Lincoln Buffs Meet The Left

He Knows Civil War!  trotsky-as-red-army.JPG

Civil War Bookshelf has discovered that all are not enamored with the Lincoln-ifcation of Barack Obama.

“The Fourth International is fed up with Lincoln/Obama comparisons in the mass media:

‘Attempts to portray Obama as the heir of Lincoln’s legacy involve a grotesque historical and political falsification. Lincoln will forever be associated with one of the great progressive causes in history—the emancipation of the slaves and the destruction of the Southern slave-owning oligarchy in the American Civil War (1861-1865). Obama, on the other hand, bears only a negative and reactionary relationship to the great political questions of his day.'”

Trotskyism is a fantasy wonderland of factions, fractions, and preparatory committees to really do something about getting together. The Bookshelf  has stumbled on one of the many, many groups, grouplets and ghost armies claiming to Be the Fourth International, World Party of Socialist Revolutiontrademark.gif, although it casually insulted them by calling them Trotskyites, not the vastly preferred Trotskyists.

CWB is quoting from the International Committee of the Fourth International, whose dominant affiliate is the US Socialist Equality Party [perhaps the lamest name in Trot history].

Here’s what the US Trot Family Tree looks like  [the Obama denouncers are 6th from the left at the bottom]:


4th-international-flag-waving.jpg  A thousand schools of thought contend worldwide for the 4th International Franchise, with some combination of 4s, hammers, and sickle branding.bolshevik-tendency-germany.gif


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And yes, t-shirts are available!  4th-international-founding-tshirt.jpg

Blogger Dimitri Rotov points out that the civil war history is often treated as fodder for random claims about freedom, destiny and personalities. His Civil War Bookshelf recognises that splintery though they may be, the Trots at least try to engage in real discussion.

At this point in the ongoing orgy of “public history” I’m desperate for some intellectual standard in historical evaluation. I’ll even take it from the communists.

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