Fwd: Re: Mumia Abu-Jamal

Juan368977 at aol.com Juan368977 at aol.com
Wed Jun 7 18:27:44 MDT 1995


I've always questioned the use of violence of the left. There was a time when
I would have been dead set opposed to it, but now considering the armed
regimes of fascists(both militia and government). Just recently the New York
City Police Department attacked squatters with an armored personal carrier,
roof-top snipers, and over 500 police officers. Under these conditions it is
right to rebel. The left must see force as a defense tactic.
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Date: 95-06-07 13:42:11 EDT

John D. Walker says:

>An interesting question being raised, though, is just what our attitude
>should be towards violence in the support of the just cause of socialist
>change.  Some people, like me, will want to say that violence is
>justified if necessary in the course of a revolution, but otherwise, in
>what Justin called "more ordinary circumstances", not.
>
>I wonder what the difference is, especially if the "ordinary
>circumstances" can include, say, police used forcibly to break strikes.
>
>Incidentally, I'm asking a moral question, not a strategic (I think what
>you mean by a "political") one...

If I may offer up a slogan from my RCYB days: "It's Right to Rebel!"

Violence by the people against the system and its enforcers is always
"justified."  The only question is whether or not it's smart from a
strategic standpoint.  I really don't see how we can separate any "moral"
question from the political (and ultimately, military) issue here.

--Matt D.



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