(Read Ben Seattle’s letter here.)
Since you began with an introduction I thought I would as well. My name is Miah, and I have been a communist for four years this upcoming August. My first encounter with the organized left was with the International Socialist Organization. I ended up dedicating about two years to that organization before I started to wise up to how undemocratic it was. I have since moved away from Trotskyism and found my organizational home in the Red Party.
We’re very glad that you enjoyed the first eleven courses and very sad that the dessert was not to your taste. I have discussed with the author and we both agree that we could have added a cherry or two but the bulk would have remained. We wish to see a united party-movement and one of the clearest paths we can see to this is common action. The only arena for common action that most of the left adheres to, does not have a presence in, and would not be splintered by sectarian theory-mongering (the splitting on the basis of theory rather than program) is elections.
Your idea to start a revolutionary news service is commendable and we would likely support such a thing if asked. We would like to clarify a few things involving this idea of yours though.
- News services, the great ones at least, have had organizational backing of some form so we must ask independent in what sense? From the two parties, from the sects, from what?
- Now we appreciate the idea of a democratic publication and strive towards it with our policy of open publishing of all letters sent to us. We must ask: is this your idea of democratic in this context or is there something more we do not see?
On all the others points for your news service we would not disagree. Though we do add that it should be open about being socialist (not sure if that is what you meant by number 4).