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THE MAOIST INTERNATIONALIST MOVEMENT
MIM Notes 68 SEPTEMBER, 1992
MIM Notes speaks to and from the viewpoint of the
world's oppressed majority, and against the
imperialist-patriarchy. Pick it up and wield it in
the service of the people. support it, struggle
with it and write for it.
IN THIS ISSUE:
1. WHICH AMERIKKKAN SETTLER CANDIDATE WILL YOU VOTE FOR?
CLINTON THREATENS WAR ON AMERIKA'S OPPRESSED
3. LIBERALS WANT FREE TRADE'S RICHES
4. RACISM PAYS
5. REVIEW: THE FAMINE WITHIN
6. UMASS ADMINISTRATION SQUELCHES MAOIST INTERNATIONALIST
7. MAOISM IS THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE IN PERU
8. MOYANO CASHED IN ON THE HUNGER OF THE PEOPLE
9. PUNK PROTEST BANGS A GONG FOR PRIVILEGE
10. SENECA NATION FIGHTS FOR SOVEREIGNTY
11. YAVAPAIS HOLD GROUND IN ARIZONA
12. A LETTER ON BAD RELIGION AND REVOLUTIONARY ART
13. SUMMER FILMS: THE AC AIN'T WORTH THE DOUGH
14. BARBED WIRE AND SOCIALIZATION: DOUBLE PRISONS FOR WOMEN
15. PRISONERS SPEAK OUT ON WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
16. ALL-WHITE JURY SENDS BLACK TEACHER TO PRISON
17. BLACK MAN FRAMED FOR RAPE
The Maoist Internationalist Movement (MIM) is a
revolutionary communist party that upholds
Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, comprising the collection
of existing or emerging Maoist internationalist
parties in the English-speaking imperialist
countries and their English-speaking internal
semi-colonies, as well as the existing or emerging
Spanish-speaking Maoist internationalist parties
of Aztlan, Puerto Rico and other territories of
the U.S. Empire. MIM Notes is the newspaper of
MIM. Notas Rojas is the newspaper of the Spanish-
speaking parties or emerging parties of MIM.
MIM is an internationalist organization that works
from the vantage point of the Third World
proletariat; thus, its members are not Amerikans,
but world citizens.
MIM struggles to end the oppression of all groups
over other groups: classes, genders, nations. MIM
knows this is only possible by building public
opinion to seize power through armed struggle.
Revolution is a reality for North America as the
military becomes over-extended in the government's
attempts to maintain world hegemony.
MIM differs from other communist parties on three
main questions: (1) MIM holds that after the
proletariat seizes power in socialist revolution,
the potential exists for capitalist restoration
under the leadership of a new bourgeoisie within
the communist party itself. In the case of the
USSR, the bourgeoisie seized power after the death
of Stalin in 1953; in China, it was after Mao's
death and the overthrow of the "Gang of Four" in
1976. (2) MIM upholds the Chinese Cultural
Revolution as the farthest advance of communism in
human history. (3) MIM believes the North American
white-working-class is primarily a non-
revolutionary worker-elite at this time; thus, it
is not the principal vehicle to advance Maoism in
MIM accepts people as members who agree on these
basic principles and accept democratic centralism,
the system of majority rule, on other questions of
"The theory of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin is
universally applicable. We should regard it not as
dogma, but as a guide to action. Studying it is
not merely a matter of learning terms and phrases,
but of learning Marxism-Leninism as the science of
-- Mao Zedong, Selected Works, Vol. II, p. 208
* * *
DON'T VOTE, BUILD THIS MAOIST PARTY
You may have noticed that MIM does not waste a lot of time talking
about this year's elections. Oppressed people everywhere and the
revolutionaries who work in their interest are not distracted by
the billion-dollar smoke-and-mirrors campaigns of imperialism.
The majority of white Amerikans support or participate in the
electoral system. The system overall represents their interests,
though it favors the rich among them. Still, their choices are
limited and they are constantly grumbling and protesting by not
If some candidate throws Amerikans a bone--a tough crime bill with
lots of new prisons, some protectionism against foreigners, a war
or two--then they may get temporarily excited and go pull some
levers. But their elections are not what changes the direction of
the country. They rubberstamp the decisions made by international
patriarchal capital, and they get paid to do it.
Revolutionaries act on the belief that people are bigger than
individual votes, and that improvements within the Amerikan system
are made at the cost of increased exploitation of the oppressed.
Every day wasted on these elections means millions more death
sentences for the oppressed.
CLINTON THREATENS WAR ON AMERIKA'S OPPRESSED
As communists and revolutionaries, we share a commitment to the
truly exploited everywhere, instead of to a reactionary labor
aristocracy. We share a revulsion towards the Democratic Party and
its two-headed, cracker populist monster. Here are some reasons
for wanting to behead the liberals once and for all, because from
the perspective of the wretched of this earth, Clinton and Gore
are certainly as dangerous--if not more so--than Bush and Quayle.
The Democrats are sick in many regards: their complete elimination
of government support and programs for the unemployed and the
Black working class in particular; Clinton's location of toxic
dump sites in Black communities; his unabashed use of chain-gang
labor; his support for the death penalty; and his now unequivocal
support of genocidal violence against Arab people and support for
the state terrorism of Israel in particular.
With the Soviet collapse, Clinton can promise some cuts in the
military budget, but he wants to take that "peace dividend,"
supplement it with some minor taxes on the rich, and then build
such Babylonian monstrosities as bullet trains and a fiber-optic
network. But here we will look at how his "middle class" populism
will affect the ITAL trabajadores sin papeles END (undocumented
workers) who confront torture at the imperialist border.
Like Bush, Clinton favors the Free Trade Agreements with Mexico. A
big winner with this agreement will be agribusiness in the
imperialist cornbelt; it will win not only the elimination of
barriers to its exports but also a major reduction in Mexican
subsidies for the electricity, water, fertilizer and seeds used by
small and medium corn and wheat farmers.
According to David Runsten of the California Institute of Rural
Studies, "The whole Mexican system has been based on price
supports and credits and it has been yanked out from underneath
people. A big restructuring is bound to lead to migration." And
that migration will be huge: one-third of Mexicanos are in the
farmlands soon to be fully exposed to U.S. agribusiness. Some
estimate that almost 1 million families will have to leave the
fields and attempt to cross the border.(1)
The millions of peasants to be displaced by U.S. agribusiness will
not find enough jobs in the new maquiladores either. Although
export-processing zones are very labor-intensive, they are less so
than the production system they are displacing. Such displacement
has already been observed in the Philippines after it was opened
up as the model export platform by the World Bank.(2)
The reason for this displacement is the old Maoist lesson on how
imperialist capital destroys appropriate and independent
industrial development. As U.S./Mexicano ventures set up high-tech
factories for the export of textiles, toys, parts, clothes, cans,
etc., they will also drive out any remaining low-tech, labor-
intensive internal Mexican production and permanently kill off the
slow growth of autonomous high-tech industries--thereby decreasing
industrial employment overall. Moreover, in attempting to stay
competitive with high-tech joint ventures, the small businesses
will probably have to adopt unequivocally the super-exploitation
of labor and thus increase the incentives to migrate to the United
Many people are murdered and tortured by free trade. The situation
at the border remains horrific with La Migra (immigration police)
descendents of the Tejas Rangers carrying out ritual genital
mutilation, electrical shock, rape, beatings and killings.(3)
For those who still believe that "racism" will be progressively
ended by capitalism, they should note that the border patrol is no
longer content to call Mexicanos "wetbacks." They have been
renamed "Tonks," because that is the sound La Migra hears when it
runs them over.(3)
As a settlers' candidate, Clinton provides no protection against
the genocidal situation unfolding at the border; in fact, he may
exacerbate it. Committed to both imperialist capital and the
"middle class," Clinton can only serve both by allowing the free
export of U.S. industrial capital and agribusiness goods into
Mexico, and then curtailing the free movement of the displaced
trabajadores who would serve as competition for settlers here.
In other words, settlerism can only complement the liberalism of
free trade with the fascism of a border war. Even if Clinton does
not totally shut down the border to displaced Mexicanos--since
farmwork and other toxic jobs remain to be done(4)--he has already
made clear that he will not provide any government support for
oppressed Black and Latino people. They are being singled out to
take all cuts full force.
We should thank the Democrats for openly calling themselves a
"middle class," (i.e. a settlers') party, and making the choice to
proceed with MIM so much easier.
1. Wall Street Journal 7/13/92.
2. Robin Broad, ITAL Unequal Alliance: The IMF, the World Bank and
the Philippines END, 1989.
3. America's Watch, ITAL Brutality Unchecked: Human Rights Abuses
Along the U.S. Border with Mexico END, 1992.
4. MIM Notes 65, 6/92, p. 5.
* * *
On June 2, I received the June distribution. I will begin to
distribute the papers at various locations on June 6. Many thanks
for printing the excerpts of my previous correspondence. In an
important issue such as MIM Notes 65, I'm humbled that you printed
my words in your revolutionary publication. I'd be remiss if I
didn't express my serious gratitude for your strong and eye-
popping articles on the L.A. uprising. Your term "Wealth Re-
distribution" was properly stated! It could not be phrased in a
better way. It goes without saying that revolutionary organizers
are needed in colonies such as South Central. A lot of these
Afrikans who are revolutionaries are being held in penal
institution in California. The Under Lock and Key section was on
MA850 serves as a powerful inspiration. Look for my subscription
to sponsor a prisoner in the near future.
I'm greatly impressed with the organizational structure of the
Maoists in Peru, especially the Maoist prisoners of war. We
colonized people in the hells of North Amerika could learn serious
lessons from the Maoists in Peru. Look for my $15 in return for
the Peru study pack.
I'm interested in the conditions that exist in Peru that motivated
the people to move toward a revolutionary solution. I read that
Maoist women are a crucial and supportive factor in the war in
Peru. The role and strategic importance of women in revolutionary
movements must not be underestimated. You might consider
developing some type of program to indoctrinate young Afrikan
women in Amerika in a militant ideology. You know that Afrikan
women are criminally narcotized and exploited under the various
forms of mystical mind controlling religions.
Afrikan women are the bedrock foundational support of negro
christian churches in Amerika. Since the true and original Afrikan
family structure is matriarchal, this to me explains along with
other factors why colonized Afrikans are suffering from mental
genocide. The hip hop camp may also be a contributing factor in
the hypnotizing of young Afrikan women. Looking forward to your
-Comrade in the South
MC67 responds: MIM agrees that women are enslaved by mysticism and
pseudo-science like psychology. When MIM cadres polemicize with
women, we often must struggle against deeply-entrenched
subjectivism, such as the belief that if one changes their
individual behavior patterns, then one will be a better adjusted
person. Women are also taught to believe that some mystical other-
world entity will help them adapt to their oppressive environment.
MIM says to all women: do not adjust to your oppression! We want
to change society by wiping out capitalism and building communism,
and we won't hold ourselves back with subjective ideologies like
religion and psychology.
For more information on MIM's views of oppression of Third World
women and their enslavement to subjective ideologies, people
should purchase our double issue of MIM Theory for $4.95. This 200
page journal includes essays on tone and approach in political
organizing, the Hill vs. Thomas debate, and discussions on the
intersections of nation, class and gender.
The following is a review of MIM Notes printed in The Mirror-an
eclectic, anarchist-leaning publication in the Northeast-and MIM's
The Mirror c/o Steve P.O. Box 2264 Amherst, MA 01004
Papers Around Town
MIM Notes-The Official Newsletter of the Maoist International
[sic] Movement. MIM, it says inside, is "a revolutionary communist
party that upholds Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong thought," working
to "end oppression of all groups over groups." They say "MIM ITAL
knows END (italics mine) this is only possible by building public
opinion to seize power through armed struggle." After the
revolution, there will be a leadership of "new bourgeoisie within
the communist party itself." They also claim Stalin was
misunderstood. In short, the perfect pitch for angry youth devoid
of any political insight eager to bond with the first anti-
authority bid for their brain cells. The headlines screamed "Real
feminists choose revolution," and the paper assailed women
supporting the National Organization for Women as not really
feminists. They (women) need to join a true revolutionary
movement-Maoism-and not "privileged" ideologies with which they
are at a crossroads, as the paper claims.
One of their popular campaigns is the war in Peru, where they are
known as the Maoist Communist Party of Peru (PCP), also known as
Shining Path. They write, "The PCP continues selected
assassinations, military strikes and creation of base areas in
Lima shantytowns." One of those assassinated was a feminist
activist named Maria Elena Moyano. Maria Moyano lived in Villa El
Salvador, a shantytown near Lima, Peru. Moyano was a well-known
and respected community activist who led fights against racism,
sexism and poverty. She fought for food and medicine for the poor
of her villa.
When Shining Path blew up a warehouse supplying food to a hundred
nearby soup kitchens, Moyano led a march and publicly condemned
them. She felt that while the Maoists were fighting against an
oppressive government, destroying food for the poor and killing
community leaders was wrong. And she ignored their threats on her
Shortly thereafter, at a fundraiser for hungry children, a member
of Shining Path shot her in the temple and then dropped five
pounds of dynamite in her lap while her friends and family
watched. This is how the Maoist movement controls feminists who
dare speak out.
June 3, 1992
Dear The Mirror,
The Maoist Internationalist Movement (MIM) is always glad when
people or organizations come right out and disagree with us as The
Mirror did in the "Commentary" section of the Summer 1992 issue.
Our only regret here is that the reviewer made some substantial
misinterpretations of the party line and, in typical sectarian
fashion, didn't bother to argue with MIM first.
The substance of The Mirror's criticism is that revolution is
impossible. The reviewer begins by italicizing "MIM knows" that
the abolition of oppression is only possible through armed
struggle. The implication is that no one could know such a truth
or that armed struggle is not the answer.
MIM is working toward a revolution for a majority of the world's
people, 80% of whom are in the Third World. Unfortunately, the
U.S. empire, other imperialists and multinational corporations are
not going to stop exploiting the land and people of the Third
World without a war. No benevolent act of Congress will end that
oppression. Looking at history, nations that have liberated
themselves from the yoke of imperialism, such as the Soviet Union
and China, have fought wars of liberation.
It is too bad the reviewer was not more specific in spelling out
The Mirror's version of history, so that MIM could respond more
Next, the reviewer finds it stupid or ironic that MIM would say
that Stalin was misunderstood or that there is the possibility of
degeneration ("restoration of a bourgeoisie") within the party.
The short response is that MIM wants to understand societies in
terms of what was historically possible, not some abstract ideal.
To that end we say that Stalin was 70% correct. He collectivized
agriculture, industrialized the USSR from an agrarian economy and
led the Red Army to win World War II. Not bad.
Stalin also made serious errors, one of which was believing that
class struggle had ended. This blinded him to the fact that a
bourgeois elite had developed inside his own party. It further
justified executions as a means of dealing with the opposition.
Many people criticize Stalin for the pact signed with Hitler. Yet
these same critics never say what they would do instead if they
were in Stalin's shoes: Your own country in economic chaos,
bloodthirsty Nazis massing on your border and Britain, France and
Amerika all refuse to aid in an attack on the fascists. What would
The Mirror's editors or readers suggest?
For those interested in the full Maoist position on Stalin and the
Soviet Union of the 1950s, MIM publishes an 80 page pamphlet,
"Retaking History" for $7.50.
The Mirror then turns to our criticism of the march-on-Washington
brand of feminism. MIM holds that women need, and are capable of,
much more than marching quietly and hoping for the old, rich,
white men in Washington to throw them a few crumbs called
"rights." Even if the cops and Senators and judges all agree to
give women the "right" to abortion or the "right" to comparable
worth, the majority of the world's women will still not have such
rights. This is why MIM calls any movement that doesn't address
the Third World "privileged."
Readers interested MIM's line on women's liberation and questions
of revolution and gender are urged to buy the new issue of MIM
Theory. The 100-page double issue treats all manner of gender
questions and is available for $6.
Finally, The Mirror reprints the standard State Department/CIA
line on the Communist Party of Peru (PCP). Many on the so-called
left in Amerika are afraid of the PCP because it is a
revolutionary Maoist party engaged in a war of liberation against
a fascist regime. This means that people are killed, although MIM
Notes constantly reminds its readers that the U.S. and Peruvian
regimes do far and away the most killing.
The PCP attacks the puppet representatives of the government
including activists for the United Left (a legal political party
trying to reform the fascist government), clergy and foreign aid
workers. People must keep in mind that there is no democracy in
Peru. The military routinely conducts summary executions of
political prisoners; there are no elections; the judges and court
system are wholly corrupt.
In this context, trying to do "legitimate" political work is only
giving aid to the imperialists. There is a war on and people have
to take sides. The vast majority of the Peruvian people side with
the PCP, which now controls more than 80% of Peru and attacks
targets even within Lima, the capital city.
MIM believes that The Mirror erred in misrepresenting MIM and MIM
Notes. Further, the paper engaged in sectarian argument; that is,
criticized without bothering to investigate or struggle to get MIM
to change its line and work with The Mirror (something we are
still willing to do). Perhaps this letter can be the beginning of
an exchange. You will find that, unlike many on the left, MIM does
not fear criticism. We are confident in our views and willing to
admit when we are wrong-something bound to happen often to any
dynamic political organization. We hope The Mirror can do the
Oh, as for that line about MIM Notes being "the perfect pitch for
angry youth devoid of and political insight eager to bond with the
first anti-authority bid for their brain cells." Thank you. MIM
finds that Amerikkka's youth are fed a steady diet of trash from
the schools and TV, but that with a revolutionary Maoist newspaper
in their hands, many of them wake up quickly to the facts of life.
The anti-authority tendencies of the young in this country are one
of the few signs of hope we have left.
* * *
LIBERALS WANT FREE TRADE'S RICHES
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is nearly
completed, and it could be up and running by next year. Many
Amerikan nationalists oppose it for fear of hurting the labor
aristocracy-the white working class. More rational
internationalists-including Bush, Clinton and the establishment
media-understand that it will involve some growing pains, but will
ultimately favor imperialism and thus provide more money for
strengthening the bond between the bourgeoisie and the labor
A recent New York Times editorial tried to explain this.
NAFTA, it said, will mean that "Millions will save a few cents
every time they buy orange juice, a few dollars on shirts and
sweaters, and a few hundred dollars on automobiles."
The downside is that some thousands of manufacturing workers will
lose jobs in the process.
"But such numbers can be misleading," the paper adds. NAFTA "won't
affect the total number of jobs in the U.S., only their
allocation. There will be more in banking and petrochemicals,
fewer in textiles and glass."
In other words, the main point: "That means production will take
place where it's cheapest, with the savings passed along to North
This is what infuriates the patriotic defenders of the white
working class. They yell, "This will further divide rich and poor
whites, and hurt the industrial working class!"
First of all, many labor aristocracy workers who get "laid off" at
times like this are really just convinced to start collecting
their retirement benefits (stored up overpayment) a little early.
Others are handsomely compensated. Still, some might fall through
Fortunately, liberalism (the Times) has an answer: "Dislocated
workers ... will meanwhile need relocation assistance, retraining
allowances, tuition assistance, and guaranteed medical insurance."
Of course, that is expensive-billions of dollars-but Congress
could pay for it "out of general revenues."
In other words again, NAFTA will mean the streamlining of profit-
making from imperialism, enough so to further subsidize the labor
aristocracy, until the last vestiges of white production can be
Imperialism would like to turn the white nation into a completely
petty-bourgeois nation, which lives exclusively off the productive
labor of the oppressed people of Third World nations.
The white working class, which hates work and worships
consumerism, wants nothing more than to be truly and completely
"middle class." And while they may not always appreciate it, their
paternalist liberal leaders are trying to lead them on that very
Notes: NYT 8/13/92, p. A22.
* * *
A 65-year old white woman named Ruth Jandrucko has been awarded
$50,000 in workers' compensation benefits because psychiatrists
say she is scared to work with Black people. Jandrucko, who worked
as a petty-bourgeois paper-pusher for a Florida photo-procession
company, says she was mugged by a Black man. She suffered a broken
vertebra in an attack six years ago, but no one was busted.
Jandrucko says she has no problem with Black women, or CNN
announcer Bernard Shaw, although she is sometimes upset by Black
men on TV, and has had panic attacks when near Black men in
Her lawyers say she suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome, a
"medical" condition, and has no control over her fears.
MIM recognizes that white Amerikans suffer from many emotional
problems from living in this society. The Florida court's sympathy
with her is truly sweet. What would it say to Black men who say
they are psychologically forced by racist schools, TV and so on to
mug rich white women? The oppressed are not likely to get the same
But paying people to avoid their racism is a luxury the oppressed
will not be able to afford after seizing power. At that point
someone like Jandrucko would likely be asked to perform productive
labor in a Black-dominated workplace to get over her fears and
climb out of parasitism.
Notes: Washington Post 8/13/92, p. A3.
* * *
REVIEW: THE FAMINE WITHIN
Written, Produced and Directed by Catherine Gilday
"Women's bodies are a symbolic arena where larger cultural battles
are played out." ITAL The Famine Within END attempts to deal with
one manifestation of this reality-the "ideal beauty myth" of
Amerikan culture, and the way that trying to achieve this
impossible ideal leads women down the path of self-destruction,
keeping them obsessed with "self-esteem" rather than with
liberation and the abolition of patriarchy.
Catherine Gilday barrages the viewer with statistics pointing out
the depth of these problems today. Among the examples:
Seventy five percent of women in Amerika think they're overweight,
while actually 45% are underweight. One-half of 9-year- old girls
in California are dieting, and 80% of 4th graders are dieting.
More startling, the majority of women fear being fat more than
they fear dying.
As long as women are competing with one another for the attention
of men, and looking down on other women who are "fat" or who don't
aspire to the ideal beauty myth, patriarchy's control over women's
minds and bodies will flourish. This film documents how well
imperialism can colonize people's minds, through bombarding us in
their media with fabricated and idealized images of ourselves.
We must build our own media to challenge the misogynist images
sold to us by capitalism. While 80% of 4th grade girls already
dislike their own bodies, the First World feminist movement has
failed to get across to Amerikan women an understanding of
patriarchy and misogyny, let alone build a movement to destroy
ITAL The Famine Within END is a film worth seeing, though its
shortcomings mirror the fundamental shortcomings of the First
World feminist movement as a whole: a total lack of analysis of
class and nation differences among women. ITAL The Famine Within
END focuses on the experience of relatively privileged white
Amerikan women, and universalizes it to a discussion of all women.
There is almost no reference made to the experience of Black,
Latina, Asian, Indigenous or other oppressed women in relation to
the "beauty myth" in this film.
In addition, ITAL The Famine Within END does not deal with the
fact that a situation of economic abundance, as exists in the
First World, is a precondition for problems such as anorexia. But
focusing too narrowly on the problems women confront with the
"ideal beauty myth" in the First World ignores the larger context
of imperialist plunder of the Third World which generates the
relative abundance that creates problems such as anorexia for
* * *
UMASS ADMINISTRATION SQUELCHES MAOIST INTERNATIONALIST MOVEMENT
Over the summer, Administration officials informed a MIM
distributor that MIM could not distribute its paper inside the
The university has a policy that purportedly prevents obstruction
of traffic: No literature can be distributed inside of any of the
buildings unless the distributor is sitting at a table that
students can approach. In the summer the university says it does
not allow tabling, effectively prohibiting the distribution of any
literature on campus during the summer months.
Several days before MIM was told to leave, Bay Bank and Shawmut
Bank both had tables set up in the student center and were
actively handing out bags of literature.
Unlike Bay Bank, MIM is not a wealthy corporation that can buy the
policies it wants from UMass. MIM struggled with the administrator
over this inconsistency in the policy. The administrator
responded: "The world is filled with inconsistencies, if we did
not have inconsistencies we would live under fascism."
MIM does not define a world of equality as fascism, but to someone
who profits from capitalism (from Bay Bank and Shawmut among
others), this fear of equality (losing privileges gained at the
expense of others) is understandable.
MIM does not suggest that there really is equal access to free
speech under the current system of inequalities, but MIM will
struggle to gain the "right" to distribute its literature in all
MIM will be heard on the UMASS campus.
Struggle with, work with and join MIM.
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MAOISM IS THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE IN PERU
In Peru, the bloated regime of Alberto Fujimori dangles from the
tree of imperialism like a corrupted fruit bursting with the
people's blood. Today the Peruvian people, led by the Communist
Party of Peru (PCP), are plucking this fruit and eating it-turning
the old, rotten Peru of the conquistadores into the new, socialist
"People's Republic of New Democracy."(1)
On July 22-23, the PCP led a nationwide strike and school boycott
and shut down Peru.(2)
The following week, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori
intensified martial law in Peru and unleashed helicopters, armored
cars and infantry troops against the 4 million-strong populace in
the shantytowns surrounding Lima.(2) On July 30, Nicaragua
announced plans to sell 12 Soviet-built attack helicopters for $25
million to the Peruvian regime "to help the government fight drug
trafficking and a rebel insurgency."(3)
In an attempt to gloss over his own well-documented genocidal
mania, Fujimori then praised Amnesty International for listing
armed actions in the People's War as "terrorism."(4)
On July 28, Fujimori broke a 171-year-old bourgeois tradition and
failed to show up for Peruvian "independence day" celebrations. He
also claimed that the PCP was working with "international
mercenaries" when Lima's residential area of Miraflores was bombed
on July 16. The 1,320 pounds of dynamite and plastic explosives
packed in two cars killed 21 people that day.(4) Three hundred
middle-class homes, 500 shops, 13 banks, four luxury hotels, 60
cars and seven shopping centers were destroyed or damaged.
Terrorism vs. people's justice
The PCP has initiated more than 150,000 actions since taking up
armed struggle in 1980.(5) The PCP takes credit for mass-approved
actions. The bourgeois media often tries to tar the PCP with
responsibility for brutalities committed by the Peruvian state and
non-Maoist focoist groups. Although news from Peru is distorted
and censored, astute observers can separate revolutionary actions
from political disinformation.
On June 5, a car bomb destroyed Frecuencia, a private television
station in Lima.(2) Good riddance.
On July 12, a judge with a history of freeing police accused of
mass murder was executed on a bus 230 miles southeast of Lima. 150
miles northwest of Lima, in Huanuco, three security police were
selectively annihilated while pigging out in a restaurant.(6)
People's justice at work.
The revolutionary People's War led by the people's acknowledged
vanguard-the PCP-is a movement of the masses. The PCP and the
masses do not engage in idle terrorism or slaughter of the
In contrast, since 1980, the Peruvian government's police and
military have often disguised themselves as "Senderistas" and
committed horrible atrocities upon the masses in vain attempts to
discredit the PCP.
"Not a single revolution has come about without having to fight
against the gigantic publicity machine of the major imperialist
powers and the establishment. To give an historical example, when
the Bolsheviks took power in 1917, the Western press not only said
they tortured the Russian people, but even accused them of eating
their children," said Luis Arce Borja, editor of the pro-PCP
underground newspaper El Diario.(7)
The PCP has described its policy of successful "armed shutdowns"
as a combination of "work stoppages, halting commerce and
transport, guerrilla assaults and ambushes, sabotage, selective
annihilations, agitation and propaganda and violent mass
confrontations with the forces of order."(8)
"Revolutionary political power is for those who have never had any
power at all in their whole lives, for those who have been the
most lowly and scorned of society, though they carried the country
on their backs: the workers and peasants, along with progressive
forces from the middle classes ... the joint dictatorship of four
classes," says the PCP.(9)
It is therefore unlikely that the PCP would risk alienating
potential and actual middle-class allies by destroying middle-
class neighborhoods. Unlike the genocidal leadership of the
200,000-strong official police and military forces, PCP forces do
not torture prisoners or engage in wanton murder. This is one
thing which helps inspire so many government soldiers to defect to
the PCP and become good cadres.(10)
"In terms of logic, no guerrilla army can grow and develop if it
kills its own people ... It is certainly true that there are
executions by the PCP of elements of the army, the police, the
paramilitary groups, of corrupt authorities and of activists of
the United Left..."(7) The revisionist United Left currently serves
in high-level positions in Fujimori's regime.
The war escalates
Last year the PCP completed the 11-year stage of the Strategic
Defensive and the building of liberated, socialist base areas in
two-thirds of the countryside. The People's Guerrilla Army (PGA)
and its Party are now concentrating the armed forces of the people
during the shorter second stage of Strategic Stalemate.
As the Peruvian regime continues to collapse from within, the PCP
is organizing the dispossessed urban proletariat into armed cells
that will link together with the PGA in a mighty, mobile unity as
the second stage transforms into a final stage: the Strategic
Offensive. The united people will smash the reactionary state and
achieve the liberation of the cities and the consolidation of the
nationwide seizure of power.
Depending upon whether or not the United States is willing to pay
the blood-price of invading Peru, this transformation into the
third stage can occur very quickly. Given the current glut of
Third World-produced export commodities, and the actual
impossibility of imperialist victory in Peru (short of creating a
nuclear wasteland); and the other strategic problems that monopoly
capitalists face everywhere in the world today; the U.S. might not
invade Peru. In that case the perpetual peace that Maoists seek
will happen that much sooner.
As the shells of ex-"socialist" states are exposed as nothing more
than restored capitalism, "The young revolutionary has only one
place to run to. Maoism gives people something to do. Trotskyism
was about waiting around and selling newspapers. I see Maoism
coming back in a big way. Maoism has all the bits of popular
appeal: a step-by-step guide to action, a sophisticated model for
the study of revolutionary struggle in your own country."(11)
1. The Prospect For The People's War In Peru, May 1991, Committee
Sol Peru, 10b Homestead Rd., London, SW6 7DB England, p. 19.
2. UPI 7/29/92.
3. UPI 7/30/92.
4. UPI 7/28/92.
5. Prospect, p. 9.
6. UPI 7/12/92.
7. NACLA Dec.-Jan. 1990-91, p. 23.
8. Our Red Flag Is Flying in Peru, reprint from A World To Win,
1990, CSRP/Chicago, p. 13.
9. Red Flag Is Flying, p. 10.
10. A World To Win 1992 #17, p. 15.
11. New York Times 5/24/92, quoting Bill Tupman, a British "expert
on terrorism," p. 18.
* * *
MOYANO CASHED IN ON THE HUNGER OF THE PEOPLE
On February 15, Maria Elena Moyano, "Mother Courage," was killed
in Lima. The press stirred up a major international campaign with
this incident, to portray the Communist Party of Peru (PCP) as
cold-blooded killers of the legal left in Peru. The following
excerpts, translated and reprinted by the Committee to Support the
Revolution in Peru, are from an article by Luis Arce Borja, exiled
editor of El Diario International.
Copies of that monthly publication in English may be obtained from
MIM for $1 cash or check made to "ABS."
... Moyano was a militant of the Movement for Socialist Affirmation
(MAS), whose main leaders are Henry Pease and Rolando Ames. MAS is
part of the United Left (IU), and together with the other members
of this front pushed forward the electoral victory of Alberto
Fujimori. Gloria Helfer, a militant of the MAS, was the minister
of education in Fujimori's government. Since 1989 "Mother Courage"
was the vice-mayor of Villa El Salvador. She represented the old
Peruvian state. She occupied high positions in the administration
of the people's cafeterias and the programs of the Glass of Milk
Organizations created and directed by each one of the official
political parties, the government, the Church, and the Non-
Governmental Organizations (ONGs).
Behind the facade of the glass of milk and the people's cafeterias
is hidden the ideological and political manipulation of the
masses. The objective is to maintain an enormous impoverished mass
of people as beggars, without a critical spirit, without the will
to fight, not thinking of anything higher than the next plate of
food to be dispensed. Behind this "charity" and "donations" of
food is hidden the true causes of hunger and misery for millions
of Peruvians ...
Much has been said about "Mother Courage" and the people's
cafeterias, but silence has been kept about her links to the
counterinsurgency plans of the Armed Forces and the government.
Organizing "rondas" to "confront Sendero" was Moyano's
contribution to the military plans of the regime. ... [T]he rightist
press has given it ample publicity. Long before her death, the
magazine Caretas called her a "national civic heroine" for her
activities in the formation of "urban defense groups."
On February 29, the Class Conscious Urban Slum Movement
(Movimiento Clasista Barrial-an organization led by the PCP)
issued a communique which was published in El Diario. It said:
"Was she [Moyano] a people's leader? No! Just one of the
superficial elite who cash in on the hunger of our people. From
the start, she found her niche in the official state under the
pretext of struggling for the people; creating and imposing new
and crippling taxes on the small merchants and street vendors;
creating the 'people's inspectors' in charge of collecting
commissions; she only generated more abuse and corruption. She
cashed in on land sales in the seventh sector that financed her
electoral campaign in a wild and ambitious race for a seat in
parliament. She had for herself: a cheese factory (Villa Chesses),
a grain factory, as well as other hidden businesses..."
* * *
PUNK STRIKES OUT IN TWO WAYS
At two consecutive weekends of punk political and cultural
activity in Washington, D.C. at the end of July and beginning of
August, the white punk movement demonstrated real revolutionary
potential, but also showed how deeply it is currently mired in
both reformism and anarchism. The reformism is a more advanced
stage of political decadence, but it apparently represents what
happens to the youthful anarchism if it is never organized for
revolution. The "advanced," older leaders do a lot to retard
potentially revolutionary development in this movement.
At its best, the movement trashes the whole system, at least
making it possible for real revolutionaries to have some influence
on people within the movement who want to go beyond just
destroying the system. Many of these people enthusiastically buy
MIM literature. At its worst, it is a preachy call to white self-
interest, and is therefore both harmful and useless to truly
A flyer from Positive Force, the organizers of the Punk Percussion
Protest and concert which drew about 1,000 mostly young white
people near the capitol on July 25, screams, "Revolution begins
with you." But then it takes off after a bunch of recent Supreme
Court decisions which will make life more inconvenient for
privileged white people, as if the Court itself had not been a
tool for genocide and exploitation since its creation.
The flyer even says, "The Court, once a strong protector of free
speech, has increasingly swung towards tolerating stricter limits
on expression." This kind of statement represents the ugly,
privileged side of the white youth movement. Contact with, study
and understanding of the lives of oppressed people-principally
oppressed Black, Latino and indigenous nations-shows the emptiness
of this kind of longing for better days gone by.
The organizers eventually descended into complete Democratic Party
politics, when they emphasized "unless we act now, our society
will be dominated for most of the rest of our lives by a Supreme
Court that resembles a Moral Majority rogues' gallery." In other
words (although the writers would likely object to this
characterization), "You better vote for Clinton, gang, or white
people are in trouble!"
The pamphlet did also mention rolling back affirmative action and
the prison system as areas where the Supreme Court has ITAL
recently END caused harm. A spokesperson for the League of
Indigenous Sovereign Nations also addressed the crowd, demanding a
seat at the United Nations for indigenous peoples. (MIM says: one
seat?! We can do better than that.)
The pamphlet listed a handful of reformist, mostly Democratic
Party groups such as the National Organization for Women, Amnesty
International, the American Civil Liberties Union; as well as a
few more progressive groups such as the Washington Peace Center
and the D.C. Student Coalition Against Apartheid & Racism. Then it
said: "If you don't like any of these, then start your own!"
This appears to be the work of a jaded leadership simply mimicking
the angry alienation of its youthful counterparts; the list of
organizations would then represent the decrepit state of the
writers themselves, while the call to "start your own!" is a
hollow echo of rebellious sentiment.
One young person interviewed by MIM at the rally explained of the
Supreme Court, "I just think they're wrong. Maybe this'll do
something to change their views on the world."
When pressed, however, he agreed that was unlikely. What about
overthrowing the whole government and building a better society
"That could work, maybe..." although "greedy people are going to
keep wanting the power."
So what do we do?
Eventually he conceded, "We have to organize and start a new
At the concert, members of Riot Grrrl, an organization of angry
young punk women, took the stage to explain its views on feminism
and women's revolution. Women are oppressed the world over, one
woman explained, and "that is why we must band together for a
revolution that is our own."
"The revolution has started," she said, "and it is like no other ...
it is a Grrrl revolution ... it is Grrrl power."
Prior to reviewing Riot Grrrl literature or conducting an
interview, MIM won't yet assess Riot Grrrl as a whole. But MIM
urges the militant women in this group to read and critique MIM
literature and struggle over the revolutionary course for
feminism, which means adopting the perspective of the world's
The Riot Grrrl is also currently tailed by paternalist "pro-
feminist" men, who tell men, for example, to cross the street when
walking near women at night. Men who have this condescending view
of women will never be able to take women seriously as warriors,
political leaders, or comrades. This is a kinder, gentler chivalry
for which revolutionary women have no use.
At the Riot Grrrl convention the next weekend, a pamphlet called
"Patriarchy Kills" lists "a few tips" on how men can stop rape,
including: Don't laugh at sexist jokes, don't support sexist
culture, support women who say they've been raped, don't blame
women for rape, educate yourself and support self-defense for
women, avoid being near women alone on the street at night (for
fear that you might frighten them), demand that the State bust
rapists harder ("Many authorities pay lip-service to such
concerns-it's our job to see that they do more,") don't rape
anyone, join them or groups like them.
The only good thing about this article was its statement that in
order to not rape, men must "learn to communicate openly and
honestly about your desires, and insist on that from your
partner(s) ... Sex must be explicitly and mutually agreed upon, free
from undue pressure, or it is rape." MIM agrees almost completely
with this statement. But MIM knows that no sex under imperialist
patriarchy is "free from undue pressure," and therefore it is all
rape! MIM does not support the paternalistic efforts of chivalrous
men to create a more acceptable form of rape, by, for example,
"avoiding sex with anyone who is drunk or chemically impaired or
too young or who otherwise may be vulnerable to you." It is not
The reformist side of this movement poses left and anarchist, but
in reality is neither. It acts like it doesn't want to tell people
what to do, but in fact it moves people toward empty reform
struggles. The anarchist side is perhaps epitomized by a statement
from one of the members of the band Bikini Kill, which played at
"Everybody knows what to do," she said. "I don't need to tell
But if "everyone knows what to do," then why is there so much
groping and confusion on the "left" about how to respond to the
war on women? And why have no strategies advanced by the Amerikan
"women's movement" succeeded in curtailing patriarchal domination?
MIM will continue to struggle on the fringes of this and similar
movements, support what can be supported and try to salvage as
many white Amerikan nationals as possible. Those young people who
will hold themselves to the revolutionary standard of oppressed
people in Amerika's internal colonies and in the Third World
should consider themselves desperately needed for the revolution,
and kiss the motherland good-bye.
* * *
SENECA NATION FIGHTS FOR SOVEREIGNTY
On July 9 the New York Court of Appeals-the highest state
court-ruled that New York could tax sales of gas and cigarettes to
non-Indians made by indigenous businesses on reservations. As a
result, gas companies cut off supplies to reservation businesses
when the state threatened to tax the gas suppliers if the
businesses did not pay. Ten of the Seneca nation's 16 councilors
voted to defy the court order and look for another fuel
This court decision, and the subsequent loss of business, led to
several days of protests near the Allegany and Cattaraugus
reservations south of Buffalo. Reservation members, predominantly
Senecas, blocked traffic on several major roads, marching in
native dress around Niagara square decrying white supremacy. Four
hundred Senecas marched on the Southern Tier Expressway demanding
a meeting with New York Governor Mario Cuomo before allowing the
road to open. One sign at this protest read "Mario, if we give you
taxes, you give us back [Western New York]"(2) The state police
agreed to remove troops stationed on the Cattaraugus reservation
if the Senecas would reopen the Southern Tier Expressway on the
The Court of Appeals temporarily suspended a lower court ruling
after the protests, with the matter to be taken up further on
appeal. The retrial was postponed until September while the
reservations are temporarily allowed to run their businesses tax
The 1942 Compromise Treaty at Buffalo Creek promised the Seneca
Nation that their Cattaraugus and Allegany reservations would be
protected from "all taxes."(4)
A Seneca nation-sponsored petition reads in part:
"The recent decision by New York State to collect sales taxes on
cigarettes and fuel on our reservations not only violates
centuries-old treaties between the federal government and the
Seneca people, it violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"If they're going to break their treaties, that means there are no
treaties, and that means New York state belongs to the Iroquois
Indians," said a Seneca historian. "We'll claim the whole of New
York state. That land is ours."
This treaty violation is not an isolated incident. Since Amerika
was settled the Euro-Amerikan nation has continued to take land
and lives from the indigenous people of this country. The treaties
were the beginning of this process. MIM recognizes the right of
all indigenous nations to self-determination and knows that
Amerika owes a huge debt to the many Third World nations it has
abused since its inception.
MIM supports the struggles of the Seneca nation and all indigenous
nations against the settler Amerikan government's attempts to
squeeze more land and money out of their reservations. The Senecas
won a temporary victory through direct opposition to the New York
state court decision. But the white Amerikan courts will never
fairly judge indigenous people. This temporary victory will only
be turned into a permanent victory when Amerikan imperialism is
expelled from all the internal and external nations that it
occupies, and the right to self-determination is returned to all
1. Buffalo News 7/10/92.
2. Buffalo News 7/17 p. A1 & 7/22.
3. Salamanca Press 7/17.
4. Buffalo News 7/22.
* * *
YAVAPAIS HOLD GROUND IN ARIZONA
After the May 12 standoff between the Yavapai nation and the FBI
(see MIM Notes 66) over the use of gambling machines on the
reservation, the indigenous nation entered into negotiations with
the Arizona state governor. The Yavapai people living on the Ft.
McDowell reservation northeast of Phoenix, continue to stand their
ground after the May raid by the FBI, and insist upon national
sovereignty. Ron Dorchester, a member of the Yavapai nation, said:
"The issue is self-government. Does the tribe have a right to
self-government? And, I mean, once they take away those machines,
what else are they going to come and take away?"(1)
MIM spoke with Yavapai tribal Chairperson Clinton Pattea about
their current negotiations with the Arizona government. The tone
of the conflict seems to have dampened since the Yavapai agreed to
a cooling-off period and these negotiations.
"We need to get those machines back so we can start putting people
back to work," Pattea urged. He also said that right after the
raid there was a public opinion poll put out by several television
stations that found that anywhere from 60-70% of the people
supported the Yavapai position. "We were very encouraged about
that. The governor was made aware of that, and that's why we have
started our negotiations with him. Before that, he wouldn't talk
MIM asked Pattea if he thought that real self-determination could
come from negotiations with the state government, and made clear
MIM's position that such negotiations are not going to work for
the oppressed nations of this country. MIM believes that the
people must organize and struggle against the Amerikan government.
Pattea, however, repeatedly drew a distinction between the federal
government, which passed the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
allowing gambling on reservations, and the Arizona government
which is resisting an agreement with the Yavapai.
"The federal government would allow us to have gaming on the
reservation ... All over Arizona there are Las Vegas nights and
casino nights, and we just want the tribes to be able to do what
[everyone else does]."
When asked if the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the League of
Indigenous Sovereign Nations (LISN) were working in support of the
efforts to get casinos back open on reservations, Pattea said that
AIM members had been very helpful in coming to Arizona to speak on
the issue, and he emphasized the importance of this support.
Pattea also called for more public support in the Yavapai
negotiation efforts with the state. He made clear, however, that
the Yavapai are a sovereign nation and should be treated as such
Fighting the same struggle in Kansas
In addition to the struggle at Fort McDowell in Arizona, there are
struggles against the government in Kansas as well-the Kickapoo
nation is fighting to have casinos back on their reservation.
The Kansas Supreme Court has just ruled that indigenous nations
must have compacts, or agreements, with the government in order to
operate gambling casinos on their reservations. In 1987 the
Amerikan Supreme Court ruled that since tribes are politically
sovereign, they must be allowed to run their own economies, even
if that includes gambling. The Kickapoo tribal chairperson Steve
Cadue is fighting to make sure that the legislation is upheld by
the state government-a lawsuit is pending and the Kickapoo nation
MIM says, do not hold out too much hope on this imperialist
Amerikan government! While MIM understands that at this time the
tribal economies are in deep trouble and many indigenous people
are unemployed, and that control of a gaming industry will employ
many reservation members, we do not believe that this will bring
true self-determination or self-sufficiency. Only a revolutionary
communist movement which recognizes national liberation struggles
as essential components will bring true power to the oppressed.
1. National Public Radio, "Morning Edition," 6/11/92.
2. The Washington Post, 6/16/92.
* * *
A LETTER ON BAD RELIGION AND REVOLUTIONARY ART
An open letter to MA46
How goes the struggle in your city of bohemians, anarchists, java
addicts and other social cretins who have yet to find Maoism and
the People's War for Third World liberation? Too bad I haven't
heard from you in some months-that is, unless you've become a
communist on your own-because we have so much to discuss and
writing is such a concrete way to work out ideas.
At present, I am writing a review of Bad Religion's recent disc
Generator. It reminds me of several transitions in political
thinking that I went through in the last five years: mainly that
it espouses a lot of anti-war, punk-rock individualism. In its own
way, punk is a rebellion, but it isn't an organized social
movement, hasn't seized power or won any revolutions, and
(although it is often cool and creative) it amounts to the
privileged sons and daughters of the petty bourgeoisie exercising
some of their inherited freedoms.
I have to hand it to Bad Religion; they said a mouthful with this
record. The lyrics are packed into fast-paced songs and spelled
out fully in the liner notes. In between the songs there are short
quotes which set the context. I will just treat the first three
songs which seem to represent the good, bad and ugly of Generator
and punk rock generally.
To my mind the generator in the title track and first song is the
imperialist system. It generates wealth in Amerika by sucking it
out of other oppressed countries. The words-"Like a rock/like a
planet/like a fucking atom bomb"-are Bad Religion's commentary on
how out of it Amerikana really is. People here don't see much
difference between a rock, planet or the A-bomb; thus, they don't
see the "blood on my door" that the generator creates. Everything
is taken for granted.
This is a cool song that will make "my generation" (as in the Pete
Townsend quote that sets up the lyrics) think. Problem is, what
will they do even if they realize that they are imperialist
parasites? For their part, BR is honest about this in a later
song: "No Bad Religion song can make your life complete." Yes, art
is not enough.
"Too Much To Ask," the second song, is also strong, but much more
nihilist. Its strength is directly addressing the plunder of the
Third World. BR wants to know if clean drinking water, sufficient
food and safe shelter are too much to ask. The band sees how the
no one can take much for granted any more
three cars for every family
corruption at the expense of the simple majority
a violent clash
a plunder of the third world
any wretched ploy that bolsters our economy
I ain't no blind supporter
In concluding that "you'd better not take it for granted any
more," however, Bad Religion seems to have created some bad
religion of their own. Again the question: What are we going to
do? So many liberals want us to think globally and act locally.
Even more "radical" liberals want us to feel really guilty for all
our privileges and not feel good while appreciating the car and
VCR and rich food.
The best we can hope for following BR's advice in "Too Much To
Ask" is a sect that makes people pure through art that doesn't
take the generator for granted. Art and propaganda are important
parts of the revolution, but when they are divorced from a
revolutionary party, they don't lead people anywhere but to
religion or frustration.
I used to disagree with people constantly for the sake of
argument. This taught me to be creative in that I had to defend
all sorts of contradictory ideas. I thought I was being complex
and avoiding the dominant twinkie/television culture.
Likewise, "No Direction" tells the masses that there are no
leaders and that BR certainly has no answers. The lead singer
blares, "I don't believe in self-important folks who preach ...
prepare for rejection/you'll get no direction from me." In
essence, anyone who actually had enough of an opinion to organize
on the problems that BR preaches about, these punks would dub
Now I know you have opinions on art and politics. So the question
remains, will you write to MIM and struggle over the best way
forward? Let us know how distributing the newspaper is going and
of any other political struggle in which you are involved.
* * *
SUMMER FILMS: THE AC AIN'T WORTH THE DOUGH
So which summer flick did you get suckered into? The one where the
hero was a millionaire vigilante cop in a cape? Or the one where
the hero was a millionaire Hollywood producer who enjoys mud
baths? Or maybe it was the one that said revolutionaries are
either dangerous paramilitary terrorists whose main goal is to
assassinate the all-American family, or bought-off slobs willing
to sell out their comrades at the slightest provocation.
ITAL The Player END was only a mildly annoying movie with some
minor political value as a satire on Hollywood's ruling elite. The
hero is a power-mongering jerk, and the audience knows it. The
film tries to condemn the decadence and grotesque wealth
associated with the movie industry. Unfortunately it is coopted by
the industry itself, showing its liberalism and support of free
speech by letting a bunch of its stars make cameo appearances and
allowing such criticism of itself to be produced and distributed.
The best scene is where the producer and his girlfriend lie in a
bathtub covered with caked black mud, looking very dead. Not a bad
commentary on their meaningless, vapid lives.
But if you did go to a summer movie, you probably went to ITAL
Batman Returns END, like everyone else who contributed to the all-
time record-high opening weekend gross profits on this cop movie
in costume. Bad mistake. I mean, how much respect can you have for
a supposed superhero who, after two-and-a-half hours of watching
capitalist Max Schreck throw his secretary out the window and
devise various schemes to make money off the backs of the people
of Gotham, tells Catwoman, who has Schreck up against a wall: "We
have to take him to jail." Or something equally law-and-orderish.
Not much, is the answer. Batman, for all his shrouded mystery, is
essentially a cop whose role is to protect the entrenched power
structure-which not incidentally includes protecting Bruce Wayne's
fortune from so-called "criminals" who might want to redistribute
the wealth. Luckily, in the case of the capitalist, Michelle
Pfeiffer chooses immediate electrocution over a jury trial.
Pfeiffer has the best line in this film. (Here at MIM we are
always trying to find that silver lining in the cloud.) On her
first prowl after having been transformed from a frumpy secretary
to Catwoman, she comes across a woman being raped in a dark alley.
She dispenses with the rapist, then looks contemptuously at the
woman and says: "What were you waiting for? Batman to come along
and rescue you?" MIM agrees that women should not appeal to cops
and other men in power to rescue them from domestic violence and
rape, especially since this tactic has been proven a failure.
Rather, women should seize power for themselves. And contrary to
the ITAL Batman Returns END message, power doesn't mean dressing
up in a cat costume. It means joining a revolutionary party to
overthrow the capitalist patriarchy.
Of all this summer's films, MIM hated ITAL Patriot Games END the
most. Harrison Ford, a former CIA agent, kills a member of a
(supposedly Maoist) splinter group of the Irish Republican Army as
he tries to gun down the Royal Family of imperialist Brittania.
Now, while MIM comrades may not be able to help but rejoice in
their hearts when the symbols of colonialism are brutally murdered
by nationalist revolutionaries, the fact is we do not approve of
such focoist actions. It merely sets the revolution back, as one
wise IRA comrade told another member of the splinter group. But
this whole infuriating movie is aimed at glorifying this jerk of a
straight-arrow, perfect family man CIA agent and making the IRA
look like they're off the deep end. Which they are, in this plot
lacking the slightest semblance of reality.
When the brother of the guy who Harrison Ford kills breaks out of
prison, he apparently abandons the revolution that he once put his
life on the line for in order to pursue Ford across the Atlantic
and avenge his brother's death. The whole thing is so improbable-a
revolutionary group as well-organized and disciplined as the IRA
would not allow themselves to be discredited by an individualist
like this, it's almost laughable. Except there it is, in movie
theaters all over the country, drilling such lies into thousands
of previously open minds.
It really makes you recognize the need for a bigger and better
propaganda machine than a monthly newspaper. Any film makers out
there? Did we forget to note the movie failed to mention the CIA's
history of orchestrating mass murders of Third World people and
revolutionaries all over the globe? Well, it did.
In the spirit of silver linings, we've saved the best for last.
Clint Eastwood, eminently qualified to criticize the
of the Western genre (by virtue of having exemplified it so well
for so many years), has done just that in ITAL Unforgiven END.
Amerikans have long romanticized The Cowboy and The West, part of
their imperialist heritage that they made about a million movies
of just to make sure they completely distorted the history of
their conquest over the land's indigenous nations.
In ITAL Unforgiven END, Eastwood pokes fun at some of the West's
most cherished images. One cowboy hero (Eastwood himself) can't
seem to mount his horse, for example. Another would-be
sharpshooter turns out to need glasses so bad he couldn't shoot a
barn if he was two feet away from it. And so on. The film also
attacks the notion of a "just" killing, where the audience can
cheer guilt-free for the good guys in the white hats as they
massacre a townfull of guys with black hats (or red skins). Life,
the film says, is not so cheap as westerns have made it out to be.
On the other hand, the film makes clear that the law, in the form
of the town sheriff, cannot be depended on to enforce justice
MIM would argue that there are, in fact, just killings-though
generally not of the western-variety. And when there is no
justice, it is not enough to simply point that out and walk away,
which is essentially what Eastwood does as a director. Justice
must be created, otherwise the current system of injustice
* * *
BARBED WIRE AND SOCIALIZATION: DOUBLE PRISONS FOR WOMEN
Women prisoners are treated very differently from men prisoners.
Less money is allotted by the states for the maintenance of female
prisoners because they are a "minority." Women prisoners are
treated in a more childish manner than are men prisoners, simply
because women prisoners are more passive than men prisoners.
Riots are extremely rare in female prisons, while they are very
common in men's prisons. Men are more likely to file lawsuits than
are women, who are more likely to retreat into depression. Women
are trained from infancy to be pleasers of other people, to be
"good girls," and to put the needs and desires of others ahead of
their own ambitions. The psychological impact of this training
does not dissipate once a woman is imprisoned. In fact, its effect
becomes even more pronounced, because the woman is placed in an
even more dependent state than she was in prior to imprisonment.
Consequently, she feels an even greater need to be accommodating
so that she can be rewarded. This is not unlike the situation
which many women submit to with their husbands and lovers. Any
abuse which he inflicts on her is interpreted as her needing to be
a better wife. She feels that if she could only cook better, look
better, and keep a cleaner house that he would be happier and,
therefore, would not beat her. When this woman is subsequently
imprisoned, this attitude is simply shifted to the guards and
warden. She feels that if she is a "model prisoner," she will not
The problem is that model prisoners do not file lawsuits, because
prisoners who file lawsuits are considered trouble-makers, and are
singled out for retribution. Model prisoners do not file
grievances against conditions-that job is for trouble-makers,
also. So women prisoners tend to acquiesce to things that male
prisoners fight. Consequently, more attention is paid to male
prisoners, more organizations are aware of their needs and
struggles, and they get the bulk of whatever help is offered by
Women tend to have more purely economic crimes than men-stealing,
getting extra welfare checks, etc. However, most women who are
convicted of violent crimes are convicted of violence against a
family member-usually a husband or boyfriend, but often a child.
These women are often the victims of violence themselves, for
which they receive no mental health counseling during their
imprisonment. Upon their release from prison, they are older, but
just as mentally unbalanced.
Conditions in female prisons are very bad, but there is often not
as much physical or overt violence as in male prisons. The
psychological violence of confinement, however, is amplified among
mothers who were often the sole caretaker of their children. If
family and friends are unwilling or unable to care for these
children-often for many years, the children become "wards of the
state," and the mother may eventually lose custody of them.
In Illinois, the Dept. of Children and Family Services is
notorious for failing to monitor the condition of foster homes.
Children in the custody of DCFS are routinely neglected, abused,
and shuffled around, and they may have as many as four or five
different caseworkers in the course of one year. As a result, the
imprisoned mother has no opportunity to establish a relationship
with either the caseworker or the foster parents, and to ensure
them of her continued interest in her children and her desire that
they be brought to visit her.
These are problems that are more likely to impact female prisoners
* * *
PRISONERS SPEAK OUT ON WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
Thousands of Black men each year are shackled, jailed, and denied
all control over their own lives as payment for sex crimes against
white women that they did not commit. This is not new. The white
nation has used sex as a pretext for lynching Black men since the
first Africans were brought to Amerika to create wealth for white
men and women with their labor. But it is not something that gets
talked about much, even as white liberals wring their hands over
the blatantly unjust L.A. verdict and whine all over the mass
media about how to reform the court system.
The court system cannot, of course, be fundamentally reformed. The
liberals just like to talk about it to make themselves feel
better. But the reason even the usual reformist noises are not
heard on the issue of sex offense convictions is because a huge,
warped pseudo-feminist ideology has been constructed around the
subject to obscure the harsh reality: Prisons are a tool used by
the white nation to oppress other nations and keep economic and
state power for itself. White women use this tool for this purpose
when they accuse Black men of rape.
Sometimes Black men are accused and convicted of sex crimes when
they have never even touched the woman in question, as in the
cases of MA909 and 901 described below. And sometimes they have in
fact had sex with the woman, only to find out later that she and
the court system have determined it was the kind of sex punishable
by years of imprisonment and heavy fines. Needless to say, they
are not tried by a jury of their peers.
Under capitalism, where social inequality makes uncoerced sex
impossible, rape is defined as a crime only when it serves the
interests of the white nation. According to the U.S. Department of
Justice, 22% of the people convicted for raping white women are
Black. (See table). Since Blacks account for only about 12% of the
population, and people generally have sex with (and rape) those of
their own nation, this number is extremely skewed-even assumi