Men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name. (William Morris - A Dream of John Ball)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cynicism as ideology? A lecture to the workers from their employees...

Regular readers of this blog (Sid and Doris Marxist-Leninist) will know that your blogger has - over the years - paid unreasonable attention to the meanderings of a bizarre xenophobic sect on the fringes of Marxism and of the British labour movement.

The Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) is not (at least not deliberately) a joke. It is a tiny faction now consisting almost exclusively of those with full-time jobs working for trade unions (who therefore write anonymously as they issue their sage advice to the working class).

The link above presents the "analysis" of this funny little group in respect of local government pay - and it amounts to saying that we need to re-think what we are doing.



What a good job there are "Leninists" out there to share their wisdom with the working class.

We mere workers would never have worked that out for ourselves without the collective wisdom of those who, merely by existing, crystallise the memory and consciousness of our class.

We can't get to that advanced level of understanding by ourselves.

I blog here when I have something (however little and however wrong-headed) to say. I don't pretend to be the political leadership of the working class. I'm just a trouble-maker (as, surely, are all good shop stewards).

I know that if I have nothing useful to say about a subject then the most useful thing I can say is nothing.

The CPB(M-L) (bless their amusing pretensions) appear not to know this. Perhaps, comrades, you should reflect upon whether your limited comprehension of the nature and role of the trade union bureaucracy stands in the way of your understanding what is happening to our class?

But then you would have to change the name of your magazine...

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