Falling out among confusionists
While it is too early to make a definitive judgment on all the issues in the recent split in the League for the Fifth International (L5Ithe leading section of which is the British Workers Power group) a few things seem clear.
The rejection by the expelled minority (which includes much of the groups older cadres, writers and trade unionists) of the notion that we are currently in a global pre-revolutionary period is correct enough, but hardly unique. We discussed the politically liquidationist impulses that were rationalized by this false perspective in "Fifth Wheel Internationalists" 1917 No. 26, 2004. The minority also correctly criticizes the majoritys absurd enthusiasm for the Socialist Partys stillborn Campaign for a New Workers Partyan issue we addressed a few months ago in a letter to Workers Power entitled Revolutionary Principles vs. Cynical Manoeuvres.
The minority is now publishing a journal entitled Permanent Revolution. This was the name of Workers Powers theoretical journal in the 1980s and presumably signals a return to a more Trotskyist posture than the eclectic, anti-globalizing Kautskyism of the past few years. It is hardly surprising that this seems to include the auto-Labourism that is the default setting for most ostensibly Trotskyist groups in Britain. We discussed the L5Is recent zig-zags on voting for Tony Blair and New Labour in Workers Powers Labourite Reflex Whats Bred in the Bone (1917 No. 28, 2006).
The dust has not yet settled, but so far there is little indication that either wing of this split has broken from Workers Powers tendency to be consistent only in its capacity for combining sometimes abstractly correct criticisms of the revisionist deviations of others with the pursuit of its own grossly opportunist appetites.
Posted: 08 July 2006