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Forum: Politics 9th December 2011, 00:04
Replies: 45
Views: 2,028
Posted By graymouser
To quote a comrade, Solidarity is not really a...

To quote a comrade, Solidarity is not really a Trotskyist organization so much as Trotsky-ish.

I've been a member of Solidarity at various times, longer than just about anything else, but it's...
Forum: Politics 8th December 2011, 23:47
Replies: 45
Views: 2,028
Posted By graymouser
Does the PSL consider itself a vanguard party? ...

Does the PSL consider itself a vanguard party? If not, they see themselves as building one. Is it a Leninist vanguard party? With maybe a few hundred members and no significant leadership of the...
Forum: Learning 8th December 2011, 20:28
Replies: 20
Views: 1,198
Posted By graymouser
Here's a telling difference: no Trotskyist is...

Here's a telling difference: no Trotskyist is going to tell you not to read Stalin or any Stalinist author. (In point of fact, Stalin's essay "Marxism and the National Question" is very much worth...
Forum: Practice & Propaganda 8th December 2011, 20:25
Replies: 17
Views: 1,223
Posted By graymouser
Bourgeois is used as an adjective or (more...

Bourgeois is used as an adjective or (more rarely) to refer to a single member of the class; bourgeoisie is used as a collective noun for the entire class. So you could be a bourgeois, part of...
Forum: Discrimination 8th December 2011, 17:18
Replies: 7
Views: 410
Posted By graymouser
Esperanto ne estas sukceso hodiaŭ, sed socialismo...

Esperanto ne estas sukceso hodiaŭ, sed socialismo ankaŭ, kamarado. La ideo de internacia lingvo ne estas la sama kiel fonetika skribo de nunaj lingvoj. (Sed mi ne pensas ke Esperanto estos la lingvo...
Forum: Discrimination 8th December 2011, 11:04
Replies: 7
Views: 410
Posted By graymouser
It would not be practical at all. The IPA is...

It would not be practical at all.

The IPA is primarily about sounds, not words. So you'd actually have to impose phonetic regularity across languages - which would certainly be a class issue, as...
Forum: Learning 8th December 2011, 10:36
Replies: 20
Views: 1,198
Posted By graymouser
I would go in this order: The Transitional...

I would go in this order:
The Transitional Program (http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1938/tp/index.htm)
Results and Prospects (http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1931/tpr/rp-index.htm)...
Forum: Music 6th December 2011, 14:08
Replies: 6
Views: 337
Posted By graymouser
Solidarity Forever sung at protests & marches

I was at a labor protest (in support of Occupy Philly) a few weeks ago, and we sang "Solidarity Forever" a bunch of times, I was told to get up on stage at one point because I know all the lyrics. ...
Forum: Politics 5th December 2011, 20:40
Replies: 41
Views: 2,775
Posted By graymouser
Because - just as we've seen in this thread - the...

Because - just as we've seen in this thread - the eligibility question tends to overshadow the actual political questions. Unless you were centering your campaign around the reasons for their...
Forum: Practice & Propaganda 1st December 2011, 09:08
Replies: 79
Views: 4,862
Posted By graymouser
Of course there's Socialist Action's newspaper of...

Of course there's Socialist Action's newspaper of the same name, and I'd be remiss if I didn't say it's worth reading.

While I do not agree with their basic line of economic analysis, there is a...
Forum: Learning 25th November 2011, 02:22
Replies: 12
Views: 567
Posted By graymouser
For Trotskyism you'd need to pick from among The...

For Trotskyism you'd need to pick from among The Permanent Revolution, History of the Russian Revolution, The Revolution Betrayed and The Transitional Program. Those four contain the basics of...
Forum: Learning 24th November 2011, 14:04
Replies: 14
Views: 753
Posted By graymouser
One of the most significant defenses of entrism...

One of the most significant defenses of entrism is in the book History of American Trotskyism: Report of a Participant by James P. Cannon. He discusses at some length the fact that the Workers Party...
Forum: Learning 21st November 2011, 21:01
Replies: 3
Views: 701
Posted By graymouser
A couple of classic essays: Rosa Luxemburg,...

A couple of classic essays:

Rosa Luxemburg, Reform or Revolution (http://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1900/reform-revolution/index.htm)
Daniel De Leon, Reform or Revolution?...
Forum: Theory 19th November 2011, 12:33
Replies: 4
Views: 312
Posted By graymouser
What history has shown is that there are...

What history has shown is that there are situations that can be called "dual power" - where the existing bourgeois government is losing its authority and the real authority goes to a second...
Forum: Learning 19th November 2011, 00:09
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Posted By graymouser
Consciousness doesn't change automatically or...

Consciousness doesn't change automatically or mechanically. It's a complicated process of development which goes forward and backward and sideways - not in simplistic and straightforward directions....
Forum: Learning 18th November 2011, 22:46
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Posted By graymouser
Because consciousness is not simple black & white...

Because consciousness is not simple black & white stuff. People can break from the ruling ideology in uneven, messy ways - and break away from capitalism without fully understanding its implications...
Forum: Learning 18th November 2011, 01:54
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By graymouser
Dunayevskaya's main work is in Marxism and...

Dunayevskaya's main work is in Marxism and Freedom (Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Marxism-Freedom-Raya-Dunayevskaya/dp/1573928194/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321583724&sr=8-1)), Philosophy and Revolution...
Forum: Politics 15th November 2011, 22:35
Replies: 118
Views: 6,031
Posted By graymouser
I didn't say that the ISO intentionally steals...

I didn't say that the ISO intentionally steals anything, just that it's rather unsavory that their setup and that of the UK SWP does wind up with that result and that I dislike the practice for this...
Forum: Politics 15th November 2011, 20:32
Replies: 118
Views: 6,031
Posted By graymouser
What a weird response. You start off asking if...

What a weird response. You start off asking if we are "breaking [members'] knees" - sarcastically of course - but if that question is a serious one I'm honestly a bit puzzled. Members of Socialist...
Forum: Literature & Films 15th November 2011, 10:56
Replies: 4
Views: 1,344
Posted By graymouser
Nothing really new, I remember a lot of...

Nothing really new, I remember a lot of discussion of how wretched his politics are around the time when the ridiculous film adaptation of 300 was released. And he pissed off a lot of comic fans...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 14th November 2011, 23:07
Replies: 53
Views: 1,845
Posted By graymouser
This was an immediate program for the European...

This was an immediate program for the European revolutions of 1848 and not a generalized Marxist policy for all time; if you read the various introductions neither Marx nor Engels considered it to be...
Forum: Politics 14th November 2011, 22:55
Replies: 118
Views: 6,031
Posted By graymouser
Members of Socialist Action pay dues to the...

Members of Socialist Action pay dues to the branch treasurer, or if they are at-large remit to the national office directly. Dues are paid by check or in cash. I'd assume it's the same for...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 14th November 2011, 19:35
Replies: 53
Views: 1,845
Posted By graymouser
Marx says in detail that each class struggle in...

Marx says in detail that each class struggle in history so far had ended "either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes." So the...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 14th November 2011, 17:50
Replies: 53
Views: 1,845
Posted By graymouser
Marxism is viewed as a science because it is...

Marxism is viewed as a science because it is based on the study of the structure of societies - that is, it looks at what actually exists and studies its laws of motion. The Austrian school of...
Forum: Politics 14th November 2011, 16:15
Replies: 118
Views: 6,031
Posted By graymouser
I actually find the thing about direct debit a...

I actually find the thing about direct debit a bit unprincipled and problematic. When I was in the ISO, I was basically pushed to do an automated withdrawal of my dues - which were not low, but I...
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