[Marxism] Socialists Unite: Statement from Workers World Party & FIST
jbustelo at bellsouth.net
Thu Jul 8 23:16:07 MDT 2010
On 6/23/2010 10:29 AM, Greg Butterfield dumped this Marcyite gambit on
> Socialists across the world need to unite. The need for such unity is all the more urgent here in the U.S., because the capitalist system here remains at the center of world imperialism. A socialist front of organizations, parties and individuals -- whose agreement on fundamental questions outweighs whatever differences they might have – could greatly advance the work of revolutionaries on many levels.
I gotta ask, who do the Marcyites think they're fooling? A "joint"
statement with ... themselves in the form of their youth organization on
the need for "unity." A statement that purports to call for unity as it
evades all the real obstacles to unity. A call for the formation of "A
socialist front of organizations, parties and individuals" which could
only be the arena for a factional free-for-all.
This from a group that is so open and honest in dealing with the rest of
the left that it has yet to give any sort of explanation for the split
between it and PSL. (Ditto for the pissel, but at least they aren't
trying to blow smoke up our asses with bullshit statements calling for
The WWP proposes the usual laundry list of "fundamental questions" on
which there is said to be agreement among many socialists. Experience
has shown that such "fundamental" agreement is no impediment to splits.
Quite the contrary.
The REAL fundamental obstacle to unity on the U.S. left on a subjective
level is the organization question. Just about every group claims to be
the sole possessor of the sacred screed, secret sauce or revolutionary
recipe which must be protected and defended against all heretics,
apostates and infidels, external and internal.
These truths are so precious that "party" members are prohibited from
ever stating their OWN opinion on any political, historical or
theoretical subject and in fact the groups function to PREVENT members
even having such individual opinions. Groupthink rules supreme, and when
it breaks down, splits, expulsions and resignations inevitably follow.
(And what a joke! So-called "parties" with literally dozens of members
spread out over a few cities in a country of 300 million people with
nearly 400 urban areas that have at least 50,000 residents in their
urban core, and more than 50 with 1 million people. In fact, I greatly
doubt there is ANY of these "parties" that has at least ONE member in
every one of just the 10 largest population centers.)
This organization of the groups around a doctrine shows that they are
essentially sects. *Idealist* sects, even if they claim the doctrine
they defend is some sort of "materialism."
The *fundamental* requirement for there being left unity involving these
outfits is that the sects dissolve into the general socialist movement,
which then can be given shape in the form of a united socialist
Of course, WWP does NOT advocate a united organization but rather a
"front" of groups and individuals. Let's get real. A "front" is not the
arena for unity but rather for factional warfare between the sects. And
given the scope of the country, and despite the microscopic size of the
sects in that context, "individuals" -- even lots of them -- would have
no weight in the running of the group unless they, too, were organized
into one more faction.
Instead of a bunch of empty "fundamental questions" rhetoric, what
Workers World needs to say is whether it is willing to let its current
membership join a multi-current socialist organization on the basis of
equality with everyone else, meaning, no secretive members-only "party
within the party" disciplined faction.
IF that is the case, THEN discussions could begin on the real basis for
a united group, which is NOT "fundamental" agreement on "principles" but
on the contrary, PRACTICAL agreement on what the group would be doing.
Judging from their statement, the chances of this happening seem to be
about as high as our ever finding out the honest truth about the WWP/PSL
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