[Marxism] German imperialism on ist war course (was: SWPpost-election analysis)

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sat Nov 13 06:04:20 MST 2004


Demagogically, Luko Wllms asks if the Socialist Workers
Party of the United States of America should call on its
ten readers in Germany to "organize an uprising?" Alas
my thought, hope or dream would be rather more modest.

The least THE MILITANT could do would be to support ANY
anti-war protests in Germany. That would be a good start.

When we began the movement against the Vietnam war in the
United States in 1965, there were but a handful of people
from the political left and pacifist movements. We found
a way [where there was a will, there was a way] to work
in harmony, despite differences, to begin to build mass
protests against the war. At first these were of modest
size. Later, as popular understanding and war casualties
grew, the protests grew. Today, regrettably, the SWP is
OPPOSED to all the existing protests, which it vilifies.

The least THE MILITANT could do would be to support ANY
anti-war protests in Germany. That would be a good start.

The tragic degeneration of the SWP is that it has clearly
forgotten everything which had been the basis for their
strategy during the Vietnam war. The party whose leader,
Fred Halstead, author of the excellent OUT NOW history 
of the Vietnam war protest movement, today seeks out any
reason to oppose CONCRETE PROTESTS WHICH ARE ACTUALLY 
GOING ON. That is the tragedy of the Socialist Workers
Party of the United States of America in the year 2004.
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LUEKO WLLMS WRITES:
WL> (If you can believe THE MILITANT, there seems to
WL> be no opposition to Berlin's war moves,

   I haven't read the article yet (thanks for raising my interest),  
but that's true; there is today hardly any opposition against the war  
course of German imperialism.

   Tell me, if you know more.

   Just today (or yesterday?), the parliament voted for the 40ies time  
to extend the German participation in the US war moves.

WL> and we don't see THE MILITANT proposing any, either.)

   Well, what should they do? Call upon their 10 readers or so in  
Germany to organize an uprising?






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