[Marxism] Re: The Teixeira thesis

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Mon Mar 8 09:03:56 MST 2004



Julio Huato wrote:
> 
> The problem is to foster
> demoralization and hesitation when workers are in motion on the basis that
> their motion doesn't measure up to some ideological pre-conception.

The problem is when the workers are in motion, are in the streets, are
expressing a revolutionary determination, and their leadership loses
courage (as the French CP did in '68) and acts as a brake on the
revolutionary upsurge. This is what was at issue between Lenin and the
other Bolsheviks in 1917; it was what was at issue between Mao and the
leadership of the CPC when he wrote a Report of an Investigation into
the Peasant Movement in Hunan.

Marx's perspective -- and Lenin's -- was that the leadership must not
(out of a purism in demanding perfect conditions for revolution, which
will never come) betray the workers.

The Mensheviks and the Bolsheviks who opposed seizure of power were the
Purists in 1917, not Lenin.

There is simply no decent historical comparison for the present election
-- except every other election since 1936. It is nonsense to say that
workers are in the streets now demanding the defeat of Bush. The only
people who are _demanding_ that defeat are frightened ideologists of the
left. The differences between Bush and Kerry will apply to the
candidates in 2008, in 2012, in 2016 and on into the future. The
arguments for Kerry are not really arguments for ABB, they are arguments
for a complete and endless tailing of the DP.

Carrol





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