Freedom Socialist editorial: Antiwar movement not so democratic

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April anti-war protests in New York and San Francisco sponsored by the United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC) were spirited and inclusive. But Socialist Action, which helps lead UNAC, misses the mark in describing the conference that called the rallies. In its May newspaper, it credits “democratic procedure” in making the April actions “diverse and politically sophisticated.”

At that conference in July 2010, Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women attendees won a vote to indict capitalism as the cause of war and poverty in the Action Plan preface. Afterward, however, UNAC organizers falsely claimed the vote was lost, and refused to incorporate the addition.

This is not what democracy looks like. McCarthyite censoring of radical ideas by labor leaders in the 1950s was a major cause of labor’s decline, and radical ideas will be crucial if labor’s renaissance is to take hold.

And how much worse it is when socialists enable the censorship of other socialists! Why dumb down the program? Workers’ experiences leave them few illusions about capitalism, and they are showing more and more that they are ready to confront the root of global misery.

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