[Marxism] Has John Rees's crew been reading the Unrepentant Marxist?

Bhaskar Sunkara bhaskar.sunkara at gmail.com
Mon Apr 12 11:03:11 MDT 2010

My real bone of contention with the SWP isn't the substance of its politics,
but rather how they pursue those politics.... Engaging in valuable work from
below in social movements and in "united fronts," but never really broaching
idea of the unity of Marxists, as Marxists, in a Marxist party that would
allow for permanent factions and freedom of discussion and debate and form
the social base for a rejuvenated left.  I remember during my first week of
my first semester at college when I went to an anti-war rally and
was bombarded with Socialist Workers, Revolution! newspapers, even a
Workers' Vanguard or two, the PSL's paper, etc and I had no idea what to
make of all these left-sects even though I knew my politics were vaguely
socialist and I was familiar with the figure of Leon Trotsky (background I
doubt most people have).  What I see (from afar mind you) are a bunch of
groups duplicating each others efforts, a bunch of competiting sects and no
viable revolutionary left.  Why couldn't SPEW, the SPW and the smaller
groupings like the CPGB and Permanent Revolution be in the same party?
 Given freedom of discussion, I have no doubt that a principled line will
win out.  I guess this is the definition of a liquidationist stance, but is
the alternative for groups like the SPW just hovering around the 5, 6
thousand mark until objective conditions allow for an explosion in their

On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 12:46 PM, Richard Seymour <
leninstombblog at googlemail.com> wrote:

> Well, Kevin Murphy is a scholar who has worked hard to arrive at his
> understanding of Stalinism, not least with his /Revolution and
> Counterrevolution: Class Struggle in a Moscow Metal Factory/.  I don't
> think him at all batty, regardless of how uncivil he might have been to
> you in the past.

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