[Marxism] Left Forum 2012

aaron s. amaral amaral1871 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 13:46:51 MDT 2012

"Unfortunately for the ISO, this new movement has emerged with zero input
from them or any other “classical Marxist” groups"

Talk about making the facts fit your ideological hobby horses....As a
member of the ISO, all i can say is WOW!! These is such unadulterated B-S I
dont even know how to respond...Not only is it untrue from Day One of OWS,
it is untrue for the period beforehand, and it is untrue nationally where
we have had hundreds of activists committed and engaged in this movement...

As Andy says, the ISO is not alone in this, i.e. as Marxists trying to
present a Marxist political pole from within the movement, and AS PART OF
 the movement....

This article provides some sense of our involvement, both pre-9-17-11 and
in the first couple months of OWS...


The irony is that at the same time as Louis makes these absurd statements,
there are grouplets (like Louis' own former comrades of the SWP, the IG,
and the Platypi) who mechanically condemn the movement as petty-bourgeois

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right....

-aaron a.

On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

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> turn out to be duds, there is always enough there to warrant the time and
> money spent. Apparently about 4000 other lefties agree with me, at least
> based on Stanley Aronowitz’s announcement of registration figures at Friday
> night’s plenary. What follows are my impressions of various workshops I
> attended with no pretense of objectivity. In fact they will be highly
> opinionated so please be forewarned.
> full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.**com/2012/03/19/left-forum-**2012/<http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/left-forum-2012/>
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