[Marxism] The Truth About the Situation in Libya

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Aug 22 18:38:05 MDT 2011

On 8/22/11 8:27 PM, pat costello wrote:
> Of course, in the revolt were workers and young people who had many
> legitimate grievances against the Libyan government. But what is
> critical in an armed struggle for state power is not the composition
> of the rank-and-file soldiers, but the class character and political
> orientation of the leadership.

Some leadership. The fighters from Misrata and the Berbers do not regard 
the TMC as their leadership. The Benghazi notables might be on the phone 
with the CIA but are not getting called by the young men who really 
overthrew Qaddafi. One of the worst things about the Marcyite tradition 
is that it lacks intellectual rigor even though its founder was part of 
the generation that worked directly with Trotsky. Trotsky would never 
ignore counter-indicative tendencies. This cheapening of polemics that 
the Becker brothers favor comes right out of the Stalinist tradition.

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