[Marxism] Re: Fallujah and marxmail

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Thu Dec 23 17:31:10 MST 2004

I have some basic problems with the idea of "returning to a golden age,"
which has its Leftist variant on the struggle to go back to some purity
of original Trotskyism or original Leninism or original Marxism.

It's not just that it smacks of a kind of Vatican socialism, but the
premises are that we should get our bearings on the historical landscape
of written scripture not from the material world in which we MUST
operate today if we are to be successful.   

For the tradition that Jerry, Louis or I come from, "the party question"
hasn't really been the question of organization but was--very literally
and Biblically--THE PARTY.  It was a religion, even down to the point of
having to call whatever you had a "party," not some paltry league or
organization or coven.  Even if it was just you and your second cousin's
husband, it had to be a PARTY.

Socailism will happen when--and only when--a consensus for it emerges
within a broader working class movement.  I just don't see how we can,
at this stage, begin to figure out what form that movement or its
leadership (or leaderships) might take.

Mark L.

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