The old left is having a hard time dealing with the feminist juggernaut they worked so hard to foster over the years.
The Socialist Worker’s Party, a Marxist Leninist group seeking to create a Bolshevik utopia worldwide, is under fire for covering up an alleged rape with what has been called a “socialist sharia court.”
A Communist woman, identified as “W,” claimed to have been raped for six months in 2008-2009, but rather than go to the police she trusted her comrades to handle it. However, when the alleged assailant, one comrade Delta, was cleared by a committee tasked with investigating the accusations, she and others were unpleased.
During the investigation, the complainant was apparently questioned, which she called “reactionary,” and she thought they were making her out as the responsible party.
From the Guardian’s Nick Cohen:
That’s the way it is on the far left. The hierarchical party always has the potential to become a rapist’s playground. Consider the predator’s opportunities. The rank and file has to obey the party line without question. The leaders of political cults, like their religious counterparts, increase their power by fostering paranoia. Members can trust no one outside the party, especially the police and judiciary. The SWP says that Comrade Delta’s alleged victim was free to go to the police and chose not to, but party dogma insists that justice is impossible in bourgeois courts. Only when it’s too late do women learn that the alternative disciplinary system of Marxist-Leninists exists to control them and let the leaders do as they please. The parallels with the Catholic church are too obvious for me to labour.
Of all organizations, these were the ones pushing radical feminism with the most force and vigor back in the 1970s. Feminism and Marxism, at least in the US, went together like peas in a pod.