[Marxism] Respect conference

Einde O'Callaghan einde at gmx.de
Thu Nov 24 09:30:52 MST 2005


www.leninology. blogspot.com wrote:

>> Respect has not
>> achieved anything like what it was apparently established to do
>> and is marginalised and scorned by the rest of the left, such as
>> it is.
> 
> 
> I'm sorry there is such general ignorance on this question.  Respect set 
> out to form a new broad left alliance uniting revolutionaries and 
> reformists.  The goal in the immediate term is to provide an electoral 
> alternative to New Labour while pursuing support within the unions and 
> elsewhere.  The strategy is to blend street politics, demonstrations and 
> local campaigns (such as the Defend Council Housing campaign) while 
> allowing people the opportunity to vote for a positive socialist 
> agenda.  Respect made a good start, I should think, by getting Galloway 
> elected.
> 
> As for being 'marginalised' and 'scorned at' by 'the rest of the left': 
> by New Labour, our ideological enemies?  By the Green Party, who see us 
> as taking away 'their' votes?  Respect has a long way to go, but it's 
> achieving a lot and it is wrong to dismiss or minimise that.
> 
I suspect he means the numerous mini-sects who scorn Respect but have 
shown themselves over the last decades to be incapable of building 
anything - and who now content themselves with sniping from the sidelines.

The only significant force on the left that is hostile to Respect is the 
Socialist Party (of England and Wales), the organisation formerly (i.e. 
in the 1980s and early 1990s) known as the Militant Tendency, which has 
its own agenda for building a broad "workers' party".

EWinde O'callaghan




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