: Engels' quote does not demand a vanguard: it does demand a group of class conscious workers struggling to command understanding and clarify the way ahead 'communist understand the line of march' IIRC the Manifesto.
Nice to hear from you again---even if it's just to disagree!
I think you might be splitting hairs here, RD.
You are a member of a Party, are you not?
If I call a party that will 'bring understanding, thus acquired and clarified, to the working masses, to spread it with increased enthusiasm, to close the ranks of the party organizations and of the labor unions with ever greater energy' (Engels) a 'group of class conscious workers struggling to command understanding and clarify the way ahead "communist understand the line of march" IIRC the Manifesto' (you, emphasis added) INSTEAD of a vanguard (a party necessary to lead the workers into the socialist future---me), what has changed?