“You’re right, people do lie, and cheat, and stab you in the back. There will be people who use you, and don’t love you even though they say they do. This is, indeed, how revisionism expresses itself within the party; it is paramount to oppose revisionism so as not to fall into opportunism.” – Beyoncé
Present advocacy of “Left Unity” is for the promotion of an unprincipled and spurious adherence to liberal opportunism which seeks to negate ideological struggle and combat the advancement of a revolutionary proletarian line. That is not to say there are tactical positions that “The Left” can unite around to accomplish specific goals, but we must regard this as strictly tactics and not a foundation for a permanent basis as there are lines of demarcations that separate the revolutionaries from the opportunists. Mao Zedong touches upon this point in his essay Combat Liberalism:
“But liberalism rejects ideological struggle and stands for unprincipled peace, thus giving rise to a decadent, Philistine attitude and bringing about political degeneration in certain units and individuals in the Party and the revolutionary organizations.”
Our comrades who call for “Left Unity” in terms of forming a united front to end capitalism are in fact as Mao said rejecting ideological struggle. To these comrades ideological debate should be shunned because “we are all Marxists”, they take an agnostic stand on revisionism and are completely unaware of the foundations of their errors in this regard. When we refuse to engage in ideological debate out of not seeking to offend the person or risk a quarrel, then we are not only taking a paternalistic attitude towards our opponent and treating them as if they were children, but also show our lack of confidence in our own revolutionary line and demonstrate our inability to articulate it coherently. To arrive at the point of unity from the standpoint that “we are all Marxists” or “we are all Leninists” or even that “we are all socialists”is to not take upon ourselves the tasks of making comradely criticisms which we as Communists have a duty to ourselves to make of others as well as ourselves. As Mao Zedong once again in his wisdom tells us:
“Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory.” – Mao Zedong, The Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains
I wanted my first post after an unexpected hiatus to be about the several drafts in store (On Queer Maoism, on Identity Politics, on Eclecticism and Dogmatism, on the BRICs/MISTs mass upsurges, etc), but as Helmuth von Moltke the Elder once quipped, no plan survives contact with the enemy. So here we go.
Much has been debated in the last few years around Syria’s civil war in the wider left, the socialist, and communist movements, including the various Marxist currents. Recently, however, there has been an upsurge of commentary and line struggle because of the recent declaration of open military support for the “Free Syria Army” (FSA) on the part of NATO and the USA. In particular, this has led to informal line struggles in my own circles both online and offline. Thus, a matter that is important but not urgent, has become one of urgency, specially because I identify certain confusions among Maoist forces, in particular an eclectic and sometimes opportunist tailing of revisionist and nationalist forces both in Syrian and out of Syria, but also an abandonment of the struggle to establish the central principle of Maoist Scientific Socialist struggle: the universality of Protracted People’s War.