on Nicaragua was Re: A pointless debate

Gary MacLennan g.maclennan at qut.edu.au
Tue May 7 23:57:26 MDT 1996

At 09:10 AM 5/6/96 -0400, you wrote:
>O>We here in the imperialist United States don't advance the class-struggle
>by picking apart groups in the third world that are operating under almost
>impossible odds. If Marx and Lenin doubted socialism could be built in
>Russia by itself, then there is something even more Quixotic about the
>notion of building socialism in Nicaragua or Cuba when the rest of the
>world is operating under US hegemony today.
>The best thing that Jim Miller, or any other revolutionist operating in an
>imperialist nation, can offer is a sharp analysis of the class struggle in
>their own country and intelligent recommendations of how to move it
>forward. It is that ability, and the ability to get things done in the
>mass movement, that will help one's party grow.

I have followed this thread with great interest.  Louis has an ability to
fight fiercely for his beliefs but he often stoops to using facts and
awkwards things like that. Sheesh how despicable can you get?

I have to say that honestly, though I have some lingering doubts about  the
Sandinista tactics, that I feel that in the long run what was decisive was
the role of US imperialism.  Surely there can be no argument about that.

It also comes back to our failure in the developed countries to produce
strong socialist movements.  Louis is again very correct here.  It is ever
so much easier to discuss the failure of others.  And are we ever so good at
it. (A touch of self criticism there. Only a touch.)



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