A New Trend on the Left and Jefferson Village?
malecki at algonet.se
Sun Sep 15 04:39:21 MDT 1996
Is their a new trend developing on the left and at Jefferson Village? It
appears so, at least on the surface, after the last months of struggle
around M1,M2, and the new "unity" list.
The two most obvious expressions of this trend are the recent letters around
people who are expressing "being tired of the old fights" and the "unity"
list expression of unity with all except the "Stalinists" and certain
individuals with working class background and"hard" Trotskyists.
But let us delve futher into the matter and see if this is really a new
trend or in fact old trends that are acting in a both dispicable and
liquidationist manner under the guise of unity after the historic events of
the past few years.
Let us take the "tired of the old fights" people first. This includes as i
see it a lot of the Stalinists, neo stalinists like Louis P., liberals like
Doug, I,m not quite sure that
Vladimir is arguing this point but in a sense must include him because of
the line he represented in regards to the former Soviet Union, naturally
some labor party people and it appears that some of the state capitalists
(Jorn) also seem to be supporting these ideas. Perhaps the "duck pond" (M2)
should be included here also.
Now as i see it none of the above have programatically given up the "old
fights" but in fact are using this as and excuse in order to actually carry
out and defend some of the old fights! This means concretely that they
proclaim, how horrible these old fights are, how boring, etc., but at the
same time stand for the program and politics of just some of the old sides
here and now in today's reality! So for communists the question is naturally
posed that the screams of "tired of the old fights" must be seen in the
program activities that the very same people doing the screaming stand for
today. Is it something new they represent? A gigantic step forward in the
theoretical and programatical areas that will lead the International
Proletariat forward to Victory?
I say NO it doesn,t! In fact it is the same old reformist and centrist
bullshit that the reformists and centrists have always stood for. It is not
new but a programatic rehash of the same old mistakes that the reformist and
Stalinists have always made.
So in fact the only people on this list of the Stalinists that have been
honest about this are the PCP people Aldolfo foremost, but Quispe,Gina,Rolf
despite their war who have been honest in saying we are Stalinists, we stand
for this, or that.
Where as the other Stalinists and neo Stalinists do not say this at all.
Some of them even claim they are not Stalinists. However the concrete
positions of some of these people is Stalinist to its core. Vladimir who
stands for and International popular front against the "facists" in Russia,
Louis and his defense of the Cuban Stalinists and the popular front politcs
of the FNLS in Nicarugua. Louis G. who has stepped a little to the left from
Gus Hall and the American CP, but defends Stalinists politic to the core,
Doug the Liberal, who appears to be a cheering squad for Proyect these days,
just to name a few of the Stalinists and there liberal supporter Doug who
say "i am tired of the old fights". Well the reason some people are fighting
the old fights is because you have the political positions of the old
fights! You defend the political position of the old fights. Despite all
your whining about being tired of the "old" fights!
The popular front, the stage theory of revolution, broad unity of the left
instead of a Proletarian United front, soft on petty bourgeois gureilla
warfare, tactics on the trade unions, tactics vis a vis reformist parties,
and naturally your undying hate of orthodox "Trotskyists". These are
programatical positions them stem from the old arguements which you are
trying to carry out under the guise of being "tired" of the old arguements.
Quite remarkable that you think that any thinking person should get sucked
into this unity mongering around the old reformist and Stalinist positions
by dong this.
Naturally this arguement goes for the reformists and the "duckpond" (m2)
also. However they are going along the lines of these horrible sectarian
Trots and Stalinists fighting about the old where we are trying to build a
mass reformist Labor Party in the US. Or defending the "peaceway to
socialism" or popular frontism, or giving critical support to the democrats
or what ever. Or the "duckpond" which thinks that they are above all of this
and walk out of M1 with their noses in the air. There arguements are
basically for tearoom socialists that see Internet as a cool way to
tell us that their shit does not stink like the rest of the world.
Now to the "Unity" list. There motivation is basically opportunism to the
core. Many who claim to be "Trotskyist" who under the guise of "unity" are
moving quickly to the right towards the reformist parties. Thus the ban on
Stalinists. Better to tail the reformists, Greens, Solidarity movements and
build broad based unity around nothing. In fact chasing everything with the
classical position of the party of the whole class! The only exception to
there "Unity" plans with the above is keeping the Stalinists and orthodox
trotskyists away from their list. This is in fact the movement of those on
the "Unity" list and nothing else. But what kind of programatic conclusions
will there be? Something new? Something revolutionary? Something that breaks
the trend of the old fights? Hardly! In fact any program coming out of the
"Unity" list will be some watered down mini-maxi program of the second
International or something in between.
That is how i see this so called new trend. But it is definitely not a new
trend at all! What is going on is that the reformists,centrists, and fake
Trotskyists, are in a shambles. After all the defeats of last years many of
them which they openly supported or critically supported they are once again
trying to mobilise forces of "unity" mongerers. Uniting those who are
responsible for the betrayals under the guise of lying aside the old fight.
The old fights are alive and well and above all YOU represent the old
fights programatically! This is why i say lets have Communist Unity
around a revolutionary program against the fake "unity" mongerers!
That is the bottom line of this fake new trend! That is why they unite
against the orthodox Trotskyists! And this is why they unite against the old
guard Stalinists of the "Red Front" period. Because then they can unite
around the same old formulas and continue to betray the working class as
usual. They still stand for popular fronts! They still stand for stage
theory of revolution! They still stand for mini-maxi programs!
They still stand for all of the historical mistakes of the last 60 years today!
Just as the *real* Trotskyists stand for their positions today and naturally
counterpose our politics of the old against these old positions of the
reformists, centrists and fake Trotskyist liquidators!
For Communist Bolshevik-Leninist Trotsky Unity!
Towards the Rebirth of the Communist International
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