Re: [smygo] IFC Message of Solidarity to Brothers & Sisters in US Anti-War Movement
- Dan Clore wrote:
> News& Views for Anarchists& Activists:It is not libertarian at all. It is one kind or another of statist socialists.
> [The Iraq Freedom Congress is a libertarian, secular, non-violent,
> democratic, and progressive group that opposes Ba'athism, Islamism, and
> nationalism -- as well as the US invasion/occupation.
The immediate goal of the IFC is to seize power and establish a provisional secular and
non-ethnic government, declare the following articles as the laws of the land and
guarantee their implementation:
They also say:
Delegation of powers to the assembly of the direct representatives of people to decide
on the future political regime and drafting a constitution within a maximum period of six
However, to my knowledge they never denonced clearly party politics or state capitalism.
- They're a creation of the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq (
http://www.wpiraq.net/english/). WCPI are Marxist-Humanists, whidh mqkes
them roughly the same tendency as the News and Letters groups in America and
The Hobgoblin in the UK (though they have their own theoretical derivation,
from Mansoor Hekmat). I'm pretty sure they're down in our quadrant (bottom
left on political compass) and libertarian to that extent, but they're
Marxist rather than anarchist, very definitely a party, and therefore
treading a bit of a contradiction between ends and means. There's also been
a split in the worker-communist groups in Iraq and Iran (
http://www.socialismnow.org/index1.html is the other wing), and the wing
that created the IFC is viewed by the others as the reformist/rightist of
the two groups, because of the compromise involved in the IFC initiative
(which if I understand it, is based on a 'stageist' theory where the final
revolution will be proceeded by a liberal/secular revolution). Both groups
are also extremely militant secularists, and in Britain they've been behind
the "One Law for All Campaign", directed against multicultural recognition
of Islamic civil law - this would seem to imply an endorsement of the state
as the source of law. N&L get a stall at the Anarchist Bookfair, which most
of the left don't, but then again, they're not a party. Still, if we're
measuring degrees of affinity then I can't think of a closer group in Iraq
today. This article:
http://divergences.be/spip.php?article446&lang=fr suggests there were
anarcho-syndicalists in Iraq in the 70s/80s who assassinated Ba'athist
officials, crossed into Iran after 1979, and were mostly massacred by
Khomeini. (FWCUI and UUI, mentioned in this article as 'progressive forces'
in Iraq, are also Worker-Communist creations).
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- Andy Robinson wrote:
> They're a creation of the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq (Thanks. I intended the word "libertarian" in the broader sense, rather
> http://www.wpiraq.net/english/). WCPI are Marxist-Humanists, whidh
> mqkes them roughly the same tendency as the News and Letters groups
> in America and The Hobgoblin in the UK (though they have their own
> theoretical derivation, from Mansoor Hekmat). I'm pretty sure
> they're down in our quadrant (bottom left on political compass) and
> libertarian to that extent, but they're Marxist rather than
> anarchist, very definitely a party, and therefore treading a bit of a
> contradiction between ends and means.
than including anarchists and only anarchists. As you say, on the
Political Compass, they would clearly fall in the Libertarian Left
quadrant, pretty close to the collectivist wing of traditional anarchism.
I encourage everyone to visit the IFC website
(http://www.ifcongress.com/English/index.htm ) and check out their
manifesto, which is clearly mostly libertarian (the exceptions being
social-welfare measures), along with the other documents there. It is
truly a shame that this group has not received the attention it deserves.
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