[Marxism] Fwd: question

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 31 09:13:03 MST 2016

See below, sent to the UFPJ list (from which I and others are on temporary
ban for opposing Assad and his sycophants).
One of the most vicious sycophants on that list is Stansfield Smith, whose
venom and slanders are the most frequent and offensive. Ergo my genuine
confusion after reading his article on Venezuela.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andrew Pollack <acpollack2 at gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Dec 31, 2016 at 11:11 AM
Subject: question
To: United 4 Peace & Justice <ufpj-activist at lists.mayfirst.org>

This link is to a review by Stansfield of a new book on "communes" in
It seems to be a very balanced analysis, drawing on the mainstream Marxist
theoretical and strategic heritage, criticizing where due (above all the
failure of the Venezuelan Revolution to move past capitalism, but not
stating that in a sectarian or utopian fashion), and calling for support
against counterrevolution at home and abroad.
My question: how can such an on-point analysis differ so vastly from
Stansfield's approach to Syria?
Obviously I ask that question because of its relevance to a wide variety of
"Left" organizations, not aiming it at Stansfield as an individual except
insofar as the contradiction is most visible in his writing.

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