Thursday, 15 September 2016

Flying Saucer enthusiast goes to Labour Conference

 Logo of the Fourth International

Over the years there have been quite a number of half-crazed left wing groups like the Workers Revolutionary Party, the Spartacists and Counterfire, but none have been more a target for derision than the followers of Jean Posadas.

Born as Homero Rómulo Cristalli Frasnelli in Argentina, Posadas was certainly one of the more deranged individuals to come out out of the Trotskyist tradition. I have previously blogged about this group and thought once would be enough since they to all intent and purpose have ceased to exist any more. However one comrade, perhaps the sole remaining member in the UK has managed to find herself a delegate to the Labour Party Conference this year.

Let us remind ourselves of their two notorious political positions that alienated them from even the half-baked world of Trotskyism.

The first is that they urged the Soviet Union to launch a nuclear war to "wipe out capitalism". Their founding conference declared:

“Atomic war is inevitable. It will destroy half of humanity: it is going to destroy immense human riches. It is very possible. The atomic war is going to provoke a true inferno on Earth. But it will not impede Communism.”

Posadas himself declared that:

“Nuclear war [equals] revolutionary war. It will damage humanity but it will not – it cannot – destroy the level of consciousness reached by it… Humanity will pass quickly through a nuclear war into a new human society – Socialism.”

Needless to say neither the then Soviet Union or even Chinese Communists took any notice and being at the time a fairly noticeable group in Latin America managed to discredit Trotskyism considerably. Certainly won't get any support from old Jeremy Corbyn who wants to scrap Britain's nuclear defences, not nuke the City of London or the home Counties in the name of socialism.

However it is their other theory that makes them a laughing stock. UFO's (Flying Saucers come from workers planets apparently and their ability to mobilise the resources necessary would mean they have reached something like socialism. In fact Posadas called for an alliance with such beings and wrote:

We must call upon beings from other planets when they come to intervene, to collaborate with the inhabitants of the Earth to overcome misery. We must launch a call on them to use their resources to help us.

In his thesis, Flying Saucers published in 1968 Posadas muses:

Those who preside over this division of the world are capitalism and the bureaucracy of the Workers States. Our society is incapable of employing the possibilities that wait to be used within matter. Capitalism is aware of this inferiority, and so does the bureaucracy of the Workers States. But in the Workers States, researchers already exist for whom this is not a matter of inferiority or superiority; they reason that there may be galaxies, planetary systems or universes where matter is fully utilised, and where the mayhem of hunger and class struggle has ended. They know that ruling classes can be eliminated. And they know also that the system is superior where this has been done.

Or they could be warlike and resource hungry. Many scientists including  Hawking have considered that contact with any such advanced civilisation may not be good for mankind. Just look at what happened to the natives in the Americas...

Of course this remains speculation, but the point is if aliens exist (and there is yet no proof whatsoever) there is absolutely no logic in suggesting that any such human-centric notions have any relevance. They will be "alien" after all.

Whether the Labour Party's compliance unit picks up on this lone Trotskyist cosmonaut is of no real concern.It might be better to leave our Posadist entryist alone. They She seems to be no danger to anyone including herself and Posadists should be a protected species. They originated from a time when the Trots were far more fun than they are today. 

1 comment:

  1. Like all sneering petty bourgeois so-called "commentators" you fail to recognise the inexorable logic of Comrade Posadas's position: that any society capable of developing the technology allowing it to visit earth from another planet is, of necessity, more advanced than our owm. Therefore, it must be a socialist society. Therefore, we must welcome the so-called "aliens" (to use the terminology of bourgeois and petty-bourgeois reactionaries) as the comrades they are. But, of course, as a petty bourgeois empiricist lacking in dialectical understanding, you wouldn't understand this, and you must be denounced accordingly.