Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Mon Jul 24 11:43:59 MDT 1995

Louis Proyect:
This is just not the old SWP vs CPUSA schism we're talking about. A new
generation of "revisionist" historians who were much less generous to FDR
than the preceding generation (Schlesinger et al) have similar notions to
the Trotskyists. I just came back from Butler Library with Gabriel
Kolko's new book "Century of War". His views, while his own, are much
closer to mine than yours. I would be happy to have a full-blown
discussion with you about this later on. In the meantime, I'm trying to
develop some ideas about the future of socialism in the 21st century and
this might take me a little while.

On Mon, 24 Jul 1995, Scott Marshall wrote:

> Louis:
> >The SWP opposed WWII as
> > an imperialist war, in contradistinction to the CPUSA which
> > considered it to be a "people's war". For their outspoken opposition to
> > WWII, the leadership of the SWP was arrested under the provisions of
> > the Smith Act, found guilty, and received prison terms.
> >
> This kind of blows me away Louis.
> 1) Surely WWII was a war against fascism
> which is not *just* another capitalist government.
> 2) If you believe that the SU was a gain for the working class as you've
> said, then how can you not have supported a war to save socialism from
> fascism.
> 3) Objectivly the SWP played right into the hands of the Bundists and the
> America firsters with this line.
> 4) Virtually all of the people's movements, not just the CP joined in the
> effort to defeat fascism - who supports the war is not in itself proof of
> its correctness I know but in this case the people, the TU's and
> virtually all the rest of the left (unlike WWI and Vietnam) supported the
> anti-fascist nature of the war.
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