[Marxism] I'll stick with the swamp

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Thu Aug 5 14:14:26 MDT 2010

On Aug 5, 2010, at 3:26 PM, David Thorstad wrote:

"...it would appear, the journal's main stated focus is to
seek to connect to disaffected members of the French Communist Party,
whereas the NPA regards the PCF as a dead duck...

The Grantites, once (long ago) supporters of Pablo and Germain (Raptis  
and Mandel) have succeeded where their sometime leaders failed-- 
achieving entrism (and not, this time, *sui generis*) into (what even  
the French Pabloites now recognize as the moribond) PCF.   

Their rant includes this: "Longtemps avant sa dissolution, la LCR se  
caractérisait par une certaine désinvolture à l’égard des questions de  
théorie et de programme." ("for a long time preceding its dissolution  
the LCR was characterized by a certain lack of interest in matters of  
program and theory").  Certainly true, but what, if not  
"désinvolture,"  does this indicate: "L’effondrement de l’URSS et des  
autres régimes totalitaires, en Europe de l’Est?" ("The collapse of  
the USSR and the other East-European totalitarian regimes.")  
Degenerate Workers' State? State Capitalism? Bureaucratic  
Collectivism? The theoretical questions, once so important for all  
Trotskyists, disappear and we are left with--the commonplace purely  
(and not very accurately) descriptive bourgeois term "totalitarian."

Shane Mage

"Thunderbolt steers all things." Herakleitos of Ephesos, fr. 64

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