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Date: Sat, 17 Jun 1995 14:15:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bob Corbett &$60;bcorbett@crl.com>
Subject: Resolutions from APN Natl. Congress: A reply
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Date: Sat, 17 Jun 1995 16:26:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: Stewart R. King <stumo@jhunix.hcf.jhu.edu>

Resolutions from APN Natl. Congress: A reply

By Stewart R. King. 17 June 1995

I believe that the APN's attitude towards the Aristide gov't parallels that of the German Communist Party towards the Weimar government in the 1932-33 elections. They preferred ideologically pure isolationism over cooperation with people who were going more or less the same direction, and as a result they got the Nazis. Their leaders and most of the cadres paid with their lives, and so did lots of ordinary German workers and peasants who they claimed to be defending.

Elijah Mohammed and the Nation of Islam did much the same thing by antagonizing white/liberal groups who were prepared to work with black civil rights campaigners in the late 1960's-1970's, thus aborting promising developments in racial equality springing out of the civil rights movement of the 1950's.

Popular movements ought to consider how much they can get out of cooperating with the opportunistic petty bourgeois as opposed to letting them see their opportunities in alliance with the enemies of the people.

Stewart King
Johns Hopkins University
Department of History