For the Left, the big news of the New Hampsire primary has been greeted with an embarrassed silence. For there the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, for example “Progressive” Democrats of America, failed completely to put forward a candidate for peace. This failure was not unexpected since the candidate of the progressives was and is Barack Obama who is out-Bushing Bush in the war and empire department. Nor did the wing of the progressive peace movement not formally associated with the Democratic Party raise its voice in any discernible way in New Hampshire. Here is a primary which is carefully watched in a state small enough so that a grassroots effort cam have a genuine effect and reverse the tide of war as happened in 1968 and 1952. Where were UFPJ, Veterans for Peace, Peace Action, Code Pink? Missing in action. What an abject failure, a profound indictment of what is called the “Peace and Justice” movement.
Lenin once remarked that each generation comes to socialism in its own way. It might also be said that each generation comes to oppose war and Empire in its own way. For the present generation of 20 and 30 somethings, libertarian philosophy is the vehicle to oppose war, as was evident in the New Hampshire primary. In part they chose Libertarianism, but in part Libertarianism chose them since the progressives have largely abandoned anti-interventionism, preferring instead Obama’s “humanitarian” imperialism. Many in fact are pro-war when you scratch the surface.
John V. Walsh has a powerful column.
It raises a number of important issues even in the excerpt above. How the peace movement of the Bush administration was fake for the most part. There are only a few of us today who feel that the same beliefs that mattered under Bush matter now and that, just as we protested Bush, we should be protesting Barack.
Instead, they're okay with the drone war and the Libyan War and what looks like the Syrian War. The thought of an Iran War makes them a little nervous, just a little nervous.
They've got no ethics at all. They've destroyed the left. I agree with what Walsh says later on regarding support for Ron Paul, so be sure to check that out as well.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills)>