Article from Class War Issue 73 looking at revolutionary organisation.
The following article is the text of a speech delivered at a public meeting to discuss revolutionary organizations and class consciousness on Saturday February 26, 2005 in Toronto.
Article in response to the Red and Black Notes pamphlet Organization and Spontaneity by the Chicago Revolutionary Network, discussion the need to combine both.
Howard Ryan argues that consensus is wrong in principle and in practice: "The problem is not so much that individuals are being irresponsible or somehow abusing the consensus process. The problem lies in giving individuals that kind of power in the first place. Consensus turns majority rule into minority rule. That's not democracy."
After Camatte/Collu's 'On Organisation' was published in Detroit in 1974 there was a debate about it over several issues in Fifth Estate. Joe Jacobs, a former Solidarity(UK) member, had been reflecting on the 'organisation question' for a long time prior to reading this debate and he sent them a contribution partly based on some previous writings. Before it could be published in June 1977 he died.