I am not an autonomist and obviously see a role for political parties but its so didactic and over simplified, we can straw man or women any alternative as a means of foolishly just insisting on support for our own particular perspective. No one on the left has a recipe that works, a certain modesty, plurality and self-criticism are all needed rather than 'hey fools, you are wrong and we are right.'
Its boundary maintence which is never good to my mind. There are some excellent people in the SWP doing excellent things, for example, Mark Bergfeld's NUS Presidential campaign....this is not the way to build links.
The SWP are, of course, quite right to critique autonomists or ecosocialists or others on the left but simplification does not win respect....it would be very easy for autonomists to point to the failures of the traditional far left but this would not automatically justify their politics.
Criticism of others does not automatically illustrate the wisdom of ones own political position.
Autonomism shares many of the characteristics of anarchism. Its main idea is a rejection of organisation. It believes small, imaginative groups of radicals should act on behalf of the masses.
That's wrong, autonomists challenge traditional ideas of organisation, they may or may not have alternatives that work...they don't believe 'imaginative groups of radicals should act on behalf of the masses.'
If you remove the word 'imaginative', you would in fact get a caricature of Lenninism.