Socialist Labour Party

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Fri Nov 24 14:31:17 MST 1995


On Fri, 24 Nov 1995, Adam Rose wrote:

> Given the relative numbers involved, while the SWP is part of the debate
> about left alternatives to Labour, it's ridiculous to suggest the SWP
> should join the SLP. We'd probably have enough members to force the new
> party to change its name to the Socialist Workers Party.
>

Louis: Boiled-down essence of sectarianism here. Scargill is a generic
socialist with credentials as the leader of the miner's struggles.
Anything he leads has the potential to become massive. The SWP in England
is perceived correctly as a group that will not allow anybody to be a
member unless they are willing to undergo "state capitalism" training in
the way that people applying for membership in the Catholic church
receive catechism. The appeal of the SLP is that it will allow people to
have Adam's views on the class nature of the former Soviet Union, my own,
people with a CP tradition, etc. just as long as they are united on the
tasks of the class-struggle facing the English working-class.


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