I was just reading through the piece by Sylvia Pankhurst on libcom, excellent read.
What do comrades make of this piece in particular?
The worst part is that I can't discuss this with many people, last time I tried, someone took it upon themselves to argue against me that Sylvia supported WWI. The bourgeoisie has paid particular attention to Sylvia and painted her out as some sort of intellectual that specialised in Ethiopian affairs (and they awarded her son/grandson [forgot] an OBE).
In 1922 her 'open letter to lenin' accuses him of being a reformer, yet she took this road herself later too.
Should we be sure that Sylvia did not criticise Lenin's ideas re: the masses and parliamentary action, hard enough (at the 1920 congress)? She did go on to fully denounce these things in the following years. Was tthe 1920 congres a grave mistake on her part? And should she be held partly responsible for a major decline in the world revolution?