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Why don't you tone it down? Use less rhetoric.

The middle-classes otherwise known as the petty-bourgeoisie constantly ask MIM to "tone it down." The classes in-between the imperialists and the property-less known as proletarians are inclined to believe that there is a neutral educational tone appropriate for all communications.

In reality, a neutral tone is not appropriate when your friend is about to fall off a cliff. You better yell in excitement: "Look out!" According to the petty-bourgeoisie and the imperialists, there is no reason within the status quo to be yelling or using a harsh tone. In contrast, we see an emergency situation in reality, a reality so bad it needs to be overthrown. Hence, we communists seek to match our tone to underlying substance. Those obsessed with tone, style or art for their own sake we call "formalists."

We communists in the imperialist countries are under continuous pressure to sell out the proletarian class, the only class that can rise above special interests and deliver a more advanced and peaceful future. For us, there is often a scathing reality to be faced. It is easy to get far off course.

Another reason the appropriate tone is necessary is that the middle-classes may be comfortable but the real proletariat and the lumpen-proletariat will veer into apolitical crime if they do not see a party matching its angry mood. The oppressed and exploited have a lot to be angry about. The bourgeois and petty-bourgeois political organizations do not suit them and sometimes the result is pseudo-rebellion through street-crime. Often times the spirit of these pseudo-rebellious people is in the right place, but they don't see political leaders with the right tone.

Contrary to those who say use of a harsh tone is "preaching to the converted," we communists have yet to tap a small fraction of the power of our class and its allies in the lumpen-proletariat. It goes wasted--sometimes in prison, sometimes in shoot-outs and sometimes in anger turned to despair and drug-use.

MIM is the one political organization that is angry with the system. We aren't going to tone it down. There are plenty of ineffective organizations doing that. We will try to speak the language of the people, sometimes at a fifth grade reading level, but no matter what subculture we are addressing, we will never tone it down till we reach a society of communism, when peaceful tone will be justified.

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