by PIRAO Chief, July 1, 2004
MIM's central task: "to create public opinion and the independent institutions of the oppressed to seize power."
|Statistic||June, 2003||June, 2004||% change|
|Number of different computers MIM served||30002||37783||+26%|
|Avg. MIM pages served per day||2459||3403||+38%|
|MIM data transferred||81.32 megabytes/day||233.59 megabytes/day||+187%|
|MIM Notes printed copies compared with pre-911=100||67||111|
|All language newspapers printed copies compared with pre-911=100||67||111|
|MIM prison circulation averaged over two months Jan 2002=100||0||206|
|Number of top 53 cites of U.$/Kanada receiving at least 1000 MIM Notes**||Unknown||9|
|Average days after print date by which 80% of papers have been distributed||Unknown||+30|
|Number of Art page users||3475||5825||+68%|
|Number of different MIM web page files actively chosen from||4189||5745||+37%|
|Amazon visitors sent from web page||539||705||+31%|
Once again, we have a backlog of work. In the backlog of work are included many documents for the web page and some books and other things that the party needs to publish. This makes it frustrating for outsiders to work with the party, because many are volunteering their bits of effort. On the flipside, the frustration is part of the fact that the party has made possible a vision of cooperation and goals that can be accomplished.
It's important not to give in to the pragmatist temptation to say "the party doesn't do this or that and therefore it is wrong." If a party in state power does not do something it has within its reach that is one thing, but criticisms of small parties as we have in the imperialist countries are another thing. 99 out of 100 times such criticisms end up being subjectivist and idealist. The assumption in these types of criticisms is usually that the individual knows what is best for the party to do tactically and that the party should do it for the individual. Both assumptions are wrong, but especially the latter one. The underlying judgement amounts to taunting the oppressed and exploited for not being in power already. That's what pragmatism always amounts to in the imperialist countries. Parties should be supported for their lines and if they have tactical weaknesses, it is important to remedy them by action, not complaining from the outside.
In the situation we have now, the question of small parties is that they need assistance or they would not be small and in the underdog situation to begin with. We are also not competing along the lines of Democrats and Republicans. We are a party of people leading in a certain direction. Since our work lacks and is insufficient to overthrow capitalism, people need to step forward to join and lead.
In June, we did receive the help from one new persyn doing work for the web page. We're still looking for
totally new contributors. If you would like to scan works and put them into .html format for the web page, here are some