[Marxism] Thoughts triggered by ex-ISOers seeing the light | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Feb 26 15:42:14 MST 2020

On January 31st, ex-ISOer Alan Maass posted a nearly 9,500 word article 
on Medium that offered “a retrospective assessment of the politics of 
the former ISO on elections and some thoughts on socialist 
organization.” It boiled down to a self-criticism for his past belief 
that revolutionary socialists must oppose the Democratic Party on 
principle. Only a year and a half  ago, Maass wrote an article for the 
ISO newspaper arguing the exact opposite. I guess a lot can change in 18 
months. Must be something wrong with me, I supposed. After voting for 
LBJ in 1964, who promised that he would not “send American boys 9 or 
10,000 miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for 
themselves,” that was it for me. Fifty-six years ago and I am still pissed.


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