The last supporters of democratic centralism – the Rees/German Counterfire lot – are struggling desperately to show they were democrats all the time they were running the SWP – THE UTTER FUCKING GALL of it. Here’s a flavour of the debate between German and a supporterr of ‘the opposition in the Swp led by richard seymour:
[Lindsey German] What bad faith?
[Seymour fan] Rebranding oneself as a “feminist” after decades of opposing the idea without any detailed self-criticism; rebranding oneself as a supporter of organisational democracy after years of having opposed its actualisation in the SWP without the slightest self-criticism or reflexivity. How about that for starters?
[Lindsey German] Better than defending a catastrophically worse still regime until the very last moment….Do send me your list of publications that spell out the Marxist position on women’s oppression.
[Seymour fan] I am not defending anyone Lindsey German – I support the opposition and Richard Seymour. However, decency if not deontology should dictate that you and John engage in a bout of explicit and searching self-criticism about your roles in creating the bureaucratism in the organisation for many years, before offering commentary or proposing yourselves as an alternative to the dissident members. If such an exercise were carried out in good faith, perhaps you could be taken more seriously in your current forms of appearance…