[Marxism] Leninism, Socialist Alternative etc

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 28 06:50:36 MST 2013


On 11/28/13 3:24 AM, Ratbag Media wrote:
>   I may be misreading him, but he
> often lambasts Socialist Alliance folks for being still caught up in a
> sort of crude Lenin paradigm which he seems to suggest precludes it
> from reaching true 'broadness'.

Frankly, my biggest concern at this point is that Socialist Alliance 
will be susceptible to the "Solidarity complex", a tendency expressed by 
the first group on the left to rethink the Leninism paradigm. It came 
into existence on the basis that a new approach was needed, including a 
break with "democratic centralism" and a recognition that splitting over 
the "Russian question" was inadvisable.

However, Solidarity has failed to become much more than an aging group 
of ex-Leninists who do very good work and put out a very good magazine 
but who somehow have lost sight of the need for Solidarity to be a means 
to an end rather than an end in itself. It ambles along year after year 
without any perspective of becoming part of something bigger.

I truly hope that this does not happen to Socialist Alliance.




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