of whether the Left Party is communist or socialist is a matter for
religious rather than political debate. Check out their web site
and decide for yourself.
As to the
red herring of red baiting, let's remember that it is 2005 and not 1955.
The federal guvmint now fears those who resist its foreign and military
policies that sustain a brutal regime of resource extraction more than it
fears those seeking to establish a communist utopia, and has directed the
attention of its oppressive apparatus accordingly. The ever-dwindling
number of Marxists and Leninists are not being evicted, fired,
blacklisted, imprisoned, or killed due to their radical politics today.
baiting was a legitimate cause for concern in the 1920s or 1950s. As
difficult as it was to make the U.S. look good in the 1950s, Stalinism was
able to do just that. Even though there was malicious baiting, spies did
operate here during that period in the service of Stalinism.
charges of baiting are used by leftists in order to shield their faulty
ideology from critical analysis. This is interesting, because one of my
favorite quotes from Karl Marx's earlier philosophical writings (The
18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte) was his call for "relentless
critique of all things existing." What kind of Marxist Leninist would
expect a pass on scientific socialism's greatest calling?
damning critique of Marxism and Leninism is the fact that it defines
itself — the vanguard for the working class — in terms of its opponents —
the capitalist class — and that means it fails before it even gets off the
ground. The Leninist project has failed wherever it has been tried. No,
the Cuban revolution was not instigated by Leninists, and Hugo Chavez is
successfully rallying the Venezuelan masses to take control of their own
destiny absent little red books.
interesting that the two main forces in the Green presidential discussion
last year defined their projects in terms of our opponents — the
Democrats. Antagonistic protagonists Ralph Nader and Medea Benjamin both
defined the Green presidential campaign not in terms of how to best put
forth Green ideas, but how to best check Bush and aid Kerry, either to get
elected or to move to "the left."
electorate responded to this pathetic defeatism the same way that the
public responded to calls for socialist revolution. We must look elsewhere
many local activists who consider themselves Marxists or Leninists who
contribute substantially to progressive achievements and who work well
with the Green Party. Nothing in my writings should be construed to
dismiss the good work of these individuals or to lump them in with the
pack of fools known as the Frontlines family. The problem I seek to
identify and check comes when a corporate form is assumed by a group of
individuals and that corporate form dishonestly involves itself within the
corporate form presents itself as the democratic centralist Trotskyite
Left Party or as the authoritarian corporate Global Exchange, grassroots
democracy and consensus are not compatible with the corporate form under
consensus's current construction. Individual active, volunteer Greens must
not be forced to compete with a corpus organized on external principles of
unity, often funded, that may or may not coincide with those of the Green