Tuesday, April 04, 2006

International Answer, the LA Demonstrations, and Stalinists

According to Jerry Seper in today's Washington Times:
The Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER) coalition, which organized the Los Angeles march to win "full rights for undocumented workers," is confident its new "national action" will prove successful.
The interesting part is that ANSWER organized that half-million or so person demonstration, because according to John Hinderaker at PowerLine,
We've written about International A.N.S.W.E.R. a number of times....It is a Communist organization and a front for the Workers World Party. The Workers World Party has been around for quite a while. It is one of the last unapologetically Stalinist organizations in the world; it supported the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956.
Find that quote here.

Hinderaker's characterization of WWP seems reasonable enuf: here is a quick quote (note that Hinderaker's link no longer works. The one below does.) Nancy Mitchell had this to say at a Workers World conference:
But we may feel a little less prepared to do mass agitational work on the need for socialism and building a communist party in the United States.

But I know I speak for the newer comrades when I say: I'm excited to start. I'm excited to strengthen my ability to talk about socialism, to get the paper out to the workers in my union, to build the branch meetings, to pass out palm cards with the www.workers.org Web site on them. And I'm really excited about having regular Marxism classes and doing introductory classes for students and workers, to show them that Marxism is not some field for academic study--it's a living struggle
It strikes me that while only a small minority of the marchers are communists or socialists, anytime they Workers World Party can get half a million ppl into the streets, we have a problem.

There are some interesting links here.

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