Forwarded from Anthony (Moreno)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Tue Apr 30 17:40:48 MDT 2002

Lou wrote,

"Basically, we are offered a tautology by our Trotskyist comrades
with their "theory" of Permanent Revolution. It states that unless a
revolution is socialist, it cannot succeed. This is tantamount to
saying that unless the sun comes up, it will remain dark outside. Or
that unless a cancer patient is treated successfully, he will die. It
adds nothing to Marxism to offer such simplistic advice."

I realize Lou may have learned such ideas in the SWP, or hanging
around the remnants of the SWP. But this was definitely  not the idea
of the permanent revolution current in the Morenoist current.

I suggest to Carlos that, if he still has the English language
translation we did back in the 1980's of Moreno's "Revolutions of the
20th century" that he post it here on this list in installments. (My
copies are not available to me here.)

I am sure Lou, nor most of the other comrades on this list never read
that document. I am sure that if they read them, they would look at
Moreno(ism) in a different light, and at the very least stop making
such incredibly dull statements against all Trotskyists in general.

Put succinctly Moreno and those followed him held the view that all
kinds of partial gains are possible in the class struggle, from
wining economic concessions from an employer in a union contract, to
winning a socialist revolution led by a Stalinist party in a
semi-colonial country. Such partial gains can sometimes be held for
decades, maybe even for centuries.

What we recognize however, is that these partial gains are temporary,
and subject to reversal, as long as they exist within capitalist
society. The defense of those gains depends on whether or not we can
advance beyond them, and ultimately on the global victory of the
socialist revolution.

Working with reformists, petty bourgeois intellectuals, labor
aristocrats, anarchist rebels, nationalist politicians in Argentina,
corrupt bureaucrats and even captialists in some sort of temporary
unity to win those gains, or to defend them, was always part of the
'Morenoist' strategic and tactical credo. (what kind of unity depends
on which group above you are talking about, and what the issue is.)

But when those temporary gains are endangered because of the
conservatism, nationalism, bureaucartic self-interest, or simple lack
of historic vision of allies, than tactic and tactical alliances have
to be reassessed.

This is, after all, only a restatement of how Lenin behaved all of
his life, and as far as I know, how Moreno behaved at least after
about 1946.

All the best, Anthony

Louis Proyect, lnp3 at on 04/30/2002

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