[Marxism] ON THE SOCIALIST GROUP SOLIDARITY: LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Fri Jan 10 22:40:29 MST 2014


The key issue on which Joaquin and I focused was the practical responses to
Occupy, the best shot we had at reviving a movement in the U.S. in many
years.  All priorities of all serious organizations should have centered on
that.

I don't know Paul, but his misrepresentation of a political criticism into
a personal charge that my feelings were hurt is not only a childish
misrepresentation but one that illustrates wwhat happens to one's sense of
proportion when you fetishize your lodge memberships.  In general, if the
main thing I'd have done with my life over that last 20-30 years was
building an organization of 6-8 people into an organization of 6-8 people,
I'd probably not be so cocky.  I certainly never whispered a complaint that
the local chapter never asked me to speak, and certainly made no complaints
about the two trade union people, who I tried to talk into sticking
around.  But they found nothing there to hold them?

To return to the political point, all members of any socialist organization
should be thinking about what they're investing in an organization--any
organization--if it can't master the most basic requirements necessary to
sustaining something like Occupy . . . .  Imho, a regional local of the old
YSA--hell, a cluster of at-largers--would not have some of these mistakes.

ML



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