workers world is heavily into assaulting anyone who dissents from their
version of the "correct line"....-especially those who espouse anarchism
----- Original Message -----
From: "jeffrey blankfort" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2002 3:45 PM
Subject: Re: [sixties-l] Who Will Lead? (fwd)
> It's a fair analysis, that the bulk of those who become attracted to
radical movements and swell its ranks, tend to
> drift away when the goals of the movement appear to have been reached.
That certainly was true of the anti-Vietnam
> movement and began to show itself when the draft was ended.
> I wouldn't compare the present day Workers World Party, All People's
Congress, International Action Center which seems,
> sadly, to be the only game in town, with the old Communist Party which
warts and all, and its illusions/delusions about
> the Soviet Union and the East Bloc notwithstanding, was involved in making
some important social and political gains
> which benefited the public at large, something that the WWP with all its
alias can not even begin to claim. The old CP
> was involved in all sorts of community struggles which its defense of the
USSR and its transgressions has made this
> generation forget. The WWP on other other hand, or at least from what I
have seen of its operations in the SF Bay Area,
> keep at arms lengths from struggles which any group claiming to be radical
or revolutionary could expect to be involved
> in. The group's support of SF Mayor Willie Brown whose reign has alienated
significant sectors of the city's black
> community is just one aspect of that. Among serious activists, the
organization is not taken seriously. That they are
> the only game in town is more than depressing.
> Jeff Blankfort
> Bill Mandel wrote:
> > Jeff: The role of the Workers' World Party in the present peace
> > movement, of Socialist Action in the Save Mumia efforts at their height
> > a few years ago, of the Socialist Workers Party in the Mobilization
> > against the Vietnam War, and of the Communist Party in a variety of
> > domestic and foreign-affairs activities from the Great Depression
> > through 1951 add up to a different picture of the relationship of these
> > radical organizations to mass movement than I had most of my life.
> > What it looks like is that, when a real crisis arises, a
> > substantial portion of the American people will rally behind whatever
> > organization takes the necessary initiative. When the particular problem
> > has come to an end, in whatever way, the vast bulk of those Americans
> > will return to their daily-life interests, and the particular political
> > party will fade into the woodwork.
> > As I see it now, the experience of the Communist Party was no
> > different. Although it attained a membership of 100,000 toward the end
> > of World War II, vastly more than any of these other organizations ever
> > remotely approached, another number, which I knew but to which I paid
> > little attention, takes on meaning. It is the fact that roughly a
> > million people passed through the Communist Party during those twenty
> > years when it counted for something. This means that 90% of those who
> > thought well enough of it to sign membership applications, pay dues,
> > attend meetings, fairly quickly lost interest when their particular
> > needs -- unemployment insurance, public housing, old-age pensions,
> > government support for culture (theater, etc.), an end to lynching,
> > freedom for the Scottsboro Boys, support for the Spanish Republic
> > against Franco -- were met and the organization's objective of socialism
> > became the focus of its attention.
> > What do you think of this new theory of mine on the history of the
> > Left?
> > Bill Mandel
> > jeffrey blankfort wrote:
> > >
> > I share Gitlin's criticisms of the ANSWER coalition which is the latest
> > outgrowth of the International Action Center which was/is a front for
> > the Workers World Party/All People's Congress.... Ramsey Clark....
> > seems to have been caught up in the same mindset,
> > >
> > > We do need new leadership in the antiwar movement. Where the ANSWER
folks and Gitlin will have no role to play..
> > >
> > > Jeff Blankfort
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