I didn't report the post, nor did I ask it to be banned, however I want to talk about bad faith.
Contrary to what some people might think, given how often I post here or make this thread, this isn't /cpusa/ general, this is Lefty Org General. This is for no one particular party, but leftist organizations in general. I'd rather have someone join the PSL or FRSO than to be independent of any organization, because the individual is politically useless.
The person in question who was banned had every opportunity to say "Instead of joining CPUSA, you should join X, Y, or Z" He didn't. And I called him a fed (or a useful idiot for them) because our party's history has shown that NatSec agencies would rather have leftists not join an org at all, than join the "wrong" org.
When I kept pressing posters to name any other org
that they thought had a better line, they shut up. One of them snidely responded that joining organizations in general
was a form of electoralism, which is retarded given I pointed people to the IWW (which is anti-electoralist) in the OP.
Finally, let's talk about "faith." I have faith that the people on here, for the most part, are leftists asking reasonable questions and trying to find the best organization to suit them. I try to answer their questions as best as I can, and I wont hesitate to recommend any other organization if they don't feel like joining the CP. The poster in question, however, didn't. He didn't just accuse us of being wrong, he accused us of being fascists.
In spite of our Party being one of the oldest anti-fascist organizations in the U.S. and in spite of our national committee being composed of old Comrades who cut their teeth in classic labor and civil rights struggles. He's accusing Comrades like Jarvis Tyner (who's still in the party and an excellent source of wisdom) of secretly herding the proletariat towards fucking fascism.
Instead of even taking it on faith that we might just be wrong
he assumes we're maliciously trying to lead the proles astray. And hell, some of his claims require absurd assumptions of bad faith. He claimed we're "patriotic" even though we're the first to criticize our government's policy towards Cuba, Venezula, Iran, and the DPRK. He assumes "workplace democracy" is class collaborationism. He dismisses the mutual aid work we do as "liberal charity" and ignores the fact we have fucking seminars
on Marxist-Leninist principles!
Missteps are entirely possible in the party. I can accept if people believe we've made too many missteps to be salvageable. What I wont accept is some ridiculous notion that my older Comrades all secretly decided that they liked
Fascism after decades of struggling against it. Or that when you pass out blankets, food, and fresh clothes to the homeless on skid row along with pamphlets on Marx and Lenin, you're just engaging in "Liberal Charity."
But hey, what the hell do I know? You hear other people describe it, and I'm an opportunistic petite-bouge fascist who secretly wants collaboration between the classes, rather than a grocery clerk who was radicalized the moment he saw his mother crying that we could lose our home in 08.