[Marxism] March 17 and Antiwar Unity

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Feb 20 17:51:24 MST 2007

Bonnie wrote:
>UFPJs only rational reason for not uniting with A.N.S.W.E.R., therefore, can
>only be attributed to its wish to remain in good favor with the liberal wing
>of the Democratic Party--and this has nothing to do with the reality of the
>war itself and the Democratic Party's consistent financial and moral support
>of the war--the latter in the guise of "supporting our troops" who are in
>harms way.

No. There are other reasons besides the Democratic Party. People in 
ANSWER are impossibly arrogant. I have direct experience with their 
behavior. About 5 years ago I was invited to a meeting at the ANSWER 
office to discuss a campaign to defend Milosevic, who had been 
kidnapped and brought to the Hague to face charges in a kangaroo 
court. Ed Herman's name came up. He had sent in $10 in response to a 
fund-raising letter from the newly formed committee. They decided it 
was not sufficient and sent the check back to him with a nasty 
letter. When I heard about this, I told them I would not attend any 
more meetings.

You are dealing with seriously fucked-up sectarians. People who split 
with each other over differences that have never even been aired 
publicly. God only knows why they split. If they can't work with 
themselves--sharing the same Manichean Marcyite politics--how do you 
expect them to work with other leftists? Of course, they do manage to 
work with various Arab, Haitian and other oppressed minority 
organizations. That's all well and good, but if they can't work in a 
united front with other left groups, that's a problem.

I know that ANSWER claims that they have worked hard to unite with 
UFPJ on joint actions, but my single exposure to them in one of their 
meetings makes me believe that Leslie Cagan was on the level when she 
said that it was too much of a hassle to deal with them.

This, by the way, should not be considered an endorsement of UFPJ. We 
are obviously dealing with two very limited formations. 

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