Wednesday, January 22, 2003

"I cahoot with no one"

- Will Sampson as Taylor in Poltergeist II: The Other Side -

Having linked to them more than once in my recent posts regarding the peace movement, I have been dismayed to learn that International A.N.S.W.E.R., the group largely responsible for the organization of the January 18 protests, is a front for The Worker's World Party - a so-called Socialist group whose claimed ideals (distribution of wealth, environmental stewardship, a world without class, racism or war ) seem to be at odds with their support of despots such as Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein (more information about ANSWER right here).

If these folks were merely Socialists I would not bat an eye. I happen to believe that Capitalism (unchecked by any kind of social conscience, especially) is a moral and spiritual dead end street. I will not and cannot, however, ally myself with supporters of tyrants and shedders of blood (which is why I marched on 1/18).

So, will I march again if International A.N.S.W.E.R. is involved in the organization of future protests? Yes but I won't be linking to them again and I won't be tainted by the stain of guilt by association because, like most of the 150,000 people who marched for peace in San Francisco on 1/18, I will not be doing so under an ANSWER banner but under the dictates of my own heart.

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