[Marxism] A new workers party: "Blueprint" or Perspectives?

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Mon Jan 2 14:16:28 MST 2017


Yes, "schematic"; that's the word I was looking for. It reminds me of
something from my union of many years ago (like about 35 or 40). We had a
strike coming up. The executive secretary of our district council had
organize what he called a "war room". This was a room in the council
offices with a long table and banks of telephones. He had a whole group of
his "generals" sitting by the phones, waiting to give out the orders to
those who called in. They sat there and waited.... and waited... and
waited. But they never got a phone call! That's how cut off they were from
the realities on the ground, meaning on the jobs and among the working
carpenters.

John Reimann

On Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 12:26 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> On 1/2/17 3:17 PM, John Reimann via Marxism wrote:
>
>> A bit of a discussion is under way (again) about an alternative to
>> the Democrats. Seth Ackerman has written an article “A Blueprint for
>> a New Party”
>> <https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/11/bernie-sanders-democrati
>> c-labor-party-ackerman/>,
>>
>>
>>
>
> There is something so sterile about all these grad students and professors
> writing this kind of stuff without having any involvement in practical
> politics.
>
> I didn't start writing this kind of thing until I came to Columbia in 1991
> and discovered the Internet. But I had been in the trenches for 25 years
> building Vietnam antiwar demonstrations, working with CISPES, serving on
> the board of Tecnica, etc. before I ever wrote a single article.
>
> Unless you develop some political experience, you end up writing stuff
> that is very schematic. To start with, blueprints make no sense at all. The
> American class struggle will dictate both the program and the
> organizational forms we use, not navel-gazing by doctoral candidates at
> Cornell.
>



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