[Marxism] Dear Ahmed Shawki

Louis Proyect 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.

In solidarity,

Louis Proyect

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