I 100% agree. As a general rule, Settlers should NEVER be read on its own, particularly newcomers who aren't already grounded in theory.
That's a perfectly fair point. Keep in mind that I do not completely agree with Sakai, and that I do think that unions are beneficial to socialist struggle: I just think they shouldn't be the modus operandi, as Sakai and others have given plenty of reason for.
I overall agree with you here. Sakai's points have been done better by other authors, without the rhetoric and occasional lapses in historical integrity. However, I do have to agree with Sakai that workers unions like the IWW and AFL-CIO were impotent to achieve any sort of real revolutionary capacity, and therefore were pretty complicit in the oppressive status quo. Granted, this applies to practically every other institution in America at the time, which is why I totally agree that Sakai lacks the scientific perspective to see RELATIVE progress for a certain time. I also think that him insulting these orgs as "settler" and "aiding white supremacy", which I agree is unfair cuz it could be applied to almost any institution at the time. Still, underneath the rhetoric and moral judgments, his points about complicity in white supremacy and imperialism are still perfectly valid, and unfortunately understated.
Remember, I overall felt the book was alright, I'm not some sort of closet Sakai-lover. All of your points about rhetoric and dishonesty are perfectly valid, and it would probably have given me a much more negative impression had I not possessed the will to cut through terrible prose/rhetoric to get to the actual points made. I wouldn't even be going out of my way to defend him at all if it weren't for the fact that I dumped so much time into reading this book. I just think he's made out to be way more than he is, whether it be in praising him as the Second Mao or condemning him as Woke Hitler. All in all, I just think he made good points underneath a lot of bullshit.
Sure lol. Let's say: "JTP is a pro-PRC Marxist-Leninist from the US, who is particularly interested in scientific socialism and Marxian economics." Be sure to link me the page when it's done, I'll be in the thread periodically if you wanna link it here!