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Further update and a Discussion Point

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:46 PM


Dear comrades of the CPDA,

I would like to announce that the creation of a Commissar of Environmental Affairs has been approved by the All-Party Vote. Comrade Fatal-Nostalgia both proposed the creation of the post along with an outline of what the Commissar's duties would be:

Commissar of Environmental Affairs Description

1. Promote discussion of environmental happenings and their social-economic relationships.
2. Cover a wide variety of green politics such as eco-socialism and anarcho-primitivism.
3. Explore contributions to ideologies made by ecologically minded individuals and groups.
4. Encourage examination of modern, industrial based society and its flaws.
5. Devote attention to ecological science and its significance.
6. Provide education on the positive effects of going green, and how to do so.
7. Examine cultural, historical, religious, and philosophical understandings of nature.
8. Reiterate environmental holidays and their histories.
9. Create and accept from others environmentally conscious, left-leaning artwork.
10. Aid general group and blog content with environmentally based writing submissions.

Current candidate for the Commissariat of Environmental Affairs:

Fatal-Nostalgia

If any other comrades would be interested in running for this post before we begin elections next week, please announce your candidacy.

Now for our discussion point. For some time, the leadership of the Communist Party of DeviantART has consisted of the Central Committee, headed by the Central Executive Committee.

While the roles of the Executive Committee members is rather well defined, the lower (junior) segment of the Committee has been relatively undefined. Currently, non-Executive Committee members are observers to the functioning of the Party. They may propose ideas and are encouraged to give insight and feedback on the various goals and agenda of the Party but hold no voting power in approving or denying any policies we may debate upon. Voting on actual Party policies is done exclusively by the soon-to-be eight member Central Executive Committee.

What I would like to know is if we should have a more defined role for our junior Committee members, possibly making them Deputy Commissars to aid and actively participate in implementing the aims of each Commissariat.

I would also like to suggest that the role of General Secretary be moved to a purely administrative function, losing voting rights on the Executive Committee to maintain a seven member voting standard. Having an odd number of votes helps to ensure that a split vote, and thus a deadlock, doesn't occur in Party decisions. In my tenure as General Secretary, I've always viewed my position as that of an administrator seeing to the weekly functions of the Party rather than a genuine "first among many". I believe it is important to maintain the principles of collective leadership based upon the tenants of Democratic Centralism.

In short, I believe that the Observer members should be made into Deputy Commissars to help the functions of the Commissariats. They would volunteer to work with a particular Commissar and assist in projects put forward by that Commissar. They would not gain any voting rights on policy decisions, but would gain actual identity and purpose outside of merely observing. I also believe that the voting rights of the Party General Secretary should be nullified to maintain a majority vote on the soon to be eight member Executive Committee. The General Secretary would still be the nominal head of the Party, but the duties of the office would become strictly administrative in function.

Please discuss.

in solidarity,

The-Necromancer
CPDA General Secretary

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Kiev-45 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I agree further comrades! Nice idea on duties of Commissar of Environmental Affairs , while observes become deputy commissars. I assure you that we can help to any disscussions or topics for the sake of our great party! Have a productive day comrades!
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LivingSoviet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, well done, once again, we suceed.
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bawls34 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
the idea of observers being deputized to assisst members of the executive committee is interesting and i agree that it would be a good idea. would help to get more members of the party involved in the day to day politics and organization.

as for the general secretary losing their voting right, i don't think this is a wholly bad idea, but correct me if i'm wrong, won't this make stalemates possible on voting?
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Having an even number of voters would create the potential for stalemate. Currently, the Executive Committee consists of six Commissars and the General Secretary. Thus a stalemate is avoided by having a required majority of four to three. With the new Commissariat of Environmental Affairs, the number of voting members on the Executive Committee would raise to eight, thus creating the possibility of a four to four stalemate in voting procedures.
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bawls34 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
in that case i'm all for having the general secretary be relieved of voting procedures, very progressive move methinks..
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Considering I'm the current General Secretary, I imagine it must be odd that I'd suggest limiting my own influence and power.

Another proposal would be to have a representative of the junior members act as a ninth vote, thus raising the number of total votes to an odd number again.

Decisions, decisions...
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bawls34 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
i think it's odd that what you're considering is even viewed as odd, ah how the capitalist system can skew our views as to how organizations are to be run..
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, traditionally speaking (even outside of Capitalist models), those in power usually wish to keep their power. Thus my observation.

But I'm a firm believer in collective leadership and democratic decision making. While this can be a bit complicated and time consuming, it is also the most free and just way of doing things.
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The-Laughing-Rabbit Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The general secratery being purely administrative is kind of like Socialist anarchists, where me and our "co-founders" are just organizing the folders really (I hardly do any of it, since the other "co-founders" are pretty on top of it).

Something I think the junior committee could be would be to help the executive committee in the projects for the group. I have had a tough time getting information out of groups and organizations like the C.N.T. or SolFed due to relying solely on they're official blogs to get information on they're projects and goals rather than talking to organizers or secrateries in the organization that I made friends with over the years. I can always call up my friends and get all of the information on what the I.W.W. or AFL are up to or dealing with, I can't do that with SolFed. I would really appreciate some people to help me do the foot work so to speak.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is exactly what I believe the junior members should be doing. Likely, we should have encouraged this some time ago, but our organization seems to evolve a bit every year.

I do think we need to review our current junior members and perhaps demote the ones that have not been active for some time (or never have been active at all).
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KholdMalik Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
If I had enough know-how, I'd candidate too.

I DO have a lot to talk to who becomes the Comissar of Envirormental Affairs, though. It's about my country's rainforest.
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DeathlessLegends13 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Writer
I believe it is a good practice for the General Secretary to be an administrator more that the executive, leaving the executive power to a collective group of equals, and the first among equals seems to smack too much of the "some are more equal that others" from animal farms

I am curious as to the whether the junior members, if we make them deputy commissars, will be given the right to vote as well.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe I may have speculated on that in my other comment to you, which I find to be an acceptable idea.
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Fatal-Nostalgia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
First of all, I just wanted to say thanks for taking my idea into consideration. I really appreciate it!

As for your suggestion to provide more identity to observers by making them into deputy commissars, I wholeheartedly agree. The more well defined we are, the better. However, I am not entirely sure removing the general secretary's voting privileges is necessary. From your own time in this role, it is not as if you have been biased enough to sway things into a convoluted direction. And from what I have seen previously, I don't recall any instances where the group was put into a deadlock. There seems to already be a fairly strong sense of agreement in the upper party members. As long as we have clear minded people such as yourself in the role of general secretary, I don't think there will be any problems.
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KnoFear Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Writer
I support the idea of giving further roles to the Junior Members of the Committee; by doing so, their effects on the group as a whole will become more visible and their contributions will become more frequent, while also being constructive.

I'm not entirely certain we should end the voting rights of the General Secretary; if a Commissariat of Environmental Affairs is added with voting rights but the voting rights of the General Secretary are removed, then we are still left with an eight-member voting committee in which ties are possible. I would suggest the General Secretary position be allowed to keep his/her voting rights, especially since their leadership and input is no less valuable to the workings of the party than the other committee members.
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DeathlessLegends13 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Writer
Its only eight because of you current position as deputy commissar, so in reality after the election we should indeed have seven.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, the current Executive Committee consists of the following:

General Secretary
Commissar of External Affairs
Deputy Commissar of Internal Affairs (as dwpl has been persona non grata)
Commissar of Visual Arts
Commissar of Literary Affairs
Commissar of Theory and Ideology
Commissar of the Treasury

The new Executive Committee would look like this:

General Secretary
Commissar of External Affairs
Commissar of Internal Affairs
Commissar of Environmental Affairs
Commissar of Theory and Ideology
Commissar of Visual Arts
Commissar of Literary Affairs
Commissar of the Treasury

There is no actual Commissar of Internal Affairs at the moment, as we never promoted KnoFear to the full position due to wanting to hold elections for the post. With an even number of voting members, we could have the possibility of a voting stalemate as opposed to an odd number of voting members. I suppose, if need be, we could actually have a ninth voting position in the form of a representative of the Deputy Commissars. They could either elect a member from their ranks or simply rotate who is the voting member every month or two, thus creating an odd (in this case nine) total number of votes.

...this be confusing...

Also, I believe we should look over the current list of junior members and perhaps demote those who have not been active to the status of regular member. Frankly, as NurIzin is not running for his position again, I would like to see him placed as a Deputy just to have his occasional input on matters.
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HERNZ4795 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Non-grata? I thought he was just inactive, busy perhaps..
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He's been inactive for a very long amount of time. Last journal entry on his page is from 2010, last piece of art he submitted is from 2011, and the most recent comment he made was from back in May.

I'm not completely certain what he's been up to, whether it be university or something entirely different. I do wonder if he is OK or safe, but I have concern for many comrades even if I only know them in a limited capacity. It is always a bit unnerving when someone disappears for a lengthy amount of time, but such is the nature of the Internet...
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KnoFear Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Writer
Ah, so that's where the extra was coming from. Thanks for solving my confusion.
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DeathlessLegends13 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Writer
No problem comrade
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