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Revolutionary organising and the ‘party form’
April 18 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Since the historical split of the Third International from the Marxist movements discredited by their support for the First World War, a basic understanding of revolutionary organising has existed, based on the premise that revolutionary Marxism can only exist independently of the state and in connection with as wide a possible engagement with the struggles of the oppressed. It has been generally acknowledged that the Bolshevik party and its forms of democratic centralism provided the blueprint for this type of organising. What is it’s relevance today, and to what extent might we have to rethink the predicates of revolutionary organising in light of the new conjuncture?
Below are some texts which we will use to orient discussion. Members are also advised to read the most recent Internal Bulletin. PLEASE NOTE: we will also be using this meeting as an opportunity to distribute copies of the new pamphlet to members, so please bring cash.
In this article from 2017, Rodrigo Nunes asks what the essential kernel is of what we sometimes term ‘Leninism’, and argues for a political approach that relentlessly centres our own capacity to initiate activity and set change in motion.
A second useful piece is by David McNally, which evaluates the idea of the ‘micro-party’.