Re: SV: [OPE] Marta Harnecker's Ideas

From: <david@danyaf.plus.com>
Date: Tue Dec 08 2009 - 17:05:31 EST

Anders,

The important point is surely the significance of their standpoint for
understanding the development of Marxist thought on the issue of
imperialism and national liberation etc. In that sense their standpoint is
of enormous political significance for the future divisions in the
international working class movement.

David Yaffe

At 09:38 08/12/2009 +0100, you wrote:
>Hi David,
>
>I was aware that Marx and Engels had written a lot on Ireland, so it is a
>question if you would call Marx a *major* theoretician on Irland.
>
>Take a look at
>http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/subject/ireland/index.htm
>
>and jugde for your self. No major work on Ireland I would say.
>
>That M&E influence Lenin - for sure.
>
>And I can easily pick other examples of excellent books that do not refer
>that much to Marx. Mandel's "Marxist Economic Theory" is original research
>- not exegesis.
>
>Roman Rosdolsky's book on "Engels and the question of non-Historic
>peoples" on the other hand deals in detail with Marx' and Engels' writings
>since it is an analysing of their ideas.
>
>When Connoly and Mandel writes - seeing their work as a deepening, a
>elaboration of Marxist (and Marx') methods and principles there is not
>such a need for a detailed placing of their work in the
>political/theoretical landscape.
>
>But MHs case is much more like Rosdolsky - she is arguing against
>practices/theories/conventional wisdom in a highly theoreticallycontested
>domain were the words - in contrast to Connoly's and Mandel's research -
>do not have a fairly obvious meaning. I mean - you cannot write sensibly
>about democracy (or democratic centralism) without clarifying what you
>mean be refernce to more concrete examples. Of course you can - MH dave
>done it - but my and Jurriaan's opinion is that it is not very usefull.
>
>Regards
>Anders
>
> > From: david@danyaf.plus.com
> > Sent: 2009-12-07 23:02:27 CET
> > To: Outline on Political Economy mailing list [ope@lists.csuchico.edu]
> > Subject: Re: [OPE] Marta Harnecker's Ideas
> >
> > Anders,
> >
> > You are wrong about Marx and Engels on Ireland. Their work in the First
> > International on the Irish question was an important influence on Lenin's
> > writing on national liberation, on the issue of the peasantry in the
> > Russian revolution and Lenin's understanding of the essence of imperialism
> > viz the division of the world between oppressor and oppressed nations, and
> > the question of opportunism in the labour movement. For an assessment of
> > the importance of Marx and Engel's and Lenin's writings for
> > understanding the Irish revolution see Ireland the key to the British
> > revolution by David Reed. This is also a detailed account of the struggle
> > of the Irish people for self-determination in the 20th century. This was
> > published by Larkin Publications in 1984. It is out of print but there are
> > copies to be had through Amazon.
> >
> > David Yaffe
> >
> > At 23:41 06/12/2009 +0100, you wrote:
> > >Hi Paul,
> > >
> > >I think MH needs to refer to historical events, to theories, so that we
> > >really - at least better can understand what she means. To write about
> the
> > >need for a party, for democratic centralism without clear empirical and
> > >theoretical reference points is to be consciously vague, open to all kind
> > >of interpretations.
> > >
> > >When Connoly writes about Labour in Irish History - as the intro on
> > >Marxist.org/archive points out; Connoly "based his argument on a detailed
> > >historical account of Ireland?s struggle for freedom an account
> bettered
> > >by few, if any, books since" - so why should he refer much to Marx, since
> > >Marx had not been a major theoretician on the Irish struggle for
> > >independence, probably Connoly saw his book as an application of hits.mat.
> > >
> > >But MH - has neither a detailed discussion of concrete historical events,
> > >nor a discussion of previous theories or organising for struggle. Each
> and
> > >every paragraph raises more questions than it answers.
> > >
> > >PB: "Isn't your view very 'academic' and 'professionally' introspective?"
> > >Nope, on the contrary - MH writes in a typically ivory tower - or desktop
> > >way - far away from realities - probably since she has not to "offend"
> > >Castro and/or Chavez - so the critique is mild, soft and general, and
> > >consequently of little use.
> > >
> > >Regards
> > >Anders E
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >At 13:27 06.12.2009, you wrote:
> > >>Anders,
> > >>
> > >>why do you think that 'theoreticians' need to be referred to when
> writing
> > >>a book/article on contempoarry issues? If we look at eg Connolly's
> Labour
> > >>in Irish History there is a single passing reference to Marx. Yet it
> is a
> > >>book widely read after its publication, important for the Irish anti
> > >>colonial/imperialist movement, and a valuable short text for any modern
> > >>reader. If a work is written as a political polemic then there will be
> > >>targets and allies, but for a wider audience should we really worry
> about
> > >>geneology?
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>Paul Bullock
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>----- Original Message ----- From: "Anders Ekeland" <aekeland@online.no>
> > >>To: "Outline on Political Economy mailing list" <ope@lists.csuchico.edu>
> > >>Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 1:54 PM
> > >>Subject: SV: [OPE] Marta Harnecker's Ideas
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>>Hi Jerry,
> > >>>
> > >>>- MH probably have written extensively on Cuba, Nicargua and
> Venezuela -
> > >>>but it does not show in her principles, Cuba is just mentioned once,
> > >>>Lenin, Trotsky, Martov, Dunajevskaja, Pannekoek or Bahro, Uhl,
> > >>>Belocerkovski... I have still not read it properly - but
> > >>>no theoretician of marxist organisation that I know of seems to be
> even
> > >>>mentioned. Strange - very strange.
> > >>>
> > >>>- And as Alejandro points out - what she writes and her postions on
> > >>>Cuba, Venezuela etc. are "poles apart" (I do not know her position) but
> > >>>it does not suprise me if that is the case.
> > >>>
> > >>>- And why write about the SWPs, the FI? I agree that these were small,
> > >>>but was there anything concious, Marxist, cadre organisations thatt
> were
> > >>>bigger? Is not the real difficulty that rev. org. in the mature
> > >>>capitalist countries a) are small b) easily split up? IMHO any kind of
> > >>>"Ideas for the Struggle" must adress these challenges.
> > >>>
> > >>>- ASFAICS - is the only organisation that MH mentiones by name is
> Frente
> > >>>Amplio - but that is a rather particular case focussed on "popular
> > >>>consultations"
> > >>>
> > >>>- MH to me looks like a very soft critique of the authoritarian aspects
> > >>>of certain Lat.Am leaders/regimes. But since is is so soft, no names
> > >>>mentioned, no concrete affair used as an illustration - it is
> useless for me.
> > >>>
> > >>>So the question that is interesting is - why do Links promote these
> > >>>"truisms" (leaders should listen to the masses etc. etc.) - why do
> Jerry
> > >>>forward it?
> > >>>
> > >>>Can you throw any light on that issue Jerry?
> > >>>
> > >>>Regards
> > >>>Anders
> > >>>
> > >>>>From: Gerald Levy [jerry_levy@verizon.net]
> > >>>>Sent: 2009-12-04 13:37:00 MET
> > >>>>To: Outline on Political Economy mailing list [ope@lists.csuchico.edu]
> > >>>>Subject: Re: [OPE] Marta Harnecker's Ideas
> > >>>>
> > >>>> > If MH had been an OPE member I would have challenged her on that >
> > >>>> point -
> > >>>> > what is your analysis of Lenin, of Trotsky of the organisational
> > >>>> praxis > of
> > >>>> > SWP (US), SWP (UK), The FI (United. Secr) - the > Sandinistas,
> the >
> > >>>> Cuban
> > >>>> > Communist Party, Chavez etc. etc.
> > >>>>
> > >>>>
> > >>>>
> > >>>>Hi Anders:
> > >>>>
> > >>>>I believe she has written about the last three - all subjects worthy of
> > >>>>discussion because of
> > >>>>their historical importance. Why do you think that a critical
> > >>>>evaluation of
> > >>>>the
> > >>>>organizational praxis of the first three are of great
> significance? The
> > >>>>SWPs in both nations
> > >>>>were never mass political formations [at its high watermark in the
> early
> > >>>>1970s, the SWP (US) had
> > >>>>close to 2,000 members]; most of the parties affiliated with the FI
> (USec)
> > >>>>are *extremely*
> > >>>>small and relatively insignificant in the political life of their
> nations.
> > >>>>(It sometimes amuses me to
> > >>>>see all of the discussion about the SWP-US, primarily by former
> members.
> > >>>>They even have
> > >>>>a yahoo group - made up of _former_ members and for years the
> US-centric
> > >>>>'marxmail'
> > >>>>list -- ruled over Stalin-like by former SWP membder, Louis N.
> Proyect --
> > >>>>was obsessed with a
> > >>>>discussion of that group. It reminds me of former members of
> Scientology or
> > >>>>some other cult
> > >>>>getting together to discuss their cult: the difference is that many
> of the
> > >>>>former SWPers haven't
> > >>>>really broken with the praxis of that group and look whimsically
> back on
> > >>>>better days - often
> > >>>>meaning the time just before they were purged.)
> > >>>>
> > >>>>In solidarity, Jerry
> > >>>>
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