Re: [sixties-l] on selling out.

From: Jeffrey Blankfort (
Date: Mon Aug 28 2000 - 18:58:55 CUT

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    I agree that we need to work together on specific issues with people
    with whom we disagree on others, but I believe we must recognize and
    never forget that most of these issues profoundly affect other people's
    lives more directly, or immediately than they do our own, and
    consequently it is necessary for each of us to draw a line in the sand.
    Most of my work in recent years has been in behalf of Palestinian rights
    and against Israeli occupation both in Palestine and Lebanon. Having
    seen and experienced this occupation, for myself, albeit briefly, I
    could no more work with supporters of Israel's right to do what it has
    been doing than I could with someone who supported apartheid in South
    Africa. Two examples of this are Todd Gitlin and Tom Hayden, one acting
    out of his own Zionist tendencies and the other out of pure political

    Jeff Blankfort

    Ted Morgan wrote:
    > Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 16:06:14 -0400
    > From: Ted Morgan <epm2@LEHIGH.EDU>
    > Subject: [sixties-l] on selling out...

    > On the other hand, I will say (again), that the media culture tends to
    > reduce people to polarizing positions (eliminating dialogue in the
    > process) and we have to escape that trap if we on the left are ever to
    > reach a broader audience. We need to know how to pull together behind
    > worthwhile political actions & objectives, even with people we
    > profoundly disagree with on other issues, or whose analysis doesn't
    > match our own --all the while contending with their analysis.
    > Ted Morgan

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