[Marxism] Respect split

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Oct 30 16:03:03 MDT 2007

> However, as I said the details are pretty murky - allegations and 
> counter-allegations abound - and I'm just as much in the dark as others 
> not in the thick of the faction-fight.
> Einde O'Callaghan

I've started plowing through the background on this, which can be read 
on the socialistunity blog: http://socialistunity.com/. I really don't 
know anything about Socialist Unity, so this is not an endorsement of 
their analysis. But for basic information, they seem okay. Einde is 
correct. The FI in Great Britain has been critical of the SWP for some 
time now. I watched a video of Alan Thornett of the ISG presenting the 
case against the SWP.

I plan to look at the Respect controversy but am also interested in 
trying to figure out how these attempts at broader left or socialist 
parties keep going kerblooey. I suspect that the refusal to simply 
dissolve old vanguard parties is key. In Venezuela Causa R, never really 
a vanguard party to begin with, dissolved itself into the Chavez 
campaign. Something like that was required in Great Britain or Australia 
but our "Marxist-Leninists" are always trying to figure out a way to 
outmaneuver their "opponents", like those card-playing dogs in the 
kitschy paintings.


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