[Marxism] Quiting Marxism, embracing what?
lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 2 19:57:32 MST 2006
Jesse Jack wrote:
>But on the other hand, if I were to quit that
>would be one less obstacle in the way of those who I feel are leading the
>organization down the wrong path.
I think that every small group advocating and working for socialism
is doing a good thing. I first heard about socialism from an SLP'er
who used to stay at a bungalow colony up in the Catskills during the
summer in the 1950s. He'd write long letters to the local paper
explaining why there were atomic weapons, etc. All socialists perform
a useful function by spreading good ideas.
However, to make a revolution requires a true vanguard party. Such a
vanguard party cannot be created by small groups pulling themselves
up by their bootstraps. When objective conditions ripen in a given
society to the point where the majority of the population feels a
need for revolutionary change, they never follow the lead of small,
self-proclaimed vanguards. To understand what is necessary, you
should study successes--not failures. First of all, this means
studying the Bolshevik party but not through the prism of one of the
small groups that tries to follow their example in a mechanical
fashion, or the July 26th movement in Cuba.
But, to repeat, all socialists do a good thing by opposing capitalism
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