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PSL, WWP, RCP, MLM, PLP, FRSO, and CPUSA

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 09 Apr 2011, 08:41
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Post 18 Apr 2011, 05:38
There are tons of Communist/Socialist parties today. What do they mean? What do they represent? How do you join? How can you help? these are only some of my many questions about these groups individually. Just out of curiousity, can anyone tell me about all these and answer my questions above? So far PSL is a more active group that generally fits me better than CPUSA, then again, not many people like CPUSA. At least that is a trend Ive been seeing here.....
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 09 May 2008, 14:59
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Post 18 Apr 2011, 08:56
I'll give you the best that I've got.

CPUSA- The Communist Party USA, the oldest Marxist-Leninist Party in the country. It began as a splinter from the Socialist Party of America which supported the revolution in Russia. Historically, it was the primary Marxist-Leninist party in the nation and the USA's representative in the Comintern. It has changed significantly over the years, but most agree that today it has more of a reformist, social-democratic bent to it. It supports the Democratic party electorally but insists that it still seeks revolutionary change. This one also has an interesting party platform called "Bill of Rights Socialism" which it conceives as socialism being a natural extension of the freedoms of the Bill of Rights. If you're interested in joining, you have to fill out an application form on their website. This one I was a member of a while back, or more accurately, I was a member of the youth organization. I found that it ideologically conflicted too much with me for me to stay permanently, but it was important to my development as a communist. You can look at it for yourself and see if it appeals to you.

WWP- The Worker's World Party. Started off as a split from the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party which was in turn a split from the CPUSA. Ideologically, it is somewhat varied, showing influences of Trotskyist thought as well as orthodox Marxist-Leninism. It was never strictly pro-Soviet like other parties of the time despite contending that the USSR was a true socialist state to the end. So essentially, it was like a one-party representative of the Non-Aligned Movement. They were also supportive of Cuba and of the Chinese Revolution although they criticize the current Chinese government. They claim to be "in support of oppressed peoples everywhere" and encourage activist work primarily in anti-war and protest work. If you want to join up, you'll have to contact a branch near you. I assume you can find a list of them on their website.

PSL- Party for Socialism and Liberation. A recently formed split from the WWP. Ideologically, they are about the same. The PSL is quite active in popular protests and struggles and it is pretty popular on the board, mostly because it's ideology isn't based around the Stalin vs. Trotsky debate. It is also very much involved with the ANSWER coalition and the anti-war movement in general. They are also one of the few parties that still run candidates for office. To join, fill out an application on their website. I don't know what happens afterwards, since I haven't done it myself, but I assume there is some sort of candidacy process that follows.

PLP- The Progressive Labor Party. This one is interesting. They believe that the Soviet Union was not socialist, and was in fact State Capitalist. It is also critical of most of the history of Communist movements, thinking itself as an evolution in communist thinking. In short, they believe in establishing communism immediately after the revolution rather than moving through the transitional stage of socialism first. Over the years, its members have gained a reputation for being overly-confrontational and violent, usually scuffling with counter-protesters.

I'm not sure about a party called "MLM" but I'm assuming you meant "MIM" so I'll go with that one instead.

MIM- Maoist Internationalist Movement. A now defunct party that started off as a segment of SDS that favored radical Maoist politics. They were Maoist-Third Worldists who believed that the bourgeois gained control of the USSR after Stalin died, that the same occured in China after the Gang of Four were ousted, that Mao's cultural revolution was the highest achievement in socialism ever accomplished, and that the proletariat of the First World were an un-revolutionary labor aristocracy who's living standard depended on imperialism in the third world. Perhaps what they are most recognized for is popularizing the spellings Amerikkka and I$rael.

RCP- Revolutionary Communist Party. A rather small Maoist party that is nonetheless the largest party in the US that advocates Maoism. This one I don't know all that much about, but they are rather cultish around their party leader Bob Avakian and the famous flag burning case in Texas was done by one of their members.

FRSO- Freedom Road Socialist Organization, yet another Maoist party, or two parties I should say. You see, this one actually split into two parties with the same name in the 1990's; each of which claims to be the true one. Both are avid supporters of anti-racists struggles, but again, I'm not to sure about the details.

Hope you find it all helpful. Sorry my information is incomplete in some areas.
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Post 18 Apr 2011, 23:09
I did mean MIM, sorry, Thanks a lot!! Very Helpful
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Post 19 Apr 2011, 01:46
Indigo wrote:
PLP- The Progressive Labor Party. This one is interesting. They believe that the Soviet Union was not socialist, and was in fact State Capitalist. It is also critical of most of the history of Communist movements, thinking itself as an evolution in communist thinking. In short, they believe in establishing communism immediately after the revolution rather than moving through the transitional stage of socialism first. Over the years, its members have gained a reputation for being overly-confrontational and violent, usually scuffling with counter-protesters.


The PLP are also supportive of Stalin, Mao, and the Soviet Union's Red Army.
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Post 28 Apr 2011, 05:43
It's important to mention that MIM is not Maoist Third Worldist. They are more of ProtoMTW. There are some distinct differences in their ideological line.
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