Saturday, October 24, 2020

Response to Joe Sims & CPUSA

 




By Jerry Dale

The Joe Sims’s leadership statement has great significance. “After the Election: Go Out and Make ‘em do it”. As co-chair of the CPUSA and former editor of the Party’s ideological Journal, Political Affairs, Sims’s opinion carries considerable weight.

Sims’ declaration is first and foremost, the statement that eliminates any issue that the current CPUSA has changed its ideological direction after claiming to have shed itself of the Webb fog. Sam Webb former CPUSA head is now safely where he has always been, well within the mainstream Democratic Party orbit.

He left a Party that may not be currently working in that orbit officially, as he is, but continues nonetheless to direct its members and affiliated groups to struggle within the Democratic Party guardrails, non-endorsement of official Democratic Party candidates not- withstanding.

As a self-proclaimed working-class Party, Sims offers no directions to its Labor Commission. Is there one? That should be a centerpiece.

Under Webb’s leadership trade union/labor clubs were disbanded into community clubs. Yes, indeed they were! So, a good guess would be, the CPUSA is still without organized working class/trade union leadership.

His reference to “collective bargaining “ (a part of the what CPUSA believes must be fought for) indicates the narrow role that the working class and trade unions should and must play in the Party. No revolutionary spirit here. That is a collaborationist perspective.

Not even mentioning the only international trade union federation that fights for workers and trade unions continues the Party’s unprincipled opposition to the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). Hard to believe, but true.

Left blank on this issue moves Party union activists toward the AFL-CIO and its right-wing international federation the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

Party collectives

In Sims’ report there isn’t even a hint that Party collectives, in any lingo, should function as Communist collectives and formulate policies. While they may be fully individually independent, they function completely within the mainstream Parties and other Democratic Party orbit groups, like the DSA and Bernie Sanders groupings, and within their guardrails.

Going into these formations which have strict guardrails, without their own Organizational meetings, keeps the Webb mainstreaming policy fully intact. Most importantly It robs all peoples’ groups of real class-oriented strategies and tactics. There is a lot more to win than even the program of the DSA, regardless how much better it is than the DNC. Or Trump calling them all communists.

All that’s implied quite directly by Sims is to “get the Democrats to Do It”.

Do WHAT?

Where does the Party’s program, such as it is, come in? It’s still on the shelf with a profound Party history of Wm Z Foster and Henry Winston.

Everybody knows the DNC demanded and got a severely compromised Program for the 2020 election. Sanders, AOC and the DSA agreed. And even their Democratic Socialist programs were limited, especially on foreign policy. Everyone cringes when they mention Cuba, Russia, China, and every South American country which bears the brunt of US sanctions / boycotts and other forms of imperialism.

Medicare for All or Single Payer is NOT a NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE!!!! That Used to be the CPUSA position before they opportunistically cut it back to supporting Single-Payer.

In terms of world peace, the CPUSA gives minor lip service to anti-imperialist struggles. Sims doesn’t seem to find this important struggle in what his minions should fight for. Only when pushed and humiliated do they join with Code Pink, World Peace Council and the US peace Council. But usually only on a perfunctory manner. No mention of the Black Alliance for Peace BAP either! Too radical a proposition?

The failure to highlight the Black Lives Matter / pro-immigration demands that are guiding peoples’ movements is dizzying, let alone the frontal attack on women

The Joe Sims directional article which sounds the call to Party cadres and adherents continues the woeful centrist Webb direction of the 21st century.

The CPUSA is an independent Party in name only. But they will work entirely within the policy confines of the Democratic Party albeit with a healthier vocal left of center Democratic Socialist concepts, at least on some domestic issues.

The Party of Communists USA (PCUSA) offers a healthy independent communist approach to struggle and a future. We involve ourselves in all forms of struggle, but we also generate class oriented, anti-racist peoples’ solutions that mobilize. We engage in struggles with a clear viewpoint and engage front line activists in an open comradely non-sectarian manner. The Democratic Party is not our guidepost. Join us in the struggle for all-peoples’ unity and scientific socialism-communism.

 

Dare to Struggle

Dare to Win

 


6 comments:

  1. complete sectarian bullshit! garbage!! you present absoutely ZERO alternative, no way to fight to replace trump, but gert on a 'high horse,' sticking up your nose. you, like all middle class radicals, talk crap, but show in reality that you are "above it all," to "good" to dirty your hands fwith real fights.

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    1. What does that even mean, "an alternative to trump"? Is Biden the "alternative" youre looking for? A man who doesnt even support middle of the road measures like M4A or legalizing cannabis? Endless support of Israel no matter who they assassinate or annex? A war in the Middle East that goes on for ages? How exactly is this an "alternative"? Have we ever had success working within the DNC? Do your politics revolve solely around getting Trump out? Newsflash, we were still struggling within late stage capitalism before Trump, with Obama, and long before him. An opposition parties job is to remain in OPPOSITION, not collaboration in order to placate leftists. I dont really understand what you expect of POC. They do offer radically different policies and an actual desire to organize the working class. You made absolutely no argument, simply just ad hominem attacks, like a true shitlib.

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    2. What does that even mean, "an alternative to trump"? Is Biden the "alternative" youre looking for? A man who doesnt even support middle of the road measures like M4A or legalizing cannabis? Endless support of Israel no matter who they assassinate or annex? A war in the Middle East that goes on for ages? How exactly is this an "alternative"? Have we ever had success working within the DNC? Do your politics revolve solely around getting Trump out? Newsflash, we were still struggling within late stage capitalism before Trump, with Obama, and long before him. An opposition parties job is to remain in OPPOSITION, not collaboration in order to placate leftists. I dont really understand what you expect of POC. They do offer radically different policies and an actual desire to organize the working class. You made absolutely no argument, simply just ad hominem attacks, like a true shitlib.

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    3. What does that even mean, "an alternative to trump"? Is Biden the "alternative" youre looking for? A man who doesnt even support middle of the road measures like M4A or legalizing cannabis? Endless support of Israel no matter who they assassinate or annex? A war in the Middle East that goes on for ages? How exactly is this an "alternative"? Have we ever had success working within the DNC? Do your politics revolve solely around getting Trump out? Newsflash, we were still struggling within late stage capitalism before Trump, with Obama, and long before him. An opposition parties job is to remain in OPPOSITION, not collaboration in order to placate leftists. I dont really understand what you expect of POC. They do offer radically different policies and an actual desire to organize the working class. You made absolutely no argument, simply just ad hominem attacks, like a true shitlib.

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  2. i do not understand some of the vehement stmt agst this fraternal working class, marxist/leninist party. it is the most difficult time politically of my life. much has been called into question w the rise again of fascism, and, uniquely also opportunism of a variety of forms, massive setbacks in the former socialist world. this calls for real collaborration, far greater unity of working class/revolutionary/progressive fcs. this pc seems to push dis-unity, 'go-it-aloneism, deadly in a very literal sense to our mvt.

    in dealing w the pts raised, ill 1st id myself as lg time active communist steelworker, leader of USW, founder/w comrade geo edwards, of natl steelwrs rank/file. on the labor commission point---this pc is just factually WRONG!! i am active, w many commrades, on cpusa labor commission. we have conf mtgs regularly, hv held a series of lg confs on org'g south, unity ag fascism, ag racism--unity! now wkg on support for campaign to rebuild our nation's labor mvt. would love to discuss more, how to wk for unity, etc. your stmts here, however, are just plain factually incorrect!

    further, tactics are always subject to debate, esp difficult in these times. however, dale's comments here i find insulting, far off base! whatever else we agree on or not, present reality demands a mass mvt to push govt to move fwd dealing w embattled people's needs NOW! author wants to attack sims, putting words in his mouth that he did not say--"move Democrats!" i must ask this author---"who the hell do YOU want to push, to do WHAT?" while arrogantly attacking sims, you offer NOTHING tactically!

    on this pt, further, as communists (not middle class sectarian radicals) we base our work on reality/balance of forces, etc. biden agenda calls for "rebldg our nation's labor mvt." ive NEVER seen that as goal of any president! it also is centered on fed work program to rebuild US infrastructure, using Union labor, hiring african amer/latino wkrs. he has brought on a poc VP, centered wk on fighting racism. This is the basis for a very wide left/center alliance to isolate the fascists, rebuild unions and get real aid to our people, IF we can push to pass it. the new afl-cio ldrshp, shuler/fred redmond, while not 'left,' offers possibility of being the most activist oriented snc cio. and the seeming outrage that public health doesnt fit your personal wish is just sectarian/isolating.

    finally, i do see the issue of reorg'g damaged collectives after the previous period as a real issue. its only one of many, w unity needed on how to rebuild left, left/center formations, strengthening solidarity, as well as joint understanding of marx/leninism, fighting racism, imperialism! together, united we are invincible!

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  3. Not once do you mention the fascist threat Trump poses nor the rising fascist threat from the right, including the Republican Party. That a conservative organization, the Lincoln Project, is more concerned about this threat than a group of supposed communists is sad and telling.

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