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

Joseph Green jgreen at communistvoice.org
Sat Oct 22 06:58:13 MDT 2016

Louis Proyect wrote: 
> > 
> 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 
> revolution.

Good point; it's both. They work together. Permanent revolution gives 
Socialist Action the framework for dealing with Libya and pretending to have 
class analysis, and it also looks very much like he is applying Trotsky's 
version  of anti-imperialism. But it's not a bastardization of Trotsky's view 
of anti-imperialism, it's directly in line with it. 

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