the timely arrival of Poder Obrero

Louis R Godena louisgodena at ids.net
Mon Oct 7 18:05:03 MDT 1996


It is fitting that,  given Adolfo's temporary absence from cyberspace,  we
should witness a flood of e-mail attacking him from all quarters.    And
now,  perhaps inevitably,  a person or persons unknown from Poder Obrero, a
dreary,  impecunious little sect of nonentities feels emboldened to crawl
forth.   Or,  rather,  forward through willing intermediaries.    Shame on
you,   Mr Plant!

What did Lenin say about the Socialist Revolutionaries?    "We at least make
a fearsome noise!!"

We are treated, subsequently,  to that most dubious of political capital,
Trotskyite "history".    Not that Trotsky himself was not frequently cogent
and correct during the October Revolution and its aftermath--who can
credibly doubt it?--it is his own degeneration as a politician and historian
in exile,  reduced in the final years to feeding at imperialism's trough,
that always becomes the issue.    Still,  I wonder what Trotsky himself
would have thought of the Poders and Obreros of this world.    Would he have
sunk into an ever deeper dispair?

Whatever.   Marxism 1 is not long for this world.   Yet the Peruvians,  in
the most deceitful manner,  have launched--through surrogates-- a last
minute attack on a friend who cannot at this time defend himself.    I have,
accordingly,  forwarded their posts to someone whose stomach permits a
closer acquaintance with the legal left in Peru than I am able to muster.

The Poder Obreros of cyberspace will be answered,  in good time,  on the
unmoderated successor to Marxism 1.  Or,  perhaps,  we should start a new
list.    One where statements like "Mao disarmed the Indonesian
revolutionaries" can be deconstructed and rebuilt to provide some sort of
comic relief?    How about Bad History and Marxism?

Suggestions,   anyone?


Louis Godena




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