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Amateur Hour: a new People’s Front of Judaea

Apparently a bunch of former CWI members have decided to launch a new International. The founding document of the group, published in May, runs to some twenty five chapters. It is written in the manner of a GCSE-level essay: cramming as much information into as short a space as possible to cover up an actual lack of nuance and understanding. That said, I’m not going to pick apart the document piece by piece – it would be shooting fish in a barrel and in any case, it is way too long. Seriously, everyone should read it themselves to understand why I’m so dismissive.

Most telling should be that it takes the group until Chapter 24 to come to the point about why they don’t feel like they can remain within the Committee for a Workers International. And the point, when it comes, is basically that the perspectives of the CWI went wrong some time in the mid-1980s. Which is why it has taken until 2009 for this new group to split. That must be the longest learning curve in the history of the socialist movement. Even Trotsky himself took only two years before getting pissed off with some American socialists and agreeing to expel them.

What shocks me the most is just the combination of historical ignorance and bad writing. If you’re going to found a new group with a view to being the 9th-and-a-half Worker’s International, it might be a good idea to do some solid research into the events you refer to. Or perhaps referencing Marxist theory in a more consistent (I daren’t hope for eloquence or elegance) manner. Further amusing and derisory comments can be found at the Socialist Unity blog. Irony doesn’t come much better than that.

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  1. July 27, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Ta for the link – no idea how you keep up with this stuff.

    I quite liked bits of it, but that’s perhaps because I’m still only at GCSE being leftwing level. It was a bit scattergun but i thought there was something in the labour party analysis.

    Anyway it’s not a founding document exactly. It’s an essay. Fair enough.

  2. July 28, 2009 at 1:12 am

    I was briefly in the PFJ around 32 AD before the split over the policy on sandals (which resulted in the Revolutionary People’s Front – Judea) whereupon I promptly joined the Front for a People’s Judea (which later became Judean People for a Front).

    We didn’t do much in the way of organising, feeling it was more important that we had a well-developed theory on the dialectic of togas in the formation of the early Roman class system and the impact of sandal-wearing on the Judean proletariat’s embourgeoisment…

  3. Andrew Baker
    August 1, 2009 at 10:49 am

    This is of course the tragedy of the left recast again as so many times before.

    Issues can be lost in the battle of dialectics and intellectual vanity insidiously replace a real commitment to the essential root of why we believe and act.

    Ironically whilst doing all of this we create and justify the rationales of those on the right.

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