SPECIAL REPORT: Class Struggle in France

JCRF

Written by JRCF and published from Overblog.

The political and union clarification, the citizen debate closest to all the sectors in struggle is the best way to support the current impetuous popular uprising.

"When those who are above cannot anymore, when those who are below no longer want ..."

The political and social crisis accelerates sharply in France and could even lead to a popular uprising of pre-revolutionary importance. It must be remembered that Sarkozy could not be re-elected and that Hollande could not even represent himself. As for Macron and his completely false majority (56% of the voters did not vote in the second legislative round!), It did not take two years to attack the popular layers.

Increasingly, Lenin's comment is very timely: "When those from below do not want to be governed as before, when those from above can no longer govern as before, then a period of revolution begins."

Go to the mass movement because it is moving forward.

Certainly, it is not a matter of idealizing the movement of yellow vests whose initial ideological weaknesses are much less attributable to insurgent citizens than to the enormous failures of the unions and the political personnel who for decades denied the ideological struggle against capitalism. socialism and for the power of the working class. And in the absence of a real militant communist party and 100% against the EU, the lack of a class union movement liberates from the vagaries of "social dialogue", also for a France positively rebellious to the supranational capital EU and a popular and patriotic left that puts the world of work at the center of a new CNR, any popular movement can easily fall prey to the demagogues of the far right in Wauquiez or Le Pen. As Lenin also understood: "Without revolutionary theory (and without the vanguard party of the proletariat!), There is no revolutionary movement."

However, far from opening revolutionary perspectives to the popular movement, the politico-syndicalist left surprised by the G.J. It offers an unfortunate spectacle:

  • Deaf to their combative bases of the CGT that reach yellow vests and want to build all together against the power, the Confederate General Staff of the CGT has rejected and denigrated the movement of the yellow vests instead of putting the package so that the "vests" "yellows" and "red vests" join everywhere, to help the movement to democratically organize around clear class demands, which demand a step from road blockade to blockade of capitalist profits in and around companies; Let's not talk about the staff of the CFDT, this "capital pastor" whose management of the mission and the government is to resort to the false social dialogue in Macron.
  • PCF Congress has delivered a bright pink mouse. In fact, the new national secretary, Fabien Roussel, assisted by the immovable Pierre Laurent, hastened to increase anti-Leninism, which forms the basis of the reformist "mutation" of this party, to reject any idea of ​​nationalization. Large companies, to denigrate the idea of ​​leaving the left of the euro and the EU (Frexit Progressive), the resolution passed in Congress even achieved the feat of condemning France insubordinately while opening the door. PS / PCF union to the first municipal round (which again is to criticize Melenchon!). By not restoring the hammer and sickle as emblem of the party, the new leadership even speaks of a list common to Europeans with the socialist ghost Hamon ... And to say that we dare to present this "change" as an "identity" of refocus of PCF!
  • the F.I. has entered into a serious crisis that sees the neomitterrandiana tendency that, lamentably, supported by JLM, brutally excludes the republican, patriotic, anti-imperialist elements and closer to the popular aspirations. The PRCF, which did well to provide critical but dynamic support for the JLM application, is not surprised by the increasing class differentiation of the IF. We have always said that the MI is a composite mass movement, part of which, linked to the upper layers of the metropolis, dreams of replacing the late PS, while the mass of workers who voted for JLM aspire to a clear opposition policy for the capitalist EU. More than ever, the PRCF calls for the formation of a broad anti-fascist, patriotic, popular and environmental Front supported by a popular and patriotic Left, which places "the world of work at the center of national life" (as requested by the CNR program). It implies the quickest possible reconstruction of a communist combat party.

With this in mind, the PRCF proposes:

  • A progressive Frexit Tour de France, antifascist and internationalist. We must fight against the only Maastrichtian party incarnated Macron, the proconsul Merkel and the right Wauquiez / Le Pen who does not even want to leave the supranational EU. For the pluralistic debate, let's drop the taboos on the euro, this continental austerity made currency, in the EU, this prison of the peoples governed by Berlin, on NATO, this machine to globalize the next wars of the United States against the peoples; Russian, Iranian and Chinese, and in capitalism, this obsolete system that leads humanity to its loss for all reasons!
  • Combat the Union of Fighting Syndicalists; It is a shame for the staff of the union confederations in euro format who, for so many years, have refused to organize the blockade of capitalist profit by preferring false social dialogue and the moldy lie of social Europe. Trade unionists struggle, we coordinate downward and inter-pro by preferring social anger to sleepy devices. Why not discuss, for example, the principle of an important demonstration in the Champs-Elysees on the slogan of the general increase in wages, the repeal of all counter-reforms and privatizations of Maastrichtians? A great democratic fiscal reform that taxes the great fortunes and the capitalists for the benefit of the working class and the middle classes?
  • support for the mobilization of yellow vests, discussion with them on an equal footing and mutual respect, help the movement to organize democratically through the election of delegates everywhere revocable, not to back the false social dialogue of the government but to expand and coordinate the action at all levels, without mentioning the companies, the commercial and industrial areas, the places where he works, lives and studies the young people who often sacrifice themselves in our country. Also support the high school students who are fighting against Parcoursup and breaking up the French secondary school.

Only the people are sovereign!

PCUSA General Secretary meets with KKE Central Committee Member

KKE 100th anniversary celebration event in Astoria, New York, Saturday October 13, 2018.

Party of Communists USA General Secretary Dr. Angelo D’angelo meets with Communist Party of Greece Central Committee Member Zisis Lymperidis.

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) recently celebrated 100 and 50 years, respectively. The PCUSA and LYCUSA support the KKE internationally, as the Party of Communists USA calls for the bolshevization of Communist Parties around the world, support of the former Soviet experience, and for the strengthening of Marxism-Leninism.

What Dedication Means to Us

What Dedication Means to Us

By Johnathon of the LYC

Since the fall of the Soviet Union the Communist movement faced decline for a time due to defeatist ideas floating around in the left. Nevertheless in recent years we’ve seen an influx of “Marxist” and of the left in general. While this is great on the surface this also has shown itself to have problems which must be addressed. Many of these newly founded communists lack the discipline required in the organization of our movement. Some reason for this range from some having a comfortable “middle” class life, to advocacy on the Internet but lack of real life organization, to ultra leftism and ideas of reaction. Nevertheless it’s important to not down these potential comrades and to educate them to them to the fullest of our ability. In the wise words of comrade Angelo “it’s the job of the younger generation to carry the torch of Marxism-Leninism, to fight for Socialism-Communism”. If we are to do our mission we must educate even the most loosely allies and those who are willing to listen to us. While the problem of Dedication and discipline mostly lays with those who do not align themselves with the revolutionary movement, this problem can even be found within our ranks. For this reason we must fight this problem tooth and nail if we hope to organize a revolutionary Marxist movement.

In recent times I’ve found myself doing the best I could to find potential comrades within my rather small community. As is the usual with small communities it is rather right wing so even finding so much as left leaning is rather rare. With that said I had some luck when I met someone who was interested. After giving him some reading and education and slowly began to be more educated. All seemed well but when I joined the LYC he was rather reluctant to join himself. Some of his concerns were family related but I later came to find out the truth. He had been really close to the online community, talking and debating and that sort of thing. While this is not a terrible thing to and even partaken at times too it slowly became the only “communist” related thing he did, other then reading. While he would pass The Worker with me, that was about it. You’d be hard pressed to find him at any party meetings and doing any work for the party. Getting him to pay dues was a chore and overall is what most would call a “armchair communist”. One thing lead to another and moved and with that moving he simply moved on from his political affiliation. While I will admit his lack of commitment was not the only reason for his departure but make it all the easier. While this was hard on myself it taught me a lot about the current state of the left. As Angelo told me when I first joined “some come to the party looking to be apart of something but as many find they do not find the party life and leave, they come and go”. Age I believe unfortunately plays a huge role in one’s dedication. Young the comrade the more likely they will come and go and a natural state of immaturity. With that said not all younger comrades are this way and to my comrades who are younger you can always be different.

As we have seen in our history both in history of the American Communist movement and in the Soviet Union, that dedication has been shown as an important piece of a vanguard party. If it wasn’t for the dedication of our Russian comrades of Petrograd in 1917 then there would have never been real existing socialism. If it wasn’t for the dedication of our American comrades in 30’s and after the 2nd Red scare then the party would have never grown to levels it did, scaring the American ruining class. So the importance of dedication cannot be understated. If we have any chance to expand the American communist movement then we must learn to be dedicated cadre ourselves.

At this point it must be defined what is communist dedication. Dedication of the Marxist type is dedication to the working class, to the movement, and to carrying the torch of Marxism-Leninism. So what does dedication to the working class mean? Well simply it means going down to the factory, workhouse, store,… etc and organizing the works. Working with the trade unions and workers organizations. Education of the worker in there exploiton and revolutionary theory, and most importantly remembering that we are not separate from the worker and we cannot alienate ourselves. What about the movement? Well this is our ability to give ourselves to the party and to the advancement of our cause. Meaning we must being willing to do what must be done to advance our party and to strengthen our line. We cannot wait for someone to do it for for us. Cadres must be selfless in party work and must follow through with the tasks they have been given or volunteered for. This also means following party line, even if you disagree with it. All comrades are given the chance to voice their opinion on a policy but once it is passed it must be carried out. Finally our great task of carrying the torch of Marxism Leninism. This falls under the other two categories we have talked about but most importantly expand our understanding of Marxism and how to run the party. The younger generation will one day be the leaders of the party and we must be ready for that. This also extends to our daily lives. We are always communist, not only at party meetings but at school, work, home or anywhere else we find ourselves. As Kim Il Sung said ‘’he who takes a dogmatic attitude towards Marxism and foreign experience is not a genuine Marxist. He is a bogus Marxist”. This is our duty and if we fail to achieve it then how can we call ourselves communist?

So why do so many “communist’’ fail to do this? Well as Gus Hall said “those who come to us bring bourgeois baggage” meaning many of those who see the problems in our country typically come from more comfy middle class live compared to the working class. While these people see the issues they are quick to denounce us once anti communist propaganda plays its role. Many have ultra left and anti soviet tendencies, some homophobia. One reason for this problem is that we’ve so far failed to go to the workers and recruit them. The workers more than anyone else know the horrors of capital and it’s important a party of the working class consists of the working class. With that said we can’t just ignore those who have the potential to be help to us. Nevertheless our efforts must be focused on the workers and those who have shown themselves dedicated. Those who come to us must be given solid education in basic Marxism. This task should be given to a comrade who has a solid understanding of Marxism. Along with this is a basic understanding of history to help fight against the propaganda. Giving these comrades more one on one education and help, along with the People’s school and LYC study. We also must not get caught up on those who come and go. We must focus on those who stay and want to help.

We cannot give up now. Imagine if Lenin had given up when he was sent into exile? The hard times are to come but if we are strong enough we will prove ourselves victorious. Socialism is the future of this country and communism is the future of the world but will not be given to us. Conditions are going from bad to worse and when a revolutionary situation is presented to ourselves we must be ready to fight. However most importantly we must carry the torch of Marxism-Leninism.

Press Release of Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) Odigitis Festival

Retrieved from: http://int.kne.gr/press/313-festival-100-years-kke-50-years-kne

On Saturday the huge awe-inspiring political gathering was addressed by the GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas and greeted by the Secretary of the CC of the KNE, Nikos Abatiellos, as well as by the Palestinian activist, Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year old activist who was held for eight months this year in Israeli prisons, who became a symbol of the struggle of the Palestinian people against the criminal Israeli occupation, who participated in the Festival, invited by the KNE.

In her greeting, Ahed Tamimi stated:

“I greet all of you here at the Festival. I want to thank all of you for the immense support you have given towards the Palestinian cause. I thank you for your powerful moral stance that gives great strength to our struggle.

First of all, I would like to congratulate the KKE on its 100 years of action and the 50 years of the KNE. We always say that we gather strength from the strength and support that you give us; however, we don’t consider you only as supporters of our cause but as partners in the struggle and in our struggle.

Despite the suffering that each Palestinian undergoes every day, we don’t view ourselves as victims, but as fighters for freedom and the cause. We always say that the peoples and our people can achieve change and can bring the struggle to fruition; for this, free people all over the world must join together to put an end to exploitation, capitalism and colonialism and to end imperialism.

We thank everyone for the support you have given us. Your stance means a lot to us and gives me great strength to return to my homeland, to my country and to continue the struggle against colonialism.

In closing, I would like to say that we come from the land of peace, from Palestine, which at no time had peace. If there is no peace in Palestine, there will be no peace ever in the world.

All of the governments that support Israel support it because of their capitalist interests and we must all unite against colonialism and capitalism that is the reason and the cause for all of the suffering of the world. Thank you all for your support!”

The Secretary of the CC of the KNE, N. Abatiellos commented, among other things on the action of the KNE: “We erect obstacles EVERYWHERE against the effort of the system and its parties to deceive the youth. These efforts will strengthen. We lead the way everywhere in order to reveal the false hopes the government and the other parties are sowing; we take the lead in order to create spots of resistance against the anti-people policies, collective struggles for the contemporary needs of the youth. To strengthen the anti-capitalist struggle with the participation, the liveliness, the militancy of the youth of working-popular families…. With a strong workers’ movement, with a more powerful social alliance, our generation can be the generation of overthrows! (…) Together with the KNE and the KKE, the youth can become stronger, to struggle for a life with real freedom, to satisfy their contemporary needs.

Towards this effort we have powerful weapons. The contemporary revolutionary strategy of the KKE, its estimations and conclusions drawn from a century of History, full of struggles, sacrifices, confrontations with the bourgeois class, the state and its mechanisms. We have the forcefulness of the 50-year course of the KNE that is the youthful charge on the future, for a new world, for socialism – communism. We are optimistic. We are certain and decided.”

Announcment of Bureau of CC of KNE, about the succesful Festival 100 years KKE-50 years KNE

Communist Pledge of the Partido Comunista Mexicano, PCM

Unbreakable promise of the communist to enter

consciously, selflessly and without coercion in the

communist party:

I give my word:

To consider as my family all the communist comrades and all

those who share our doctrine not only in words, but in fact; to

fight, until exhaling the last breath, for the poor workers

and peasants; to work in the measure of strength and capacity

for the benefit of the proletariat; to defend the Soviet Power,

 its honor and its dignity with my works and by

personal example; to place the discipline of the Party

above personal convictions and interests: to fulfill completely

and unconditionally all the obligations that the Party imposes

 on me.

 

I force myself:

To have no compassion for the enemies of the working people or to cover them up, even if these enemies are former friends and close relatives; not to maintain friendship with the enemies of the proletariat or with anyone who thinks in a hostile way to us; to attract new disciples to the doctrine of communism; to educate family members as true communists.

I promise:

To face death with dignity and serenely, to emancipate the workers from the yoke of the oppressors; to not ask mercy from enemies; Communist Party of Mexico of the workers if I am taken prisoner  

 

or in combat; not to simulate before the enemy that I think of another way to obtain profit or personal advantages.

Renucio:

To accumulate personal wealth, money and things;

I consider denigrating gambling commerce as a means of personal gain; I consider shameful superstitions, a vestige of obscurantism and ignorance; I consider it inadmissible to classify people according to their religion, language or nationality, convinced that in the future all workers will be merged into one family.

I will pity only those who have been deceived and dragged by the enemy because of their ignorance,

and I will forgive and forget the old crimes to those who sincerely repent, come with us from the enemy camp and erase their past with works.

If I do not keep my promises consciously,

guided by the desire for profit and profit, I will be I reprobate and a miserable traitor.

This means that I have lied to myself,

to the comrades, to my conscience, And I will not be worthy of the title of communist!

On the oath to be pronounced upon entering the Party, I propose that this text, which is an excerpt from a text emerged from the masses of Russian workers upon entering the Communist Party, is collected by Elizaveta Drabkina in Black and Hard Bread. Propuesta del Camarada Ángel Chávez

May Day Greetings 2018

May Day Greetings from the League of Young Communists USA – Party of Communists USA

California – New York – New Jersey – Alabama – Colorado – Massachusetts – Maryland – Texas – Florida – North Carolina – Washington – Indiana – Arizona – Oregon – Georgia – Minnesota – Pennsylvania – Oklahoma

The World Federation of Democratic Youth, calls on its members to commemorate the “1st of May / Labor Day”. 132 WFDY honours Chicago’s first martyrs, holding on the same time their ideas and the purpose of their sacrifice, where they remain alive, enhancing the unity of the today’s workers in the struggle for work with rights, peace and social justice.

The struggle and the deaths of Chicago were followed by other struggles; in every corner of the world, the working class fought, struggled and sacrificed even in circumstances where, beyond class oppression, it was also facing the colonial oppression.

The struggle of young people and workers today at the global level is called to challenge the intensification of imperialist barbarity with wars and foreign interventions, at the same time that is threatening and destabilizing peace. The exploitation of peoples is also intensified with the capital aggression against the workers’ and the youth anti-imperialist movement becoming even bigger.

Furthermore, conservative, neo-liberal and anti-labour policies continue to push the peoples towards poverty and impoverishment. Precariousness dominates young people and the workers where they face unemployment and labour exploitation and they see the dissolution of their acquired rights. At the same time, young people and workers around the world are deeply concerned with the new wave of aggression manifested by the United States and their NATO allies. This new wave of attacks is the continuation of NATO’s imperialist policy, which is aiming at exploiting the natural resources of independent and sovereign states, as well as the control of new markets. The most recent examples of imperialist aggression concern the missile attacks against Syria (April 14, 2018), as well as the ongoing violence and murders against Palestinian children and civilians by the Israeli troops.

Therefore, on this honourable day of struggles and demonstrations, WFDY sends the message of unity and solidarity to all the progressive and democratic young people of the world, inviting them to go forward united with the workers and the popular strata. To intensify their anti-imperialist struggle through the organized struggle, since the future and the wellbeing of peoples, is incompatible with this unfair and exploitative system.

Long Live the anit-imperialist struggle!

Long Live the 1st of May!

On Behalf of WFDY

The HQ

Palestine Day of Common Action – 3/12/2018

The League of Young Communists USA supports the Palestine Day of Action.

Communist Youth Organizations supporting the joint Call for the Palesitinian Issue until 08/03: 1. Communist Youth of Austria, KJÖ 2. Bangladesh Youth Union, BYU 3. Bangladesh Students Union, BSU 4. Communist Youth of Bolivia, JCB 5. Communist Youth Union, UJC– Brazil 6. Communist Youth Union, KSM – Czech Republic 7. Communist Youth of Ecuador, JCE 8. Union of Communist Youth, UJC – France 9. Socialist German Workers Youth, SDAJ 10.Communist Youth of Greece, KNE 11.Front of Communist Youth, FGC – Italy 12.Workers Party Youth – Ireland 13.Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan 14.Federation of Young Communists, FJC– Mexico 15.Democratic Students Federation – Pakistan 16.Communist Youth of Pakistan 17.Revolutionary Communist Youth League (Bolsheviks), RKSMb – Russia 18.Young Communist League of Yugoslavia, SKOJ – Serbia 19.Collectives of Young Communists, CJC – Spain 20.Communist Youth Union of Spain, UJCE 21.Communist Youth of Catalonia, JCC 22.Communist Youth of Turkey, TKG 23. League of Young Communists USA, LYCUSA

Modern Lies About Socialism in Our School System

By: Comrade Johnathan for the LYC

           In 9th grade I was first exposed to communism is school. At this point I had a somewhat socialist mindset but I had never heard of Marx or Lenin. In English class we began to read a very famous anti-communist book by the name of Animal Farm by george Orwell. My teacher who is a rather objective person teach us about communism very broadly. She was objective and tried to be fair but nevertheless we watched a documentary about the Soviet Union. This documentary was more filled with lies then I could ever realize at that point in time. After that we read the book which in simple is a about a bunch of animals who over take a farm and establish a dictatorship. Throughout reading the book I never quite satisfied with its idea of communism. I decided to start reading Marxism literature and now the rest is history. Another great example is my history class in 10th grade in which I had a rather complex understanding of Marxism Leninism at this point in time. My history teacher saw me reading Lenin and had a rant on how terrible communism is. From that point on his class was rather hard on communism and completely anti objective. He even suggested that I read the gulag archipelago which is an even more of anti communist book written by Nazi sympathizer. Throughout my experience in school there are too many stories to address here due to me having no means to remember everything that was said and because it happens so much. Nevertheless my experience is one of many who see this cramming of anti communism down our throats.

               It’s no lie to say that our school system has lied about socialism and communism time and time again. In history class we are told that the Soviet Union was more brutal than hitler’s fascist regime. In economics we are told that command/ planned economy is a result of a dictatorship and leads to economic failure. Even in English class we read the fiction of George Orwell and his lies against the Soviet cause. Even worse than that many “professionals” think that schools don’t teach the horrors of communism enough and how our schools even teach communist values. Nothing can be further from the truth. Every day the school is cramming anti communist ideas into the brains of students to the point where anything other than anti communism is seen worse than that of someone who holds fascist beliefs. Though schools should stay completely objective they should not teach the false history of communism and teach all forms of political ideology fairly.

            School by its very purpose needs to be objective and yet we find schools to be one of the biggest medians for indoctrination into the “American” way of life. It would be easy for someone to blame teachers for this but this is generally a false statement. Teachers are merely listening to the state and therefore the capitalist class on what to teach. Most teachers hope for their class to be objective yet it’s not because teachers can only control so much in a classroom. Teachers have to strictly follow the curriculum leaving very little time for teaching other ideas or opinions on the topic. Some teachers try their hardest to make their classes objective while others give into the indoctrination making that class even more biased. Teachers should not and are not enemies of the communist movement and should be welcomed with open arms. They like many other Americans have be told lies and are indoctrinated into the great American lie. Many teachers in my school have a few reactions to my belief in communism. Most don’t care or would rather not get political with students. Some are directly aggressive towards communism and will usually drag the class towards that but some are open to political discussion and are very respectful and will even agree with communists on some key points. Communists shouldn’t get aggressive back to teachers or try cause political conflicts in the middle of class. This only causes a bad image of our movement and in reactionary schools may even cause harsher policies towards political beliefs.

            Usually most of the anti communist propaganda in school comes from the state’s board of education. Colorado, Utah, and any other states make up a curriculum for that given states school system to follow. Teachers and even school administrators have very little to do with what the curriculum says and teaches. Most of the people who in the school bored are not working class. Like any other part of the government it is filled with mostly of the bourgeois. Unlike the working class teachers these elites gain from schools teaching the ideology of their choosing and teaching the “evils” of communism and the “greatness” of capitalism. Even at the local levels the school administrators and local government (not big cities but small towns) tend to be petty bourgeois and enforcing this indoctrination is also in their interests. The education system is one of the most bureaucratic anti teacher beaches of the government. Some teachers mostly in big cities strake against the school system and even try to form teachers unions. Despite this teachers are one of the lowest paid professions and have little to no voice about their workplace and what they can teach.

         Now that we have addressed the why and how this indoctrination happens it is now important to address the effect this has on the students. From my experience it causes students to be aggressive towards their fellow students holding different ideologies. A good example of this is when students communist or not don’t stand for the pledge of allegiance students will try to force the student to stand up and will slap their hat off their head and start singing the star spangled banner. Of course I can’t speak for every school and my school is rather reactionary but I can say without a doubt that my school is not the only one. On the rare occasion discussion is allowed students who hold an opposing view are usually told to stop sharing their thoughts by other classmates and are harassed by some students almost on a daily basis. In my school particularly I remember in my AP world history we talked very little about the holocaust and the crimes caused by the Nazis but nearly spent a whole week “learning” the “horrors” of the Soviet Union and how democratic and peace loving the USA is. I noticed after that my fellow students treated me differently. In their mind I believed in an ideology of murder and starvation. Other comrades I know have faced open harassment from students and the school administration tends to ignore or blame the oppressed students on the problems that are being caused. To any devoted communist student still in school my advice is to not argue with students and teachers unless they want to and will take you seriously. The best thing to do is master the theory of Marxism Leninism and to study our history and to understand the schools lies. That’s not say don’t advocate but don’t waste your time with those who refuse to listen and will cause your life more trouble.

         What can be done to stop this slander of our ideology and of our history. Well the simple answer is to understand and then to educate. Those teachers and students who will listen are potentially comrades and we must spend our time with them and teaching them. When you find that a teacher is teaching these lies type them a email and be very professional. Try to ignore those who will not listen and focus on school and the study of communist theory. School should not be a communists main battle ground. School is an opportunity to read theory and to understand the true horrors of the capitalist system. Once you have graduated and go into the workforce and to college the opportunities to advocate are different and more apparent. Unfortunately the public school system is a hard place for most young communist and our ideas are ignored because of our inexperience in life and age. Advocate but make sure to use your head and not to cause unneeded conflict that only causes a bad image of our ideology.