[Marxism] Is Marxmail a cult? only joking...

Tom O'Lincoln suarsos at alphalink.com.au
Wed Nov 30 19:47:59 MST 2005

[Apologies if you get this twice, I seem to be having trouble posting]

I had dropped out of this thread, leaving it to Lou to bang on about it for
weeks :-), but the following from Lou provokes some interesting thoughts.

>> the creation of a revolutionary party requires a clarity of vision that
simply cannot be found in "vanguard" formations. I suspect that some of the
more open-minded members of such groups will be happy to join a genuine
mass movement because small circle politics are really suffocating.<<

I certainly hope they would do that. I for one would immediately join a
mass revolutionary formation if it appeared. There is just one little
problem – there AREN'T ANY, at least not in the industrialised west. And
therefore there ARE no forces possessing a great clarity of vision. Whereas
the small circle I belong to actually exists, and does useful things. 

Come to think of it, if there was a mass revolutionary movement to join, I
would hardly stick around the small circle called Marxmail, where people
waste far too much time on long e-mail trails comparing the British
Socialist Workers Party to the Socialist Equality Party (for god’s sake),
insulting its members as “borg-like” and calling them "Cliffites" which no
normal person would understand. Not much clarity of vision there. But with
all its limitations, it’s the best left discussion list we actually have.

Are small circles suffocating? When I first joined one, it expanded my
intellectual horizons considerably. Then of course I matured politically,
to the point where now I’m an old hack and I find the discussions in my
small group fairly repetitive. There was a time in a previous group where
the word “suffocating” did apply. It’s all a matter of perspective. I would
suggest to the young comrade considering joining the ISO that she will
probably see it from a number of perspectives over time.

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