[R-G] Re: [NYCAnti-War] Lerner's redbaiting campaign
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Fri Feb 14 05:06:01 MST 2003
Hey, I'd like to speak, too. Am I entitled? If not, how does Lerner differ
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Subject: [NYCAnti-War] Lerner's redbaiting campaign
> Lou Paulsen, among others, asks if I would vote for Lerner to speak now
> that he has gone into the Wall Street Journal etc. to denounce the antiwar
> No. By such actions, Lerner has excluded himself. The issue, as one
> concerning Lerner, has become one of his resisiting his redbaiting and
> anti-semitism baiting of the antiwar movement.r
> Did the four coalitions adopt this standard and reject Lerner as a
> because they foresaw he would turn against the movement? I don't think so
> and I think it would have been a mistake to act on this expectation.
> I continue to hold that the standard was exclusionary and should not be
> applied in the future.
> Today's red-baiting attack must be dealt with as what it is.
> But I also hope that being "white hot" with anger at Lerner this time
> doesn't lead to similar mistakes next time around. The standard adopted
> politically exclusionary and Lerner's not being invited ON THIS BASIS was
> mistake, period.
> If he goes on this kind of campaign against the movement without any
> attempt to resolve the matter within the movement, it simply shows what
> former antiwar position was worth.
> For me, this question never revolved around an assessment of Lerner or
> whether he should speak. The statements of the four coalitions about the
> standard they had adopted, and applied in Lerner's case, seemed wrong and
> politically harmful to me and that remains my view. My concern was that
> this standard -- which will only have harmful consequences and didn't have
> any useful ones in this case -- could become normal. This should not
> Fred Feldman
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