International Socialist Tendency Split

David Welch david.welch at
Sat Mar 10 16:07:42 MST 2001

On Sat, 10 Mar 2001, Louis Proyect wrote:
> Oh, I see. The workers militia should have tracked down the men who blew up
> the Pacifica transmitter and our bookstore.
> You must think that the Communist Workers Party had the right idea in 1979
> when it confronted the Klan in the streets of Greensboro, North Carolina
> which left five anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstrators dead. This adventure
> destroyed a promising group on the left.
> At least this ultraleft disaster was carried out by people willing to
> put their beliefs on the line.
I don't know about the particular incident Louis is referring to, but
certainly some sections of the British left have been willing to confront
the far right physically (rather than shouting at them from behind police
lines or relying on state agencies), so much so in fact that the British
National Party abandoned public meetings and marches from 1994. I don't
claim any personal involvement (so in that sense Louis's criticism is
justified) but I think it demonstrates it is possible to fight fascism
outside of the state.

> I have no idea what you believe in except nuclear power and gossiping
> about the British left.
You need remain ignorant no longer, a full set of back issues of the
Weekly Worker and various programmatic documents are available from You might want to turn off graphics in your
browser however, there may be a hammer-and-sickle image (perhaps even
more than one.)

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