Re: [sixties-l] Todd Gitlin Does the Boss Man's Work (fwd)

From: Carrol Cox (
Date: Sun Nov 24 2002 - 19:03:38 EST

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    > Marty Jezer wrote:
    >But, alas, poor Todd isn't pure enough
    > for Counterpunch.

    In another list I'm on there is a subscriber who frequently provides a
    two-word response: Reflexivity Alert!

    Gitlin criticized certain elements in the current anti-war movement.
    Counterpunch criticized Gitlin.

    According to Marty the first is O.K. and unifying. The second is a
    demand for "purity."

    Gitlin demanded that certain slogans be EXCLUDED from the movement. Now
    I guess Marty is demanding that Counterpunch be excluded.

    Who are the purists anyhow?

    I think Chip Berlet has covered Marty's type of purism very nicely.

     Encountering and Countering Political Repression
    by Chip Berlet

    ...Divide and Conquer

    Don't let your critics or establishment figures divide your coalition by
    targeting people or groups with unpopular ideas. The following familiar
    refrain is old and tired. "If only your group didn't include [ fill in
    the blank: anarchists, communists, feminists, gays and lesbians, Vegans,
    witches, atheists ] you would be more effective. Baloney. It's a trick.
    Allow one slice and the blade of division keeps cutting. Set your
    group's principles of unity in a democratic fashion, and then welcome as
    participants all who abide by those


    Carrol Cox

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