- Category: History
- Created on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 11:09
- Written by Mike Ely
The road forward involves a necessary summation of the past. This becomes particularly poignant whenever people propose strategic plans today that echo things attempted (once, twice, several times?) in previous decades.
How do we regroup communist forces? What was the experience of dividing the previous communist movement into warring mini-parties? What were the important "lines of demarcation" that divided people? And which ones were important to observe and fight out?
Paul Saba has (together with many others) created the EROL (Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism Online). It is exploding with previously unavailable information -- documents, memoirs, articles, and increasingly graphics/cartoons.
I have been participating (to the extent I can) by suggesting materials, critiquing some of the intros, and writing blurbs on experiences I was close to.
Each time I go to the EROL i'm stunned at the materials now available -- and a bit overwhelmed by its complexity and detail. It is a case where some things are really trivia (not relevant then or now) while other things are truly gems being made available to a new generation. (And where I assume there will be debate over which is the trivia and which is the gem!)
I am hoping we can all help promote these materials -- and help each other identify specific parts that remain relevant today.
I plan (over time) to share links that strike me.... and to give brief explanations of their relevance. Here is a first installment.
Warning: This first batch of links almost exclusively involve materials from one particular trend within the previous communist movement -- the Maoists of the RU/RCP. It is the part of EROL I am most familiar with (and have helped explain).
There are materials from other, different trends available and worth reading. And as we present links and commentary from EROL we will (in the near future) include those other contributions as well.
As you explore EROL -- feel free to post links to your favorites (positive and negative examples) in this thread.