>The problem with DSA and the Greens is a lack of resources (money) and organization more than anything.
Possibly, but those were just examples. There are literally dozens of socialist organizations in the US. The PSL, IWW, SAlt, CPUSA, SEP, IMT, ISO, etc. Pretty much every conceivable strategy is currently being tried all with equally dismal results. When this happens, it seems to me that the problem isn't incorrect strategy, but a lack of objective conditions necessary for such organizations to succeed. However what we can say for sure is that the conditions are currently ripe for the rebirth of America's social democratic movement, and thus the potential for a real socialist movement. Currently all this energy and potential is focused around Bernie's campaign. What we need to do is ensure that this energy survives his campaign (regardless of the result of the election) and continues to grow in an increasingly radical direction.
>Activists seem very reluctant to do the same these days; we need a strategy of patience, with people willing to play the long game building up organization and popular support over many years
But that's exactly what I'm advocating for. I'm not saying that we should all canvass for Bernie and leave it at that. I'm saying that the movement which has formed around Bernie is the nucleus of a future worker's movement in the US. The organizational links being formed between those who are volunteering for his campaign can form the basis of exactly the type of organization that you are calling for. It seems nonsensical to me to think that a couple of literally who's can go and start some obscure org and expect to have any success, instead of going where the energy and enthusiasm is, embedding ourselves within it, and going from there. At the very least involvement with Bernie's campaign would allow us to make inroads to the many organizations that are already involved with it, gain organizational experience, and establish a reputation as fighters for the working class. If we do this then we will find ourselves in a far better position, both in terms of our credibility among the workers and our capacity to organize. From there we can assess the potential for forming new organizations, funneling members to already existing ones, or at least creating radical beachheads within other groups.
>And if you truly believe that such a strategy couldn't work, that the only thing to do right now is to chase whatever captures the momentary imagination of American workers
It's not about momentary imagination, its about going where the workers are, both in terms of their consciousness and their tactics. If the working class possesses a particular level of consciousness, and is organized around a certain set of issues using a certain set of tactics, then it makes no sense to try to engage with them on a totally different level of consciousness, around different issues, using different strategies. Our task is to raise the consciousness and militancy of the workers, but we have to begin where they are, and carry out our work according to conditions. It's not simply a "build it (ie the "right" kind of org with the "correct" line) and they will come" scenario. It's a question of building and consolidating a foundation for further action, by involving ourselves in the current fronts of struggle. Now I will concede that this can and probably should be done with an independent organization already in place. For example if PSL or IWW members started canvassing for Bernie this would probably be a smart move. My point is simply that no group can expect to abstain from this election and also capitalize on the working class energy that it has mobilized.
>No, in these and every other case, workers grow disillusioned and reject the left, leading to a rise in the far-right: Golden Dawn, the Front National, etc.
The failures of the center left parties did not erase the underlying contradictions of capitalism, which only continue to grow. The utter cowardice and ineptitude of the PS or even the PCF for example has not stemmed the spike in worker militancy in France. It has only continued to grow because the material forces that drive it have only continue to grow. The only thing we can do is the following:
>assess the current material conditions
>assess the corresponding conditions of class struggle (the level of consciousness/militancy of the workers as well as what demands they are making, and what strategies they using)
>engage with that struggle as directly as possible
>once embedded work to raise consciousness (ie contextualize the current struggle in the broader issue of capitalism) as well as develop the organizational foundation for further action
Now this will obviously vary depending on the conditions in the country. Just to show that I'm not a timid socdem, I'll point out posts I made regarding France and the Yellow Vests. I think given the conditions in that country communists can begin talking about things like building dual power, building a vanguard party, forming militant organizations, general strikes, siezing factories, etc. However the US is simply nowhere near France's level, and so our short term aims must necessarily be more limited.