The political party

 

The political party can be the greatest influence in the modern world, for good or evil. The organised movement when it represents an idea which is fundamental, and a party method which is serious, can be a greater influence in the state than even the multi media, establishment interests and money power. The movement must, of course, represent a clear and decisive idea of the period, an idea which the people want because its time has come. The movement must also have a real national organisation, which should aim at covering every street and village in the country. Then the party is paramount.
The party has to be more than a social organisation which supplies a few voluntary workers at an election, and is kept together between elections just by social occasions interspersed with a few polite lectures on matters of currant events. To be effective in this decisive sense the party must be a party of men and women dedicated to that idea; a real political movement is more like a religious order than a social organisation.

The party which really serves the people and is, therefore organised to that end, should be represented by a single responsible individual in every street of the great cities and in every village of the countryside. That person should be there to serve the people, to help them in need, to assist and to advice. Someone should always be there representing the party to whom anyone can turn in time of trouble, and not only in time of trouble but in any matter of everyday life which needs the helping hand. And anything the individual officer could not do, should be done by referring to the party officer at the next level who would be responsible for aiding several officers and who would if necessary refer it through the hierarchy of organisation until the whole influence of the party was mobilised to assist whoever was in trouble or in need of help. Such a party would be a movement of continually available service to the people, it would be of the people and with the people, and interwoven with their daily life.

Within its ranks the barriers of social class would be unknown. They are in any case an anachronism and an absurdity in the modern state. The only question with a fellow man is whether he is of like mind and spirit. It is the duty of the party to bring that attitude to every street and village where archaic sentiments of class may still linger.

A party should be a movement of service, but also of leadership, a companion to the people, ever at hand to help, but also a leader on paths which lead upward to new and unproven heights. It should be the duty of a party to look ahead, think ahead, feel ahead, and live ahead. For such ends it will need its general staff of thinkers and planners, of visionaries too, men and women at home in every sphere of contemporary thought and feeling, from the laboratories of science to the regions of pure thought and imagination, of literature, philosophy, poetry and art. Such a movement should seek always to be in the vanguard of the human march, a leader in all adventures of the mind and spirit.