Mike Gonzalez has written a discussion paper on the crisis in the SWP and the relationship between party and class. He concludes:
We should stop trading quotes from Lenin. Not that he has not much to teach us, but that the first lesson he will offer is that the forms and methods of organization of revolutionaries will be shaped by the historical circumstance, and will change constantly as those circumstances change. There are no rules to be applied, no constitutions to obey. There is a revolutionary method – one part of which acknowledges that the teachers must themselves be taught by those they set out to instruct.
Mike’s article is a response to Alex Callinicos’s “Is Leninism finished?”, a justification of the SWP leadership’s conduct published in the January 2013 issue of Socialist Review. It was offered to party publications but the offer was turned down.