oklahoma bombing -Reply

TimW333521 at aol.com TimW333521 at aol.com
Tue Apr 25 07:01:04 MDT 1995


Clearly the Oklahoma bombing reflects the "spirit" of our times.  It
represents  in extremis the kind of rightist anti-government agitation which
Newt and Co. have used to take over Congress, and which is peddled each day
on talk radio.  We must make this point over and over again.

There is nothing, nothing, nothing good or progressive in this act.  The left
needs to be morally outraged by this action and the needless slaughter of
innocent people and little babies.  Socialism loses all meaning unless it is
linked with real concern for real human beings.

It is about time the left realized that the current onslaught against
"government" is in reality an attack on the very essence of the socialist
idea: that is that organized society should seek to meet the needs of
ordinary people rather than serve the interests of a few.

There is nothing at all positive in the anti-statist anarchist side of the
Militias and related madmen (so far just men).    They represent a real and
immediate fascist threat.  Of course we need to reach the human beings who
get caught up in the demogoguery.  But we can only reach them by a head-on
confrontation with the essential anti-government individualist ideology which
actually strengthens the hand of the oligopolist powers which rule this land.

The Militias are a serious force.  And we must insist that they take
responsibility for those they encourage to take up arms on the basis of
conspiracy theories which link them to anti-Semitism, racism, etc.

This is not some abstract intellectual exercise.  It is not unimportant just
because the eyes of ordinary people are upon the matter.  Are we so unused to
dealing with matters which are part of popular consciousness that we will sit
this one out?


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