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On the edges of Trotskyism – some of the ones who left the SWP

Friday, 12 July, 2013

This piece was originally written for Libcom, where you can also read it.

Some notes on the IS Network, formed by ex-members of the SWP, and on the ideas of Richard Seymour, one of them.

The SWP crisis is one symptom of Trotskyism on the edge. The crisis produces lots of disenchanted and disillusioned members. It would be tragic if most of these people would simply succumb to demoralization and cynicism. But there is not just Trotskyism on the edge of collapse. Some of these disenchanted (ex-)members do not move away from the struggle, simply regretting the energy wasted and the time lost. Quite a numer of these people move from Trotskyism on the edge to the edges of Trotskyism, and sometimes beyond, beyond the borderline that separates Trotskyist politics from sensible revolutionary approches towards class struggle practice. Let’s have a look at the ones who left. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trotskyism on the edge – on the SWP crisis

woensdag 10 juli 2013

The piece below was written for my Libcom blog, where you can already read it.

A few more notes on the crisis in the SWP that seems to have entered new territory.

Months after the crisis in the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) burst into the open, this Trotskyist formation hasn’t succeeding in leaving their problems truly behind. On the contrary, there have been new signs of division in the organisation that has already experienced a big loss of membership, prestige in the wider movement and political self-confidence. This is no bad thing, als long as the ones who are leaving find something better to do, and as long as the decent people still remaining keep on making a fuss and ask the right questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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