[Marxism] "Winning" and "losing" in Iran, the USSR and the US (was: Independence is Not Nothing)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 10 13:06:51 MDT 2006

Richard "Lenin":
>  I think this is a salient point: under Allende, the CIA used strikes and 
> labour disruption to bring about a military dictatorship.  *However*, the 
> principle of workers' democracy has to be upheld here.  By this I mean, 
> if it is in fact a serious grassroots strike based on legitimate 
> grievances, communist activists should respect it, even if we disagree 
> with the strike.  Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing for sure, and 
> people will have to make their own assessment based on the 
> circumstances.  There has to be hard argument, but there can be no 
> moralising about this.

The strikes against Allende were *political* strikes designed to hasten his 
overthrow. The bus driver's strike in Tehran was to win the right to have a 
union and to get a pay increase. There were no *political* demands. Of 
course, any independent economic strike in Iran rapidly takes on a 
political dimension because the gang in charge is bitterly opposed to 
independent working class action. Any confusion between the socialist 
Allende and the bourgeois cleric government in Iran is purely incidental.



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