The Emptiness at the Heart of Marxism-Leninism Today

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Thu Oct 10 09:52:58 MDT 1996


At 5:42 AM 10/10/96, hariette spierings wrote:

>Well Doug;  I agree with Bilenkin and disagree with you on this one.  That
>is still absolutely valid.  It is not a question of preaching this to the
>wide masses at this point, it is a question for those claiming to be
>Marxists to understand first, and understand well:  That there is no
>possibility of unity between those for revolution and those against it, no
>matter if they share a common "label" such as "The Left".  There is a
>counter-revolutionary "left", and a real left, which is supportive of
>revolution and opposes imperialism in a consistent manner.

I was referring to the style of rhetoric, not the idea of revolution or of
a revolutionary party. Mechanical quotations from Lenin fall flat today. In
the early part of this century, there were millions of workers in socialist
and communist parties to whom the calls to revolution were enthusiastically
received. No longer. Workers today, especially though not exclusively in
the rich countries, are dispirited, cynical, and atomized. How do you talk
to and organize such a group? Screarming "For a Communist International!"
just won't do the trick.

Doug

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