[Marxism] Paul Le Blanc’s lamentations | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed May 29 14:00:21 MDT 2019


Despite being highly critical of Paul Le Blanc’s dead-end support for 
“Leninism”, I found something poignant about his 6,100 word attempt to 
provide an answer to “What happened to the International Socialist 
Organization?” This is now his third attempt at constructing or 
reconstructing a Leninist party in the USA. In the first go-round, he 
was one of the many long-time members of the SWP who was expelled for 
opposing Jack Barnes’s ideological assault on Trotskyism that was 
carried out bureaucratically. He then became part of a group led by 
Frank Lovell and George Breitman that published the Bulletin in Defense 
of Marxism that attempted rather futilely to persuade the SWP membership 
to return to the party’s roots. His next stop was Solidarity, a group 
that wisely eschewed “Leninist” norms but was never able to become much 
more of a network of people around the magazine Against the Current. His 
final stop was the International Socialist Organization, a group he 
joined a decade ago and that has just disbanded. My guess is that this 
will be his last hurrah as far as Leninism is concerned unless in the 
next decade or so there is a massive radicalization in the USA that will 
help to foment a revolutionary socialist organization that is the 
counterpart of Lenin’s party. If that happens, you can be assured that 
such an organization will look nothing like the myriad of groups that 
sought to construct one from scratch. As a rule of thumb, revolutionary 
organizations can only emerge out of a mass movement and all such 
attempts to create an embryo of one according to some ideological 
construct will either implode like the SWP or ISO, or muddle along like 
the British SWP, Lutte Ouvriere or others too obscure to mention.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2019/05/29/paul-le-blancs-lamentations/



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