[Marxism] Getting dissolved or dissolving?

Nestor Gorojovsky nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar
Wed Dec 8 15:40:50 MST 2004

The debate on whether Trotskyists should "dissolve" can -and should- 
be predicated on the whole of the movement.

Though Reformists have diminished the importance of Gramsci's 
positions re: cultural hegemony, fact is however that when the social 
necessities make it urgent to rethink political action in order to 
revolutionize the social relations of production, then there are 
enormous chances that Marxism, Trotskyism, etc., become "common 

This does not arise in a "natural" manner, of course.  Marxism must 
be understood as the critical assessment that a capitalist society 
makes of itself, thus discovering its limits and the bounds that it 
inevitably puts to the realization of the very same Great Ideals in 
the name of which it was established.  And this is precisely it can 
_never_ appear as a "normal" form of mind: mainstream ideas, vulgar 
"sense",  _cannot_ be counter-functional to the general operation of 
the social formation.  

Thus, a radical thought must be prepared by a long work, which many 
might consider sectarian (and can _be_ sectarian in a social sense, 
during all the time when "reality does not call for the idea" --but 
someone must keep the idea alive).  This way, even at the historical 
moment when the social formation is receptive to radical positions, 
_someone_ must express them, and this _someone_ can't but _well out 
from that past, "sectarian" struggle_, so to say.

The above said, however, it is safe to conclude that the actual 
victory of a seriously revolutionary ideology takes place when its 
structures of thought and categories become "common sense", thus 
necessarily "dissolving" into the totality and becoming 
undistinguishable of the general state of mind of the majority of the 
community (since one supposses that the exploited _are_ the 
majority).  This means that Marxists dissolve as such within the mass 
of the population and their mind simply becomes the "general state of 
mind".  Instead of learning "Marxism", students will learn History, 
Philosophy, etc. written by "Marxists" who won't need to call 
themselves Marxists any more than Kantians or Positivists need to 
_realize_ that they are Kantians in current society.

There is a single danger here, that radicals dissolve _their_ own 
mind in the mainstream, ths reformist, stream of vulgar common sense. 
But during revolutionary times, their becoming "normal members" of 
society may well be heralded by their "dissolution" as a distinct 
"sect" within a larger compact.  In a sense, this forms part of the 
ABC of truly radical politics.

Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar

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"Sí, una sola debe ser la patria de los sudamericanos".
Simón Bolívar al gobierno secesionista y disgregador de 
Buenos Aires, 1822
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