[Marxism] Socialist Action on Libya and Syria - Reply to Andrew Pollock

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Oct 22 06:34:33 MDT 2016

On 10/22/16 8:22 AM, Joseph Green via Marxism wrote:
> Andrew Pollack <acpollack2 at gmail.com>Andrew Pollock refuses to deal with what
> it means that so many advocates of the "permanent revolution" has fallen on
> their face with respect to the Arab Spring, as shown by the stands of
> Socialist Action and a number of other Trotskyist organizations. Instead, he
> repeatedly calls me a Menshevik, either directly or by arbitrarily asserting
> that I uphold Menshevik positions.

I don't think that permanent revolution theory explains Jeff Mackler's 
Assadism. Instead it is a bastardization of Trotsky's writings on the 
need to support “fascist” Brazil against “democratic” Great Britain and 
Haile Selassie against Mussolini. It also evokes his debate with 
Shachtman over the Soviet invasion of Finland when it was allied with 
Hitler. This is an issue of "anti-imperialism" rather than permanent 
revolution, the kind of "anti-imperialism" that led Sam Marcy to split 
with Cannon. In fact, Nestor Gorojovsky who was on Marxmail a decade or 
so ago used to take the same line. It was one thing to justify support 
for Argentina on the Malvinas, it was another to support Indonesia 
against East Timor, which he did. None of this involved permanent 

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