[Marxism] Re: About last night's demo
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 6 13:10:20 MDT 2006
Mike F. wrote:
>Our local solidarity organization (CUSLAR), organized to picket outside,
>leaflet at the doors and unfurl banners and "raise questions" inside,
>principally directed against U.S. -- and Milton Friedman's -- support for
>the coup that had taken place in Chile. Was this "infantile theatrics"?
Unfurling banners would be understood by the average student as a
legitimate intervention at a meeting. When cops haul peace activists out of
an audience for a Bush or Cheney appearance who do such a thing, the
sympathy will be for those being removed from the meeting. But when you
scale the stage, you will inevitably be perceived as trying to commandeer
the event. Columbia is a hotly contested terrain nowadays with Ahmadinejad
being refused the right to speak at a meeting, etc. The left has to act
with a great deal of responsibility and wisdom--plus fight the good fight.
A lot of this involves tactical sophistication but we know that this has
been a weak spot of the ISO when you recall their spat with Stan Goff about
the appropriateness of their intervention in the military families
movement. I am afraid that they are susceptible to the pressures of the
student movement. I admire the fact that they have grown by recruiting from
the campus rather than followed some kind of idiotic "workerist" turn. But
there are dangers as well...
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