[Marxism] [UCE] Re: Paul Le Blanc on the SWP crisis

Alan Bradley alanb1000 at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 3 21:33:37 MST 2013

From: Nick Fredman 
> Well they are in discussion with Socialist Alliance. I.e: They're had a couple of meetings; 

The other side of things is the informal discussion on blogs, Facebook and so on. (And doubtless in the Real World(tm) as well...) While less important at one level, it has the benefit of being continuous and interactive, as well as involving more people from both groups that in the relatively closed leadership level discussions.

My impression of these informal discussion is that they are helping greatly in dealing with the issues of political culture - the way the groups have tended to address matters differently, as well as clarifying misunderstandings. There's also been a positive level of self-criticism involved - both sides are clearly trying to think things through in a serious way.

In a sense, the formal discussions are only the tip of the iceberg. Of course, so are the current informal discussion too! Eventually there will have to be serious contact between the entire memberships of the two groups, preferably in the form of constructive joint political activity. That way, they will be able to build mutual trust and understanding - and hopefully even agreement!

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