[Marxism] Fwd: Nicaragua’s industrialists? Say what? | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 13 16:04:07 MDT 2016

When I noticed that Bhaskar Sunkara had tweeted a link to a Jacobin 
article titled “Ortega’s Betrayal” written by Jonah Walters, I concluded 
immediately even before reading it that the author was a member of the 
International Socialists Organization (ISO). As Jason E. Smith had noted 
in a Brooklyn Rail article titled “Let Us Be Terrible: Considerations on 
the Jacobin Club”, the magazine had begun to feature articles by members 
of the group: “While it has always toyed with the disaffected liberals 
on the fringes of the Democratic Party, more recent contributors have 
included writers and cadre with primary allegiance to Trotskyist 
organizations, like the ISO…”

I don’t have any big problems with ISO members writing for Jacobin. Most 
are very bright graduate students and junior professors with a lot on 
the ball. Unfortunately, Jonah Walter’s article on Nicaragua was the ISO 
at its worst. As is customary for groups coming out of the Trotskyist 
movement, they see their role as the political and moral conscience of 
the left. If you are looking for take-downs of Alexis Tsipras, Daniel 
Ortega, Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro for failing to lead successful 
revolutions from below, the ISO press is the place to go. As Peter 
Camejo once told me in the early 80s, groups like the SWP and the ISO 
are always beyond reproach because they have never been put in a 
position of power that would test their ability to live up to their own 
lofty ideals.


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