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Repression and stoppi^^^.,
- - policy, instead
by the legisla-
of being checked
tive branch , the Congress,
of that check
Congress has joined m that policy
of repression and appropria
the necessary funds to supp y
sary to maintain control.
CPC: In your opinion, hov;
much control do they have? that
insteadis the breaking point as far as
v/hat you can see?
Lefcourt: I see in the
next tv.o or five years in this
country increasing conflict.
secret police organi-pe all talk about repression but
I think vje ought to redefine
that a little bit. The govern
ment if acting not to oppress
in a sense of let's get them we
don't like them. They're acting
out of fear. Fear of a growing
mass movement in this country and
fear of an ever more powerful
physical attack upon the govern
ment power structure. Repression
is in response to a conflict
that has been generated by the
great problems of this society.
The problems that they have ho
desire to deal wdth. b'ar, racism,
poverty—those are the things that
Do you think the govern-b^ve brought about mass movements
interested in justice or j those are the things the
with the weaponry
movements for change. ihe
instead of operating as
on the executive and
leglsiatiTe branches join
in! Instead of
stitutional statues such as the
talking about law in a situation
which involves these conflicts. .
challenge is being proposed to an
existing order. An order ;vhich
will turn fascist to protect its
rulers. It's really not helpful
to discuss whether or^not they've
violated their specific statues
CPS: Do you think the
ment is _ _ , . _ _ _
in simply creating and po^^POtuatinggQYernment's really reacting to
an image about the Panthers?
Lefcourt: It is interested
in maintaining the power. It is
interested in maintaining domestic
tranr;uility whether it be through
force or jailing its revolution
aries or what have you. That is
the government's interest. It is
not at all interested in any form
when we call it repression.
Vi/hat it really is is fear of
change. I think in the next
two to five years this process
of movement, repression, courts,
jailings, bombing, murders, will
continue. It's going to escalate.
We’re in pre-revolutionary times.
We're at the beginning stages
tinents of this earth. The United!
States is in the midst of that i
of revolution. Peoples' liberationof a real mass conflict in this
movements are staring in all con- | country. People should be decid
ing on whose side they're on.
^ ^ . , People should be realizing that
purpose is to ^ sometime they are going to have
hold It off to prevent the writingt gQ make this decision, I'l/hite
on the Vi/all from becoming a reality, liberals will run as they
always do. They’ll join the
The United States domestic scene
has linked up v;ith that world re
volution. The black and vdiite
revolutionaries in this country
have joined this revolution. I
think that is what really should
be discussed. Not the naive ques
tions about justice, about what
the government wants to do. , ^ '
ruling class and try to maintain
the status quo. The radicals
on the other hand will be fighting,
They'll be fighting on the side
of oppressed people in this
country and throughout the \,orld.
And we cannot escape decision
time. We can put it off for
They'll do anything that's neces- ja vhile but sooner or later\;e're