I’ve had this comment at the back of my mind for a while, to do something with, but am not sure what to. It’s Andrew Coates, here. Hyperlinks are added:
If Bob you’d wish to define me it’s through what the Trotksyists call ‘centrism‘. Put simply it’s democratic Marxism. Its origins are in Austro-Marxism, Pivertism, the POUM, [Henk] Sneevliet, the left of the ILP – the 2 and a half International, the London Bureau. After the war this current flowed back into mainstream socialist and labour parties. But it re-emerged in the late 1960s.
During the 1970s when I was in the IMG I worked closely with members of the Portuguese MES in a campaign of solidarity with the Carnation Revolution.
In the 1980s I was a member and on the Parisian Co-Ordination of the Federation pour une Gauche Alternative. This involved the PSU, the AMR – Pabloites – the CCA and various alternatives.
At the turn of the decade I was on the steering committee of the Socialist Society for some years. leading memebrs such as Hilary Wainwright and Richard Kuper are related to this tradition.
Amongst the left publications I write for Chartist consciously defines itself in terms of this ‘centrist’ tradition.
The latest issue of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation‘s journal, The Spokesman, carries a number of articles celeberating the life of Ken Coates (including mine). Ken was also a ‘centrist’.
Although the emphases vary, this is broadly the tradition Poumista is aligned to.