[Marxism] Interesting factoid
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Sun Nov 24 07:15:46 MST 2013
There's an article titled "Lenin versus 'Leninism'" in issue number five
of Marxist Left Review (marxistleftreview.org) by Sandra Bloodworth
(love that moniker). Here is the number of times the word intervene,
intervention, or interventionist occurs: 21.
Tom Freeman, Lenin’s Conception of the Party: Organisational Expression
of an Interventionist Marxism, PhD Thesis, Department of Political
Science, University of Melbourne, 1999, Chapters 3 and 5. Freeman was a
long term member of the International Socialist Tendency. The
information about the early years of students and workers is from this
Interventionist Marxism? Gosh, just what the world has been waiting for.
That was a favorite word of ours in the SWP, to "intervene". After I
broke with sectarianism, I always cringed when I heard socialists using
it in light of its Latin root 'intervenire', which means to come
between. Yes, we used to "come between" all the time back in the 60s.
Bloodworth's article is filled with observations via Freeman that have
about as much relevance to Australian politics today as the man on the moon:
"We see an activist with extraordinary determination and a preparedness
to pay attention to the smallest details when it came to finding ways
around state repression in order to build a party. Lenin’s argument for
conspiratorial methods is prosecuted in minute detail. Division of
labour is essential so that when someone falls foul of the state, they
can be replaced more easily than if they were carrying out multiple
tasks, all of which someone has to learn. And the removal of one small
task is less disruptive to the wider chain of actions. It’s true that
operating in small cells that know little of each other leads to
isolation of individuals. So this is another argument for a party."
Another argument for a party?
Yes, let's break out the champagne, noisemakers and the paper hats. New
Year's Eve is rapidly approaching.
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