Ramos (was Re: Trotskyism in Argentina)

Nestor Miguel Gorojovsky Gorojovsky at SPAMarnet.com.ar
Tue Oct 31 02:20:53 MST 2000

En relación a Trotskyism in Argentina,
el 30 Oct 00, a las 21:53, Louis Proyect dijo:

> 3. Emergence of the "National Left", the grandfather of the group we
> raised money for on the list. The party was led by Jorge Abelardo
> Ramos and, according to Alexander, "its intellectual influence was
> considerably larger than the size of its membership would indicate."
> Now we now where our Nestor came from.

Well, I never made a mystery of my origins, or I did? Julio, Fernando
and myself knew Ramos personally, and Julio was very close to him for
a long time. All of us, at one moment or another, broke with him when
he began to turn away from Marxism.

His separation from Marxism, one must admit it, was not a middle-of-
the-road business, as it had always been with Ramos. Once he made up
his mind (by the late 70s) that there was notjhing to do here, that
the Argentinian masses would not do a revolution in his own lifetime,
Ramos began a stern struggle against those who -as yours truly,
Fernando, Julio, Osvaldo Calello, or (the most important of all us)
Jorge Enea Spilimbergo- kept the Socialist and Marxist convictions
high. This does not diminish the worth of his great historiographical
(and a good deal of his political) work, but puts an unescapable
grain of salt in a current reading of some of his best pieces. The
peculiar idea that Ramos had of his own work, on the other hand,
makes it somehow tricky to read him: the different editions of, for
example, _Revolution and Counter Revolution in Argentina_ were
modified once and again to fit his new ideas. He never concealed his
own evolution, but a reader should be warned on how to get to his

I have recently read a collection of works by Ramos, edited by the
Uruguayan Left Catholic intellectual Alberto Methol Ferré (himself
once a revolutionary intellectual, now a supporter of conservative
positions though at least a strong defender of Mercosur). Methol had
always been in a kind of personal skirmish with Ramos's Marxism,
being a Catholic (a complex thing since remaining a Catholic
intellectual in Uruguay is almost as difficult as being a solluble
fish!), and on the preface to Ramos's collection of articles (most of
them, even those of Ramos's last days, when he became a Menemist,
full of nerve and intelligence) he does not conceal his delight at
the sight of the old friend-fiend renouncing to Marxism and
melancholically accepting that "the Church is unconquerable" because
the Gospel is Pure Poetry. A sad end, indeed, for one of the best
heads in Latin American revolution.

Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
gorojovsky at arnet.com.ar

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