[Marxism] NYT still fighting for "revolution" in Libya. (Was: Arm the resistance - Victory to the Libyan revolution - No to the NATO/UN No Fly Zone)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 1 07:29:27 MDT 2011


On 7/1/2011 8:59 AM, Fred Feldman wrote:
> The statement calls for "arm the resistance" even though this supposedly
> progressive demand has been granted on a considerable scale--hooray! -- by
> France. The New York Times article,  Socialist Resistance will be glad to
> hear, has called for stepping this up. The item also makes no mention of the
> imperialist advisers already helping to direct the war on the ground, which
> the Times also calls for stepping up. (I don't know whether SR says
> "hooray!" to this or not.)

The Socialist Resistance statement was from April 5th. Clearly 
events have outpaced the analysis.

The other thing that bothers me is its "Communique from Coyoacan" 
character, an unfortunate legacy of the Trotskyist movement that I 
would have hoped that people like the author Phil Hearse would 
have dumped overboard long ago. As if raising the slogan "arm the 
resistance" was anything more than empty rhetoric.

Of course, Fred takes to this sort of thing like a duck takes to 
water, a reminder of his glory days in the SWP, when a week did 
not go by when the geniuses at West Street were not issuing their 
own empty communiques.




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