[Marxism] Eric Blanc’s ersatz socialism | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Feb 8 16:00:06 MST 2020

For those trying to keep track of the ongoing attempt to seduce American 
radicals into Democratic Party politics, Eric Blanc’s articles are 
essential. Unlike most of the people who write for the Jacobin, Blanc 
got his initial political orientation during a brief membership in 
Socialist Organizer, a tiny sect affiliated with the U.S. fraternal 
section of the Organizing Committee for the Re-constitution of the 
Fourth International. His next stop was the ISO, where he was likely in 
the vanguard of the group’s mass exodus into the DSA. Now, comfortably 
ensconced there, he is a member of the Bread and Roses caucus that takes 
prides in itself as the Marxist redoubt of the group hoping to 
Re-constitute social democracy in the USA.

On top of all this, he has been something of a disciple of Lars Lih who 
has written millions of words extolling Lenin while at the same time 
making it clear that he is not a socialist. This deep immersion in 
Marxist culture has seen Blanc come up with some very fresh ideas, 
especially on the role of borderland socialists and the evolution of 
Bolshevism on national liberation. More recently, and unfortunately, his 
erudition has mostly been used to promote voting for Democratic Party 
candidates as a tactical “dirty break”. Unlike the crude “lesser evil”, 
“stop the fascist threat” analysis perfected by the Communist Party, 
Blanc frames his arguments in neo-Kautskyist terms, even though, as his 
critics make clear, Kautsky was adamantly opposed to voting for liberals.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2020/02/08/eric-blancs-ersatz-socialism/

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