[Marxism] The Militant and Who Cares?
gojack10 at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 27 01:26:44 MST 2004
This list never seems to tire of following what The Militant is up to! The
Militant and March 20; The Militant and Venezuela, The Militant and Haiti...
and so on. But who on earth cares? Does anybody on this list actually
excpect that the SWP will rise from its self-made grave of the last quarter
century? So what is the perverse interest in continuing to follow these
people in this wierd sect?
The SWP left reality some time back in the late '70s. From being a leader
of the womens rights movement and the antiwar movemen of that time, the
ENTIRE organization made the curious decision to begin chasing pots of gold
at the end of rainbows. The rainbows were community groups like the NAACP,
and trade unions.
In order to do that, the SWP convinced itself that the antiwar movement
should only be a solidarity organization with the people of Vietnam, and
that the women's rights movement should be primarily focused around
legalizing abortion. That was the real extent of the commitment to the
issues where they had led struggles.
Instead of broadening the antiwar movement out to demanding a dismantlement
of the US military machine, the SWP accepted the dismantlement of the
antiwar movement instead. And when the womens movement grew in leaps and
bounds within the confines of the National Organization of Women, the SWP
That was all a very long time ago. So why on earth do comrades insist on
continuing to waste time and energy on putting the latest scroll of
Militant bs under the microscope? Isn't it far time to put this group
behind us (and everybody else, too)? To not do so is rather unseemly, and
gives a character of stuffy and stale irrelevance to this list. It's just
almost a sad as if we were following the Socialist Labor Party DeLeonist
The SWP is dead, and that's that. The reasons for it should be obvious by
now. If not, at least discuss why the SWP died, and not why it is mouthing
some nonsense or other at any given moment? Nobody cares about the dead old
SWP any more. They went the way of the Hare Krishna in airport terminals.
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