[Marxism] Paulsen's supposedly anti-democratic, anti-labor, Tudehesque line

Ryan Ng diamatrix at hotmail.com
Sun Aug 20 23:13:13 MDT 2006


Einde O'Callaghan wrote:

"This is blatantly obvious - but then in 1914 the imperialists didn't 
consult the social democrats before going to war either."

Um...war credits?

And in the case of the SPD, I hasten to point out, "capitulation to one's 
own imperialist bourgeoisie" involved not simply "lack of clarity on this 
issue" or "social pacifism a la Kautsky," but formal authorization by the 
party majority to continue financing Germany's war efforts. To draw a 
parallel, however tacit, between such treachery, on the one hand - of 
legendary proportions - and the criticisms expressed by some on this list, 
vis-a-vis the Ahmadinejad regime's repression of Iranian workers and 
socialists, on the other; to impute to both a common logic and deduction - 
this, as Proyect put it before (and I must admit to being altogether 
distressed by the essential agreement in which I suddenly find myself with 
our esteemed moderator, on this question at least), is sheer nonsense.

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