[Marxism] Some of my thoughts
rohanger at yahoo.com.au
Wed Nov 15 01:32:29 MST 2006
I think Louis does a pretty good job moderating this list overall. It must be a challange to be an even-handed moderator of discussion when you are also a contributor. I'm sure I would fail in that from time to time if I had Lou's task. But I don't think that means I should refrain from pointing out, occasionally, when I think Louis has failed. So here it goes...
1. Louis, please stop being so hard on Walter. You bully him. [A note to Walter also - you post too often so that I have started to wonder if you like it!] A Louis bully / Walter massachist relationship might be mutually benefitial to both of you - but I don't think I'm going out on a limb in saying that it is BORING to the rest of the list.
2. Louis, when a member of the DSP (Australia), especially Michael K, makes a point you don't like, you are quick have a go at our Party as undemocratic because we choose keep political disagreements in-house.
"More to the point, if you disagreed among yourselves, we would never
know about that. I am studying the Sicilian mafia right now with an eye
toward an article for swans.com. Omerta serves a useful function if you are a
criminal. I think it is of less use if you are an aspiring vanguard party."
DSP = Mafia? Talk about over-the-top!
I know that the axe you grind is about your experiences in the US SWP, a Party with a similar model of democratic centralism as the Australian DSP. Well fair enough, I suppose, that you have that axe to grind. But I think this might be a case of transference: Maybe for you the DSP IS the SWP? I would like to point out that despite the important organisational influences comming from James P Cannon, the DSP has its own distinct political culture, history and application of the democratic centralist method. It is not, and never has been, a facsimile of the US SWP.
3. Following from immediately above, I question your use of the dialectical method on matters of organisational form. Do you not apply the formula: "political debate conducted only internally" = Sect ?
Yes, there are disadvantages in keeping disagreement internal. But there are also advantages. I cannot see how a choice either way by a political party should be the basis for detracting it in the way that you do.
To end on a positive note: I appreciate, Louis, the fact that on this list I don't have to suffer idiots anywhere near as much as I have to on the Green Left discussion list.
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