Fw: [BLACK-LEFT] Gus Hall
Henry C.K. Liu
hliu at SPAMmindspring.com
Tue Oct 17 21:47:32 MDT 2000
My hat off to Li'l Joe!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Li'l Joe" <joeradical at yahoo.com>
> To: "Black-Left" <black-left at egroups.com>
> Cc: "BRC-Discuss" <brc-discuss at lists.tao.ca>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2000 12:51 AM
> Subject: [BLACK-LEFT] Gus Hall
> > Gus Hall, A Personal Acknowledgement and
> > Commemoration
> > How does one measure greatness? For me the
> > measure of a man or woman in terms of
> > "greatness" is by their commitment to humanity,
> > and to the Truth as he or she understands it.
> > This commitment to Humanity is the ability of
> > he or she to transcend ethnicity and nationality,
> > and from whatever the class background from
> > which the individual emerged is able to make
> > common cause with the most downtrodden and
> > exploited of society, and the world. --"The
> > philosophers have interpreted the world in
> > various ways, the point is to change it!"
> > Gus Hall, in my opinion was such a man.
> > My personal feelings for Gus Hall, from when
> > I was a child to those of a self-righteous
> > young adult, to finally, recently in my "gray
> > in gray", -- has run the gamut from fear and
> > suspension to contempt and suspicion, to
> > finally arrive at understanding and respect.
> > Growing up in the poorest neighborhoods of
> > the slums of Los Angeles and Compton, none
> > the less I was socialized in the anti-communist
> > and anti-Soviet culture of the America of the
> > 1950s, and so feared the Soviet Union, and
> > thought that every American Communist was a
> > Russian spy.
> > I don't know how much this personally influenced
> > me when as a teenager I became what at the time
> > I thought to be a revolutionary Black nationalist,
> > who are also anti-communist. When I did come
> > to read the works of the Communists -- Marx,
> > Lenin, Stalin and Mao, at this stage I became
> > a self-style "Maoist".
> > As a "Maoist", I rejected the Communist Party
> > of the Soviet Union as "Revisionist", and so
> > rejected its American comrades of the Communist
> > Party USA as "revisionist". This was of course
> > ridiculous since the comrades from the CP, and
> > in particular the Che/Lamumba Club and Committee
> > for Defense of the Bill of Rights, were the most
> > disciplined and active members in the Black
> > Liberation Movement in Los Angeles.
> > CPUSA practice in both the anti-Vietnam
> > War movement as well as in the Black Liberation
> > Movement refuted Maoist unfounded accusations
> > of "revisionism". The real problem, which was
> > a problem and cannot be ignored, was the concept
> > and politics of "popular front" as a strategy.
> > Moving further to the left in search of a
> > consistent revolutionary theory I came into
> > contact with Trotskyism, which offered a more
> > consistent analysis of the Soviet Union and
> > Stalinism, including Maoism, which I assimilated.
> > As when I was an anti-Communist kid in the projects,
> > as well as a Maoist, so as a Trotskyist, though for
> > very different reasons, I none the less in each
> > case looked upon the Soviet Union and the CPUSA
> > with fear, and then contempt, but always with
> > suspicion.
> > I was wrong to have done so.
> > After having experienced first hand in the latter
> > 1970s and the Reagan 1980s the full power of the
> > bourgeois state in repressing the Black liberation
> > movement, I began to understand what the Socialist
> > Workers Party as well as the Communist Party USA
> > went through in the 1950s. I cannot but respect
> > both parties for their courage and determination.
> > To Gus Hall and the generation that held the torch
> > and passed it to my generation, even as we denounced
> > you as "revisionist", and "Stalinist", I beg your
> > forgiveness even as I recognize your contributions.
> > This does not mean that I agree with all you have
> > stood for, but that I recognize the legitimacy of
> > the Communist Party in the working class movement,
> > and that our differences ought to be fought out
> > with the respect due to comrades fighting the
> > same class enemy.
> > Notwithstanding our differences with the Communist
> > Party, Gus Hall's legacy ought to be respected.
> > =====
> > Li'l Joe
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