Subject: [OPE-L:1646] Callinicos
From: Jurriaan Bendien (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Nov 07 1999 - 17:42:36 EST
This is a message for Andrew Trigg.
Andrew, I thought about Callinicos on Trotskyism some more in a spare
moment, and I tracked down a review of that book which makes interesting
points about method. That is why I recommend it.
See: Paul Clarke, "Science and style". in: International Marxist Review
(Presse-Edition-Communication, Montreuil, Paris), No. 13 (Vol. 5, No. 4),
Spring 1992, pp. 127-143.
The review is from a pro-Trotskyist point of view. Personally I have never
called myself a Trotskyist, only a Marxist, and now I just call myself a
socialist. I think Trotskyism made very substantive contributions to
Marxism, in theory and practice, which should be preserved, but I
personally think Trotskyism as such is finished. We should get back after
the demise of Stalinism to what Trotsky was really interested in, the
problem of the transition to socialism such as it presents itself in our
time, and try to unite the international socialist/communist movement with
that goal in mind, as much as possible. We need a productive
cross-fertilisation of ideas and experiences without silly sectarian games.
Many comrades and friends of mine do not think quite the same way, but
that doesn't matter, if we can still work together.
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