Bolshevism vs Menshevism?

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Fri Jun 7 09:07:30 MDT 1996


On Fri, 7 Jun 1996, Jorn Andersen wrote:

> Is the centrality of the working class a basic line of division?

I don't know what the "centrality" of the working class means exactly.
Does this mean agreeing with the main points of the Communist Manifesto?
Then, I suppose so.

> Who is "within Marxism" and who is not?

In the United States, this means a rather broad milieu that includes
journalists such as Doug Henwood, Alex Cockburn, Adolf Reed, etc.,
thousands of trade unionists like Jon Flanders of our list, black
activists, environmentalists and feminists who put the class criterion
first, and the thousands of students who have awakened politically in
recent years at places like Columbia University and who agree with a basic
Marxist outlook.

I advocate that all of these individuals and groups form a socialist
party. I would expect existing non-sectarian formations such as the CofC
and Solidarity to be instrumental in the formation of such a party and to
fuse with it as soon as it is formed.

There are also Marxist groups which, except for the Communist Party,
that number only in the hundreds. All of these groups view themselves as
the nucleus of a Marxist-Leninist vanguard and would attack such a
broad-based party as I describe as "opportunist". I would hope that they
maintain their organizational purity and not get involved with such an
effort. This is how they can play the most useful role politically.



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