All the hotshot so-called “Marxists” are clamoring for one inclusive party for all the socialists to join but none of them want to talk politics because that would get in the way of the kind of unity they seek. Most of them have never gotten off their asses to do anything so maybe they don’t know how unworkable that would be or how many times that concept has ingloriously failed before. Color me a bull-headed sectarian, but I do not want to join a group with anti-Semites, holocaust deniers, & David Icke supporters, with Stalinist Assad & Putin supporters, with those who promote Muslim-hating ‘war on terror’ ideology, or with creepy Maoists who claim the Tiananmen Square massacre never happened but if there was a scuffle where someone got hurt, it was a socialist regime’s defense against snot-nosed rich kids who wanted to restore capitalism. I don’t want to be forced to socialize with those who deny the Rohingya & Uyghur genocides or who support Duterte’s vigilante war against the urban poor. I don’t want to be in a party that forms the left wing of the Democratic Party, has alliances with fascists, calls for voting for ‘lesser evils’. Unfortunately, those who claim they’re socialists today include legions who hold those detestable views.

A political party is about competing for state power. It isn’t a social club or a subculture. To be worth a damn, it has to be rooted in political principles which today are considered bull-headed sectarianism. If those principles get in the way of united action–& they certainly do over Syria, China, Russia, Burma, the Arab Spring uprisings, that ‘regime-change operation’ crap–then best we go our separate ways.