Louis, Alexander and "National Left"

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Tue Apr 30 13:03:55 MDT 2002


Louis:

"This current that Robert Alexander calls the "National Left" came
together around the journal Octubre in 1945. Basically, it took the same
attitude toward Peronismo that I believe should be taken toward Chavez's
Bolivarismo, one of critical support but looking for opportunities to
push the movement toward socialism. In March 1971, the PIN called for
"democratization of the unions, which are being choked by a frequently
betraying and capitulating bureaucracy whose Peronista coloration
doesn't offer any guarantee either to Peronismo or to the workers." If I
were in Argentina, I'd probably be a member of this group, but with
outspoken criticisms as is my wont."

Carlos:

Louis, thanks for the above paragraph.  That clarifies for me where the
confusion lies. Obviously, you adopted a pragmatic approach between a
right wing social democrat (Alexander) and the few fellow travelers of
the labor bureaucracy of senile Peronism in order to analyze history and
politics and judge political tendencies.  I thought for a moment you
were struggling to grasp today's Marxism' challenges. It seems you
settled for a simpler explanation that would match your pre-conceived
biases.  One piece of advise, if I may.  Before you take very seriously
Alexander's book on Trotskyism in Latin America, I would suggest you
have a chat with him and ask him whether he think, retrospectively, that
he accurately reflected reality. You may also ask him whether he
intended to write a documented history book or a critique of Trotskysm
from a perspective of somebody who admits that he voted for their
expulsion from the US SP, and can't forget that that act ended the SP as
a significant force in the US. It is interesting to note that from that
event emerged the SWP that you joined and worked for a number of years.
Why instead of work your way ahead, you returned to the departing point,
adopting the point of view of those who were in opposite sides of the
barricades?  As for the Argentinean "National Left" would be interesting
for you to note that it exploded (was already very small) when its
founder, Abelardo Ramos, reached the logical conclusion of his politics
and uncritically supported Menem. This was not the last and
unpredictable turn of a senile leader, but the continuation of a policy
that included to have Juan Peron and Isabel Peron on the top of their
ticket in the 70s's Presidential elections.

C.


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