[Marxism] RE: What is the function of a revolutionary party?

Mike Friedman mikedf at mail.amnh.org
Tue Aug 24 15:06:02 MDT 2004

Most of what you wrote has nothing to do with what I wrote. You are 
projecting. The point quoted below demonstrates some confusion. I'm not 
going to reply at length. Reread the message I sent. It's short enough. 
Suffice it to say, I agree that our focus, living in the imperialist 
center, must be national AND international. But, -- and read this 
s-l-o-w-l-y and carefully Tony -- Imperialist war isn't identitical with 
"international politics." War is the continuation of politics by other 
means. Imperialist war is part and parcel of imperialist oppression, which 
is inseparably tied up with oppression at home. Everything from the 
persecution of Muslims and Arabs here, to the justifications for the war, 
to the stage-managed occupation government, to Abu Ghraib, to the economic 
draft, to the uses of Condi Rice, to perceived and real chauvinism within 
the anti-war movement: you can't separate racism from imperialist war. And 
unless you deal with the "isms" at home, you'll be spitting into the wind 
with regard to imperialist war.


At 02:01 PM 8/24/2004, you wrote:
>A revolutionary party in this age has to be an international party, and not
>just a party for socialism in one country.  No more so than in the
>imperialist center, the USA, must socailists see this internationalism as
>the center and key for their struggle.  Unfortunately, most US socialists
>act as if what they are stuggling for is socialism in a solely national

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