What’s wrong with trotsyites?
it is hilarious to me that you are the first person to ask this. TUMBLR, YOUR PRIORITIES
I can’t speak for the rest of the world but in australia, self-described trotskyists form the majority of our small, sectarian, hyper-visible socialist groups, and are rarely found outside them
you know the sort, endlessly smiling pamphleteers who can’t have an honest conversation with you, who are always trying to convert you to the party line, who if they hear you’re more of an anarchist try to pin you down as a follower of Bakunin or Proudhon and apply the party-approved arguments accordingly, and confuse recruiting browbeaten first-year uni students to their mailing list with building a movement
I think my parents — who are essentially socialists themselves — mainly find them tiresome, overeager, disingenuous, depressing, out-of-touch, and poor strategists, rather than out-and-out evil. bad partners (political or romantic), rather than necessarily bad people
there are actually a few trotskyist organisations and individuals I have time for — I’m reasonably fond of the Australian branch of the Committee for the Workers International, who glory in the simple title of the Socialist Party — but in general, I find them pretty tiresome
basically I can’t with vanguardism, I think it’s just an excuse not to have any interests or skills outside being a professional revolutionary. in a modern western setting it’s an incredibly self-serving perspective. one that’s very appealing to idealistic, vulnerable people who have trouble talking to others. I find the activities of a lot of Trotskyist groups frankly predatory.