[Marxism] Callinicos reacts to the NPA
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Mon Apr 13 16:37:18 MDT 2009
In a message dated 4/13/2009 5:45:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
lnp3 at panix.com writes:
Mike Calvert wrote:
> What disappoints me is that the Lambertist group has been around 10,000
for several years but nobody pays any attention
Maybe that's because they remain an irrelevant sect despite their numbers.
The Catholic Church remains a sect and it has million of members.
Desiring to remain Trotskyite or "ist" while not being one is nonsense.
Desiring to remain within the Stalin polarity or Stalinists while not being
one is nonsense. Desiring to end the ideological struggle between Stalinism
and Trotskyism while continuing the same ideological struggle "under new
conditions" is nonsense.
Having an epiphany, that amounts to the need to figure out ones own form
and path to social revolution and political insurrection is a good thing,
but damn . . . how is it possible to figure out that, which is new, while
clinging to the same old outdated ideological dispositions?
In my opinion history has proven conclusively that everyone on the
so-called Marxist polarity in America was fundamentally wrong in their approach to
the social revolution in America and all the advance capitalist/industrial
Not because we are silly or stupid, but because we inherited "someone else"
form of Marxism. One does not have to have or condemn the parent to grow
up into their own person.
We could not recognize the limitation of our quantitative boundaries of
history as one boundary sublated into another. No one can perform such a feat
until the old boundary has passed and the new boundary stands on its feet.
Absolutely no revolutionary group has successfully morphed itself from one
quantitative boundary of history to the next, on the curve of industrial
history and development. It is easy to look at the actions and activity
CPUSA or the SWP in America today and throw ideological and theoretical alley
apples (bricks) at them. This is not to say that the right wing
anti-communists formulations of the CPUSA are noting less that disgusting.
It is much harder to outline and pinpoint the dialectic of our own history
Even the bourgeoisie cannot locate itself as a class on the changing
quantitative boundaries of its system, before a new boundary has more than less
emerged. If the bourgeoisie could do such, sections of industry would not
enter antagonism with the evolving system of production, on the basis old its
old corporate form. New corporations emerge like Microsoft, Intel, etc.
because old IBM profit locations prevented it from magically leaping into a
new boundary relations.
Somehow we are immune to the advance of history?
Read: the advance of industry. We apply the Communist Manifesto to
everything in society except ourselves. And then accept ourselves.
The bourgeoisie as a class does better than us at change. Not because they
hold state power, but because they have the value relation and material
profits as a moment to moment real time gage and measure; their products have
a self life in the market. The CPUSA and the SWP did not adjust in 1946 -
1955 and history ran them over. Sure they still existed but as antiquated
sects. hopelessly running after the new social explosions.
Our product has a shelf life that is bounded by a quantitative juncture -
boundary, of history. Applying Lenin today is a proposition that says I can
apply a doctrine from a no longer existing boundary of history, that
evolved at the back of the curve of its historical boundary and be successful.
Then the Russian form of Marxism - Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, The Third
International, etc. played its historical trick on everyone.
The Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, in all their brilliance and greatness were
located at the back of the curve of industrial development and produced a
form of Marxism that accurately conformed to their location in the curve of
If we proceed from a vision of our location on the curve of history it is
impossible to get it wrong and be condemned by history again. The problem of
course is locating ones moment in history and at the exact point of
What does one do?
Start fresh, which does not require anyone to ignore history.
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