[Marxism] [Pen-l] An analysis of the G20 protest and the black bloc

Dayne Goodwin daynegoodwin at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 05:48:39 MDT 2010


On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 9:43 AM, Joseph Catron <jncatron at gmail.com> wrote:
. . .
> Oh, wrong Quebec protest. I was thinking of the big one, in 2001. Calling
> the SPP protest "Quebec" is about as confusing as calling some random
> protest in Seattle "Seattle."


Yes, *the* Quebec protest.  The one where some organizers made the fundamental
error of treating the Black Bloc as if they are involved in a movement
building strategy.

Under the rubric of 'plurality and diversity of tactics.' people who
came to the demonstration were told they had a choice of participating
in section 1 - peaceful, legal demonstration, section 2 - nonviolent
civil disobedience, or section 3 - 'direct action carrying a high risk
of arrest.'

This third section was the welcome mat for the Black Bloc - which
connected everyone in the demonstration to the Black Bloc's
movement-destroying strategy and tactics.  And of course the Black
Bloc's actions are the welcome mat, even the cover, for violent police
repression.

I was just reading the latest issue of Monthly Review magazine with
Marta Harnecker's
"Latin America and Twenty-First Century Socialism: Inventing to Avoid Mistakes."
Harnecker's concluding paragraph begins:

"We need a left that realizes that being radical does not consist of
raising the most militant slogan or carrying out the most extreme
actions - with which only a few agree, and which scare off the
majority - but rather in being capable of creating spaces for the
broadest possible sectors to meet and join forces in struggle.  The
realization that there are many of us in the same struggle is what
makes us strong; it is what radicalizes us."




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