[Marxism] Re: Anti-imperialism?

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Mon May 9 16:49:13 MDT 2005

"acpollack2 at juno.com" <acpollack2 at juno.com> wrote:
>One way is by having hundreds of thousands in the streets 
>peacefully. The wildcats in Lordstown, by the League of 
>Revolutionary Black Workers, the postal strike and GE strike, etc., 
>etc., were encouraged -- and vice versa -- by such mass actions.
>It's about creating a mood where workers in any given plant see the 
>majority sentiment is against the government and the ruling class 
>behind it, and thus feeling emboldened to act on the job. The 
>mindset is: "yeah, those marchers told Nixon/Bush/whatever to go to 
>hell and this morning I'm gonna tell my boss the same."

Yes, but we got a chicken and egg problem here.  How do we get to 
hundreds of thousands back in the streets from where we are at?  Fred 
Feldman reported on the May Day actions of the IAC/Troops Out 
Now/Million Worker March and UFPJ in New York City: the former 
attracted only 1,000-1,500 according to organizers' own estimate; and 
the latter drew about 10,000-40,000.  If we had millions in the 
streets, a simple march and rally would do.  It would be impressive 
to look at, and participants would feel empowered.  If we are to have 
an event of only "thousands" or "tens of thousands," as opposed to an 
event of "hundreds of thousands" or "millions," however, I believe 
that we need a lot more creative event than just marching, rallying, 
and listening to speakers.  Otherwise, no one will notice that the 
anti-war movement exists.  I think that's what Macdonald is getting 
at, and I agree with him.

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