[Marxism] The SWP, Respect and the united front

Lüko Willms lueko.willms at t-online.de
Mon Nov 5 05:14:57 MST 2007

On Sun, 4 Nov 2007 13:32:50 -0500, Joaquin Bustelo wrote:

> 	The "United Front" is not a universal panacea. 
> It was a specific application to a specific situation 
> -- the labor movement in several European countries after WWI --
> of Marxists tactics, i.e., tactics based on a historical and 
> materialist understanding of the evolution of human society
> in general and the class political movement of the workers 
> in particular. 

  say: of the need for the workers to form a unity, and to separate from 
the ruling class, or, as Marx formulated, to form themselves as a 
separate political party in and by ourselves. 

> 	Fine as the United Front may have been for those days, 
> the tactics of communists today must be based on today's situation, 
> and on an understanding that today's situation is radically 
> and qualitatively different from that of the post-WWI 
> European labor movement.

  The form has to be different, but the strategic orientation for unity 
of the class, and "class against class" remains. 

  As I liked to say in the internal discussions of our German section of 
the Fourth International, our little group of a few hundred members 
would not write a letter to the SPD leadership to invite for a comradely 
discussion how we two would work together for the good of the working 

  The form has to be different, the content remains. 


Lüko Willms
Frankfurt, Germany
visit http://www.mlwerke.de Marx, Engels, Luxemburg, Lenin, Trotzki in German

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