Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism On-Line

John Ziv

More on the Campaign against White Chauvinism

First Published: As a letter to the editor in The Organizer, Vol. 7, No. 5, June 1981.
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To the Editor:

In the December Organizer, Clay Newlin wrote that the resistance to the OCIC’s anti-white chauvinism campaign proved its importance. Newlin didn’t bother to discuss the many factual charges raised against the OCIC and instead chose to attack the integrity and motivations of his opponents.

The fact of the matter is, the campaign was initiated and carried out with no clear plan or goals, no single method and so indulged in speculation about individual motivation that it became a replica of “brainwashing communism” as described by J. Edgar Hoover. It has become the shame and scandal of the anti-revisionist, anti-dogmatist movement so that any legitimate anti-racist concerns of the campaign have evaporated. What is left is what actually happened, the purging of the OCIC of dissident elements of diverse ideological character.

No wonder there has been such demoralization to the point that some have left the communist movement altogether. So many people who broke with the dogmatists in the last five years or so and committed great energy and hope to the anti-dogmatist tendency must now again try to pick up the pieces.

The OCIC anti-white chauvinism campaign is one which is sure to warm the hearts of the ruling class as they watch us self-destruct once more. As a former OCIC member, not associated with any “united front” against the OCIC, my emotional response is to be glad I’m out of it, as I wonder, politically, what future there is for the communist movement.

John Ziv