Labor or Labour; same old rightist bureaucrats

sads at sads at
Tue Aug 26 11:55:00 MDT 1997

I think that Tyler and Robert Malecki  share the perspective that the
Labor party, as launched in Ohio June 1996 is becoming the creature
of the trade union and labour bureacrats. Also that this organisation
will call upon the ruling class, ie the state, any time it needs to
to exclude the left from influence.

May I share a view on the matter from Britain. The kind of party that the working class needs is a mass
revolutionary combat organisation of the class, ie a communist party.
This is true in US as it is in UK. We should develop strategies in
our struggle which will start to determine the character of that
party now. We achieve our ends under the conditions of the means we
adopt to fight for them. We must defeat the bureacrats and labourites
in the hearts and minds of the working class.

In the US, where the communist party has degenerated thourgh
opportunism, and no other sect or party  offers mass leadership to the class,
the formation of a labor party displays  a left moving trend which
should be welcomed. Welcome the leftward trend, that is, engage it
and take it forward to its maximum potential.

It is an outstanding feature that this new party is not being
established as the result of an upsurge in the class struggle. It has
not come from a strike combine or a political movement. Rather, it is
>from a section of the labor bureaucracy which feels it has lost its
influence in the national political agenda.

What revolutionaries should interest themselves in, however, is any
groups of workers who are enthused sufficiently to identify
themselves with it. Many of these workers will be looking for
answers which, we know, the bureacrats cannot provide. But
revolutionary organisation can.

The political character of the new party may be fluid, and as long as it is,
revolutionaries should fight to determine that character favourably.
Revolutionaries should fight to get in, and against expulsions.
Organise factionally within the new party and link our politics with
the struggle for a mass  revolutionary party.

If the labor party finally goes nowhere, so what! Our struggle does,
and in any case we know that a labor party is not after all what we
need. Treat the labor part as a battle field to take on the
bureacracy, and win workers to the class struggle. Use it a training
ground for workers looking to the  left for answers. But above all
make organisational gains.

Democracy is our most potent propaganda in this battle. For without a
doubt the bureacrats will use every plot, scheme and trick to
suppress it and you. Organisation is our most potent weapon, do not be affaid
to organise factionally, if possible openly, and above all, in a blaze of
publicity. Fight for a democracy in the labor party and argue
revolution vs reform. Once we have a free voice, with workers in need
of answers, we will make political gains.

This is how I read the situation. In a similar way to the British
situation with the new Socialist Labour Party launched by the miners'
leader Arthur Scargill. The rightists in this organisation;
bureacrats and labourites, are having one hell of a difficult time
expelling myself and my comrades. We are conducting a determined
struggle for factional rights and for the primacy of politics.
Steve Riley

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