I thoroughly enjoyed the article by C.Mir. and look forward to seeing the promised follow up articles. Below are a few thoughts I have had while reading the article and hope it contributes to this important debate.
I think that the problem that bedevils all those organisations/militants who identify themselves with Leon Trotsky arises from Trotsky and his inability and refusal to see the extent and the complete defeat of the Russian working class both its industrial and agricultural sections. Rather than acknowledging this defeat during the 1920’s he always fell back on the belief that the Russian workers would rise again and expel the bureaucracy from both the party and the state. This analysis by Trotsky led to the theory of the degenerated workers state so beloved by all Trotskyist organisations since this time.
Are the parties nothing more than the “totalitarian instruments of the state” or would it be more true to see the existing parties, especially the small “revolutionary” groups such as in the UK the SWP, SPEW, CPB, SEP etc. as being splinters of the ideological representatives of either the left intelligentsia or of the labour bureaucracy? To see the militants in these ways I believe allows us to recognise that the winning of the working class to communist left positions is more complex and more difficult than we previously thought. Lets not underestimate the depth of the integration of the working class, not only in the UK but globally, in the capitalist matrix. This integration can and is quite possible to lead to a state of barbarity and further decomposition.
Good point that the contemporary left within the Labour Party especially the so-called followers of Corbyn the Corbynistas sees both its members as well as those who vote for them in elections as being essentially individual citizens. Long gone is the view of any collective identity based from the workplace i.e. the point of production. It is this perspective that needs challenging in a systematic way and this article and series of articles is a step down this process of reenabling workers to see ourselves as being both intellectually as well as emotionally collective citizens of the working class and with loyalty to a globalised class that is hostile to any form of nationalism or patriotism.
Whatever happens the working class of all nation states will enter into struggles be they strikes or demonstrations against their exploitation that is in the nature of the beast that is capitalism. This is the one lesson the capitalists have historically been unable to see. After all during the nineteenth century employers saw their workers as being inherently happy with their wages and conditions and it was only those damn socialists that were interfering and making their once happy workers unhappy. What they could not see and what they still cannot see is that it is their inherently exploitative socio-economic system that is the cause of this fundamental dispute between themselves and their workers. The problem for the communist left is to get the workers to see beyond their individual employers and instead to see that we are an historic class that has as its objective the abolishing of capitalism and its replacement with a classless society free of exploitation and oppression.