[Marxism] Duncan Hallas on the "reformists"

Gary MacLennan gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 15 18:23:56 MST 2017

As someone who was driven out of the ISO because of a tendency to reformism, I am inclined to think that this is a very important topic, Lou.  It is also coming to the head now with the almost sure and certain resurrection of the British Labour Party under Corbyn.

In a talk that I gave to the DSP before the British Election, I argued that if we were all in the UK then we would all be or all should be inside Momentum,  but not as entryists.

I was asked how should we should then be inside the Labour Party, the party of reformism.

I don’t think I answered that question very well.  But I do have a horror on entryism as a force to split and wreck and I am obsessed with a certainty that no good comes from that tactic.

I think I compounded my poor handling of the question of reformism versus entryism by forecasting that Corbyn would do very badly in the UK elections and that in all likelihood the forces he represented would be smashed.


In my defence this talk was before the release of the Labour Party manifesto.



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