[Marxism] Holding the black bloc up to scrutiny
sartesian at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 2 16:17:38 MDT 2010
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From: "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com
LP:Actually, the demonstrations at the 1968 convention was both an attempt
to confront and join the Democratic Party. It was a kind of temper tantrum
by young activists who preferred a peace candidate to Humphrey.
That's just baloney. The organizing for the demonstrations began before the
McCarthy campaign had won its primaries, and certainly before the Kennedy
victory in California. Most of the organizing work was done by SDS and
related groups, the Peace and Freedom Party, and the Yippees, and the theme
was "Confront the War Machine" in Chicago. That McCarthy supporters joined
the demonstrations when it became clear that they were going to be locked
out of the convention was exactly what you expect to happen. Too bad we
weren't organized enough to win more of them away from the McGovern trap,
not to mention get them away from the Conrad Hilton. Characterizing the
demonstrations as a "temper tantrum by young activists" sounds like the
bitter remarks of an ossified sectarian.
However the ruling class ruled the "single issue" protests organized by the
various Mobes, the fact is that the Mobes were studious in avoiding any
class analysis that identified the systemic origins for the war and
connected the war to the functioning of capitalism. Moreover, if I
remember correctly, didn't "official" anti-war organization have the
ignominy of providing the likes of John Lindsay a platform to recuperated
the anti-war movement while/after he was sending/had sent the cops in to
break the Columbia strike, and insure that Columbia's private property would
rule over Harlem?
To dismiss the demonstrations in Chicago against the war machine while
providing scum like Lindsay a platform to speak takes the cake.
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