[Marxism] Some of my thoughts

Joaquin Bustelo jbustelo at bellsouth.net
Fri Nov 17 10:43:14 MST 2006


Alan says, "But the US left could mobilise vastly more resources in this
situation, surely? If they couldn't, then we've got a whole other
problem..."

Yes, we've got a whole other problem. I don't think the entire U.S. left,
referring specifically to the socialist groups, have got 50 Latinos between
them. But even those they do have haven't reacted in the way one would
anticipate.

So even groups which claim to have some clusters of Latino or other
immigrant community members were completely bypassed by the upsurge, and to
a large degree appear to have been unable to respond by throwing their
Latino or immigrant cadre into it.

The idea of the U.S. Left uniting, even three or four groups, has shown
itself to not be viable. It is not that the groups just give lip service to
the idea of unity: they don't even do that much.

It is literally true that when PSL split from Workers World, neither side
felt moved or considered it necessary to provide the general radical public
with any explanation or justification for the split. Splitting
--fragmentation and even atomization-- is NORMAL, it requires no special
justification or explanation, that's the political culture of the U.S.
socialist left today. 

I guess what Alan says that the existing groups aren't simply going to vote
to dissolve is true enough. But people also vote with their feet. 

There is a growing number of people who see that there is a need for a
space/mechanism for articulation of the social movements and strategic
discussion. I believe, albeit from a very small and entirely non-random
sample, that a growing number of members of left groups who see this need
are actively engaged in trying to find/create such spaces, and discovering
in this quest that the groups they belong to aren't all that relevant to
their political priorities and concerns.

Joaquín






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