Barriers and Openings to a New Socialist Internationalism: by Patrick Bond

By Patrick Bond

Socialism and Democracy, 2014
Vol. 28, No.2, 183-214

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In the past, like Marx’s mates in the IWA, South Africans have taught the world an enormous amount about the potential for transformative power deployed from below. In the future, similar lessons beckon us all back to a form of socialist solidarity that is still very much work in progress here, and everywhere.

214 Socialism and Democracy . betrayal: turning against the movement, giving information to its enemies, or accepting the validity of unwarranted enemy arguments. This, then, is simultaneously the most hopeful and sobering set of lessons from internationalism following apartheid. The challenge is for the next South African left to tackle. Undoubtedly the strongest component of South African democratic eco-socialism in the 2015– 19 period, before the next general election, is the metalworker breakaway union as it attempts to forge solidarity with local community, social and environmental activists.

Technicism or legalism: sometimes necessary to contest the enemy’s technicism, but sometimes incapable of comprehending realities, usually causing premature deradicalization; . divisiveness: favoring or profiling certain factions or individuals, often in a sectarian way; . hucksterism: romanticizing and overstating the importance of the movement/struggle; . score-settling: importing researchers’ petty internecine rivalries, and causing degeneracy in movement politics as ego-clashing replaces open, honest debate; .

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