I think one of the problems of the communist left is that I think a lot of its militants don't respect the youth, or rather, they think they do but they don't really know how to. I was talking to ronan in facebook about this.
For example, I posted in that disgrace of an article called "marxism vs idealism" in the ict website about how such a polemic makes no sense outside a few old people who are acquainted with ancient communist tracts. I don;t think a lot of people would understand what is really going on without an intimate familiarity with the history of the communist left. I am on the process of discussing with some people, we went through the icc platform, and most of them are in there early 20s, late teens and they lack a political language. I don't think the language of the communist left in general is very helpful for convincing young people who have no political language and were not leftists/anarchists already. Most of the people Ive been discussing for months lack a political language, most of them have never met a communist irl except me. A lseasoned left communist will point at documents that were written before the 50s if I ask for good things to read. THis is not helpful at all.
I think part of the reason why insurrectionists have been so succesful in the US is that they are tuned to the fact that a lot of working youth lack a political language. I don't live in france, where intellectuals are sort of rockstars. I live in a place where folks like to hunt and go to church. I can't just go about dropping jargon at all. We don't have a political language. Actually, I would argue one of the reasons why the ICC has been able to reach to young people in the US is because a lot of them seem to have stumbled through the icc with the recent spurt of interest in the french ultraleft because of insurrectionist texts.
My point is that the communist left will pay if it doesn't start getting better about reaching out to young people. They are getting a bit better now, but still there is a long way to go. There was a whole split in battaglia around a faction who wanted to modernize the publication and another who didn't. What a stupid reason to split.