[IMC-US] World Can't Wait = maoist front group
chanders_imc at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 2 16:51:45 PDT 2006
I suppose that this is another reason why I'm glad that -- for the most part -- IMC US has stuck largely to compiling and posting already syndicated features from local imcs. I think local collectives are probably the best to judge what their policies should be with regard to these sorts of things.
In the end, the NYC site tries to encourage people to be the media -- by posting reports back from all sorts of political events, rather than just press releases about protests or announcements for protests-- over and above worrying about the political affiliations of the people involved (within reason, of course). I'd rather see a motivated RCP-er post a good, original up of an event they held, complete with pictures, text, and audio, than see a anarchist press release any day, even though my own political sympathies are more on the anti-authoritarian end of the spectrum.
oh, and i wont even get INTO the hydrogen bombs thing.
john duda <john at manifestor.org> wrote: Personally, I don't see why an objective statement of fact like:
"World Can't Wait, which is primarily a project of the RCP"
would be a bad practice in indymedia reporting ... i think indymedia
is by no means obliged to respect the quasi-clandestine(and in my
opinion antidemocratic) popular front+vanguard party core strategy
which is being deployed here. on the contrary, i think providing
objective information about which groups or parties are behind which
actions might make it easier for people(espeically those new to
activism) to orient themselves more productively within the left.
but this is only my opinion. I have a lot of respect for the autonomy
of local imcs and imcistas, and i know the only thing that might come
out of pushing the issue in the end is a good old flamewar.
I do however draw the line when IMC's are featuring stories about how
9/11 was not just an inside job(i'll respect that position, argued
rationally, even if i don't personally agree with it), but an inside
job using *hydrogen bombs*:
(when it syndicated to imc-us i had to cringe for about a half an
On Mon, Oct 02, 2006 at 06:22:35PM -0400, Todd Wolfson wrote:
> Hi Nick,
> I would like to know why this matters? The World Can't Wait is a project
> that has more than RCP people in it even-though there certainly is a
> strong overlap, and to be frank its present work is a far cry from
> Maoist it simply aims to impeach Bush and get people involved with
> street protest which is laudable.
> More importantly though, IMC is not asked to specify when they are
> reporting on a project that is initiated by people involved in the
> anarchist black cross federation. Sure some Marxist based projects
> organize themselves differently then other left groups but nonetheless
> there seems to be a serious, albeit tacit, anatgonism to politics that
> does not match a certain political position w.in this network and I
> think this needs to be marked. I would remind people that one of the
> strongest influences on this network, the Zapatistas or at the least the
> EZLN, while not dogmatic have strong Marxist-Lenninist roots.
> nick wrote:
> > Various Indymedias are reporting on the World Can't Wait (WCW) event,
> > which is fine, but why are we failing to mention that WCW is a
> > Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) front group, or at least a group
> > started and largely directed by the RCP? Check out worldcantwake.org
> > for some more info. Here is an example from SF Bay IMC:
> > "The World Can't Wait has called for a national day of action on
> > October 5th against the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. In
> > San Francisco, students will stage a morning walkout and protesters
> > will converge at noon in Justin Herman Plaza. Protests are also
> > planned in Oakland, Mill Valley, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and
> > Arcata.
> > On Monday October 2nd, Daniel Ellsberg, Alice Walker, Boots Riley,
> > Elmaz Abinader and others will be appearing at Oakland's Grand Lake
> > Theater for an Evening of Conscience to help build for the October 5th
> > demonstrations."
> > We should be slightly curious about who is behind stuff instead of
> > just allowing RCP to remain obscured and behind the scenes on these
> > protests.
> > " ...we are very serious about and very dedicated to achieving the
> > objectives of World Can't Wait, at the same time as we see and
> > approach this as part of building toward our goals of revolution,
> > socialism, and ultimately a communist world... "
> > (- "chairman" Bob Avakian in "Polarization...Repolarization...and
> > Revolution" in "Revolution," 1/15/06)
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