This is an eloquent piece but is it really triangulation of viewpoints after the fashion of Hedges, even as he moves left.
Pitting Lenin against Luxembourg sounds right, but what is our real task now? In any case, rejection of a vanguard is understandable but beside the point. Either you have no leaders, are an anarchist and hope for revolution by a string of accidents, or you have leaders in which case a vanguard has come into existence. We must consider as a failsafe how to create vanguards that won’t betray…Lenin saw that the working class was an abstraction that couldn’t be relied on.
As Hedges annexes the terrain of radicals, like me, he should at least annex the whole thing, starting with telling it straight about 9/11. Failure to do so is a dangerous compromise with the system under challenge. Failure to do this is going to make the covert agencies the winners in any revolution.