[Marxism] The demise of Trotskyists or demise of Socialism in the U.S.?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jan 23 13:07:59 MST 2006


Jerry Wells:
>I would like to refer you to the excellent web-site www.wsws.org.  This
>web site provides a daily news analysis from an anti-capitalist
>socialist-marxist-troskyist point of view, and has done so for the last
>4 or 5 years. The writing and analysis is excellent and current.

Jerry, are you aware of this history of this current? It was founded by 
somebody named Gerry Healy who was in the habit of labeling his leftist 
opponents as agents of the CIA, including Tim Wolforth who was his main 
ally in the USA. While the WSWS has dispensed with the insanity that marked 
this formation during the 1970s and 80s, it really has a sectarian approach 
that might not be obvious in its frequently well-written and well-argued 
articles, especially the film reviews by David Walsh.

But revolutionary politics is more than putting out a polished newspaper. 
It involves working in the mass movement. On that score, the SEP simply 
does not exist. It is not part of the antiwar movement. It has no 
significant presence in the labor movement. It does not have any influence 
in the Black and Latino struggles. Of course, I am speaking of the USA but 
strongly suspect that this is the case for other countries as well.

If you want to read an analysis of why Trotskyism has led to sectarianism, 
go to:

http://www.columbia.edu/~lnp3/mydocs/organization/lenin_in_context.htm



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