[Marxism] Re: John O'brien's comments ...

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Sun Apr 18 08:35:53 MDT 2004

I think there needs to be a distinction between the SWP/YSA position
supporting gay rights, the admission of openly gay activists to
membership, and the experiences of a "national" organization as opposed
to its local chapters.  The fact is that Stonewall may have
revolutionized thinking in NYC, and the internal life in such places may
well have been quite different.  

However, none of this had any immediate meaning for how the CEOs of the
national organization were advising the local chapters.  This didn't
happen until the winter of 1970-71 in the Midwest locals of the Chicago
region. These things would have always worked better if the ranks had
shaped the policy rather than imposing the corporate model that passed
for "Bolshevism".

Mark L.

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