[Marxism] Fwd: Fw: The Future of the Left - Conversation on Socialist Unity

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Fri May 17 14:25:07 MDT 2013


The existing groups should be mortified that such mindless prattle gets
thrown out continually and passes for socialism.  But why isn't there an
alternative?

The groups metnioned could have done something towards unity for years and
haven't.. When we started Solidarity, I said that it would need to do
something towards regroupment ASAP or its position would harden into just
another interesting brick in the wall of endless gab.

The prospect of unity would be greater had there been a serious attempt at
unity in action when it really mattered . . . around Occupy.  I can only
say that in Cincinnati, it was bullshit as usual.  The "progressives"
setting the tone and the union leadership providing the periodic carrot and
stick to encourage the movement off the streets.  What I saw of the groups
was not impressive, despite some serious good intentions.

As to the national elections, there has been nothing but disappointment
from these groups.  Don't care if you've managed to field a ticket specific
to this or that group.  If you've not made a serious effort at a united
electoral effort of those class forces available left of the Democrats, you
might as well be burning incense and trying to levitate the Pentagon.

As to the election, the only public platform for anything decent in either
the 2008 and 2012 elections in Cincinnati came from the initiative of some
African-American supporters of McKinney.  The Greens were flaking away to
the Democrats, as they had consistently since Nader embarassed them by
doing so well in 2000.  When the idiots were jumping up and down shrieking
that anyone who didn't support Obama was hostile to women, several of us
tried to get a critical discussion of the election going and local
Solidarity members squelched it publicly as insensitive to the local
"progressives." In both elections, the ISO had good intentions but little
or no organization.

The bottom line is that gab means nothing, particularly when the numbers
don't amount to much anyway.  The fact that this is discussed group to
group ensures that old assumptions will survive unchallenged. I have
suggested that a broader discussion with independent perspectives could put
together a practical plan for a loose network that would be quite usable
for those serious about moving towards common work.

ML



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