Obsession with leaders

25 Oct

Part of the problem with the “revolutionary” left today it’s obsession with leaders. Whether that is the leader of some trot sect that has been there for decades, or trade union leaders or George Galloway or Lenin or Stalin or some Labour MP, or a celebrity that’s said something vaguely left wing, the left often seems to seek a figurehead. Marx talked about the “great men of history” theory, and about history is not made by great men. But too often people who claim to be revolutionaries take this view of history and also take the view that the leader is not to be criticised and can do no wrong.

This view also completely neglects the vast majority of the working class and is a sign of lack of confidence in them .


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