Theory and Practice of Idealism in Trotskyism and the ISO

Roger D., Rachel M., Adrienne J., Christine D., Andy L. and Brian B

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  08/11/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX15290

We have come to conclusions there is a theoretical underpinning to the problems we (and others) experienced in the ISO, such as continually erroneous perspectives which rarely were assessed, a leadership method that emphasized cheerleading and exhortation over sober assessment of the challenges we are facing, a tendency to tail the liberals both politically and organizationally (opportunism), a growing separation between our Marxist theory and our practice (a hallmark of opportunism), a sectarian attitude towards the revolutionary left (other socialists and anarchists alike) and an intolerance toward ongoing political disagreement within the organization.

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