This is a document written by a few young members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. I don’t really have many thoughts on the document, other than that I think it’s pretty sound all in all. I don’t know that much about Freedom Road, to be honest, since they’re primarily based on the West Coast. But they seem pretty decent for considering themselves inheritor’s of Maoism – looks like they picked most of the right ideas to hold onto and most of the right ones to get rid of. It definitely has a good take on the status on the Left in the U.S., especially from the perspective of the generation born right around when the Soviet Union “collapsed”. We never knew orthodox Marxism, but we knew that we are the inheritors of it and that there was something about it that rubbed us the wrong way. I’d be curious to hear other people’s thoughts though. (Please note: I had no part in writing what is posted below.)
The following letter, written by young members of FRSO/OSCL, is an attempt to bridge the generation gap on the question of organization. In our years of work in mass movements and Left organizations, we have found that the questions, and the challenges, posed by young people are quite different from those of our movement elders. This letter is written as a supplement to Which Way Is Left? in the hopes that it will encourage more young people to participate in the conversation on organization and what we need to build a revolutionary movement. Please read it, distribute it, and let us know what you think of it by leaving a comment on our blog.
A Struggle Paper. That’s what our elders in the movement would have called what you are about to read. But not a lot of young folks use the words “Struggle Paper,” so consider this a love letter. It’s a poignant prod at the sectarians and a come hither nod at the independents. It’s a potluck discussion and a midnight session, and if we could play something hot in the background while you read this, we would. It’s a challenge, because we love you, to think about what it’s going to take to actually start building a revolutionary movement in the belly of the baddest beast this Earth has seen. We’ve got some thoughts about ORGANIZATION, and we want to know what y’all think. Continue reading