Correspondence on the left’s electoralism and reformism

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Correspondence on the left’s electoralism and reformism
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Fred
beware of leftists

At the end of this letter we find this statement. "This situation of capitalist crisis on a global scale means that the task of Marxist revolutionaries is to both clarify the consciousness of workers to go beyond a reformist perspective and to participate with workers in their struggles while arguing for forms of organisation such as workers' councils, general workers' assemblies etc. This form of participation combines and demands from Marxist revolutionaries both theoretical as well as practical clarity." This is alright. So far so good. But look what happens now!

"  This means that to demand a new mass workers party that is committed to participating in parliamentary struggles is naive in the extreme..." Yes it is indeed and the writer of the letter is correct to point this out. But it isn't Marxist revolutionaries who are seeking to participate in parliamentary struggles, but rather the extreme left wing of the bourgeoisie; their communist parties and the dazzling array of Trotskyites they've thrown up over the years. The extreme left of Capital - the Red Bourgeoisie - must never be confused, or mixed up with, or mistaken for the real communist revolutionaries the proletariat is producing. They are totally different and distinct: on different sides of the class barrier. So when our worried letter writer adds that advocating participation in bourgeois phony democratic election charades ..."highlights the inability of these organisations to give political leadership to the working class" he or she is both right and wrong.

For when "these organization" refers to the bourgeoisie's own leftists ...well they never intended to give political leadership to the working class, only to mis-lead it into continued support for the bourgeoisie. This is not their "inability" for political leadership, but, on the contrary, their absolute and appalling "ability" to entrap workers. We have to be very aware of this, or else!