I just showed up to the first canvassing (not organizing) session of my local "housing justice organization" since they quit holding them at the end of the moratorium. I expected a shift in strategy and a resurge in numbers, but instead there were only two other people and we just ended up passing out fliers on the governmental rent assistance program; in other words, doing the Democrats' job for them by implementing their own conservative bread-crumb legislation! One of these people is a local PSL member who says they "want to be like Lenin" and will quote shit from WITBD about "economism", and yet has no self awareness that what this organization is doing - random action with no intent to build power but instead to "help people" - is the modern equivalent, or even worse, than economism! They have never once talked about labor organizing to me, and when asked about tenant organizing has said, "We can't tell people what to do - we just have to wait until someone asks us to help them organize." Is this what the PSL calls political education?
The existing leftist orgs have more than one leftist (not communist, but I'm being generous) who has a head on their shoulders, but even they tend to cede to the idiots with influence. I never heard back from the IWW and gave up on trying to contact them. This is no Chicago, but it's definitely not rural - this problem is not rural but endemic to the American left. And yet a lot of us here are Americans. So what the fuck are we even doing?
I want to flip out at everyone in charge of these left "coalitions", but they'll see me as some kind of retard for being upset, because these people are not communists. Should you decide to sit through their bullshit meetups, gain their trust, and try to throw in suggestions edgewise, it will become obvious how useless this is given that they don't even agree that the objective is to get the workers involved or to build power of any sort. That is not communism. And given that the PSL members present have never shown any issue with this program or attempted to change it, that includes them as well.
I don't care about PSL's screeds on Venezuela if they won't fucking spend time organizing workers. I don't care about X vs Y party's fifty-year beef if they won't work together on basic issues. Communists and socialists working 100 years ago literally built a labor movement so strong it caused a profitability crisis; we might be smaller today, but how can such a smPost too long. Click here to view the full text.