[Marxism] SWP faction declared

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Fri Feb 8 10:23:22 MST 2013

On Feb 8, 2013, at 11:52 AM, Louis Proyect wrote:
> The Cuban CP does not have factions but that does not mean that  
> there are not fierce debates.

And there were, no doubt, even fiercer debates [post-Stalin] on the  
CPSU's politbureau (as Beria, Malenkov, Khrushchev et. al.) could  
attest. But (until Gorbachev) not a word of those debates was ever  
heard in public.  As in Cuba (cf. Carlos Lage). The debates take place  
behind closed doors and are decided by a self-coopting bunch quite  
willing to "demote" dissenters.  In a democratic organization or in a  
democratic country the only meaningful debate is that which takes  
place in public, and the only legitimate decisions on policy are made  
after that debate by majority vote of the members or citizens.  The  
Communist Manifesto proclaimed that the *first* act of the working  
class upon seizing power is to "establish democracy."  The power of  
the soviets was a democratic power, and that was why Lenin and Trotsky  
were right to proclaim the Russian revolution as "proletarian"--and  
why the Cuban revolution and its state Party are not.

Shane Mage
"Thunderbolt steers all things." Herakleitos of Ephesos, fr. 64

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