[Marxism] Fwd: Don't shame the first steps of a resistance | SocialistWorker.org

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jan 26 06:37:28 MST 2017

The women's marches in Washington, D.C., and around the country were 
stunning, inspiring and the first of a million steps that will be needed 
to build the resistance to Trump.

But look around social media, and you can read critiques and even 
denunciations of the marchers: Where were all of these people before? 
Why are they only getting involved now? Why doesn't the march have more 
radical demands? Why did march organizers, who are politically liberal, 
allow only...liberals to speak?

All this is a sign of a political immaturity that continues to stunt the 
growth of the American left.

Were liberals on the march? Yes! And thank god. The movement to resist 
Trump will have to be a mass movement, and mass movements aren't 
homogeneous--they are, pretty much by definition, politically 
heterogeneous. And there is not a single radical or revolutionary on 
earth who did not begin their political journey holding liberal ideas.

Liberals become radicals through their own frustrating experiences with 
the system, but also through becoming engaged with people who became 
radical before them. So when radicals who have already come to some 
important conclusions about the shortcomings of the existing system 
mock, deride or dismiss those who have not achieved the same level of 
consciousness, they are helping no one.


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