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Frontline was the biweekly newspaper of the Frontline Political Organization, the successor organization to Line of March.


About

The newspaper described itself thusly:

"Frontline is published in order to popularize a Marxist-Leninist perspective within U.S. political life. Its editorial policy is based on the assessment that the interests of the U.S. working class lie in peace, equality and socialism, further that the key to building a united working class movement that can achieve these goals is unbending opposition to war and racism. Building a United Front Against War and Racism, then, is central to Frontline's political perspective.

Overall political and organizational responsibility for "Frontline" rests with the Editorial board of the Marxist-Leninist journal Line of March. The members of this board are:

Frontline (ISSN 0738-4769) is published 23 times a year, biweekly except for the first week of January, the third week of June, and the first week of September, by Line of March Publications, a project of the Institute for Scientific Socialism (ISS). This Institute is a non-profit, educational foundation and contributions are tax-deductible."

[It became a biweekly publication with the issue of June 27, 1983, with a starting volume and issue number of Volume 1 and No. 1, Biweekly - "Here's Frontline!", Cover page. Again it referred itself in open terms, as follows: "In other words, our existence depends on seeing to it that the $15 you spend to become a "Frontline" subscriber will purchase a body of analysis, provocative debate, and important information, framed by a creative application and development of a Marxist-Leninist theory and a keen awareness of the motion of politics.")

Its mailing address, re 8/22/83 issue, was P.O. Box 2729, Oakland, CA, 94602.

From the 11/13/89 issue, they described themselves this way: "Frontline (SNN-0738-4769) is published 21 times a year by Line of March Publications, a project of the Institute for Social and Economic Studies. The Institute is a non-profit, educational foundation and contributions are tax-deductible."

The address for Frontline was: P.O. Box 2809, Oakland, CA., 94609.

[NB: Notice the change in the name of the 'Institute' from the early days of 1983 to 1989].

Frontline came out of a marxist proto-organization known as Line of March, named after Mao Tse-tung's long retreat from the Kuomintang forces of Gen. Chiang Kai-shek during the Chinese civil war of the 1930's (and 40's). It was founded in 1983 and lasted till the early 1990's. Many of its personnel came from the old weekly maoist-oriented "The Guardian" that when into decline in the 1990', but had suffered deep splits within its staff over funding from Red China, its line of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia as versus supporting the North Vietnamese, and other ideological editorial policies. The old-line Moscow supporters from the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) faction that actually helped to found the original National Guardian and then went on to support the successor Guardian, either died off or left due to age or ideological disagreements with the Maoist faction led by Irwin Silber and Max Elbaum, among others.

The organization ISS also publishes a theoretical publication known as "Line of March", and according to "Frontline", June 27, 1983, they had already printed up to a double issue #13/14 (Special). This double issue featured two main articles:

  • - "The Palestinian Revolution and the Struggle Against Zionism" - A thorough analysis of the balance of forces in the Middle East in the wake of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Argues that unequivocal anti-Zionist politics must be asserted in the U.S. peace and solidarity movements." (This becomes important re (Phyllis Bennis) and her role in many such organizations).

In fact, the "Editorial" of the June 27, 1983 issue was entitled "Solidarity With The Palestinian Revolution!"

  • - "The Labor Aristocracy in the U.S.: Part III: The Polemic in the Communist Movement"

Copies were available at: Line of March, P.O. Box 2729, Oakland, CA, 94602

Personnel

As of the new biweekly formatted "Frontline", Volume 1, No. 1, June 27, 1983, the listed staff and contributors were:

Editors:

Staff:

Correspondents:

Contributors Other Than Regular Staff/Correspondents:

  • Ellen Kaiser
  • Juan Langston - "CBTU Stresses Electoral Action at 12th Convention"
  • Phyllis Bennis - "Geneva talks Offer Possible End to Afghan Fighting" (Bennis is of particular importance regarding the "Hanoi Lobby", the "PLO Lobby" and the "Anti-Defense Lobby", among other organizations she was a leader/activist in)

Viewpoint: contributed discussion columns

Letters to the Editor:

  • Ramon Jalipa - St. Louis, MO - "Maoism" - "...I found the political line espoused by your paper to be more popular-oriented, non-sectarian and consistently Marxist and revolutionary." Jalipa identifies LOM writer (Victor Uno) as "a member of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP)", p. 14.
  • John Radar - Sacramento, CA - "Labor Aristocracy", writes that "How more realistic and Marxist is your evaluation of the U.S. labor aristocracy than that of the "People's World"." Was a member of the IBEW
  • Bruce B. Armin - "Soviet Economy", states that "I recently subscribed to your publication because I wanted a little more balanced perspective of world affairs, esp. U.S.-Soviet relations."
  • Gary Weinstein - Syracuse, NY - "Peace Movement}. Wrote that "It is clear to me and my housemate that you have the correct line on manyissues of major import." Identifies self as working "with the Syracuse Peace Council." Claims that its newsletter "is known throughout the country as the oldest, on-going newsletter of its types (monthly without interruption since 1936! It is the main voice of peace and social justice issues in Central New York State."


As of August 22, 1983, the listed staff and contributors were:[1]

Editors

Staff: Same as above

Correspondents: Same as above

Contributors Other Than Regular Staff/Correspondents:

Letters to the Editor:

As at Nov. 13, 1989, the listed staff were:[2]

Editors

Editorial Staff

Correspondents

Production and Design

Photography

Circulation Coordinators:

Library Coordinator:

Business Manager:

Contributing Writers

Contributing Writers (of articles) and Letters to the Editor writers:

Letters to the Editor:

Publication Ad of note

The Transformation of Line of March, containing the main documents approved by Line of March Line of March's October 1989 national delegated conference: Line of March's Re-Examination, Redirection and Democratization The Political Perspective of the Frontline Political Organization

Address: Line of March, P. O. Box 3538, Oakland, CA., 94609

References

  1. Frontline: A Line of March Publication, Vo. 1, No. 5
  2. Frontline journal, November 13, 1989, Volume 7, No. 9.