Richard Congress is furiously barking up the wrong tree.
I am not a “Marxist-Lenninist[sic]-Trotskyist”, just plain Marxist. So I cannot answer for his wasted years with that crowd and the subsequent disenchantment that appears to have scarred him for life.
But the arguments he raises against my views on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict are answered in some detail in my book. See especially the penultimate chapter: “Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – a socialist viewpoint”. I suggest he read that chapter carefully.
He does however seem to have remained a socialist, albeit with some nationalist dross. So he should consider whether he can propose a resolution of the conflicts of capitalism – as manifested in the present global crisis – short of a socialist transformation of the entire world, or at least of a substantial region of it.
If he thinks he can, then he is deluded. But if he cannot offer any alternative, any shortcut, does this constitute a “perfect excuse to abstain from real struggle while smugly lecturing us peasants about the only true Marxist path”? According to his logic – not mine – it does.
Or perhaps he believes that a socialist Arab East is more of a “pie in the sky drivel” (as he so delicately puts it) than a socialist world.
His position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict amounts to seeking a bourgeois-nationalist resolution for a conflict that cannot have such a resolution. To understand why, he should read the penultimate chapter of my book.
As for Greece, the choice is not between Greece as member of a capitalist EU and a stand-alone socialist Greece. It is a dangerous nationalist illusion that the Greek working class would be better off in a stand-alone capitalist Greece. Fortunately, most Greek workers seem to understand this, and have not voted for parties that advocate secession from the EU.
Significantly, the most ardent advocates of secession are the extreme right Golden Dawn. They don’t mind if Greek secession would lead to a fascist military coup – as it might well do: the colonels are waiting in the wings. If I were Richard Congress I would worry if I found myself in such company.