Look Whom We’re Crawling in Bed With
...There was a large booth by the International Socialist Organization, loaded with anti-freedom propaganda. Across from the ISO table were the International Answer folks-the same ones that have aligned with Cuba, FARC, the Shining Path, the PLO, German Communist Parties, Dutch Communists, Greens, and scores of other groups whose goal is to end the free market and individual freedom.
Golden Gate Libertarian
Libertarian Party of San Francisco
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To Bomb or Not to Bomb
Kelly Russell Simpson's report last month on a rally for peace and justice, where she urged us to ally with leftists against war in Afghanistan, was by far the most controversial piece in GGL under my editorship. One member immediately canceled his subscription, and many others shared his "shock and outrage," especially at the front-page placement of the article, which could give superficial readers the impression that libertarians stood for peace and justice. We present this month some views from the other side, a response from Kelly Simpson, and finally a call from Samantha Spivack for uniting LPSF hawks and doves.
We begin, appropriately enough, with a report on the October 20 "Stop the War in Afghanistan" rally by one of those who objected to Kelly's article. Ira Spivack, LP Congressional candidate from the 8th District, was interviewed at the rally by a reporter from the San Jose Mercury News. The article on the protest in the Sunday, October 21, edition noted that a few people present were demonstrating "in support of the government," and quoted Ira, identified as a Libertarian, as saying that the rally was "an attempt by Socialists and other leftists to hijack the events of September 11."
Ira Spivack: Look Whom We're Crawling in Bed With
This event turned out to be an example of the many groups with a Socialist agenda hijacking the atrocity of September 11th to promote larger government and less freedom. While approaching the rally meeting point at Justin Herman Plaza, I was pitched hot 'n' heavy by a veritable gaggle of people trying to sell me the latest copy of The Socialist Worker or The Worker's Vanguard. The latter was headlined "For Class Struggle Against US Capitalist Rulers."
Then I moved into the plaza. There was a large booth by the International Socialist Organization, loaded with anti-freedom propaganda. Across from the ISO table were the International Answer folks-the same ones that have aligned with Cuba, FARC, the Shining Path, the PLO, German Communist Parties, Dutch Communists, Greens, and scores of other groups whose goal is to end the free market and individual freedom.
While walking around, I was handed flyers by a multitude of Socialist groups. Examples: A flyer promoting "The Case for Socialism" by the International Socialist Organization; a flyer by the Socialist Alternative ( http://www.socialistalternative.org), that advocates "Public Ownership of Key Industries Under Workers' Democratic Control and Management"; and "Abandon the War on Terrorism and Give the Money to the Workers."
There were, of course, speakers. But virtually all of them, from Supervisor Chris Daly, to Carlos Petroni, to a very poorly informed and confused student from SFSU, and others, hijacked this event to spend considerable time to promote their positions on Socialist electric power (MUD), the PLO, Viequez, restricting oil use, "justice" in Central America, and other issues that the Socialists have been promoting for decades. I never heard a peep about the PATRIOT bill ("anti-terrorist" legislation). There were also many signs that advocated Socialist goals, and pacifism.
In summary: A sunny Saturday rally that was used by Socialist organizers to promote the goal of ending individual freedom and the free market in the United States, under the guise of protesting US actions in Afghanistan.
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