In 2008, London’s Conway Hole played host to a celebration of May 1968. The entire show was organized by WRP Burgin. Principia Dialectica were outside, attempting to crowbar a few good people away from the dire politics of orthodox marxism. The brightest of that gang are now trying hard to bolt on a critique of political economy onto their defence of Lenin, Trotsky, Mao, Che, etc. but a critque of political economy is not a critique of value. The Trot accounting firm of Watson & Leslie had this to say about the days non-events:” Dear Andrew…Even the pro-situ picket outside was fun, well done, man – Ben & Esther.”
That must be one of the biggest put-downs, to be called pro-situ by Waston & Leslie, who in fact are the biggest pro-situs in England, along with their friend called Heimat..It is incredible..Because our text which we distributed outside the Conway Hole praised the SI for its actions in May 1968, but was also critical of what some members had become, and we also tried to outline the limitations of the S.I.’s traditional marxism. It was a dialectical leaflet – something that the Trot accountancy firm of Waston and Leslie have never done.
But is is never too late for anyone.
PS. There were a couple of characters outside who spoke with some knowledge of Marx’s Capital, but a learned position from a viewpoint of the past is still no good. One of these was a stalwart of the so-called Workers’ Power tendency. What a dire nam for an org! A Party of Labour! Where is he now? Where are they now? No-one knows. No-one reads their turgid critiques on the economy. There is nothing to seperate the 57 trot varieties – what a waste of a few fine minds…with their robotic application of Marx’s ideas. During the Burgin Beano, it was unlikely that anyone inside spoke of the critique of value – it was still a few months before the economic crash of 2008 would hit. Inside, the Burgin Babes were busy celebrating an imaginary past, where ranks of Potemkin soldiers and workers were hard at work in their imaginary workers’ councils. A root and branch excavation of the stalinoid/trotskyoid/anarchoid dogma is long overdue. It is completely irrelevant to our world today.