[Marxism] Rescuing Lenin from Leninists

Ruthless Critic of All that Exists ok.president+marxml at gmail.com
Tue Jul 8 23:12:40 MDT 2008

On Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 12:50 AM, Joaquín Bustelo <jbustelo at gmail.com> wrote:

> But were he talking to people as, say, a Nader supporter, on the axis
> of Nader's campaign, which consists of exposing the two party system
> as an instrument of the domination of the rich and corporations, he
> would be much MORE effective than as an advocate of some microsect's
> campaign, which can only be defended against Nader's campaign and that
> of the OTHER microsects on the basis that it is the one and only true
> religion, all others being apostates and heretics who will burn
> forever in hellfire and damnation.

I don't know about other socialist groups like SLP, SWP, etc. but I've
never seen the SP "defend its campaign against the Nader campaign" or
other socialist groups' campaign in the way you describe. Have you
read the interview with SP candidate Moore? He explicitly *supports*
Nader in the interview!

Please visit
and search for "Nader" on the page, to see what Moore actually says about Nader.

It seems that maybe you had a bad experience with some socialist
"grouplings" (as you call it) and you are extrapolating/generalising
it to cover all socialist parties/groups, including ones you aren't
familiar with closely. I've never seen anyone in the SP (I know quite
a few people who are in the SP) claim to be "the one and only true
socialists". In fact (gasp!) the SP even allows its members to join
other political parties if they want to (Solidarity does so too, in
fact). Not even bourgeois parties allow so much latitude to their
members, usually. So the SP is extremely open and heterodox.

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