On the Organizing Role of the Workers' Press
January 17, 2010
Broadening and deepening the content of the mass workers' press and increasing its circulation is a vital part of building the independent working class movement.
To help carry this work out in an organized and collective way, the Party builds groups to discuss and distribute "The Worker" and to contribute to other Party and non-Party publications. These groups take up the responsibility to politicize themselves and the people in definite areas.
The practical guidelines of the groups to discuss and distribute The Worker include: 1) continually studying the line of "The Worker" and the concrete conditions in their area in order to decide on the guiding line of their work. Only by consciously working out their guiding line, can the groups go against the pressures of spontaneity and consistently develop the independent politics of the Party amongst the people; 2) bringing this politics to the people by combining widescale distribution and discussion with in-depth, particularized work; and 3) summing up the work.
The groups to discuss and distribute "The Worker" must master both the tactics of the Party as well as its entire general line and program. On this basis, the groups can continually initiate concrete political mobilizations as well as carry through the ideological and theoretical work needed to consolidate the independent movement of the workers.
An important means for extending the mass workers' press is building up distribution networks for "The Worker" and other publications. These networks must not be looked on as the subjective work of various individuals but as part of the organized and conscious movement of the working class. The vitality of the networks must be continually enhanced by developing the initiative of the participants. This means that the people must be continually politicized as well as assisted to develop their practical initiative.
The groups to discuss and distribute "The Worker" must keep in mind that summing up their work is necessary not only to learn from their own experience. It is also a responsibility to the entire working class movement. Through these summations the Party and the class get a better picture of their own movement – learning about the concrete conditions in various areas, about the actions and thinking of their class sisters and brothers, about the ideological roadblocks facing the movement, etc. Most fundamentally, the work of building groups to discuss and distribute "The Worker" is itself a vital part of the development of the collective life and organization of the working class as a whole.
As the groups to discuss and distribute "The Worker" and the distribution networks gain experience and consolidate themselves they become real organizing centers amongst the people, playing a vital role in mobilizing people into independent political life as well as in lending consciousness, militancy and organization to various spontaneous struggles. Time and again, the experience of the Party has shown that the unity of the workers, their class consciousness, their political initiative and militant actions are all strengthened tremendously when the politics of "The Worker" is discussed on a daily basis in the workplaces, schools and communities, when "The Worker" involves people in solving the problems of their own movement, and when the mobilizing role of the workers' press is brought to the fore.
The task of the groups to discuss and distribute "The Worker" is nothing less than to help translate the line of the Party – the independent politics of the working class – into the real guiding line of millions and tens of millions of people. The task is to help create the consciousness, organization and political leading role of the working class.