12/08/2018 by socialistfight
Alan Gibson enters the fray. Comments welcome.
On Thursday I received, unsolicited, a document “Draft SFG ISL (R) Fusion Document September 2018 – International Perspectives (for Conference in Liverpool on 23 September, drafted by Gerry Downing)”.
This fusion between two tiny grouplets of the British “Trotskyist” left will not be of much interest to most people but it is slightly interesting for what it tells us about what passes for political debate among “Trotskyists”.
The section of the document “Stalinism and Soviet defencism in Poland” starts as follows:
The Sparticist Family, the ICL/LFI/IBT, (in lockstep with Stalinism), defend the imposition of martial law in Poland in 1981 on the basis that Stalinism has a ‘dual nature’; sometimes it is counter-revolutionary and sometimes it is revolutionary.
This is simply a caricature of the actual position of these organisations – well certainly of the IBT as I used to be a member and therefore have an intimate understanding of…
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