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The Tasks of the Youth Leagues

By Logan H.

One of the primary tasks of the commust youth is to be committed to furthering their communist education. The foundation of you, the young communist, is a firm grounding in learning and applying Marxist-Leninist theory. As Lenin states in his work (The Tasks of the Youth Leagues)

“And so, in dealing from this angle with the tasks confronting the youth, I must say that the tasks of the youth in general, and of the Young Communist Leagues and all other organisations in particular, might be summed up in a single word: learn.’

In the digital age where young people have access to seemingly limitless amounts of political theory, the pursuit of grasping theory presents a two-fold problem. The first problem is the manner in which you will acquire theoretical knowledge and the second problem is how you will put that theory into practice. The solution to these problems is undoubtedly the existence and oversight of the Communist Youth League over your development. Some of you may be wondering why the communist youth league is necessary to the theoretical development of young communists and why one can’t study and grow on their own. The answer is simple. Without the guidance of a youth league you are left defenseless against incorrect and anti-proletarian ideas. To take that point further, you’ll find yourself at risk of straying away from a consistent Marxist-Leninist ideology.

In a generation where political discourse is conducted through social media platforms amidst groups that are composed of various theoretical tendencies, the young communist is constantly at risk of absorbing and exhibiting incorrect theoretical ideas, namely theoretical ideas that are revolutionary in name, but counter-revolutionary in substance.

It’s with this simple point in mind that we reflect on the words of Stalin who said,

“The Party is the highest form of the class-organisation of the proletariat. It is impossible to win and maintain the dictatorship of the proletariat without a party made strong by its cohesion and discipline. But iron discipline cannot be thought of without unity of will and absolutely united action on the part of the members of the Party.”

It should be clear that the unity of will and action of a party is the result of the collective acceptance of the ideology of Marxism-Leninism. In order for the Youth to maintain and develop in a consistent manner theoretically, in a way that bears productive fruit and in a way that merges practical knowledge with practical action, the youth league remains a necessity.

Certainly the Marxist-Leninist should take the initiative to study and learn on their own, but these forms of individual study should never be primary. Especially when one considers the magnitude of the youths responsibility within the international communist movement. It is the youth who will become the torchbearers of class struggle. It is the youth who’ll advance the workers’ struggle to new heights. It’s with this in mind that Marxist-Leninist should dedicate themselves to the youth league and its educational programs. Only through the youth league can the younger generation be considered true Young Communist and thus gain the knowledge necessary to transform society.