[This is a slightly edited version of Walt Whitman’s poem “To a Certain Civilian”, which we would address to all those who denigrate the idea of workers socialist revolution and our project, however modest, to create revolutionary socialist Marxist/Leninist/Trotskyist vanguard parties of the working class from Chicago to Kolkata. We read this today and thought it perfectly captured our attitude to those who sneer at the efforts of those who seek to emancipate the working class from capitalist wage- and debt-slavery worldwide, and also our attitude towards those who attempt to trick the workers into adopting every half-assed form of struggle they can imagine, all the while denigrating and slandering the only method that has ever led to a successful seizure of power and lasting victory by the working class: the Leninist vanguard party. – IWPCHI]
“To a Certain Class of Citizens”
Did you ask dulcet rhymes from us?
Did you seek the citizen’s peaceful and languishing rhymes?
Did you find what we sang erewhile so hard to follow?
We were not singing erewhile for you to follow, to
understand – nor are we now;
What to such as you anyhow, such poets as us? therefore leave
And go lull yourself with what you can understand, and with
For we lull nobody, and you will never understand us.
— (With apologies to and deep respect for Walt Whitman),