[Marxism] Quest for Fire

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jan 19 12:56:57 MST 2006

At 02:48 PM 1/19/2006, you wrote:
>Hey Lou,
>You're missing a transition between here:
> > in fact is a set of ideas about society and history that have been handed
> > down from generation to generation like an antique pocket watch. In nearly
> > every case, these ideas are totally disjoined from strategy and tactics
> > facing the mass movement on the ground.
>... and here:
>So then it is not unusual for
> > Maoists and those coming from a Trotskyist tradition to find that they
> > agree on the conjuncture, as Phil Ferguson discovered in New Zealand.
> >
>Please explain.

This is simply a reference to the fact that people coming out of Trotskyist 
and Maoist backgrounds in New Zealand found that they had much in common 
politically about New Zealand tasks in the here and now, despite 
disagreeing about Russia in the 1930s. As a rule of thumb, this is an 
approach that is absolutely necessary if you want to break out of a 
sectarian framework.



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