Autor: Emil

~ 24/12/11

This post is a reply to someone. You can read the original discussion here.

-Originally posted at Revleft on 24th July 2011-

Today a post where I disagree with a spartacist sympathiser. He argues for a subjective programme (“connecting to the current consciousness”). I argue for an objective programme. Read on: (more…)

Autor: Emil

~ 23/12/11

The following post is a reply to someone. You can read the original discussion here.

-Originally posted at Revleft on 28th March 2011-

Two closely interrelated posts this time: (more…)

Autor: Emil

~ 22/12/11

This post is a reply to someone. You can read the original discussion here.

-Originally posted at Revleft on 20th June 2011-

An answer worth blogging about I think as the normal answers are already well known (and also used in the particular thread this answer was posted in). (more…)

Autor: Emil

~ 21/12/11

This post is a reply to someone. You can read the original discussion here.

-Originally posted at Revleft on 25th May 2011-

Marxist unity (and, if they want to be involved, anarchists too) can only possibly happen, I think, on a common Marxist programme; a document spelling out the objective tasks of what is necessary to go from here to the seizure of power of the working class and the transformation of society towards communism after that. There needs to be an acceptance of such a programme, not necessarily an agreement, as such a programme needs to be debated and tested against living experience. (more…)

Autor: Emil

~ 20/12/11

This post is a reply to someone. You can read the original discussion here.

-Originally posted at Revleft on 28th March 2011-

Sectarianism has nothing to do with being multi-tendency or not. Likewise (another common misconception) has it specifically to do with the size of the organisation. It has to do with how communists relate to the broader workers movement. More concretely, sects insist on “internal discussion” as a means of facilitating dissent and, consequently, the leading faction (read: the leadership) demand and enforce a monopoly on consensus. On the basis of this monopoly workers are then approached and, as such, only appeals to workers that agree with a whole plethora of ideas, ranging from the nature of the Soviet Union to understanding the finer details of pet theories. Such ideas only appeal to a small section of the working class and therefore is sectarian.

Multi-tendency organisations often insist on the same type of monopoly. But in this case, there is no leading faction or the leading faction desires to keep unity. These organisations are actually less useful even to the working class movement, as they’re incapable of taking controversial positions, which could trigger a split after all.

Autor: Emil

~ 19/12/11

Vandaag een week geleden hield ik een inleiding op de eerste openbare bijeenkomst van Occupy Sittard. Door tijdgebrek ben ik er tot nu toe nog niet aan toegekomen om er een verlag van te schrijven. Bij deze. Ik zal ook de inleiding online zetten in een wat aangepaste vorm. (more…)

Autor: Emil

~ 14/12/11

This post is a reply to someone. You can read the original discussion here.

-Originally posted at Revleft on 26th March 2011-

Instead of being a condescending prick about it, you might want to explain the issue. You of all people must be aware that there is a huge amount of confusion about these basic subjects on the left. (more…)

Autor: Emil

Today I’m introducing a new bit on my blog. So far my blog has been in Dutch exclusively. I’ve also had an English blog on the revleft.com website. This went well until recently. Long story short, the website was down for 4 days and I’m not very certain how much longer it will remain up.

So, I’m transferring my blogs from Revleft to here. I won’t be doing this all at once, this would take a lot of time and would overwhelm you 🙂 Instead, I’ll probably do a blog or two a day. Since there are 15 blogposts on revleft, this will take a few days. In the mean time, you can get accustomed to my more theoretical considerations and positions. This is within a range of topics, but often within one underlying theme: Partyism, or the organisation of the working class as a class. Don’t worry if you don’t get it yet, I’m sure it will get clearer when my contributions are posted 🙂

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