Both are true; they're mutually reinforcing. But the CP in the thirties didn't build a mass membership by calling for revolution at the expense of demanding reforms. The CP engaged in every struggle for reforms it could. So that example really just helps prove my point, that you don't build a movement for revolution by avoiding demands for reform.
On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:20 PM, Richard S. <email@example.com>
Actually, I've gotten a reverse impression from a lot of our history:
Reforms are most likely achieved when the ruling powers are scared by
talk about revolution. This certainly is a big part of why the New
Deal reforms went through - because there was concrete fear of a
revolutionary communist movement. Much of the workers' organizing
that led to pressure for reforms like the New Deal was led by the
Communist Party. (Our comrade Noam Chomsky has said as much on many
occasions - and he is not normally a champion for any CP.) In other
countries, too, some of the great leaders who are highly regarded here
would not have been able to achieve what they did had there not been
harder or more militant revolutionaries to balance them out, scaring
the ruling classes. Certainly, this was one of the keys to Gandhi's
political success, as Gandhi was easier for the ruling class to take
than the very prevalent communists of the day.
On Sep 25, 8:06 pm, Doug Singsen <dougsing...@gmail.com
> Every revolution in history has begun with demands for reform. You don't
> begin a revolution by trying to "prefigure" a future society, you do it by
> building democratic, participatory movements for change that address issues
> that directly impact peoples' lives. When the state and capital are
> unwilling or unable to meet the needs of the mass of the people, revolution
> can result.
> Doug S
> On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 12:10 PM, Lauren <celli...@gmail.com
> > Honestly it will be neither a revolution nor a riot if our only
> > demands are some reforms on the legislative agenda which the
> > legislators will get rid of again in a matter of months.