Anons of Zig Forums who have been involved in:
Campaigning around some issue, building a union (tenant or trade), building a party, or any other kind of real life organising
What have you been involved in (don't have to specific obviously) ? How did it go/is it going? What were the problems? What worked well? How did working in that environment effect your ideological positions?
For me, one of the biggest problems faced is in two parts, first, people who are unreliable and in it for the wrong reasons, basically larpers and socialites, who never show up but still take up space. The other part to this problem is working organising around real life, as organising can be extremely time consuming. The problem as a whole is keeping people engaged and proactive. What this means in practice is that people who work a lot i.e. the working class, parents, older people, i.e. people who are not students or neets, who would otherwise be reliable peopole, find it difficult to find the time to organise, meanwhile people who have never had a job find lots of time, but are very unreliable. The skew is very much to the latter. Some people are unreliable because they have commitments and these people are totally excused, some are unreliable because they are a larper and these are the worst people possible. Also usually the most sectarian,
one of the biggest drawbacks from far leftist groups (this doesn't apply to issue campaigns or union building really) I'm talking communist parties and anarchist collectives, is sectarianism between these groups of people. There are 3 or 4 trot groups in my small city, one ML party with any kind of presence and its youth wing, as well as the student versions of all these groups. Collectively i'd say there is maybe 2-500 "active" (in the losest possible sense) communists in my city. Its about the same for anarchists maybe slightly less. They are however probably divided over 20 groups. These groups spend an awful lot of time bitching at each other on facebook and very little amounts of time organising.
This 500-1000 people could have a huge impact if they were all working together on real issues, but instead they each have their 10 member clique/talking shop and none do anything of real value to the working class, with some notable exceptions, but definitely no mass movement. In my opinion these people should stop being autists and come together to form a mass movement
I am a Maoist if I had to be anything, but i don't even say really ever what i believe about history or theory while organising because it is basically completely irrelevant and unhelpful.
Coming hand in hand with this is identity politics. In the UK where I am the main sticking point on the left is trans rights. Mostly they all agree on all the isms, there are leftists out there who are pro strong borders etc, but they are by no means racist and the argument for lexit etc means that it isn't such a hot take topic as trans rights. Honestly i see way, way more discussion about trans rights than muuuh anargiddies gant fight imperialism vs muuuh tankies love state gabbidalism
The way I see it, yes, the idpol lunatics are damaging to the movement, but in general if you talk to them are not as insane as the internet makes them out to be. They are damaging basically because its a bad look for the leftist movement as they tend to fit all the stereotypes of the student left. As well as this, when are you are trying to say, organise workers or tenants in a union, they have a tendency to try and push in measures for identity problems which aren't there (not in society, but in that specific space) which takes up meeting time and mental energy and such, the problems, which are real problems in that they exist are generally comparatively little compared to the broader struggle . This isn't an ideological position, its a matter of numbers, there simply are not that many trans people around and in leftist spaces at least they are generally treat with respect (with exceptions which i do accept)
In my opinion however equally as damaging are the so called "terfs" and for the same reasons. They take up space over what are comparatively very small, but also very real issues. The issues generally are of inclusion into spaces. Can transwomen go in womens bathrooms etc. Which again, important question, but also, for the vast majority of people, not a problem they will encounter.
These groups feed off of each other over leftbook, twitter etc, they are loud, and they are not reconcilable.
This is not a post about idpol or trans rights, this is a post about the fact that instead of talking about building a broad movement for class struggle against capitalist imperialism, they are wearing themselves out on minutae.