[Marxism] Dear Ahmed Shawki
lnp3 at panix.com
Tue May 7 16:06:09 MDT 2013
I don't know if you'll be checking in on the Marxmail archives today but
I have a feeling that some of the other ISO leaders who are subbed here
will alert you to what I am about to say.
To start with, I want to make sure that you understand that I commend
the ISO for the direction it has taken in the past couple of years or
so. Like Socialist Alternative in Australia, it is making sincere
efforts to break with the "vanguardist" model even if you have not quite
abandoned some of its methods. For example, I think it is really a big
mistake for Paul Le Blanc to put some positive spin on the 21
Conditions, whose entrails are best left for Marxist scholars to examine
and little else.
But to get to the point, Paul Le Blanc really is making a huge mistake
by speaking at the British SWP's Summer Festival of Marxism, or whatever
they call it. You know and I know that it is important for them to draw
in big names from the HM, NLR, Left Forum circuit to signal that they
are not beyond the pale.
But they are beyond the pale. Don't your remember this?
We have all previously participated in events and initiatives promoted
by the SWP, including the annual Marxism festival, or written for its
publications. We continue to value the commitment and work of many SWP
members as trades unionists, activists and comrades. Nonetheless, we can
no longer in good conscience participate in SWP publications and
platforms until the party recognises and seriously addresses the
legitimate criticisms of its handling of this case and the ensuing crisis.
Greg Albo, Abbie Bakan, Jairus Banaji, Matthew Beaumont, Nicholas
Blincoe, Robert Brenner, Sheila Cohen, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Nadine
El-Enany, Samuel Farber, Phil Gasper, Peter Hallward, Adam Hanieh, Owen
Hatherley, Sarah Irving, Owen Jones, Paul Kellogg, Brian Kelly, Conor
Kostick, Robert Knox, David McNally, Kim Moody, Adam Morton, Kevin
Murphy, Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Ilan Pappé, Laurie Penny, Charles Post, Nina
Power, Gregory Schwartz, Julian Stallabrass, Peter Thomas, Alberto
Toscano, Daniel Trilling, Thomas Walpole, Jeffery Webber, Rafeef Ziadah
Anyhow, you people have the right to make your own decisions, just as I
have the right to hold your feet to the fire.
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