Convention Discussion: Combatting fetishism & building a revolutionary party

BY: Oz Karajan| June 4, 2014

Submitted by Oz Karajan, Houstin, TX

Success is relative, related to the conditions, place, time and other factors that effect it. But failure is something hard to hide from any perspective. And if you are failing on something for almost a century, then that is the perfect time to start evaluating what are you doing wrong.

We are talking about place the mass majority of the American people living under brutally inhumane conditions, such as working for minimum wages; studying for a degree that probably wont be useful to find you a job other than McDonalds; living all your life under oppression from your own government; paying this or that tax and getting a nice amount of nothing in return; afraid to unionize, afraid to talk, afraid to move and being too busy because you are flattering everyone else around you. And there is one Communist Party in this country that should be vanguard to all these people’s to achieve victory, as many historical examples have shown.

So now there are a few important questions that you should ask yourself and answer urgently. Do you think that you have luxury to fail another century? Do you still have the luxury to fetishize Stalin, Mao, Uncle Ho, etc. and meet with all 5-6 people in your branch which you call the central committee and discuss it, or sometimes meet in some motel conference room with 40 party people which you have all in all in your state? Or do you have the luxury to keep debating about dropping this or that term, or name from a constitution that you probably didn’t even read, while a few militant union organizers stayed in this country taking action for their rights?

You are at a fork in the road. You can continue to alienate yourselves from the masses who are victims of this oppression. They people ready to fight, but waiting for leadership. Instead, you continue to be fetishize names that you can’t even properly pronounce, and argue about them amongst yourselves, between a few people you have inside or outside of your organization, people who you have to call ‘comrade’ to win the life that you and people deserve in this country. Or, leaving those meaningless issues for a while and instead standing with the people on the streets, who are waiting for you to fight with them, to make this an at least livable country. People on the street do not demand us to counsel them, they want us to be with them, they want us to be in action and fight with them against this inhumane order. And if we continue to isolate ourselves from our society and stay in our closet, the day that we are all waiting for when the Party and the popular masses are in power will never come.

This party is changing…this party that started to reach masses for the first time after 1930s…this party is starting to be an American peoples party, and that is how we can only achieve things. We can see it even with this discussion page that I believe is the last progressive earning that Sam Webb’s leadership has given to the party. It showed us that we should not be afraid to be public… that we should not be afraid to show how passionate we are with our beliefs, and that we should be proud of our diversity, and that we are ready to reunite with the people.

The views and opinions expressed in the Convention Discussion are those of the author alone. The Communist Party is publishing these views as a service to encourage discussion and debate. Those views do not necessarily reflect the views of the Communist Party, its leading bodies or staff members. The CPUSA Constitution, Program, and all its existing policies remain in effect during the Convention discussion period and during the Convention.

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30th National Convention, Communist Party USA
Chicago | June 13-15, 2014


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