Long live Tommy Sheridan!

Louis Proyect lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Thu Jan 18 15:36:44 MST 2001

>Interesting to see how previous arguments you advanced about freedom of
>expression within socialist parties, and your criticisms of what you term
>"Zinovievism" can be so swiftly abandoned when it suits you. The SSP
>leadership seeks to silence its critics and all we get from you is a snide
>reference to entrism.

Oh, please. "Entrism" is a tactic for splitting 'reformist' organizations.
Ie., everybody who does not agree with your analysis of the "Russian
questions" and who does not view as the nucleus of the vanguard. There are
hundreds of you and millions of the rest of us.

>That reference is, of course, particularly misplaced in the case of the
>SSP, given that it was founded on an alliance of disparate trends. How do
>you "enter" a party you helped to establish?

By functioning as members of that party rather than "intervening".

>As an aside, doesn't the name you give to certain forms of "Leninist"
>organisation, "Zinovievism", in the final analysis, seem every bit as pious
>as the attitudes you sought to criticise?

Of course not.

>Neatly, you seperate Lenin from overly rigid party structures and palm them
>off on someone else. If you had the courage of your convictions, the
>distinction wouldn't matter.
>Is mise le meas,
>Brian Cahill

Glad to hear from you on this. I couldn't remember if we had a CWI
spokesperson. Thanks.

Louis Proyect
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