[Marxism] Cartoon controversy hits U.S. SWP
johnriddell at sympatico.ca
Tue Mar 14 16:17:18 MST 2006
The international controversy over anti-Islamic caricatures and other
provocations against Muslim communities has led to a vigorous exchange in
the pages of The Militant, newspaper of the U.S. Socialist Workers Party.
and, for the Militant's reply,
At the same time, two longtime Marxist activists, until recently organized
supporters of the SWP's Canadian sister organization, the Communist League
have published a sharp critique of the SWP's hostility to Muslim protests,
and its related positions on Iraq and Cuba.
The authors, Sandra Browne and Robert Johnson were members and subsequently
organized supporters of the Communist League and its predecessor
organizations for more than three and four decades respectively. Robert
Johnson (RobertJohnson100 at sympatico.ca) was a central leader of the
organization through the mid 1960s to the early 1980s.
During the last 15 years, the SWP has been marked by an absence of political
discussion not only within its ranks but among the vast majority of those
who have left the organization. The Browne-Johnson article is one of the
very few oppositional statements to come from this current. The article
testifies to the tensions produced among SWP members and supporters by the
failure of this current to rally to the defense of the Iraqis and other
embattled Mideast peoples.
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