SWP (GB) leader attacks ISO

Colin colin at SPAMcogg.demon.co.uk
Sat Mar 17 16:07:59 MST 2001


Hmmn.... not sure about this Les, though I see what you mean. There is a
French IS group but it is so small it doesn't warrant its own heading in
SWP pamphlets. There is no way, that they would link up with a group from
the FI. However, they probably hate the LO even more. Here's a quote from
the end of the same document which had already been posted before Louis
sent his highlight today:
"But sectarianism need not be the consequence only of orthodox Trotskyism.
A formally correct theoretical analysis is not sufficient to confer
immunity to it. The challenge posed by the new anti-capitalist mood has
polarized the far left in a way that cuts across traditional lines.
Orthodox Trotskyists have been divided in their response. Perhaps the most
sectarian reaction came from the leading French Trotskyist organization
Lutte Ouvrière (LO) provides an example of this response. LO did not take
part in the nation-wide demonstrations held in France in solidarity with
N30 in Seattle, dismissing them as a bloc of left nationalists and
right-wing Gaullists, and denounced the entire anti-WTO movement:

Today the internationalization of the economy, under the aegis of the
capitalist states, is a fact. To wish to oppose it, in the name of tainted
protectionist ideas, of nationalism, is to risk drifting towards openly
reactionary objectives. It is moreover no accident that, at Seattle, one
can find united on this terrain as well Third World nationalists as the
leaders of the American car workers' union UAW, who did not hesitate to
organize punitive operations against the American owners of Japanese cars
in the 1980s. Because, for both, their opposition to internationalization
seeks to bring about a convergence of the interests of the population with
that of their national bourgeoisie.

More recently LO has attacked the French peasant leader José Bové for
taking direct action against the introduction of genetically modified
organisms into agriculture, accusing of him effectively being in alliance
with President Chirac and the Gaullist right to block scientific research.
The Ligue Communist Révolutionnaire, the other main French Trotskyist
organization and the most important surviving affiliate of the Fourth
International, has taken a much more positive approach in principle. Some
of its members play a prominent part in ATTAC. USFI supporters sought to
raise the profile of a distinctively socialist analysis by arguing that the
'anti-globalization movement' must stop treating 'the question of the forms
of property of the means of production, communication, and exchange as a
taboo question', and put the issue of social ownership back onto the
agenda.  But the LCR failed to mobilize seriously for Prague or even – much
more disgracefully – for Nice."

So. they're both wrong!

Life is so easy in the SWP (UK)

Colin


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From: Les Schaffer <schaffer at optonline.net>
To: marxism at lists.panix.com
Subject: Re: SWP (GB) leader attacks ISO
Date: 17 March 2001 22:56

[ bounced html format from "Paul Flewers" <hatchet.job at virgin.net> ]


Lou P cited Alex Callinicos: < The challenge posed by the new
anti-capitalist mood has polarized the far left in a way that cuts
across traditional lines. Orthodox Trotskyists have been divided in
their response. Perhaps the most sectarian reaction came from the
leading French Trotskyist organization Lutte Ouvrière (LO) provides an
example of this response. LO did not take part in the nation-wide
demonstrations held in France in solidarity with N30 in Seattle,
dismissing them as a bloc of left nationalists and right-wing
Gaullists, and denounced the entire anti-WTO movement... More recently
LO has attacked the French peasant leader José Bové for taking direct
action against the introduction of genetically modified organisms into
agriculture, accusing of him effectively being in alliance with
President Chirac and the Gaullist right to block scientific
research. The Ligue Communist Révolutionnaire, the other main French
Trotskyist organization and the most important surviving affiliate of
the Fourth International, has taken a much more positive approach in
principle. >

 

Can this unusual and maybe even unprecendented praise of the French
Mandelites be a way of Callinicos hinting that the SWP International
is trying to get friendly with the United Secretariat of the Fourth
International? As far as I know, there is no Cliffite group in France,
so it may be just an attempt to get some influence in that
country. Strangely, the SWP has usually been seen as closer to Lutte
Ouvrière than to the LCR, on the grounds that it has always been
closer to LO's workerism than to the USFI's habit of adapting to
non-class movements.

 

Paul F
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