[Marxism] Grappling With the Racism of the DSA’s Founders
Steven L. Robinson
srobin21 at comcast.net
Fri Sep 7 17:51:33 MDT 2018
It is indeed a slander to link the current DSA with Max Shachtman.
The main predecessor organization to DSA, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) arose from a personal and organizational split of Michael Harrington with Shachtman, who died in late 1972 or early 1973. Harrington announced his split with Shachtman in an article in the Nation in which he criticized, among other things, Shachtman's support of Richard Nixon in the 1972 Presidential election.
Shachtman died in late 1972 or early 1973 but his co-thinkers went on to found the Social Democrats USA. At no time was he linked to the DSOC, let alone DSA.
On the other hand, the legacy of Irving Howe - who is mentioned in the post that started this thread - is a real one, at least before the influx of new members. Even so, whatever influence Howe's ideas - or those of Harrington, for that matter - might have on the 50,000 DSA members, would seem to be negligible. SR
> On September 7, 2018 at 4:04 PM Joaquin Bustelo via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> This is a lying slime job against the DSA, based on the idea that the
> DSA came into the world cursed by the mark of Cain due to Original Sin:
> it was founded by the likes of Max Shachtman and Albert Shanker.
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