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