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alanjjohnstone
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I have no idea of John Master's actual politics but i hope we can do better in our criticisms than simple name-calling. 

As for attacking the ideas of the CPGB, our article in the current issue disabusing his supporters' faith and trust in him is an example of opposing one of the CPGB positions.

I have frequently in the past commended the editorial policy of Weekly Worker for its willingness to publish letters from myself and fellow members as well as many other CPGB non-members and non-sympathisers. 

We have a very limited audience and we should avail ourselves of every opportunity to present the SPGB case wherever possible. 

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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At the risk of sounding like Bob Andrews, and members are free to do what they want, but I don't think the Masters letter encourages me to write to WW and give such critics the opportunity for abuse. Anyone who does know what political perspective Masters is coming from, I would like to know.

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He is an ex-member.

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Thanks. Just read the letters in today's issue. Robbo, have you joined or is that a bit of Leninist license? Also good to see someone complain about letters from Freeman and Downing.

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jondwhite wrote:

Thanks. Just read the letters in today's issue. Robbo, have you joined or is that a bit of Leninist license? Also good to see someone complain about letters from Freeman and Downing.

 

No its licence on the part of the Editors  LOL

alanjjohnstone
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It was an excellent letter of rebuttal and the editor can be forgiven for associating Robin as a member.

But i find it strange that a non-member, regardless of how close and sympathetic he is to ourselves, was the only person to respond to the unfair criticism of the SPGB especially as i had made a point of drawing the forum's attention to the need of a reply. 

 Why the reluctance of actual members to defend the party when we are assured of publication by WW's open editorial policy?

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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What evidence is there that Kropotkin was an influence on the founders of the WSM? Anarchists were anti-marxist even before the capitalist class sat up and took notice. Kropotkin at one time describing Bismarckism and Marxism as 'two sides of the same coin'. Which might help to clarify why he did not oppose the First Great War.

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Bob Andrews wrote:

What evidence is there that Kropotkin was an influence on the founders of the WSM? Anarchists were anti-marxist even before the capitalist class sat up and took notice. Kropotkin at one time describing Bismarckism and Marxism as 'two sides of the same coin'. Which might help to clarify why he did not oppose the First Great War.

Apologies if this is also straying slightly off topic, but The Clousden Hill Free Communist and Cooperative Community was founded about 200 yards from the house I was born and brought up in and which Cde Kilgallon senior (my mother) still lives.

Rumour has it that Kropotkin and Tom Mann were regular visitors and sometimes went for a drink at the Clousden Hill Hotel (where I made my debut as a drinker and whose football team Clouden Hill Celtic (139 appearances 3 goals, two broken legs (not mine) I later played). As a child I used to play in the derelict house which formed part of the commune and made tarzan swings from the decaying roof. Perhaps Kropotkin had a sub conscious influence on me?

http://www.ic.org/wiki/clousden-hill/


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Tim Kilgallon wrote:

Rumour has it that Kropotkin and Tom Mann were regular visitors and sometimes went for a drink at the Clousden Hill Hotel (where I made my debut as a drinker and whose football team Clouden Hill Celtic (139 appearances 3 goals, two broken legs (not mine) I later played). 

 

Did ya ivver get a trial for the Mags, marra?

 

 

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