Re: [OPE] Important review of Kautskyism Past and Present

From: Dave Zachariah <>
Date: Sat Aug 07 2010 - 16:56:50 EDT

On 2010-08-07 22:32, wrote:
> You protest too much. The vast majority of people of the world face a
> brutal reality due to imperialism. Open polemics among socialists is
> surely not too much to ask given the appalling state of left movements
> throughout the imperialist countries. In the biggest crisis since the
> great depression we have made little progress and I guess my criticism
> of OPE-L is that it doesn't seem to want to confront this reality.
> Read the book and answer the arguments if you are interested - don't
> complain, before you begin the process, at the 'tone' of debate.
The mistake here is that you conflate an informal discussion forum with
some hypothesized political organization. Polemics are certainly
warranted if one targets specific policies by various political forces
when real issues are at stake, e.g. in a strike or a campaign. But this
is not the case when we are trying to analyze how the contemporary world
operates; the 'correct line' is then given by the criteria of the
scientific method and not the Collected Works of Lenin.

//Dave Z
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Received on Sat Aug 7 16:58:25 2010

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