[Marxism] Australian Socialist Alliance edges into the Putinite camp
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Mon May 5 16:52:30 MDT 2014
Over the past nearly 20 years since I have cohabited with these people
on Marxmail and the mailing list that preceded it, I have gotten used to
their reticence. There was a time when they were still gung-ho on
"Leninism" that they were more outspoken. I distinctly remember Peter
Boyle (the activist, not the comic actor) once making the case that
Leninism was revolutionary factionalism. Of course, that was a long time
ago and my memory might be fading. Have to increase the fish oil intake,
The only member of this group that seems to have a mind of his own is
Michael Karadjis who I had some battle royales with during the war in
Kosovo. I only wish that I could turn the clock back and have
distinguished myself more from Jared Israel. Oh well, live and learn.
Michael is sort of their Richard Seymour, an outlier who has the odd
notion that membership in a "Bolshevik" group has some relationship to
the historic Bolshevik Party where members were expected to think and
speak for themselves. What a quaint notion.
As should be obvious from Links posting Borotba's call
(http://links.org.au/node/3837) for an anti-fascist (ie., pro-Russian)
protest in Ukraine and Kagarlitsky's addled musings, as well as kindred
expressions from Renfrey Clarke and Tony Ilitis in Green Left Weekly,
our friends are moving rapidly toward the John Rees orientation.
Borotba's statement is really quite an eye-opener, filled with
formulations that probably wouldn't pass muster in Counterfire
and--unbelievably--a citation from RT.com. Frankly, you would think at
this stage of the game that serious political people would avoid citing
RT.com, especially on the Ukraine. For me, quoting RT.com on the Ukraine
is like putting on a red rubber nose, grease-paint and squirting people
with a seltzer bottle.
But even more puzzling is the absence of debate on their own mailing
list on Yahoo or here about all this. I have trouble figuring out
whether this is a function of the sort of disdain for the
petty-bourgeois Internet shared by the ISO and the SWP or instead a
pronounced tendency in their ranks toward allowing an orientation to be
determined by "specialists" like Renfrey Clarke. I only wish that I had
the guts when I was an SWP member to challenge someone like Frank Lovell
back in 1977 when he told a convention that the working class of the USA
was more radicalized than any time in the 20th century. Having lived
through that experience, I resolved to make up my own mind about everything.
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