[Marxism] What kind of party do we need?

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Sat Dec 29 08:23:42 MST 2012

In the U.S., people tend to think of these historic splits between the
revolutionaries and the reformists as divisions over abstract ideas
about change--matters of a kind of religious preference.  Or maybe
different preferences over what should or shouldn't be the primary
organizational models, etc.

In those circumstances in which it mattered, concrete events imposed
the need for concrete answers about what needed to be done in an
immediate and practical sense.  The divisions, in short were imposed
on the movement.  By definition, this wouldn't happen unless you were
talking about massive organizations and movements, the weight of which
were contributing to these new conditions.

In an American context, the ideas are important and those looking to
the abolition of capitalism obviously need to have mechanisms for
associate and discuss.  However, the notion that the sui generis
exclusive clusterings of the believers in their dozens (or less) can
do anything to advance a serious anti-capitalist agenda seems

Mark L.

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