[Marxism] Paul Le Blanc on the SWP crisis

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 1 08:44:17 MST 2013


On 2/1/13 2:52 AM, james pitman wrote:

> http://socialistworker.org/2013/02/01/leninism-is-unfinished

You know, I am 68 years old, with cataracts in both eyes (and a macular 
pucker in the left that makes it fairly useless for reading), with no 
editors to help out (the last one I had--Gilles d'Aymery--was pretty 
damned sharp) but I doubt that on my worst days I could come up with 
something as sloppy as this. (I will deal with the substance later in 
the day.)

Paul's article goes from footnote 3 to footnote 6. When you go to the 
notes section, you will find this for the non-existent footnote 4:

 >>In fact, a day later Proyect moved closer to such formulations in an 
additional reply to Callinicos entitled “Is Zinovievism Finished?” The 
Unrepentant Marxist, January 29, 2013, in which he concludes. “The time 
for Leninism to be tried is now long overdue.”<<

But there was no article on my blog titled “Is Zinovievism Finished?”. 
Paul must be referring to “Zinovievism is finished”, a reply to 
Callinicos from a group of SWP’ers including Richard Seymour, China 
Mieville and Neil Davidson. I understand from one of the contributors 
that the main author is Jamie Allison, a comrade I am not familiar with. 
Perhaps Paul got that article confused with me since I coined the term 
“Zinovievism” about 10 years ago or so. I am deeply flattered that the 
SWP comrades would use it but I had nothing to do with that article.





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