[Marxism] Answer attacks UFPJ

Yoshie Furuhashi critical.montages at gmail.com
Fri Jul 21 10:24:41 MDT 2006

On 7/21/06, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
> Yoshie:
> >At present, there are no objective and subjective conditions that make
> >it possible for any group -- even if the group were composed only of
> >members possessing Lenin's will and principle and Fidel's diplomatic
> >skills, all of whom look as drop-dead gorgeous as Che -- to create
> >"broad united front coalitions" on what Tel Aviv, with Washington,
> >does to the Arabs.
> Perhaps not. But that is no excuse for muddling along the way that ANSWER,
> Troops Out Now and UFPJ do.
> For that matter, there are no objective and subjective conditions for a
> party of Lenin's type but that does not mean that we should launch
> ridiculous caricatures like the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Some things are beneath your criticism, I'd say.  ANSWER and UFPJ used
to matter a bit more than they do now, because they could get demos
going.  They did what they needed and were capable of doing: ANSWER on
Afghanistan (in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, it was only ANSWER
and anarchists who had the guts to demonstrate), UFPJ on Iraq (only
before the beginning of the invasion, though), and ANSWER on Palestine
(only around the time of the assault on Jenin).  Since then, both have
sunk to irrelevance, imho.

Immigrants are our only hope, it seems, but unlike Latinos, Arabs and
Muslims (overlapping categories) put together probably amount to only
about 3% of the US population.  Not enough weight to change politics.
(Arab and Muslim immigrants in France -- about 10% of the population
-- would have a better luck, but they don't seem to be rioting right

Socialism in the Middle East is deader than a doornail (except maybe
in Turkey, but even there they don't seem to have much impact).  Many
of the erstwhile socialists have gotten killed or old; some of the
remaining formations -- like PFLP -- are so small that they can only
support their far larger Muslim comrades; and others -- like the Iraqi
Communist Party, the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq, the
Worker-Communist Party of Iran, etc. -- probably only help to alienate
their countrymen and women from socialism.

Islam is the last internationalism in the Middle East, for the time
being.  One hopes that the Islam that will command mass adherence
there will be Islam as liberation theology promoted by people who are
capable of thinking -- in terms of both principle and strategy --
about making alliances with others -- not just Muslims but those from
other faiths and traditions -- in Africa, East and South Asia, and
Latin America.

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