WSWS: Child molestation apologists?

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Feb 13 2014 02:58
WSWS: Child molestation apologists?

I know virtually nothing about the WSWS, but came across this truly bizarre and appalling article via the Great Moments in Leftism Facebook.

World Socialist Web Site wrote:
In a blatant act of political censorship, the moderators of the r/socialism forum on the link aggregating site Reddit have unilaterally “blacklisted” the World Socialist Web Site for a period of one month. In announcing the ban, one of the moderators declared that it would be made permanent unless the WSWS changed its political line.

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Their aim is to undermine the political influence of the socialist movement at a time when the readership of the WSWS is growing and the campaigns of the Socialist Equality Party are winning widespread support among workers and youth in Detroit and around the country.

The immediate reason for the ban is the WSWS’ position on the latest sex scandal whipped up by the media—the attack on Woody Allen launched by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. In a February 5 article by Arts Editor David Walsh, the WSWS denounced Kristof’s resurrection of discredited allegations that Allen sexually abused his adopted daughter twenty years ago.

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The targets of recent sex scandals whipped up in the media include many artists—often, it must be noted, Jewish artists, as in the case of Polanski and now Allen. Those singled out for attack have generally been associated with works of a socially critical character.

Among the most infamous recent cases is the witch-hunt against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Those advocating the banning of the WSWS express full support for the vendetta against Assange, led by the Obama administration. The same moderator who announced the ban declares in one post that “there are other examples [of WSWS apologizing for rape] such as defending Assange.”

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Speaking on behalf of highly privileged sections of the upper-middle class, these elements are anti-communist, anti-Marxist, pro-imperialist and intensely hostile to the working class.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/11/redd-f11.html

The comments are just as despicably weird, this one was representative of the general tone.

Ava wrote:
Oleg, by accusing WSWS of "hysterical distortion of facts" and repeating the propaganda spread by mass media placing Polanski and Allen in the category of pedophiles and rapists seem to show that you tend to subscribe to the Philistine bourgeois morality denying adolescents the right to have a sexual life: e.g. charging a 19 year old with a statutory rape for being in love with a 16 year old girl while hypocritically praising Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". Polanski was (and is) an attractive famous man; the most beautiful women tried to win his attention and he had no reason whatsoever to rape anybody. You confuse a disappointment of a mother who sent her adolescent daughter to win favors in order perhaps to help her become a starlet while lying about her age with rape.In both cases, Polanski's and Allen it is precisely the hysteria of the hypocritical and outdated morality of the rotting and perverted bourgeois that allows for gossip rather than facts to determine the reputation of the artists or the politicians. David Walsh and WSWS editorial board are a voice of reason.

Is there some coherent connection between Trot politics and this sort of stuff? The whole thing's baffling, from what I gather in the comments the WSWS also defended DSK?

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Feb 13 2014 07:35

The thread on reddit is intense, so much so that it led to a GMIL.

It seems like every would be vanguard group these days has reprehensible sexual politics, not that this is not often a problem in anarchist circles. I mean there's this, the ISO, the SWP, and the RCP, and the Sparts. It seems as if hierarchical and centralized organizational forms aren't conducive to emancipatory gender/sexual practices for some reason...

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Feb 13 2014 10:57
ElQuico1960 wrote:

It seems like every would be vanguard group these days has reprehensible sexual politics, not that this is not often a problem in anarchist circles. I mean there's this, the ISO, the SWP, and the RCP, and the Sparts. It seems as if hierarchical and centralized organizational forms aren't conducive to emancipatory gender/sexual practices for some reason...

it is far less clear-cut, there are e.g. some USFI sections, some ML groups or Lutte Ouvriere who deal relatively swift (not always with anti-sexism as the main reason) when cases of sexualised violence become known in their orgs

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Feb 13 2014 11:40

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Is there some coherent connection between Trot politics and this sort of stuff? The whole thing's baffling, from what I gather in the comments the WSWS also defended DSK?

to my perception (and from the seven years in which I was a member of an USFI-affiliated org) there are those who embraced feminism after 1968 (most of the USFI, many Morenites, and some smaller groups like the Freedom Socialist Party) who at least try to deal properly with these issues and those who resisted innovations (the whole International Committee current which simply resisted anything which could not be deduced from pre-1940 stuff: Healyites, Lambertists, Sparts, etc.) or subscribed verbally to a kind of crude workerism which left little place to deal with "side contradictions" (the SWP/IS and the CWI do more or less fit into these categories) ... and than there are special cases like Lutte Ouvriere who subscribes to a kind of anti-sex position (mellowed down since the 1980ies)