Workers' Power split?

Submitted by Matthew on 28 March, 2012 - 10:31

Rumour has it that the minority on the outgoing committee (i.e. the “old” leadership) won the votes at the conference on 24-25 March of the Workers Power group.

The dispute has been about whether to keep a rigid version of “democratic centralism” (a kitsch-Trotskyist, non-Leninist version as AWL would see it) or look to looser “anti-capitalist alliances”. Or, at least, that’s what it has been about so far as we can tell from outside the Workers Power group. Unlike the Bolsheviks, or Trotskyist groups of Trotsky’s time, WP maintains a public pretence of monolithic uniformity of opinion.

Two people were apparently expelled at the 24-25 March conference, and further rumours have it that younger leading figures in WP, who lost out at the conference, will now break away. I’m told it’s unlikely that oppositionists who break away will form a new group.

It would be good to know what the issues are, unlike with the previous Workers Power split in 2006, when a minority broke away to form the Permanent Revolution group without any prior public debate about differences.

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