In the three
articles that Luis Oviedo has written in answer to my article
published on January 7 (Marxism versus Sectarianism - Reply to Luis Oviedo) a number of very important issues are raised. These
questions deserve the most careful consideration by Marxists in Britain,
Argentina and internationally. However, in order to clarify the issues raised
and to educate the cadres (which ought to be the aim of every polemic) it is
necessary to avoid heated language, distortions and personal attacks that only
serve to divert attention away from the political questions. Such an approach
will only confuse matters instead of clarifying them.
Alan Woods continues his reply laying emphasis on the position of the
Communist International on the mass organisations and stressing the need to
unite the piqueteros movement in Argentina. To be continued.
We continue this reply by taking up the question of the 1982
Malvinas/Falklands war, explaining what the real position of the British
Marxists was at the time. In answer to Oviedo's blatant distortions Alan Woods
explains that they opposed the war as an imperialist war on both sides, and
adopted a genuine internationalist position. To be continued.
How did Lenin and Trotsky pose the question of war? What emphasis did
they put on the right of self-determination? In replying to Oviedo, Alan Woods
puts the record straight. He also explains how countries like Argentina, Turkey,
Pakistan, etc., are weak imperialist powers, subject to the domination of the
major imperialist powers while at the same time having their own imperialist
ambitions locally. To be continued.
How to solve the Malvinas question – and how not to solve it. Alan
Woods concludes his analysis on the Malvinas posing the question from a class
point of view. And in response to the scandalous accusation that we are somehow
apologists for British imperialism, he also explains the position of the British
Marxists on Ireland, explaining that we were the only ones who opposed the
sending in of the troops back in 1969, and have always maintained a consistent
class position throughout. This is the last part.
In the last year, the metro workers have written one of the most inspiring pages in the history of the Argentinean working class of the last 30 years. The workers launched an all-out struggle for a wage increase and achieved a historic victory in their struggle for the six hour working day. After four months of intense struggle the metro workers defeated the bosses. We thank everybody who participated in the international solidarity campaign. For further information on the outcome of the conflict please see this article (in Spanish)