Gary M's character assassination of Mick Armstrong

Gary MacLennan g.maclennan at
Thu Oct 10 00:26:40 MDT 1996

Gary laments the "truly poisonous" atmosphere on the list, and then
>contributes a good dose of his own.
>Congratulations for character assassinating a comrade who has contributed
>constructively to this list. Whatever personal problems you have had with
>Mick in the past how does it help anything to whinge about it on this list?
>I can't think of a more sectarian thing to do.
>For the record, I have worked closely with Mick Armstrong for the last 8
>years. I have found him to be one of the most consistent, perserverant and
>intellectually stimulating revolutionaries I have come across. Week after
>week for more than 20 years, Mick has done the hard work in trying to build
>the revolutionary  and workers movement in Australia.
>When I joined the ISO (which is the organisation to which Gary is referring)
>in 1991, Mick and other revolutionaries were at the core of an organisation
>which was the most successful in Australia at the time. Since then he has
>been centrally involved in building Socialist Alternative, which, though not
>the largest revolutionary organisation in Australia at the moment, is, I
>would argue, the healthiest.
>You have surprised me Gary. Generally I enjoy reading what you have to say
>and find your analyses quite useful. Unfortunately on this occasion you have
>displayed the worst aspects of the individualist anarchist who gives your
>average Spart a close run for being the most mindless sectarian in the
>Tony Hartin

Ah Tony to each his own.  I could say that you surprised me by you
endorsement of an ass-hole.

One of the great pleasures in my life was to see how Armstrong who lived by
the Marxist-Leninist sword perish by it wielded by another ass-hole called
Ian Rintoul- former protegee of the same Armstrong.

You condemn me for bringing up the past. My point is that it is the
Armstrongs & Rintouls of this world who become the professional
revolutionries in various sects and keep back the process of party building
while all along claiming to build the revolutionary party.

They dare not let the organisation grow because  then they would not be able
to "lead" i.e. dominate. Ask yourself this Tony, why oh why are there more
ex-ISO members than current members?  Could it at all be related to the
political practices of the great revolutionary leaders?

Your mate Armstrong and Rintoul treated me and my comrades like shit in
1981.  I have not forgotten nor forgiven.



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