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Valences of the united front (III): The struggle for culture

October 19, 2013 9 comments

This is the final installment of a long essay, begun about a month ago, on a set of issues raised by a then-recent exchange of letters in SocialistWorker.org; one should read at least the introduction and preferably the prior installments before continuing. Here we treat the “general perspectives, practices, and culture” of the International Socialist Organization (ISO).

When a writer publicly commits himself to a task that is, perhaps, a bit beyond him, it is a great relief to find that others have unexpectedly done the work for him. (And slightly embarrassing to realize that they have done a much better job than he could have.) In that spirit I enthusiastically direct you to the “Letter to Comrades in the ISO” from the Socialist Outpost group. As a prickly Trotskyist scholastic who never entirely agrees with everything in any document–I entirely agree with everything in that document.

I don’t think I can improve on the Outpost letter, but I can add some additional observations from my perspective as a member of the ISO until very recently, who may as a result have a more immediate sense of where it has been and may be going.

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