Re: The Biden Administration Kidnaps Venezuelan Diplomat: #FreeAlexSaab Now! #freealexsaab
Steven L. Robinson
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What you fail to mention is the incredibly sectarian behavior of Workers World and also of the Beckers' PSL/Answer.
Both in the run up to the Gulf War in 1991 and the Iraq War of 2003, they intentionally set up their own "coalitions" in competition to those organized by grassroots folks on the ground and other national orgamizations. The Marcyites scheduled demonstrations in direct competition (same day and time in the same city) with those organized by others. Overall, this caused much confusion among everyday people who were not usually involved in politics but felt motivated to become active in opposition to the impending war(s). This sectarian behavior caused incalcuable damage at the time.
It was not so much a question of political differences that guided the Marcyites but organizational aggrandizement. There was, for the most part, little disagreement with the overriding need to oppose the U.S. interventions. Even activists who might have agreed with the Marcyites positions on the war (such as, say, Medea Benjamin, for instance) found themselves in competition to the parallel organizations set up by the Marcyites.
THAT sectarian behavior is the major reason I and others so despise Workers World and Answer.
Having said that, the Marcyite cheerleading for the old Iraqi Baath regime and Slobo's Serbian regime after it embraced Serbian nationalism was always hard for me to stomach but those views were well within the spectrum- for good or ill - of the antiwar movements at the time and there was no good reason for the Marcyites not participating in the more inclusive organizations.
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From: Cort Greene <cort.greene@...>
Date: 10/24/21 8:42 AM (GMT-08:00)
Subject: Re: [marxmail] The Biden Administration Kidnaps Venezuelan Diplomat: #FreeAlexSaab Now!
***I was wondering where Greg Butterfield has been, seems he is now a member of Struggle ★ La Lucha after leaving Workers World Party ( LA and Baltimore split) ; one of at least 4 parties in the US who adhere to the guiding light, ideas and world outlook of Sam (Ballard) Marcy... the others are Workers World Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation ( led by the Becker Boys) and Communist Workers League ( Detroit and several other branches) . There could be a fifth or secret group in New Orleans also.
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