opposing ICE. Avakian has tapped into this, and has taken advantage of this vacuum. He's sparked multiple single-issue campaigns, such as Refuse Fascism, to infiltrate broader social movements and give his party sway over the broader concerned populace. So far, this has worked marvelously well, with the Revcoms leading some surprisingly massive protests against Trump and police brutality these last four years, and certainly pulling more protesters than, say, the CPUSA has pulled in a couple decades. I'm not saying that theory and guiding principles aren't important, they most certainly are, but you aren't going to win over any non-Marxists by just talking about how great your theory is. If we want to start putting a mass movement together, we need to start putting the sectarian slapfights and Marx bookclubs aside and instead propose fighting real, current struggles.
3. We need some real, inspiring leadership. I'm going to ask all of you something, and while I'm sure some of you will know, I bet most of you won't: who's currently the chairman of the CPUSA? How about the FRSO? Maybe you can name the head of the APL . . . I thought not. You see, communist parties excel when they have solid, charismatic leaders, people who can inspire workers and have name recognition. People like Browder, Foster, Hall, Cannon, Marcy, Davis, and plenty of others had strong leadership that lead to people rallying behind them, and in many cases founded their own "isms". What have we had since? Bachtell, Webb, and a few other leaders who can't even get their own Wikipedia pages? Meanwhile, you have Bob Avakian, a man who, despite all his general awfulness, you most certainly have heard of before. You hear Revcoms, you think Avakian and "Avakianism". He gives speeches, he writes short blurbs to be posted on social media, he plasters his quotes on everything, he speaks to large crowds. Clearly, this has created a strong bond between him and his party, and has given them a firm sense of direction without getting bogged down in infighting. Now, I'm well aware that the Revcoms take this WAY too far, to the point where they can't stop jamming Avakian's name into everything and they basically have a cult of personality. This is going to be a massive problem once he croaks, and I wouldn't be surprised if the whole party falls apart once he does. However, there still must be some middle ground between having a cult of personality and having your leaders be literally-whos within their own parties. Personally, I think that La Riva and Rashid have found this balance, and I advise other parties to follow suit.
4. We need to take to the streets. We can't just keep holing away in dusty bookclubs and farmer's-market booths, we needs to show the discontented masses that we are a revolutionary party dedicated to obliterating the miserable status quo. Again, the Revcoms have excelled at this, and you can easily find on YouTube the sheer scope of the protests they've organized, alongside their punchy slogans and publicity-drawing stunts. Meanwhile, you'll be lucky to see any other org get a few people together to hand out flyers, and even that is worryingly rare. If we want to win over the masses, we need to show that we are willing to join them in the streets and fight for their issues.
These are the points I've identified so far, and I encourage other org members / potential org members to chime in about what we can do to fix this mess. Because unless we do something soon, there is a VERY good chance that the Revcoms will eclipse the CPUSA as the "legitimate party", and I wouldn't be surprised if they've already reached higher membership at this point. And if the Revcoms do become the main org of the American left, then we will be letting an insane cult organize the masses instead of a genuine, stable vanguard. Just imagine how porky would love it, if the workers had Bob fucking Avakian as their leader. Needless to say, it would be catastrophic for American socialism. This can only be averted by a concerted modernization effort by our respective orgs, to reach out to the people and build a genuine connection. If we don't, we'll be surrendering the vision of Marx and Lenin to the coked-up ramblings of a media-savvy hippie. I, for one, won't let that happen.
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