Soviet-Empire.com U.S.S.R. and communism historical discussion.
[ Active ]
[ Login ]
Log-in to remove these advertisements.

Should I join the PSL?

POST REPLY
User avatar
Soviet cogitations: 381
Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 15 Nov 2010, 16:48
Ideology: Marxism-Leninism
Komsomol
Post 30 Aug 2011, 01:18
Quote:
There is no age requirements to join the PSL. One of my good comrades joined when he was 15 (possibly 16). The PSL has one of our strongest branches out in LA. They usually have an event a week. More info on upcoming events here.


That's cool, I think I'll go take a look next weekend.

Quote:
Los Angeles branch
137 N. Virgil Ave., #201, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (1 blk. S. of Beverly Blvd.)
la@pslweb.org
323-810-3380


It's a block away from my place, even better

Quote:
Aw
well, all I can really say is to tough it out and stay informed

That's why I plan on leaving the country when I graduate from college, Venezuela, Cuba and Argentina are my top destinations right now, at least I'll go to some place where the population is progressive.


Anyways, Thanks alot everyone
Image

In the Soviet Union you destroy free-market, In America free-market destroys you
User avatar
Soviet cogitations: 381
Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 15 Nov 2010, 16:48
Ideology: Marxism-Leninism
Komsomol
Post 03 Sep 2011, 21:02
I attended their forum yesterday, It was good although they could broaden their aims, and not simply focus on workers strike
Overall seems the party is active and I'm happy to join
Image

In the Soviet Union you destroy free-market, In America free-market destroys you
User avatar
Soviet cogitations: 341
Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 07 Mar 2003, 02:29
Komsomol
Post 10 Oct 2011, 04:02
As was mentioned earlier, the PSL are not a Trotskyists. The WWP did indeed split from the SWP but essentially dropped the Trot line (it was over the 1957 Soviet invasion of Hungry I believe).

As for folks trying to say "there aren't revolutionaries in North America," What are you talking about? Being a revolutionary isn't some romantic notion of street battles and the revolution itself, it's the day to day boring work. Going and talking to people. Helping bring signs to events, tabling, selling papers, etc. that is just as important as other things.

I'm a candidate in the PSL and my experience with them has been excellent so far. They're unlike other parties in that you can actually relate to the members. It's not an academic organization, it's an active organization.
Image
User avatar
Soviet cogitations: 1
Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 12 Oct 2011, 19:11
New Comrade (Say hi & be nice to me!)
Post 12 Oct 2011, 19:24
Ive been involved in the PSL for about 2 years now. Full member for about 1.5

First thing i learned is "work comes first" As has been said many times before, we are not a book club. We have to make sacrifices sometimes. If it means missing a class as a student, then so be it. If it means giving up a shift as a worker, then so be it. You have to be ok with being a bit uncomfortable. Usually, the more discomfort you can tolerate, the better an organizer you will be.

As for missing classes or shifts, dont take it as "give up your life and just be a party worker" that is a very bad idea. It just means that if something comes up that is important, then you should do the best to actually do it.

Also mentioned was that membership isnt about just sending in dues and getting a membership card. for one. we dont do 'cards.' secondly, dues generally go to a local branch except for national fund drives. What are dues for? For supplies. Gas money, printing, getting books made, paint, fabric, poles, placards, shit like that. Also, you DO have to have an area of party work that you are actually engaged in. In my case, we dont have a branch in my area so there is very little division of labor. so what does that mean? i take on the same task as everyone else, generally. as we grow, labor can be divided. In the established branches like Chicago, SF, LA, DC, or Harlem, there is already a division of labor and a different 'environment' i guess you could say.

tendency wise, yes our history is rooted in the trot SWP. But we generally consider ourselves Marxist-Leninist. There are no party factions and the party line is the party line. Sure, the sentiment of some members towards certain theoreticians may vary from branch to branch or person to person but who cares. what matters is that all people defend and promote the party line.

Now, we are a work-based party. But, we do still have study. The 6 month candidacy program is the bulk of it. Learning the basics of Marxism-Leninism and the party's line. After that is completed, one becomes a full membership. The party also supports personal study and also there are regular meetings at branches on current events and sometimes historical events for learning purposes.
Party for Socialism & Liberation
ANSWER Coalition
Alternative Display:
Mobile view
More Forums: The History Forum. The UK Politics Forum.
© 2000- Soviet-Empire.com. Privacy.