[Marxism] Germany: Beginning of a rupture between unions and SPD

Einde O'Callaghan einde at gmx.de
Tue Jul 6 10:11:45 MDT 2004

Johannes Schneider wrote:
> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 10:18:47 +0200, Einde O'Callaghan <einde at gmx.de> wrote:
>> There are great problems with the PDS in the East. Firstly, there is 
>> teh  problem of its heritage. Because it never decisively made a break 
>> with  the SED past
> What do you expect from them? Adopting the teachings of Tony Cliff and  
> saying the GDR was capitalist like the West?

Of course not. but if there had been a neugründung in 1990 instead of a 
transition from SED to SED/PDS to PDS/SED to PDS they wouldn't be so 
tarred in the eyes of many working class people here who rejected the 
Workers' and Peasants' State.

> 'Break with the SED past' has become a catch phrase in German political  
> discourse actually meaning to denounce everything that was different in  
> the East from the West.
This isn't what I mean - even within the PDS there are some who now see 
the 1990 decision as a mistake.
>> There is also a question as to how "left" sections of the PDS 
>> actually  are. In some of the villages and small towns the PDS has 
>> been simply the  SED under a new name. they have no problems forming 
>> alliances with the  CDU - "After all we know each other from earlier 
>> times" (a reference to  the fact that the East CDU was part of the 
>> "National Front" that ruled  in teh East under the hegemony of the SED).
> I could adopt your line of argument here and say that socialist should  
> fight for the socialist character of the PDS, since there are so many 
> good  comrades on the ground...
Soem of them are coming over to the newly emerging party.

>> More importantly the PDS is compromised by it's participation in 
>> state  governments in Berlin and in Mecklenburg where they are 
>> carrying out the  same old shit as the SPD, the Greens and the 
>> bourgeois parties - cut,  cut, cut until their traditional voters turn 
>> their backs on them.
> Dont you remember the old PDS slogan: "Change starts with opposition"?  
> They did not start as a party in government, but proclaimed opposition  
> such like the Electoral Alternative does today.
> But since PDS and Electoral Alternative share the same ideas about the  
> state beeing a neutral instance they both argue that 'another policy is  
> possible' within the existing framework and do not exclude particpation 
> in  government.
All speeches at teh conference last week rejected participation in 
government. Doubtless a "Realko2 wing will develop but that's part of an 
ongoing struggle - to refuse to take part in this struggle is to give up 
before you start.

Einde O'Callaghan

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