On Sunday, Occupy Wall Street protesters gave a warm welcome to Alex Callinicos, a professor of European Studies at King’s College in London.
Callinicos, a self-proclaimed Marxist, was apparently proud to share his message and his beliefs with his Occupy audience.
“I am a Marxist,” he declared boldly. He then continued on to answer one of the burning questions many want to know: Will the movement become violent?
His answer was less than comforting. The New York Post explains:
Asked if the upcoming revolution can be non-violent, he parroted the party line of the demonstrators, who call themselves the 99 percent of Americans lined up against the “1 percent’’ with power and money.
He said violence could be avoided only if the “1 percent accept the decisions of the 99 percent,’’ which he predicted would never happen. [Emphasis added]
So if this account is accurate, Callinicos certainly doesn’t seem to be advocating for peace and non-violence at all costs. His answer, rather than focusing on conditions and demands, leaves the door open for violent action.