[Marxism] Nation Magazine article on the French left

Lance Murdoch lancemurdoch at gmail.com
Thu May 29 13:31:38 MDT 2008


On Thu, May 29, 2008 at 2:34 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
> By Marc Perelman
>
> It denounced the compromises of the Socialists with the market
> economy and of the Communists with the crimes of Stalin and the Soviet
> Union.

I guess this is what distinguishes them from every other Trotskyite group.

>  And Besancenot, a postman who doubles as the
> LCR's chief spokesman, is probably its most able
> representative, an everyday man turned charismatic national figure, a
> young amateur politician standing out in a sea of party apparatchiks.
[...]
> In addition to becoming younger, the LCR has become closer to the
> average population sociologically. After years of recruiting mostly
> among teachers and civil servants, its membership among the working
> class has recently surged, shedding its intellectual image.

This is more on the right track it seems to me.  I don't know if
Besancenot is a charismatic figure, but he is a young man in a working
class job who is militantly fighting for the rights of French workers
in ordinary French.

In 2007, French news had a segment where they highlighted the various
left-of-the-Socialist candidates in the French elections.  The other
Trotskyite candidates all seemed like old, pedantic professors, who
probably would have denounced the "crimes of Stalin and the Soviet
Union" about 55 and 15 years of their respective deaths if the segment
had given them the time.  Bescancenot appeared to be a young, working
class guy militantly fighting for working people.  It is not hard to
see why he had more appeal and received more votes than they did.




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