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

Greg McDonald gregmc59 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 18:53:39 MDT 2010

On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 8:27 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> My approach to force and violence is informed by the concept of
> defensive formulation. For example the Bolsheviks seized power in
> October 1917 to defend Soviet legality not to "smash the Czarist state".
> When Malcolm X was asked if he favored violence, he said no. He only
> advocated that Black people defend themselves against the criminal
> violence of white racists.
> In Peter Camejo's "North Star" there is a very useful chapter on the
> battle of Telegraph Avenue in 1968 that led to Peter being arrested for
> conspiracy charges. The movement in Berkeley wanted to hold a protest in
> solidarity with the French workers and students. When the city refused
> to permit it, the left held the rally anyhow and used barricades and
> force to defend their free speech rights.
> I am afraid that this distinction might be lost on some comrades, but my
> advice is to read Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution for a
> better understanding especially since it is online.

For what it's worth, I think this is a very good point. I just wish
you had made it at the outset of this particular conversation. It
might have saved a lot of bandwith.


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