A serious letter-a serious answer!

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Fri May 3 12:11:46 MDT 1996


On Fri, 3 May 1996, Robert Malecki wrote:

> took place. My critisism of your struggle was your inability to turn this
> struggle into something two fold. the first in getting people onto the
> streets , but the second far more important struggle of using this struggle
> to turn the guns around!
>

Malecki, the United States in 1968 was booming. The war economy produced
more income for the average working person than at any time since WWII.
These conditions don't produce working-class revolution. When you say
somethinglike "turn the guns around", you are expressing a wish, not
something thatwas even remotely possible. The reason the antiwar movement
oriented to students was that they were the most politicized element of
the population, not blue-collar workers. This is a result of nearly 10
years of activism which began with the civil rights movement.

Your problem is that you are what is called a "maximalist". You have no
conception of how to move from where we are today to socialist revolution.
You are only capable of putting forward slogans such as "build a
revolutionary party". Lenin never raised empty slogans like this. He
instead defined WHAT HAD TO BE DONE at every stage of the class struggle.

Your post about the Vietnam antiwar movement reflects the attitudes of
somebody, unlike me, who was not a participant. I once again urge you to
write about something that you have detailed knowledge about, such as the
situation in Sweden. That way people will appreciate you instead of
hollering at you. Wouldn't you prefer that?



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