lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 21 11:27:49 MST 2006
>The major long-term concern, however, is the graying of the socialist left
>in the USA, in my opinion. The 60s and 70s radicalised many activists, who
>are now growing old. Meanwhile, the relative calm of the 1980s and 1990s
>meant that too many people did not join the left at that time. So, a "second
>line of leadership" does not exist to the extent one wishes. As the
>generation that became politicised in the 60s and 70s starts fading from
>active work, there may well be a crisis within the left in the USA, with not
>enough people ready to take their place.
I can tell you that there are probably over 300 subscribers on Marxmail who
are in their 20s or 30s based on their "edu" address (as well, of course,
as a few old fart professors.) I have private exchanges with them all the time.
One of the reasons I created Marxmail was to try to transmit some of my own
experience but without the sectarian baggage I had to endure in the SWP.
Although I highly valued the education I got from people like Farrell
Dobbs, it took me quite some time to dump the "vanguard" stuff overboard.
Not that I am in the same league with Farrell. Maybe more like George
Novack after he had 3 martinis. Poor George had the same flair for going
into industry that I did, which is to say none.
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