[Marxism] Falluja and Marxmail

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Dec 23 14:46:59 MST 2004

>Whom exactly do you mean by 'we'? Are you asserting the right to speak for 
>everyone who subscribes to your list, or do you mean, as I hope you do, 
>yourself as the moderator?

Well, I certainly wouldn't dream of speaking for everybody. I am only 
explaining what my intentions were when I set up Marxmail on May, 1998. I 
wanted to create an alternative to "Marxist-Leninist" conventional 
thinking, especially on the question of how to build a vanguard party. For 
those who do not agree with me on this question, there is no problem. What 
I won't abide, however, is members of such groups seeking to divide the 
list between "reformists" and "revolutionaries".

>The truth is that it is better to be in a Party than without.

Perhaps. I found that I could get more work done in the 1980s around 
Nicaragua solidarity without being in a "Marxist-Leninist" group. In any 
case, it should be obvious--at least to me--that a mass revolutionary party 
will not be constituted around a program centered on Russian questions. The 
very notion of putting somebody like Stan Goff through a hoop around 
questions like whether the USSR was capitalist or socialist in 1940 seems 
ridiculous. Our goal should be to draw together the genuine revolutionary 
leadership of our class, not build cathedrals to a particular 
interpretation of Soviet history.

>The MWM movement is an example of what I mean.

I don't know. I have seen much more impressive organizing in the working 
class in my years in the radical movement in the USA, although I don't want 
to take anything away from the organizers in terms of dedication. For 
example, it was an idealistic overprojection to talk in terms of a Million 
Workers. In general, you want to project actions that you are capable of 
realizing. Beyond that, it seems to me that the MWM is an example of left 
trade unionism rather than party-building, but you can see whatever you 
want in it, as far as I am concerned.

Louis Proyect
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