[Marxism] Guerrillas

Brian Shannon brian_shannon at verizon.net
Sun Jan 15 10:16:12 MST 2006

On Jan 15, 2006, at 11:27 AM, Louis Proyect wrote:

> As is made clear in extensive interviews with Russ Little and  
> Michael Bortin, two SLA members serving life imprisonment, the  
> decision to launch the SLA was motivated by a sense of outrage over  
> the continuing sins of American imperialism after the end of  
> Vietnam war--and concomitantly a sense that mass action to oppose  
> it was futile.

I see no more reason to accept Little and Bortin's view of themselves  
than to accept the fraudulent memoiralist James Frey's recover from  
his past in "A Million Little Pieces." They have had years to perfect  
the rationalization of their story and present it in a way acceptable  
to mainstream radicalism.

Hearst was kept in a closet, raped, and fed the filtered stories of  
her father and her family by her captors. Aside from a disfunctional  
family (possibly some of us have some too), it was also a 2nd and 3rd  
generational one descended from a truly obnoxious individual. To  
portray her conversion as representing something approaching  
"normalcy" for the times makes no sense at all. We could analyze the  
Hale Bopp people and in particular the Bob Jones people the same way.  
There is always an explanation that makes some sense.

Do you recall their first action? The murder of the newly selected  
African-American superintendent of schools in Oakland. They must been  
in the same closet that they kept Hearst in to first decide to do  
this and then stay with it afterwards.

What Louis overlooks is that from the beginning, this action was  
denounced by the WHOLE Left in the Bay Area, including its the plate- 
glass revolutionaries. Eventually they got the support of one or two  
extremely suspect individuals.

We need a new Celine or Dostoevsky to present such characters. They  
best way to handle they politically is to condemn them and their  
actions from start to finish including their last puerile justications.


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