JMP spitting truth with immeasurable class, as usual.
Ultra-leftism, the greatest danger facing revolutionary movements––this is the rallying cry of opportunists, those who have revised the revolutionary core of marxism in order to justify their inaction. Every historical failure can be understood according to the logic of this heresy: the anti-fascist movement in Germany prior to World War Two failed because of its “third positionist” refusal to unite with the “social fascists” of the SPD, not because the opportunistic SPD was actually collaborating with the fascists (so we should we forget who killed Rosa and Karl); the New Communist Movement in the US and Canada failed because it dared to talk about the necessity of revolution, not because it failed to produce a practice that could accomplish what it theorized; contemporary people’s wars have and will fail because they dared to pick up the gun, not because revisionist politics will always be a problem that these revolutions necessarily have to face.
The fetishization of ultra-leftism on the part of opportunists is almost farcical. In order to explain their inaction, and to dismiss every militant movement that flies in the face of their politics, they elevate the symptomatic error of ultra-leftism into the primary problem facing the left. If only everyone could get along, demonstrate according to pig-inscribed boundaries, and organize in a lawful manner… Discipline along peacefully reformist lines, where there is a general peaceful co-existence with capitalism, is treated as the normative basis of revolutionary praxis. That is, there has been a sleight of hand where what was historically understood as opportunism is treated as the properly sober communist/leftist/marxist/anti-capitalist position and everything to the left of this opportunism, then, must necessarily be understood as ultra-leftism.