Those who visit ZNet will notice an overlay introducing yet another Albert Emancipatory Project whose format is eerily familiar. First there is the Manifesto explaining broad goals. Then there is The List of Signatorees, distinguished (ie. people who have published) names of The Left. This latest exercise is called We Stand and the program and names on the list will be familiar to anyone here on the IOPS site, or anyone who joined Zschool, or any of the other projects ( a blur to me but I know there were more) Albert has initiated to bring leftists in under a "big tent" for discussions, conventions, and the building of a mass social movemnt, one presumes. Unfortunately, cyber space is littered with these abandoned tents, old websites that sparked briefly with some flurry of activity but soon dwindled to embers then ashes. Perhaps IOPS can be the exception...whatever.. I'm just being frank.
Amazingly, this history in no way dampens Albert's enthusiasm to write another manifesto and list the same Names and ask readers to "join the list"; there is no indication there has been any re-evaluation of strategy nor tactics, nor any critical reflection of any sort. How will this be different? What new formulation or analysis or Spirit prevents the same outcome? Am I really supposed to believe there will be some forum where I can debate Chomsky and Grubacik and Bello? C'mon! You can fool me four or five times... but someday I'll wiseup!