[Marxism] NASCO shipyard and communists.
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Waistline2 at aol.com
Thu Apr 2 12:48:02 MDT 2009
>> No one has written much on this in terms of left work in the unions. You
have to gleam it from either first hand knowledge or what people have told
you. The IS did excellent work in the Teamsters. The CP did some good work in
steel. You can go around and around. What stood out with the CWP's work,
*post-Greensboro* was their effective union organizing in shipyards. And even here
it was relatively easy for the FBI to set them up with conspiracy to blow up
I also developed a deep respect for many IS members doing work in auto. Went
to their home gatherings and party's and actually dated one of their members
for a moment. Earlier in my teens dated a Black Panther, although I thought
they were more than less crazy and had early pegged Elridge Cleaver as a cop.
Life is strange and trying to fit people into ideological boxes and fixed
categories means one is going to miss out on a lot of life.
The Greensboro Incident - murder of communist by the KKK, provoked a breach
in our group. Some comrades locally - in Detroit, said "they were Trotskyite,
to hell with them." Most did not feel this way. At the time I was still
involved in the propaganda apparatus and in violation of protocol, went to the
printing facility and wrote and produced about 5,000 leaflets condemning the
murders and then lined up comrades for distribution. The title of the leaflet
read something to the affect; KKK Murders: The Blade, Boot and the Bullet.
Shit hit the organizational fan. I was written up on charges for violating
protocol and for misspelling a couple of words and set for suspension. The
leading comrades from the National Center came to Detroit and asked some of the
local comrade if "they had lost their minds." To make a long story short the
charges were dropped. Communists should always be loyal to communism and not
based outlook and decisions on what one thinks about the political ideology
and orientation of a particular competing group.
There is nothing wrong with critiquing a political proposition, but at the
end of the day the fight is against the class enemy.
Greensboro is one of my more painful memories. Not because comrades had a
different opinion but because they did not look at the big picture and could not
see themselves in a similar context. See, virtually all of my early adult
life was involvement in propaganda and distribution, sales of literature and up
close work in demonstrations; union meetings and union elections of all
kinds. And some street fights with the local fascists. This meant running risks
and being open to attacks. Any knucklehead could have put a bullet in my ass.
In the back of my mind I could hear some "comrade" saying "he was a petty
bourgeois element anyway and an anarcho syndicalist anyway."
Which of course I was: anarcho syndicalist.
Organizational crappola is crap and the field for police agents. The
Greensboro comrades were set up. We faced some of this but rigid organization
dampened the impact of agents. If you did not recruit or establish contacts,
distribute literature, raise funds and pay dues, all the experienced comrades
politely avoided you. A new generation is going to have to lean this.
Then of course I was earlier labeled the "petty bourgeoisie" because
generally I work with anyone - unconditionally, in a given sphere of work.
Unite or Perish.
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