[Marxism] Notes on a Staggering ISO » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Feb 18 03:53:55 MST 2014


The Slow Death of "Leninism"
Notes on a Staggering ISO
by LOUIS PROYECT

It might be obvious from articles appearing on CounterPunch (“A Response 
to Our Socialist Worker Critics”, to name just one) that former members 
of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) have decided to 
subject the self-described “Leninist” group to a withering critique.

In a recent development, current members constituted as the Renewal 
Faction have joined the chorus of critics as well, something that will 
obviously irk a leadership accustomed to fawning approval from the 
ranks. Indicating the general movement toward web-based debate and 
discussion and away from the print-based medium favored by small 
propaganda groups operating in the “Leninist” tradition, the faction 
launched a website titled “External Bulletin”, a term that very likely 
challenges the notion of the “Internal Bulletin”, the members-only 
medium that allows such groups to conduct their discussions without the 
prying eyes of non-members.

Unfortunately for the ISO, the internal bulletin might have become a 
relic of the Leninist past after a disgruntled member or members decided 
to forward PDF’s of 30 (at last count) documents to selected critics of 
the ISO, including me. Over the past few days, I have read maybe 100 
pages worth of internal discussion articles and want to offer my 
analysis of what is happening with the largest “Leninist” organization 
in the United States (I exclude the CP, which operates more as a wing of 
the Democratic Party.) As someone who spent nearly 12 years in the 
American Socialist Workers Party from 1967 to 1978 (now there’s a 
screenplay begging to be written: “12 Years a Sectarian”), I can 
recognize the pressures operating on the ISO that will inevitably 
generate discontent.

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/18/notes-on-a-staggering-iso/




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