[Marxism] Re: Latest Left Hook Release Online
gojack10 at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 27 22:59:19 MST 2004
Lou criticizes Bailey and says that there is a lot of confusion in his
analysis of the antiwar movement during the Vietnam War era. I agree, and
would cite this passage below as being most illustrative of Bailey's
confused mindset. Here, Bailey accuses SDS of being mired in what he calls
'moralism', as contrasted to what he considers to be a superior mindset of
not rejecting 'the centrality of the working class and an integrated class
fight against racism and imperialism'. But isn't what Bailey actually doing,
is he is making class and race a form of super-Trotskyist moralism that must
be injected into the movement against imperialist war at all times? He
criticizes the SWP for not doing enough of that inside of SDS!
It is this hyper radical dissatisfaction with the supposed backwardness of
JUST 'morally' rejecting the US killing machine, that Bailey sees as having
to be absolutely overcome by an even more moral Trotskyist zealot political
line, which will inject an awareness of class and race oppression into a
backward, one-issue, anti-military movement. In the US, this helps one
understand why the majority of the SWP of the mid '70s, was in such a all
damned fired up rush to stop its antiwar work with primarily students much
of the time, and go rushing off into a supposed "Turn to the Working Class'.
The SWP had itself come under the sway of this hyper-zealot moralism of the
multi-issue crowd, and its single issue approach to building a movement
against the US military machine was no longer enough for its NO people.
Something bigger must be launched! So they launched the disintegration of
the SWP as a viable organization.....
<<Also, the history of SDS shows how that radicalization developed initially
from politics based on moralism. Yet even at its height, SDS shared many of
the assumptions of the far left of the day--Third Worldism, the rejection of
the centrality of the working class and an integrated class fight against
racism and imperialism. One legacy of the New Left is the prevalence of many
of these ideas today.
Still, we find ourselves in a different environment than the activists of
the 1960s. Today, the Stalinist regimes that claimed the mantle of
international socialism for 50 years have largely been discredited. We are
not organizing at the tail end of the longest sustained boom in capitalist
history, but in a period in which working-class living standards have been
under relentless assault for 30 years. Many new activists see the working
class as, at the very least, an ally in social struggles. The current period
presents new challenges--not the least of which is rebuilding a left from
very tenuous strands. However, the possibility of rebuilding a left on the
ideas of workers' struggle and socialism from below are greater than they
have been in two generations.>>
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