March 27, 2007
MIM's central task: "to create public opinion and the independent institutions of the oppressed to seize power."
MIM readership is enjoying a resurgence at the moment. Amid difficulties in 2006, MIM fell into a prolonged second place in U.$. socialist organization readership. Now we have reseized first place among groups calling themselves "socialist" or "communist" and have also jumped up in the international rankings.
Among all self-labelled "communist" organizations in the world, MIM is now second, behind only the People's Daily in China. Among 130 web pages calling themselves "Marxist," MIM is fourth, behind the People's Daily and two reference writings websites. Unfortunately this means that Granma in Cuba and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have fallen behind MIM again. MIM finds this unfortunate as reflecting the poor state of Internet readership in the Third World. CPI (Marxist) runs provincial governments in India and the equivalent of multinational corporations, but its Internet readership is weak. There was a time that MIM was ahead of even the Chinese phony communist Internet traffic, but that was an unnatural situation. In 2007 there are many more organizations able to compete with MIM for readers and the situation is more globally reflective than in the 1990s.
About 45% of MIM's readers are from countries that do not speak English as their first language. 50% of MIM's readers come from the English-speaking imperialist countries one would expect.
In May 2006, we announced we crossed the 100,000 readers per month mark. Lately we have ceased with publication of detailed central task reports.
MIM's resurgence through the international rankings proves that it is unnecessary to water down political line to attract readers. The reasons for that should be obvious: our communist movement is down too far low to be able to compromise ourselves into more readers just on the borderline of considering communism. MIM's approach of stressing the basics of history and theory, with a contemporary spin and no watering down is still working as of this date in 2007.