Monday, August 03, 2009

The Revolutionary Communist Party and its “liberal” comrades

A reader emailed me this recent video interview done on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! program, with noted lefty academic Cornell West getting chummy with Carl Dix, the national spokesperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party. The RCP, the largest Stalinist/Maoist organization in the United States, is unapologetically totalitarian in its orientation and has created and maintained a cult like following around its “exiled” leader Bob Avaikan. Like just about anyone who has spent any amount of time on the far left in the United States, I have encountered the group on a number of occasions and have penned pieces on them in the past.



The RCP has a slew of front groups which it uses to direct various leftist movements, and put a more appetizing face on the organization’s disturbing and nauseating ideas. World Can’t Wait and Not in Our Name, two prominent anti-war organizations that popped up post-9/11, are testaments to the RCP’s ability and willingness to burrow into legitimate political movements, and direct portions of those communities to serve their interests.

But it is something else to see the official party’s spokesperson so flagrantly sharing a program with two of the American left’s most noteworthy members. Neither Cornell nor Goodman bothered touching upon the RCP’s support for mass murders around the globe, or the group’s intention to bring that very same slaughter to America if given the opportunity. It is one thing for the American left to support naive academics and activists; giving airtime to those calling for mass murder is beyond unsettling.

Perhaps the RCP is reaping the benefits of its front groups, and has now gained legitimacy among the broader left and needs not hide its allegiances and ideology.

3 comments:

TNC said...

"either Cornell nor Goodman bothered touching upon the RCP’s support for mass murders around the globe, or the group’s intention to bring that very same slaughter to America if given the opportunity."

Not sure why you would expect otherwise, especially of Goodman. She always has loony left clowns on her program.

As far as West goes, he has moved in an increasingly (hard) leftward direction over the years. When I first read "Race Matters" back in the 90s I considered him more on less on the liberal left. But over time he has gotten closer to the lunatic fringe.

Or, maybe it is me who has changed...

Roland Dodds said...

I agree TNC. I stopped listening to Democracy Now a long time ago, and perhaps I just didn’t notice the craziness inherent in Goodman’s program, or she has gotten more belligerent in who she invites on in the last 7 years.

TNC said...

I think in both cases (Goodman's and West's) they realize their base and are playing to it.

I always knew Goodman was on the far left but I thought West was a bit more measured in his approach. During my rad lefty days, that was what turned me off about him. He was a bit too soft for me back then. I was all about the BPP.

Perhaps West embraced the rad lefties after he released that corny rap album and got canned from Harvard?