[Marxism] Is economic struggle subversive?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 14 07:12:52 MDT 2016


On 10/14/16 8:55 AM, Mike Sola wrote:
> On 10/14/2016 8:29 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism wrote:
>> What is this? The last of the DeLeonists?
>> _________________________________________________________
> Isn't he saying the opposite of De Leon?
>

I said DeLeonist, not De Leon.

Frankly, I have no idea whether there was a DeLeonist sect in Ireland 
but this distinction between reforms and "communism" comes straight out 
of the Socialist Labor Party, an American group based on De Leon's 
writings who despite positing the reform versus revolution dichotomy was 
still a formidable thinker.

His followers turned the reform versus revolution into a virtual 
religion standing on the sidelines throughout the 20th century casting 
aspersions on the CIO struggles of the 1930s, the Vietnam antiwar 
movement, etc. All of these "reforms" like creating industrial unions 
and ending the war on the Vietnamese were distractions from the main 
task: socialism.





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