Re: [sixties-l] Patterns

From: Ron Jacobs (
Date: Tue Jun 20 2000 - 16:18:45 CUT

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    I don't want to go too far into the purity trip, since that's what this
    desire to read others out of the movement is, but Gitlin has been extremely
    supportive of the American empire's attacks on Iraq and Yugoslavia (check
    out the article he wrote last spring supporting the bombing of Yugoslavia
    in Mother JOnes). As Marty J. knows, a similar scenario regarding former
    new leftists and their support of Clinton/Blair's military adventures
    played itself out here in Vermont last spring when a group of antiwarriors
    took over "socialist" Bernie Sanders' office here in Burlington to protest
    his unabashed support of the bombing. This happened in Germany as well
    within the Green/Red coalition. Although I still have a difficult time
    with so-called leftists supporting any imperial adventure, I also realize
    the need for maintaining some kind of rapport with those who do, although I
    will never vote for Bernie Sanders again--the support of the attacks on
    Yugoslavia was the final straw for me (after his support of the Crime Bill
    in 1994 and his continued support of the sanctions/attacks on Iraq, I just
    can't go there again). I tend to see this as typical behavior of social
    democrats in general throughout history (think Luxemborg/Knieblecht in the
    German insurrection after WW I).
    HOwever, all that being said, the battle for revolutionary purity was
    epidemic in the U.S new left in the late sixties and early seventies.

    Ron Jacobs
    Burlington, VT

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