[Marxism] Re A sectarian approach
jmmcanulty at msn.com
Sun Nov 13 17:24:17 MST 2005
RE: [Marxism] Re A sectarian approach
This thread appears to go to the heart of Marxmail.
My own view is that the word sectarianism is being misapplied. Sectarians
are those who put the interests of their organisation above those of the
class, and this can be quite difficult to establish without concrete
references. What is actually being discussed is dogmatism holding to a
strategy or policy even when it is contradicted by events.
Comrades are so anxious to avoid dogmatism that they become dogmatic in
their turn, even turning to detailed quotations from Marx to support their
In fact the core of the debate is an old chestnut about spontaneous action
versus the role of the professional revolutionary. Lenin dealt with this
quite adequately in What is to be done. He asserted that there were three
corners to revolutionary action economic, political and theoretical.
Its hard to see what Marxists do at the end of the day the production of
theory being possible without a party or that party avoiding defining
itself in relation to the development of the Marxist movement.
Sorry Comrades, there is no guarantee of doing the right thing. Not in old
style dogmatism or new style post-modern dogmatism. An attempt to
understand they theory and be honest is good enough
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