[Marxism] Some of my thoughts

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 15 12:36:40 MST 2006


>The most impressively bizarre part of this statement
>is the fact that Karadjis had a great deal to do with
>formulating the DSP's lines on Vietnam and Kosovo, and
>would probably play a similar role in any revision of
>them.

Yes, I have the impression that he is a one-man think-tank on these 
questions in the same manner that people like Gerry Foley or Dick Roberts 
were specialists in the American SWP before it lobotomized itself. 
Unfortunately, this leads to a certain division of labor in the so-called 
vanguard party between those who think and those who do.

>The fact that the DSP has never (within the last 20
>years at least) expelled anyone on these grounds is,
>presumably, irrelevant.
>
>Alan Bradley

Quite right. I am not concerned so much about expulsions as I am about 
ideological monolithism. You can enforce this through harsh bureaucratic 
measures such as was the case in the American SWP in the period from 1980 
to 1985. You can also enforce this through creating an atmosphere that 
heavily favors consensus around positions coming down from the top, as was 
the case in the American SWP from 1970 to 1980.

I am dead-set against group-think either in such "vanguard" formations or 
in Walter's case reading the latest article in the Cuban press and then 
beating us over the head with it. Marxist analysis is done by individuals, 
much as is art and science and other intellectual/creative disciplines. You 
thrive on a community of like-minded people, such as exists here, but in 
the final analysis you are on your own.

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