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like accusing your opponent in a chess match of arson or bigamy

Posted by: Lark on November 26, 1999 at 14:28:19:

In Reply to: Think carefully... posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on November 26, 1999 at 11:39:42:

: SDF: Lark, think carefully before choosing terms! Marcos may be using divisive tactics, but this was ALSO a divisive tactic, for better or worse... sectarianism isn't really evil so much as it's self-defeating in its intolerance, but a broad-based revolutionary movement, tolerating difference for the sake of effecting the big change, the overthrow of the New World Order, might actually stand a chance, don't you think?

I'm not being sectarian when I attack bolshevism, weather the flavour of the month is lenin or Trotsky or Stalin or Mao, I will listen to anything they have to say, the end of Orwell's homage to Catalonia puts it well when he says what is to be gained from blasting sincere socialist with rethorical accusations of 'Trotskyist!!' it's like accusing your opponent in a chess match of arson or bigamy, nothing to do with the immmediate situation at all.

However if when the broad based pluralistic movement is established and people either infiltrate it or agitate within it, with talk of vanguards and living exactly in accordance with the accounts of the glorious leaders who where right about everything etc. who have to ask will you let the thing perish so that the bolshies can feel included or set some ground rules.

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