[Marxism] XXX XXXX on the crisis in RESPECT
einde at gmx.de
Thu Nov 22 15:20:31 MST 2007
Louis Proyect schrieb:
I thought it was against the policy on this mailing list to use real
names of subscribers in the subject line!
> An article by Richard Seymour (aka, the blogger Lenin’s Tomb) has just
> shown up on MRZine, an online publication that is associated with the
> Monthly Review. The article defends Seymour’s organization, the British
> SWP, against their rivals over who is to blame for the split in RESPECT,
> a promising leftwing alternative to Labour. Edited by Yoshie Furuhashi,
> MRZine is widely perceived as a vehicle for some of her ideas about the
> need to synthesize socialism and Islamic radicalism. Since one of the
> SWP’s main complaints about its rivals is “communalism,” in other words
> pandering to “notables” in the Islamic/immigrant communities in order to
> get votes Tammany Hall-style, an exception to the general editorial
> dynamic must have been made in this instance. If there is one thing that
> can be said about Islamist politics in the Arab world, it is that it is
> based on this kind of old-fashioned politicking.
Actually the IST, unlike much of the rest left, has a constructive
engagement with many Islamist militants in countries like Egypt. Wwe
also refuse to designate Islamist movements as Islamo-fascist as some
sections of the left tend to do. We also recognise that Islamism has a
genuine anti-imperialist aspect - in the absence of a secular
alternative (due to the total political failure of the secular movements
over the last generation) it is not surprising that many militants turn
to Islamism - indeed the initial Islamist movements were a response to
Western imperialist intervention in the Middle East.
The dispute in Britain has little or nothing to do with this aspect of
Islamist politics and a lot more to do with reformist clientelist
politics of a kind that isn't uniquely Muslim.
But, of course, the details are not of any particular importance -
instead this is yet another welcome opportunity for the ritual bashing
of the "Leninist-Zinovievist" sinners, who are naturally always
responsible for the situation - "Zinovievism" is a sort of inescapable
political "original sin" of all "Leninist" organisations.
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