Which Party?

Jon Flanders 72763.2240 at compuserve.com
Mon Feb 19 21:44:43 MST 1996

 >> In more than one sense you live there.  Peru is no more than the
    mirror image of US and Europe.  Is there, and in Africa and parts
    of Asia and other countries in Latin America where the most morbid
    expressions of advance capitalism are visible. << Carlos

  Very well said, Carlos. I don't mean to denigrate the importance of
discussion on Peru or anywhere else in the world. It's just that beyond a
certain point,it becomes impossible for someone like me, in New York state, to
sort out every item in a debate like this.

  While I agree with your side on this matter, I don't deny the sincerity of
the other side. Dogmatic Stalinists or not, they really believe their own take
on Peru. Since we don't experience Peru firsthand, it might be more useful to
discuss and work with such people on issues that face us here.

  As I said in a previous post, I once worked side by side with Maoists who
defended Pol Pot. They weren't being fired and harassed on their jobs for this
position however. The boss didn't like them because they wanted all, not half
the workers in the shop to be in the union. Leaving their Maoism aside, they
were simply a group of idealistic young people who came to socialism via Mao,
as many did in the 60's and early 70's.

  The union campaign came to a head in a flare of physical threats,
red-baiting and tire-slashing. I personally was hit in the head by a piece of
pipe thrown by someone while I was walking thru the shop. In all of this, the
one "Maoist", a woman, who survived with her job, stuck by me. The group as a
whole assisted in the public campaign that prevailed over management.

  Yes, we are all in "Peru." We are also in the US, Britain, Finland etc. We
need to keep a balance in all this somehow. I am not saying it is easy, but it
should be done.

 Best, Jon Flanders

  E-mail from: Jonathan E. Flanders, 19-Feb-1996

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