[Marxism] learning to think

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 7 07:24:02 MST 2016

Today's Socialist Worker has two replies to Ashley Smith's recent article
applying Trotsky's "Learn to Think" to Syria. Ashley's article praised
Trotsky's method there (as have others of us on this list, including Louis).
Below are my comments to Ashley on the replies, which can be read at:
I wrote:
"Peterson's comments are just Shachtmanite nonsense."
[On that score, see all of https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/idom/dm/
-- Andy]
"Adams is a more serious problem as he's clearly bought much of the campist
"He argues against the No Fly Zone on reasonable technical grounds,
although the stuff about not provoking Russia is more worthy of the UFPJ
list. But he doesn't address the Manpads or other equipment requested. Plus
he opposes 'food not bombs' slogans as 'not what the US military does.' But
that's not the point: in this case we raise the demand in order to expose
our rulers' hypocrisy - and thus to make possible other forces' ability to
deliver food. (And in fact the US military HAS delivered food in other
"Finally and most importantly he declares the revolution over and has not
one word to say about the existing grassroots committees."

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