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WWWS Denounces “Pabloites” Behind Left Unity party.

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Sinister Force Behind Left Unity.

In an even-tempered and well-balanced commentary the World Socialist Web Site takes apart ‘Left Unity’.

Left Unity has nothing to do with an attempt to build a socialist party. It is a political manoeuvre led by Alan Thornett’s Socialist Resistance group, the British section of the Pabloite United Secretariat of the Fourth International. It is seeking to emulate what it calls “broad left” party initiatives in other countries, particularly the Left Party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in France, Syriza in Greece, and Die Linke in Germany.

All three of these are led by factions of the old Stalinist and social democratic bureaucracies, advancing a minimal programme of reforms as a means of blocking a more fundamental shift to the left by the millions of workers who have grown to hate and despise their parent bodies. All are staffed by a middle class layer of careerists, who have operated for years on the periphery of the old parties and in the trade unions and who now offer their services as propagandists of new bureaucratic and anti-socialist formations.

We have indeed tried, hard, might and main, to impose our Pabloite strategy of “blocking a more fundamental shift to the left ” by the millions of Suffolk workers who have grown to hate and, indeed, loath the bodies of their parents.

As the only Pabloite in the British left village  – until now – we are pleased to hear of our growing influence.

Perhaps we will respond Ken Loach’s appeal,

Loach was blunter in an interview with Huffington Post ’s Salma Shaheen, who stressed that the director is “keen to ensure that whoever is leading the project, all shades of opinion are represented, ‘so that everyone’s inside the tent pissing out, no one’s outside the tent pissing in.’ ”

We have indeed had a slash or ten against this ‘project’, but who can resist this eloquent call to battle by the WWWS?

Ultimately, the intention of bringing everyone under one roof is to oppose the only force that cannot and will not be incorporated into such a filthy opportunist block—the Socialist Equality Party and the International Committee of the Fourth International, which represent the Trotskyism so often employed as a term of abuse by supporters of Left Unity.

And it seems like only yesterday that the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought was in the news….

Information on Michel Pablo: here.

Update: More on the Conference from the WSWS here.


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  1. So they have caught us all out! The masses of Devon were just waiting for the Socialist Equality Party’s (SEP)rallying cry when we stepped in and stopped the revolution. Tragic

    btw I once asked a member of SEP about socialism. He said that it meant equality. So I was left unsure. Is this really the Equality Equality Party or the Socialist Socialist Party? Answers on a postcard please.

    Geoff Barr

    December 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm

  2. Critical but unconditional support to the Pabloite revisionist Coates from the Matgamnaite neo Shachtmanite forces of Shiraz Socialist…

    …seriously, though, as Comrade Matgamna once commented to me, most people who call themselves “anti-pabloites” turn out (like Healey) to have all the faults they ascribe to “Pabloism” (soft on Stalinism, etc), plus a load more of their own, making them actually *worse* than the Pabs.

    Comrade Raptis himself was not such a bad guy, as I understand it.

    Jim Denham

    December 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

  3. Michel Rapitis was essentially an activist in the mass left movement.

    A charge you cannot level against the Socialist Equality Party.

    Its biggest section is in the USA.

    American Presidential Ticket, 2008 – Jerome White and Bill Van Auken, no ballot access (18 recorded write-in votes in New York).

    Andrew Coates

    December 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

  4. It has been drawn to the Paboloite CC that we missed out the crucial critique of the Weekly Worker,

    The WSWS notes,

    “Communist Party of Great Britain/ Weekly Worker, who are there in case Left Unity takes off or to win some of the discontented from an expected shipwreck.”

    “Only the most politically corrupt would have accepted such an agenda without demur. But for the most part, only the most politically corrupt were in attendance. ”

    Join these two sentences together.

    Andrew Coates

    December 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm

  5. WSWS is not a party, it is a web site. The various SEPs associated with WSWS are not political parties, they are desperate hangers on from the ‘cleansed’ dregs of Healy’s WRP. Nobody cares about them, it is almost sad to see them acting as if they have a ‘party’. ‘Almost sad’ is not right, ‘very sad’ are the words, since we all know they are politically nothing.


    December 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

  6. Posadas was funnier. Was he abducted by workers from another planet?

    Howard Fuller

    December 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  7. Reblogged this on .


    December 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  8. It’s very sad to admit that I’ve voted for them, and probably twice.

    My defence is that I am convinced they are just a publishing outfit producing nice (not overly) expensive editions of early Soviet poster art as collected (and politically-historically quite well annotated) by ex-WRPer and ex-Sunday Times Magazine art editor David King. The “party” bit is just to get people (“member”) to sell their books for free. A kind of Trot-ish Readers’ Digest. Every member is Comrade Tom (Soviet) Champagne. Hm, a nice glass of Советское Шампанское, that would do the trick right now.

    (One of their members stands outside the local public library trying to sell their monthly magazine. He pretends it’s a “homeless newspaper”. When I once said something along the lines of “eh, mate, it’s not a street newspaper, but one from a self-proclaimed revolutionary socialist organisation, even if all of the articles have been nicked from a not-very-good website” the said comrade/seller got quite gabby in return and accused me of being a “social democrat ex-communist turncoat” (he may well have added “pabloite”). Those who know me better might at least debate the truthfulness of the insult).


    December 10, 2013 at 2:18 am

  9. To big left unity up like this is ridiculous. It is not an attempt to offer an alternative to New Labour in order to block a leftward move by the masses but to fill the gap voided by the demise of the SWP. Left Unity and the Peoples Assembly are both fronts for groups of ex Swappies who still see a business opportunity in offering a programless critique of left reformists and careerists whilst providing them a platform.

    David Ellis

    December 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm

  10. At first glance they do look a serious groupuscule Dagmar, and their stuff looks superficially of interest.

    But I read the WSWS a long time ago, and this is very much in their style.

    Still..Dave..you mean they by bigging them up the WSWS are ultimately a bit soft on Left Unity?

    Andrew Coates

    December 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm

  11. I voted for their German group on the basis of their slogans. If you accept that bourgeois elections (especially to the European Parliament) are a bit of a joke, then I might as well vote for the placards I agree with (“For a sliding scale of wages and hours”, “For a socialist united states of Europe” and some very long winded, correct, but definately ‘mad’ to anyone who’s not been in a Trot grouplet and has never seen the transitional programme) as opposed to ones I don’t or are so vacuous almost anyone could support them, e.g. from the Left Party (“Cool”, “Equal pay for women”, “Revolution? No. Just reforms (…).”, “Vote red”, “The Left into parliament”) etc.

    But seeing their (probably only) member in Berlin pretending to be homeless in order to sell their rag, was a bit, hm. It was “very WRP”, if you like.

    Their David King books are nice though and as the only Trot publisher with books accessible to anyone who isn’t already a Trot or leftish academic in the German speaking world*, not everything they do is bad.

    (* i’m talking to the USec there, and their publisher ISP).


    December 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

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