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Leaked International Socialist Organization Bulletins Show New ‘SWP’ Crisis.

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ISO: Now Where Did they Get the idea for those Placards From?

Caliphate John was recently bemoaning the good old days on the left when internal debate was carried out through secret party documents so that, no doubt, his musings in support of Isis could be decently kept from the eyes of a prying public.

But it’s not only poor old John Tummon (ex-Left Unity leading cadre)  who whinges about the new Internet culture.

The American group, the International Socialist Organization, is also prone to whining about this.

Comrade Ross Wolfe informs the world of his latest findings from this group (which published on January the 19th Ian Birchall’s anti-secularist polemic with Tendance Coatesy as part of the ‘line’ on Charlie Hebdo).

 Leaked ISO Internal Bulletins Scandal.

Below you will find the latest batch of internal bulletins from the International Socialist Organization, a US Trotskyist sect. Multiple concerned members, troubled by the group’s lack of transparency and accountability, sent me the documents via e-mail. Like last year’s set, these are marked “for members’ eyes only.” Such secrecy is usually justified by dusting off passages from Lenin’s 113-year-old tome What is to be Done?, which sought to adapt Marxist organizational principles to the tsarist police state. Police infiltration, monitoring, and surveillance of radical groups certainly continues to be a problem, as documents from 2008 confirm, but I would be hard pressed to find anyone who believes this is some sort of new COINTELPRO or Okhrana.


Following a recent row resulting from my disclosure of a reported rape coverup in Solidarity-US, which implicates a prominent “socialist feminist” initialed JB (Joanna Brenner?) in the obstruction of an internal investigation, Shaun Joseph of the ISO Renewal Faction reassured me: “Character assassination is basically how these people [leftists] work, as I know all too well. All this stuff about protecting the survivor’s identity is bullshit — it’s so transparently self-interested.” Shaun was expelled from the ISO a year ago, along with the rest of the Renewal Faction en masse. Last month people tried to claim I threatened to release information about the victims in the Soli case, which was, of course, a complete fabrication. They even led a “boycott, divestment, sanction, and unfriend” campaign against me (I’m not kidding), threatening to block anyone who still had mutuals with me on Facebook. It’s pretty sad that the most politically meaningful act anyone can imagine is an ultimatum to cut ties with some person on social media. Like cutting someone off from the leper colony of the contemporary Left is some great punishment. Most people outgrew this petty bullshit in middle school.

It’s essential to read the full Charnel House post (though one doubts if many with bother with the bulletins themselves)  but I note in passing that another enemy of Coatesim and all of its works crops up in this,

Using paranoia to crush criticisms or complaints is nothing new, though it’s a tradition more strongly associated with Stalinism than with Trotskyism. Time was that you could get rid of troublemakers in the party simply by suggesting they might be “wreckers” or “British spies.” Paul Heideman and Carlos Rivera-Jones insinuated I was an informant or a snitch. Not much has changed, it seems. But it’s hard to read lines like the following as anything other than a paranoid misogynist entrapment fantasy: “If the state were to attempt to harm our organization by making false claims via infiltrators, we can assume that they would most likely do so by having consensual sex with a member, and lying afterward to claim that the encounter was non-consensual.”


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  1. I do not know Shaun Joseph or the story around, but i’s unfortunately true that the main mode of debate a the left is character assassination.

    Ane Onyme

    April 3, 2015 at 2:20 pm

  2. hi,

    interesting but raises some questions. On the US left, Ross Wolfe’s actions have been controversial, as surely there is some right to have private meetings stay private. i mean, the Bolsheviks before the Russian revolution didn’t necessarily broadcast their private meetings for obvious reasons. what gives Ross Wolfe the right to do so?

    there is character assassination on the left, but all the groups do it. even by calling John Tummon ‘caliphate’ John. this is doing the same thing.

    Ross Wolfe does have a point tho, in that these groups are not democratic, or not anymore so than the establishment they attempt to criticise.


    April 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm

  3. I’ve seen no evidence of a rape cover-up, or anything approximating that, in Solidarity-US. If Ross Wolfe has such evidence then he ought to be providing it. I looked online. He hasn’t done so. Or if he has, he’s erased it.


    April 4, 2015 at 1:25 am

  4. The point is that debates are public or they are not debates.

    They are people talking in secret circles.

    There are reasons for some things to be kept confidential, but not these kind of political discussions.

    It is impossible in any case to stop electronic publications by political groups getting into the public domain.

    Normally they are only too eager for readers!

    As for Caliphate John, tough – his reactionary politics should have got him the boot from any left group long ago.

    Andrew Coates

    April 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

  5. The left has been conquered by Nazi feminists and identity loons. Drive them out! Drive them out or they’ll help the ruling class destroy us. Drive them out of the left.


    April 4, 2015 at 8:53 pm

  6. “Nazi feminists.” Someone must be listening to Rush Limbaugh. And I thought he didn’t reach the UK.


    April 4, 2015 at 9:42 pm

  7. “They are people talking in secret circles.” – i’m sure there are. but the really important discussions will not be public. i mean, are there minutes of the alliance made between John Rees and some Islamicist organizations in Respect ? Is Galloway a Muslim? somethings we may never know.


    April 4, 2015 at 10:26 pm

  8. It doesn’t.

    Hence we suspect the CIA origins of this poster……

    Andrew Coates

    April 5, 2015 at 12:12 pm

  9. It’s probably SouthPawPaunch under another guise.

    Sue R

    April 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm

  10. hi, i dont think it is necessary to accuse anyone of anything. On the whole, it might just be misguided or one sided judgements. ie Caliphate John is not really an Islamicist, he is however misguided and made a rather one sided judgement. there are problems of ethics, i guess. here is an interesting article from the US that tackles Ross Wolfe’s unfortunate and misguided actions. I mean, I for one, would never trust Ross Wolfe. He is not trustworthy, but probably not a CIA agent. Also, what was the point of Ross Wolfe leaking these? I think it was mainly to draw attention to himself and his work being a rebel against the left. There is something unethical about his actions.



    April 5, 2015 at 3:25 pm

  11. The proper answer to the Kasama comrade is simply this: there should be no secrets from the working class, especially where organizations that promote the idea of working-class revolution are concerned.

    So I have no problem with Wolfe’s actions re: the ISO bulletins.


    April 11, 2015 at 8:01 pm

  12. Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    Hell is eternal, Hell is eternal, Hell is eternal…


    April 30, 2015 at 9:08 pm

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