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In another decade the (old fogey) bolshevik ‘old guard’ will be gone…

July 17th, 2011 · No Comments

I think that the idea of a ‘boshevik’ newspaper is a form of necrophilia at this point. The last thing we need is to revive bolshevism.
The left has totally failed the current economic crisis in part because it has rendered itself irrelevant in its inability to shelve the bolshevik legacy. Thousands of would-be leftists are automatically repelled from the current domination of the left by the remnants of the old guard. Their instincts are right. The bolsheviks liquated their greatest asset, the mass of socialists who formed the backbone of the revolutionary tide.

We need a new left that completely disowns the Leninist legacy, reformulates the principles of socialism in a clear and post-Marxist fashion, and takes an intelligent stance toward human rights, rights that the Leninists, after the fashion of Marx, rejected as ‘bourgeois’.

I guess we have to wait another decade, or two, for all the old guard to die off. Then a new generation can start over. We are running out of time here….

I will say it again: why would any intelligent and idealistic leftist want to promote bolshevism all over again: they would be killed at the point of revolution, if the evidence of Leninist history is clear.

C’mon, guys, we can do better. Let’s ditch Lenin and Marx/Engels, and start over with the first generation of socialists. Much of Marx, sans the ideological fetishizing, can be reworked into a new left, but the basic mix needs to be recast.


For most aspiring vanguard party builders, the Bolshevik Party serves as a kind of gold standard worthy of emulation, even if the actual historical experience of that party remains far removed from contemporary versions of that history which tend to project back into the early 1900s patterns of behavior that would Lenin himself would have never recognized.

Perhaps nothing is more essential to the task of building a new “Bolshevik” type party than a newspaper that will promulgate the party “program”. When James P. Cannon returned from Moscow in 1928, he resolved to create a new communist party that would be true to Lenin’s vision. Nothing was more necessary in that process than creating a newspaper based on a revolutionary program. Wasting no time, Cannon launched the Militant. That newspaper was seen as in the tradition of the Bolshevik press but the actual living history of the Bolshevik press had little to do with Cannon’s idealized version. As is so often the case, idealized versions of Bolshevik history can get the contemporary left in all sorts of trouble.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/bolshevik-newspapers-myth-and-reality/

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