First of all, hi everyone, I'm a teenage left communist (I'd say I'm more influenced by the German-Dutch tradition of left communism, although I'm not a council communist per se and do advocate the formation of a party) living in Britain. Lately I've been plagued by this need to just do something. As the government of the country that I live in engages in imperialist warfare in the Middle East, crushes the working class with brutal austerity measures and presides over the continuous decline of everyone's real wages apart from those of the bosses and politicians while the ostensible left stands idly by, a communist movement that can get its shit together is needed more than ever and I want to help to make this happen. The problem is, the left in Britain is almost non-existent and what sliver of a left does exist is a sectarian, "ostalgic" mess and dominated by Soviet Union apologists of various stripes.
So what I did was join the communist platform of a pan-leftist network called Left Unity. I know, I know, it sounds like the Popular Front of 2015...but my reasoning was that it is not a Trotskyist or Stalinist organisation and that since it's very young - only around a year old - I would be able to have influence in it and it could be the roots of an actual revolutionary communist party that isn’t stuck in the past. But I’ve been wondering how smart it was for a left communist like myself who opposes united fronts and all the rest of it to join such an organisation. Particularly since they seem to be fond of trade unions and not only parliamentary participation, but bourgeois parties like SYRIZA and Podemos.
What should I do, comrades? Should I quit LU or not? And what would be a good way for someone of my age and my beliefs to get involved in leftist activism?