[Marxism] party of the left and historical materialism

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 7 18:51:31 MST 2020

On 2/7/20 8:18 PM, John Reimann via Marxism wrote:
> As far as Hawkins belonging to a wing of the Grreens that included Bruce
> Dixon: Dixon and his Black Agenda Report were (BAR still is) one of the
> very worst of the horrible Assadists.

So what? Those ideas did not seep into the Green Party. Even Ajamu 
Baraka, Jill Stein's running-mate, said virtually nothing about Syria as 
a GP candidate.

Our tasks are national in character. As long as there is agreement on 
opposing fracking, a minimum wage of $20 or so, the right of transgender 
people to use a bathroom based on their identity, we can belong to the 
same party.

In fact, I find your positions on Venezuela and Nicaragua as odious as 
Bruce's on Syria but that would not prevent me from belonging to the 
same party as you.

When it comes to international issues, the litmus test should not be 
whether Maduro or Assad are bastards. It should be opposition to USA 
intervention. Both Bruce and I opposed American intervention in Syria 
but differed on the nature of the process there. The Trotskyist movement 
split into a thousand shards over how to characterize the Russian state. 
I still have a high regard for Trotsky's writings but I think the whole 
"scratch to gangrene" business needlessly Talmudic. When Max Schachtman 
became a State Department socialist, a split made sense. But did it make 
much difference in 1940 how surplus value was being generated in the USSR?

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