The takeaways from YDSA’s convention success are clear: By bringing organizers together in real-life space, we grant each other the grace necessary to carry out debate that is intense, sophisticated, and productive, all while ensuring respect and comradeship.
Our greatest strength does not come from how vigilantly we police the boundaries of political discourse and how quick we are to exact punitive discipline. It comes from whether or not we can gain hegemony through education, democratic debate, winning elections, and hard nosed organizing.
DSA’s electoral work has taken big steps forward since 2016. Now at DSA’s 2021 National Convention, delegates have the opportunity to push that project even further in the direction of building a real party.
DSA chapters should prioritize building strong socialist electoral apparatuses. Agitating today for an eventual split from the Democratic Party would stunt our power and make the formation of a mass workers’ party less likely.