>we are already seeing the beginnings of a revolutionary consciousness among the workers...
You could have said the rest of this paragraph at any time in the past 50 years and been considered correct. The class struggle is always ongoing, workers are always becoming radicalized, but this does not make for a revolutionary or 'communist' movement. The unity-in-separation of capitalism, combined with generally declining rates of profit and devaluing of individual labor-power, have created an environment that is anathema to class unity. We have regressed to the labor struggles of 150 years ago, with isolated guild-unions protecting their privileges while the masses periodically riot in the streets, but are unable to come together in organized political projects, or conceive of communism as anything other than pure negation, or social democracy. The contemporary working class is atomized and balkanized, with the 'people of college' (which is not a class) going in one direction, unionized workers going in another, and the proles milling around below, occasionally getting swept up in identitarian protests because that unity seems more 'real' than any solidarity based on employment. In this environment any broad-based projects for class unity are just idealistic conceptions imposed on disunited and mutually mistrusting class fractions, and are easily wrecked from above by the bourgeoisie, or from below by identitarian squabbling.
There needs to be a real attempt to grapple with this grim reality, to state it up front and be honest about the need to overcome it. Blithe dismissals of 'defeatism' as a way to justify whatever isolated activism you are currently engaged in are not gonna move anything forward, it's just an excuse to dwell on old, dead forms and sweep real problems under the rug.