Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

February 8, 2015

News from the lunatic fringe

Filed under: cults — louisproyect @ 12:16 am

Jack and Mary-Alice give themselves a raise (from 2013 tax returns):

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Jack and Mary-Alice discover that Keystone XL pipeline might not be a bad idea:

With pipeline transport as with rail, technology exists to operate more safely. Robots called “smart pigs” can detect corrosion. Control valves can be installed that automatically shut off the flow if a drop in pressure indicates a leak. The extent to which safety measures are used, however, is decided by the strength of the union movement and pressure from the working class more broadly.

The question for working people around energy extraction and production is not whether one or another method — from nuclear fission of uranium to fracking shale oil to mining tar sands to building solar panels or wind generators — has downsides and hazards. They all do. The question is how much control over the process can the working-class movement wrest from the imperialist ruling families and other capitalist exploiters on the road to taking power away from them and building a society based on human solidarity and the defense of land and labor in every corner of the globe.

The struggle to provide the energy toilers need worldwide to advance culture and fighting capacity is key to strengthening working-class internationalism and solidarity. And it goes hand-in-hand with rebuilding our unions to fight for control over working conditions on the job.


  1. “smart pigs” indeed. Gave me an idea for a title for an article. “Social Stratification develops in a formerly Trotskyist cult”. I bet even Bob Avakian doesn’t pull down that amount of cash. 200K for that household is quite something. Maybe they should move into that 96 story condo that’s going up.

    Comment by Peter Myers — February 8, 2015 @ 12:26 am

  2. Leon, Leon, Leon.
    Next they’ll be shilling for freon.

    Comment by jeffreymarlin — February 8, 2015 @ 1:09 am

  3. Since the sale of the old Pathfinder building, they’ve milked the Anchor accounts for a couple of million.

    They each got a total of (I think it was) $500,000 “finders’ fees’ for the sale of the Pathfinder building and the purchase of a new, much, much smaller national headquarters (250k each for each transaction’s “finders’ fees”). Then each year they get tens upon tens of thousands of dollars each from the Anchor account.

    Their rather nice apartment was sold about 7 or 8 years ago to a SONY vice-president for $1.87 million.

    Plus doesn’t trust fund ‘never worked a day in her life in a real job’ Miss Mary-Alice have her own pad in San Francisco as well.

    At the same time, the ranks are told not to buy houses coz that’s petty-bourgeois.

    Then, presumably, they have the use of the upstate New York place, the one that used to be used as the party school.

    Yes, “Social stratification in a formerly Trotskyist cult” would be an excellent title for an article.


    Comment by Philip Ferguson — February 8, 2015 @ 1:33 am

  4. The smart pigs they are referring to are huge bullet like vehicles that are sent through the pipeline internally to clean it, mostly by scraping its walls and monitoring for leaks. They’ve got one of these on display at one of the pump stations on the Alaska Pipeline. Nonetheless there have been leaks as occurred up near Prudhoe Bay a few years ago and as occurs all to frequently in the Russia Far East.

    Comment by Tom Cod — February 8, 2015 @ 5:04 pm

  5. To me, the article not mentioning climate change is glaring.

    Comment by Jon Flanders — February 8, 2015 @ 10:30 pm

  6. As far as I know Philip, Jack never worked a day in his life either, as was the case with many of the students that entered the party in the 60s and 70s who only worked when the party ordered them into the mines and meat packing plants. A far cry from the original party rooted in the Teamsters and the reason why it has turned to shite.

    Comment by Shim — February 11, 2015 @ 1:49 pm

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