Published on Marxist.org, by Hal Draper, 1971.
- Introduction to this document;
- 1. Let’s start by going back to Marx …;
- 2. Marx: the negative side;
- 3. Anatomy of the sect;
- 4. Well, what about the Bolsheviks?
- 5. How and when the sect form was revived;
- 6. A quick look at the trotskyist sect pattern;
- 7. The WP/ISL experience;
- 8. What is a political center?
- 9. What is it that we want to accomplish?
1*. “Sects” and “sectarian” have as many different definitions as there are political viewpoints. Here, of course, we are concerned with a Marxist definition. For example, denunciation of sects, as of sectarianism, is standard for all reformists. To them “sectarian” simply means revolutionary Marxism, and a “sect” is any revolutionary organization. This empty literature causes a certain amount of confusion. For one of the silliest examples, see Lewis Coser in Dissent, 1:4, 1954.
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