The Splitters are Splitting: Monty Python StylePosted: March 13, 2013 | |
(Credit to Harry’s Place.)
Firstly, context: in the last few months, the Socialist Workers Party (Britain’s ever-shrinking bastion for Stalinism) has been torn from within following the decision of members of the Central Committee to conceal allegations of sexual assault, treating itself to the occasional show-trial of the accused and condemning them to the terror of reading books on feminism and such nonsense. Apparently, said woman did not want the police involved. Law is too bourgeois, you see. So the CC has fallen into Stalinist fighting feminist tendencies, in other words. Rough men and women slinging socialist mud at each other (not a very attractive image).
In a rather funny twist of events, Richard Seymour – modestly self-styled as “Lenin” – and a group of others have left the party and set up their own International Socialist Network, a rather depressing reflection to the International Socialists of the generation of 60s radicals. History really does repeat itself (first tragedy, then farce). Modern radicals – disproportionately student-led – are, I have to say, pathetic. But they’re so irrelevant that I think it’s to be encouraged, purely for its comic value. Memories, anyone?
Monty Python’s Life of Brian: