Re: [sixties-l] Patternse: sixties-l-digest V1 #204

From: Jeffrey Blankfort (
Date: Wed Jun 21 2000 - 08:39:57 CUT

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    I appreciate Ron Jacobs recalling the criticism of Rosa Luxemberg of the
    German Social Demeocrats who rushed so fast to Germany's entry into WW1
    that they syumbled over their principles. But I am mystified, if that's
    the correct word, at Ron's desire to keep folks who have decided to take
    sides with the empire, the Gitlins of today (or the Social Democrats of
    yesteryear--or today for that matter) when they will betray their
    principles, and maybe you, at the first opportunity.

    Jeff Blankfort

    > Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 12:18:45 -0400
    > From: Ron Jacobs <>
    > Subject: Re: [sixties-l] Patterns
    > 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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