[Marxism] Is the Anti-War movement in decline
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Jscotlive at aol.com
Wed Nov 14 02:14:41 MST 2007
As it happens, I agree to some extent, but I raise them only to the extent
that they are significant and are co-produced by the antiwar movement. I
still think you wouldn't see half as much of this opposition if the movement
was really dead, nothing happening on the ground, demos being terribly small
This is nonsense. The movement is really dead. The last national demo in
London attracted 5,000, probably less. How could this be described as anything
less than a really small demo.
This kind of delusion really does speak to the woeful lack of leadership and
organisation that exists within the antiwar movement. What is required is an
honest appraisal of the current period, not these repeated attempts to
extrapolate reasons to be cheerful.
The majority of mainstream public opinion is against the war not because of
anything the antiwar movement has achieved, but because they knew it was based
on a lie to begin with and also the heroic resistance that is taking place
in both Iraq and Afghanistan, which have rendered the establishment's claims
about being welcomed with open arms, etc., as utterly false.
Objectively, as I said, there are factors that have made the work of the
antiwar movement difficult in comparison to the movement during the Vietnam War.
The ruling class have learned the lessons well from that experience and have
gone out of their way to control media coverage and to minimise casualties on
their own side.
Simply put, not enough troops are being killed to precipitate a crisis at
home, the war has failed to impact materially at home. This is why it is vital
that the movement connects imperialism with attacks on the working class. It
hasn't been done. Instead, the focus has been on attacking Bush in the US and
Blair (now Brown) in the UK. No attempt at education has been made, at least
no meaningful attempt, which has left a movement powered solely by moral
outrage rather than by material necessity.
Again, the fault lies with the orientation of the SWP leadership. They have
substituted the radical intelligentsia and students for the working class.
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