> "The BPP did not fully appreciate the necessity for cultural
> > transformation in the movement. Instead, they promoted a
> > "revolutionary culture" that was amorphous and self-serving.
> > It was rooted in a Machiavellian rationalization of
> > Malcolm's "by any means necessary" dicta whereby members
> > simply legitimized their lumpen activities by asserting that
> > these were somehow "revolutionary." This approach was used
> > especially to sexually exploit women, to character
> > assassinate rivals, to rationalize the misuse of BPP funds
> > by the national leadership, to justify internecine violence,
> > or to excoriate rival organizations (such as with the NOI,
> > SNCC, RNA [Republic of New Afrika], and Us organization)
> > within the Black Power movement. This glorified lumpenism
> > was so expansive that Hilliard (1993, pp. 339-339) reports
> > that Huey even came to require that BPP members watch The
> > Godfather, as he began to argue for a "progressive
> > capitalism" (Newton, 1971). Allegedly, the Panther
> > nightclub, The Lamp Post, even became, among other things, a
> > front for prostitution and funding source for Huey's and the
> > Central Committee's personal indulgences."
> Now if this isn't a claim that Panthers were controlled by their "lumpen" status
> (unlike yourself and Mr. Henderson) I don't know what would. This is
No, it isn't. The use of the term LUMPEN in this instance
isn't being used in some Ultra-Nutcase Left way that you
seem to think, but is merely a label or description of
things that tend to be associated with a particular class.
> It was rooted in a Machiavellian rationalization of
> Malcolm's "by any means necessary" dicta whereby members
> simply legitimized their lumpen activities by asserting that
> these were somehow "revolutionary."
All he's saying is that they tried to LEGITIMIZE bad stuff
they did by labeling it revolutionary, when it wasn't. This
is something you should be agreeing with, but apparently,
you see the word "lumpen" and your mind gets transported
into some sort of sectarian time-warp.
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