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I’ve been involved in socialist politics for about 10 years now. Originally I joined the U.S. Socialist Workers Party, which is where I first learned the basics of Marxism. After that party and I parted ways a few years later, I continued to go to protests, worked to build actions, and to patiently explain the ideas of revolutionary socialism to my coworkers. After many years, I came in contact with another group, Socialist Action, a group with many dedicated revolutionaries, many of whom will undoubtedly play a leading role in the coming Third American Revolution.

Still, I found the approach of the traditional U.S. Trotskyist groups unable to answer the burning questions of the day. How should socialists relate to Venezuela and it’s revolution? What is happening in Latin America, especially Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Nicaragua? Why are the revolutionary sections of the Cuban government the ones pushing for economic and political unity with the Bolivarian movement of Venezuela, including Castro himself? What’s happening in Pakistan, and why did millions come out cheering the return of Benazir Bhutto, a bourgeois politician that was making deals with a dictator? Why were so many millions of working people in Pakistan screaming at her for socialism, when she obviously had no such intentions? Why has her assassination triggered a mass revolt?

What about the PRD in Mexico and its fight against electoral fraud?  How do socialists relate to that? In short, how do socialists function in an increasingly contradictory world, where revolutionary socialism can get no mass echo outside of the traditional mass organizations of working people?

I think the International Marxist Tendency has figured it out, and I think they figured it out decades ago. With the rise of Stalinism and the post-war boom of capitalism after World War 2, it became necessary to orient to and join the mass organizations of the working class (though generally led by reformists and even open counter-revolutionaries), and to work as a democratic centralist grouping from within them; because they understood that when workers begin to move, they do so towards their traditional organizations. In the UK, the Militant had thousands of members at it’s high point, and effectively helped change the political landscape of the country. In Venezuela the IMT’s ideas and work have had an impact on the socialist development of the revolutionary process,  particularly in the movement of factory occupations  and workers’ control...even on Chávez himself.

I feel that the International Marxist Tendency has figured out a way to orient toward mass movements and parties, and to build the revolutionary party both within and without them; without giving up any of the theoretical conquests of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky. In the U.S., where there is as of yet no mass party of labor, the WIL orients toward and works within the unions to fight for such a party.

I think this is key to reaching US workers in their mass, and I encourage all activists looking for a road to the masses through the ideas of genuine revolutionary socialism to consider joining the WIL with me. The revolution can’t wait.