[Marxism] Paul Le Blanc on the SWP crisis

Nick Fredman nick.fredman at optusnet.com.au
Sun Feb 3 16:48:39 MST 2013

On 4/02/13 10:27 AM, "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> Munckton & Fredman, do you think I was born yesterday?
> Jim Percy used to stay at my apartment in NYC. I know more about your
> movement than any other group on the left except the American SWP.

I know pretty well what you know and what you think, having followed, and
participated in, this list since 2001 (and BTW since you wonder having been
a member of the DSP since 1990). I've no idea know what point you're now
trying to make besides you know all about the DSP, which we knew. The point
me and Stuart were making, pretty clearly I thought, was that you were wrong
in asserting the DSP ever rejected Cannon in toto, as those from the DSP in
Socialist Alliance and others in SA I gather generally still see value in
Cannon, on party building as well as the interesting socialist and labour
history, useful lessons on fighting fascism and so on in his writings, even
if our views about party building and organisational forms have changed.

> Good on the Percy
> brothers to tell Barnes to take a hike--can't remember over which issue.
> Vietnam?

The initiating issue I understand was Afghanistan around 1980, somewhat
unfortunately, (the US SWP moving to oppose the Soviet intervention and
expected its colonial subjects to do likewise as previously), but it soon
became the mad turn to industry which the Australian SWP pretty quickly
realised was mad, fortunately.  

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