OK, Let's leave Louis P. I don't know the fellow but I've read some of his
contributions on Marxism.panix list and I both agree and disagree with some of his
On the question of Russia: Well, You've got a very fractured left in that huge
country with some unions displaying a greater understanding of Marxist tactics and
strategy than the self proclaimed Marxist-Leninist parties. Certainly the biggest
party, the communist party of Russia has to loose a lot of flakes including its leader
who has no understanding of Marxism at all. The working class has taken a big punch
to the guts and it's still reeling from the experience but I am optimistic that
they'll get their act together sooner or later and begin their marsh back to socialism.
But I do feel that the revolutionary center of the world - to use an old formulation -
has shifted but still has not coalesced geographically and I suspect that is why the
left world-wide has not taken advantage of the recent shake ups in capitalism around
the world. In fact, it seems we, the so-called experts on charting courses through
the chaotic dynamics of capitalist economics and politics, have been bested by
American and Canadian capitalists where the economies of these two countries are
projected to perform very well for the next couple of years. I don't know what the
projections are for the European countries.
What next: I think the idea of a united front formation is the way forward especially
for the working class in advanced capitalist countries. I think they need to
experiment and fail many times before they hit on the correct road. Necessary to this
process is an organized Marxist-Leninist Party that will maintain its revolutionary
outlook throughout this voyage and will always put forward both the immediate goals
that the working class needs to achieve and the only true goal it needs to accomplish
Enough for now. Next week the Ontario Federation of Labor meets for its annual
convention. Some of the points that will be discussed by organized labor in the most
industrious province in Canada is labor's disaffiliation from the social democratic
party -the New Democratic Party - and putting forward an independent Labor program. I
don't know if there's anybody on this list from Canada but I'll let you know what the
organized section of the working class in Ontario has decided for the coming period.
Don't hold your breath.
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