Letter to Matilde

Philip Ferguson plf13 at it.canterbury.ac.nz
Mon Feb 25 17:47:28 MST 2002

Louis, please do keep us informed about the response you get from Matilde.
It seems a pity if her PhD hasn't led to coming up with a bit better
explanation that what she could have learned off Larry Seigle's articles 12
years ago.

Like you, I'll go with Jose's explanation, re the degeneration of the FSLN
leadership, over hers.  I think this also fits Ireland, btw.  As I've
indicated before, the Adams leadership was a genuine revolutionary
leadership in the 70s and much of the 1980s.  In the end they gave up all,
or certainly most, of what they had fought for and believed in - but it was
under the pressure of the way the tide was going internationally.  (At the
same time, of curse, there were people who didn't cave to this pressure,
and who are grouped around a series of projects in Ireland today - the
remarkable Bernadette (Devlin) McAliskey, the IRSP, the Fourthwrite people.
There are also people from conventinal trotskyist groups and class-struggle
anarchist backgrounds who continue to argue the centrality of the struggle
for national liberation, eg the people around the independent journal 'Red
Banner' and the Socialist Democracy group.

On a weird note, it is strange that the Barnesites who rounded so harshly
on the FSLN should continue to be such cheerleaders for the leaderships of
the ANC, SF and Arafat's cabal, when these latter groups have gone the same
way as the FSLN.  Still, when you're a mad cult, the logical consistency
train tends to shoot right past your station without stopping.



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