Monday, 21 January 2013
On building an outward-looking cadre
"Discussion, which is dangerous to the leadership, can be checked by hyperactivity; and this in turn is justified by the nearness of the crash [or the social explosion - Ed.]. The membership, driven at a frenzied pace, has a high casualty rate. A large proportion is always new -- and therefore does not remember the non-fulfillment of past prophecies. A vicious circle is set up which makes the correction of the line more and more difficult. 'Building the leadership' -- which is, of course, identified with the organisation -- becomes a substitute for serious political and industrial work. . . The leadership, which alone has much continuity, becomes unchallengable and finds it less and less necessary to check its policies and practice." - Duncan Hallas.