democratic struggles

James Miller jamiller at igc.apc.org
Sun Apr 21 21:48:52 MDT 1996


DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENTS AND MARXISTS

   Speaking of various democratic or other single-issue movements,
Malecki argues:

> Naturally one fights rascism or sexual oppression, but
>the point here is that unless there is a proletarian revolution led by the
>Vanguard rascism nor sexual oppression will be erased..That is why it is our
>duty to tell people engaged in single issue struggles the horrible truth.
>i.e. reforms will and can not solve your problems only revolution and the
>dictatorship of the proletariat can do that. That is also why we fight in
>trade unions.You know a series of traditional demands leading up to and
>including the formation of Soviets and a workers government.

   I don't know why the "truth" Malecki embraces seems so "horrible"
to him. I had though Marxists would contemplate socialist revolution
as a beautiful experience.
   I wonder how much experience Malecki has preaching horrible truths
to activists? I would not think they would be terrifically disturbed by
his ranting.
   As to the substance of the issue: reforms are the by-product of
revolutionary struggles. The struggles for civil rights in the U.S.
in the 1950s and 1960s had a revolutionary character, in spite of
the often liberal and conciliatory consciousness and tactics of the
main civil rights leaders. And that is why some very important
reforms were won. What made the struggle revolutionary was the
passionate and vigorous participation in the struggle by millions
of working people and youth.

   Malecki places demands on the participants of democratic movements
in return for his support. Here is the way he phrases in now:

>I say that i demand that they see the neccessity and fight for the
>liberation of the whole class. This means concretely saying; Yes we support
>you, however that is not enough...

   To demand of someone that they "see the necessity" of this, that
or the other thing is absurd and nonsensical. Why not just do as
Lenin and the Bolsheviks did in 1917, and "patiently explain" your
political views? If you do that you might stand a chance of
convincing someone of something. For Malecki to demand that people
"see the necessity" of whatever notion he has in his head is closer
to the method of Stalin than to that of Lenin. People cannot be
commanded to believe in something. They have to learn from their
own experience and from study and discussion.

Jim Miller
Seattle


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