Thoughts on the NCP Queer Resolution

Recently comrades at the New Communist Party (NCP) have adopted a resolution on the Queer Liberation struggle. This resolution is well written and understands some of the dynamics of heternormative life as seen through the lens of the Queer working class. Yet it possesses some draw-backs which I feel deserve some illumination.

                Their starting point is marriage equality; a strong, well deserved point as the current social-situation has bent increasingly towards this controversial issue. Advocating for a complete sweep of marriage equality legalization they push against reactive tides in the petty-bourgeois Anarchist and Libertarian Socialist circles which prattle about the supposed counterrevolutionary traits found within marriage equality.

                Yet while they do so the NCP lacks focus. Ideology in this resolution is hampered by a lack of knowledge on the subject: one receives this feeling that this resolution, due to its short length, was written by a heterosexual queer supporter who could only provide the basics of what Queer people need from revolutionary parties in a heterosexist society.

                NCP theory in this matter avoids talking about the specific impacts of marriage equality and marriage in general. While marriage equality is something to be fought for we should remember that marriage itself, as it stands in bourgeois society, is imbued with many different legal and monetary loopholes which make a through revision under socialism a necessity. The hard-hitting questions such as: how revolutionary marriage equality supporters should work within the broader progressive movement and begin new revolutionary ones is left untouched[1].

                The second short-coming in their resolution is when they speak of pride parades:

                “However, the leadership at the helm of the struggle for queer civil rights has betrayed the queer masses. With depoliticized and toothless gay ‘pride’ parades sponsored by anti-people corporations,”

                The attack on pride parades is concerning. Though they are absolutely correct in asserting that the sponsorship of such parades by corporations is worrisome, especially since many of these corporate swine are anti-Queer during the remainder of the year, they should take care not to lump in all such pride parades as absurd activities; because pride parades are a defense against heterosexism and a rejection of societal hate, they are a necessity as much as armaments are to anti-fascism.

                Instead of offering such a generalization comrades should fleshing out a more involved opinion of pride parades where they distinguish between corporate brownnosing and legitimate modes of expression. They should focus on developing new means of organizing within the Queer community so as to hold more radical pride parades oriented towards a genuinely progressive propaganda show in mind.

                Other than those two slip-ups the NCP resolution on Queer Liberation is a breath of fresh air in the stale revolutionary sect market which often only adds on Queer struggles as an appendage under the “GLBT” label. The NCP accurately recognizes the inner-community hostility to Transgender people and advances a platform where all Transsexual and Transgender individuals have free access to the medical and transition resources they need to live a happy and safe life.

                Wrapping up with a heartwarming condemnation of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and declaring the rightful stance that HRC practices are part of the ruling class’s attempts to complete the hijacking of the Queer Liberation movement (thus perfecting the bourgeoisification process), they end on a positive note: that they stand with the proletariat and strive to unify the working class and Queer working class movement into a cohesive whole.


Television Commercial for Communism?

The new Communist symbol?

I hate commercials. They are annoying, pointless and often made by overworked corporate ass-kissers who peddle the most meaningless crap imaginable. So when I heard of a commercial for communism, made by some Apple associate Vietnam based tech-heads, I just had to see it.

The conclusion, you ask: Fun to watch yet awful. In a post-modern manner I think it will be attractive to Centrists who are largely ignorant of communism; people who spend their political careers unmoved by either radical faction yet maintain an interest in politics for their own interest. The classical bourgeois lines (“we the people”) mixed with a healthy amount of vague direction and rebranding might be enough to push people into researching Marxism and Leninism on their own.

There is an over-saturation of white: it seemed to me to be a very realistic move, one which represented humanity as a whole is more similar than different, and that under communism the ultra-individualism of capitalism will be replaced with the intimate individualism of classless society. I think it is the kind of move I would have done had I slogged through years of film-school and advertising. So in all it was not something which concerned me.

The ad is not something I would have made and truly cannot see how it would be effective at organizing workers on a large scale. Perhaps if it directed people to some kind of educational hub to learn about basic Marxist theory it could be used as a jumping off point, much like a “revolutionary connection board” but such is surreal to even think about since such Pan-Leftist harmony hardly exists.

The approach used was not the best way to get your message through but when you are aiming for something that is “highbrow” It gets the job done. To me it seemed the “cinematic” equivalent of modern art (meaning, pretentious and ill-defined).

I think a more coherent commercial for revolutionary anti-capitalist ideas could take the form of serialized briefs. For instance: you remember how some companies had a series of shorts, each one advertising a different angle of their product from a shifting premise? Well I think such a format could be adopted to revolutionary ideas if one was so inclined; imagine short one or two minute briefs with working class people explaining what concepts like Imperialism, Historical Materialism, owning the Means of Production, and Class Warfare (etc) means to them. Sounds corny but I still think it is better than the “language of smiles” content from our current commercial at hand.

In all it wasn’t a horrid video as much as it was just a extremely silly and melodramatic effort directed towards the remnants of the so-called White “middle class”. Many comrades call foul at this re-imagining for reasons relating to revisionism. Though their cries should be taken seriously, since revisionism does travel in unexpected shapes, we must not be dogmatic and proclaim: “any commercial aimed at advertising communism is revisionism!” Rather we need to be flexible in our approach to this century and be open-minded enough to accept any and all possible means of promoting our convictions.