[Marxism] Re: In Defense of Jack Barnes
Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Sat Nov 19 16:02:50 MST 2005
The present on-line edition of The Militant has two good articles on
Rosa Parks and E.D. Nixon.* Their contents show the importance of an
organization that is organizationally committed to and has a vision of
socialist revolution in the United States. Although the SWP had just
come out a faction-fight that was even more important than the
better-known one with the Shachtmanites, it still was able to mobilize
itself and workers in order to aid the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Today the same organization promotes its publishing house in Africa and
then comes home to present forums based on its successful trip to
Africa. A couple of years ago, the trip was to North Korea. If this
were only a part of a grander strategy, the SWP could be complimented.
As it is ...
1956 was a "very good year": the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Khrushchev
Revelations, the Hungarian Revolution, the Suez Crisis, all tremors
before the storm. Despite its size and its losses from the Cochranite
fight, the McCarthy period, and the letdown from Cannon's millennialism
in the 1946 Theses on the American Revolution, the SWP had the ability
to respond. By then, it also contained the seeds of its destruction.
Distinguishing how these two elements were blended in one imperfect
organization remains to be done.
More information about the Marxism