Solidarity Leaders endorse CPD anti-Cuba petition

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Fri May 2 08:04:10 MDT 2003

Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:
> In your review of Max Elbaum's _Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals
> Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che_ (Verso, 2002) at
> <>, you wrote, "We
> have the same requirement today that existed in Russia in 1902 and in
> the USA in the 70s and 80s, namely to unite scattered Marxist circles
> and individuals."  I'd love to see, sometime in the near future (i.e.
> within the next couple of decades) in the United States, a simultaneous
> emergence of (A) a political network of Marxist circles and individuals
> and (B) a mass political party on the left to which everyone to the left
> of Leo Casey & Co. can belong, (A) working inside and outside (B).  In
> both (A) and (B), however, there will be a range of different opinions
> -- sometimes sharply conflicting ones -- on almost all issues, including
> Cuba.  How broad an alliance (A) do you envision?

My guess is that a broad regroupment of revolutionary forces will be
driven to a large extent by the need to resist US imperialism, just as
the Zimmerwald movement emerged at the beginning of WWI. The failure of
the top leadership of Solidarity, especially the professors who have a
tight grip on the magazine Against the Current, to exhibit a little
backbone around the contested issues of the Balkan wars, the FARC and
now Cuba is not very encouraging. At this point, Solidarity seems to
have lost its way and is sliding rapidly into the direction of New
Politics and News and Letters, namely as a self-satisfied club for
tenured radicals who like to talk about the need for socialism. It is
entirely possible that the ranks of Solidarity might eventually rebel
against this drift, but I wouldn't expect much from the leadership.

> For May Day, we in Columbus, OH invited Max Elbaum to speak on the
> subject of building a network of resistance to the Empire (see
> <> &
> <>).  I like
> what he has to say, in his book and talks.  The outreach effort in which
> he has been involved -- _War Times_ -- is a great one that has provided
> a necessary tool for the anti-war movement.  Having listened to him, I
> think that to be critical of positions such as one expressed in the
> Campaign for Peace and Democracy petition on Cuba (at
> <>) doesn't demand that one burn bridges to all who
> sign them.  Some (many?) who signed it will be found in (A) and/or (B),
> I think, if either comes into being.

I wouldn't think in terms of burning bridges, but it is utterly
necessary to confront the ethical imperialism of these anti-Cuba
petitions. Without a large vocal protest from people like Diana
Johnstone, etc., it is doubtful that Michael Albert would have signed
the latest petition decrying the campaign of destabilization against Cuba.


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