[Marxism] Quiting Marxism, embracing what?

Louis Proyect 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 
ideologically. 





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