Archive for the ‘Strategy’ Category

Toward a Mass Party

Posted: June 10, 2011 by revunity in Problems of Organization, Strategy

Part of the purpose of the Revolutionary Unity Group is to grapple with the problems of our movement. What is the situation in which revolutionaries find themselves today. How did we get here? How do we move forward? One of the leading revolutionary blogs, The Kasama Project, recently posted a piece, “Dead ends & road maps: Building a new socialist movement,” RU has been discussing internally. We post here two responses.

The responses are the opinions of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of other members of the RUG, nor should they necessarily be taken to represent the views of the RUG.

Peter Moody

While seriously critiquing existing organizational forms, the article didn’t dismiss them entirely, noting that organizations that do exist can produce some of the most aware and honest militants in various movements. I’ve been thinking, somewhat along the lines of what the CPGB advocates, that all the existing socialist organizations potentially have something to contribute; they all carry a piece of the truth, to perhaps put it another way. At the same time, simply lumping all the existing organizations together without any sort of meaningful commitment to a new organizational structure and pluralist politics within revolutionary socialism will simply produce a macro-sect rather than a micro-sect. (more…)

HOW DAVID BEATS GOLIATH

Posted: November 14, 2010 by revunity in Strategy

When Vivek Ranadivé decided to coach his daughter Anjali’s basketball team, he settled on two principles. The first was that he would never raise his voice. This was National Junior Basketball—the Little League of basketball. The team was made up mostly of twelve-year-olds, and twelve-year-olds, he knew from experience, did not respond well to shouting. He would conduct business on the basketball court, he decided, the same way he conducted business at his software firm. He would speak calmly and softly, and convince the girls of the wisdom of his approach with appeals to reason and common sense.

The second principle was more important. Ranadivé was puzzled by the way Americans played basketball. He is from Mumbai. He grew up with cricket and soccer. He would never forget the first time he saw a basketball game. He thought it was mindless. Team A would score and then immediately retreat to its own end of the court. Team B would inbound the ball and dribble it into Team A’s end, where Team A was patiently waiting. Then the process would reverse itself. A basketball court was ninety-four feet long. But most of the time a team defended only about twenty-four feet of that, conceding the other seventy feet. Occasionally, teams would play a full-court press—that is, they would contest their opponent’s attempt to advance the ball up the court. But they would do it for only a few minutes at a time. It was as if there were a kind of conspiracy in the basketball world about the way the game ought to be played, and Ranadivé thought that that conspiracy had the effect of widening the gap between good teams and weak teams. Good teams, after all, had players who were tall and could dribble and shoot well; they could crisply execute their carefully prepared plays in their opponent’s end. Why, then, did weak teams play in a way that made it easy for good teams to do the very things that made them so good? (more…)