Forwarded from Jurriaan (reply to João)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Sun Mar 11 18:57:29 MST 2001

Sorry Joao Paulo,

I seem to be unable to get this American keyboard to do the appropriate
accents for "Louçã". I personally think his books are excellent, but have
no first-hand knowledge of the Left Bloc, so cannot say much about it.
Tastes differ I guess, but "class struggle" is an overused and frequently
misused word, like "crisis". For the working class to begin struggling as a
class for socialist goals, there have to be people who organise to defend
and advance socialist policies, to start off with. There's nothing wrong
with young urban professionals, by the way. Most the leaders of the
bolshevik party, which comrade Louis still has such a romantic fondness
for, were "young urban(ised) professionals" in their time. (Lenin studied
to be a lawyer, Trotsky was a dropout mathematician, Stalin... in fact one
of the only bolshevik leaders with solid "proletarian" credentials I can
think of was a guy called Shliapnikov who, in the early 1920s,
appropriately formed the Workers Opposition). Virtually all the significant
Marxist theoreticians in the 20th century came from a bourgeois or
pettybourgeois or new middle class background (except for Gramsci).
There exists a peculiar kind of racism in Marxist circles which consists of
slagging off at people for their class background ("you dirty middleclass
so-and-so", "you rotten bourgeois swine you" etc....). But most of the
people who participate in this racism, starting with Lenin, were in reality
themselves from a middleclass or bourgeois background. This is why
personally I wouldn't associate with a lot of "Marxists", I don't like
their racist prejudice towards other socialists and leftists.



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