Why We Must Build a Mass Membership Party
A dues-paying mass-membership party has been the missing ingredient in third-party politics throughout American history.
To avoid the political cul-de-sac of choosing between a greater and lesser evil, the left must commit
itself to building an independent, membership-based working-class party. Such a third-party insurgency
in the United States must be built from the bottom up in two complementary ways. First, it must
organize the working-class majority at the bottom of the social structure into a political party that
speaks and acts independently for itself. Second, it must mobilize that base to participate in social
movement and electoral activities to win and consolidate power and reforms first in cities, then states,
and finally in the nation.
Building a mass-membership party is not only important for creating an accountable democratic structure that expresses the will of the membership. It is essential for unifying the working-class majority to take power. Local branches should serve as forums for political education where the disparate elements of the working class can find their common interests.
Howie Hawkins and Bruce Dixon (Black Agenda Report) Present a Workshop on “Building the Green Party into a Mass Membership Organization.”
Howie Hawkins, Krystal Ball (Rising), and Bhaskar Sunkara (Jacobin) discuss Howie’s ebook, The Case for an Independent Left Party, moderated by Ajamu Baraka (Black Alliance for Peace).
Learn More about The Case for an Independent Left Party!
- Get a FREE Copy of our ebook! Published during the 2020 presidential campaign, “The Case for an Independent Left Party: From the Bottom Up” makes the case for the a dues-paying, mass membership party as an essential part of organizing for socialist solutions.
- Check out the Notes from the above workshop on “Building the Green Party into a Mass Membership Organization.”
- Check out the Further Readings from the above workshop on “Building the Green Party into a Mass Membership Organization.”
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