Hell in a handbasket/ Faith moves mountains!

Rob Frantz rfrantz at u.washington.edu
Mon Apr 24 16:41:24 MDT 1995

On Fri, 21 Apr 1995, Scott Marshall wrote:

> I'm sorry - but I'm up to here with all the whining and moaning on the left
> about our supposed irrelevancy and decline and defeat and
> woe-is-me-down-in-the-mouth.

Uh-oh, Scott's throwing a tantrum!

                                >  There is no direction to history. We have
> nothing much to offer. The people have abandoned us and are going off to the
> right. We have no program. We don't know what's right. We're tiny. We're
> probably going to disintegrate and decline some more. Stop the struggle I
> want to get off.
> Excuse me while I barf. This is nonsense. This is the muddle of the
> intellectuals and middle class radicals who can't get their bearing when
> there are set backs and diffculties.

Scott needs a translator here. What he means is "Beware of the Scribes and
Pharisees who turn the faithful from the ways of righteousness. Prepare
for the Kingdom of God. Jesus will return on clouds of glory."

> There is a direction to history and it is progressive - social development
> is never in a striaght line - never has been. When you abandon a progressive
> view of history then you blind yourself to new and developing trends. You
> overestimate the enemy.

I once was lost, but now I'm found
I was blind, but now I see

> As their system fails more and more of the working class and oppressed
> people they are forced to take even more draconian measures. Already this is
> energizing and developing new opposition and fightback coalitions. The
> changes in labor in the US have been dramatic - important new lessons are
> being learned everyday - many that will lead to even revolutionary
> conclusions for many in labor.
> The opportunity for the growth of the left has never been better in the last
> 50 years. The radicalizing potential of the working class and oppressed
> people has never been greater.
> It is just as silly and non-dialectical to pronounce that socialism and
> revolution are "years away" as it was in an earlier time to pronounce that
> the "revolution" is just around the corner. We can't possibly know.

Just when the Lord will return, we know not the hour, but we know he will

>  Capitalism is failing in a big way. That is where all the doom and
> gloom on the left comes from - some are too influenced by the dominante
> culture of dispair and decline. This is a powerful weapon of the ruling
> class. To immobilize and hobble the left is a key part of their program.

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
There's a golden cloud
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on, Walk on,
With Hope in your heart
And you'll never walk Alone
You'll Never Walk Alone

> My party, the CPUSA, is growing at the fastest pace since I became a member
> over 25 years ago. We are recruiting trade unionists and workers, African
> American, Latino and other oppressed people, women, youth and seniors. We
> are recruiting off the streets and at rallies and picketlines and protests.

There's a mighty, mighty move of God in the land!

> We're even recruiting intellectuals.

But, please, no petty-bourgeois, decadent, anti-Soviet, revanchist scum!

> Shake off the duldrums - the class struggle is heating up and the lefts work
> is cut out for it. We have nothing to lose to paraphrase the old man.
> Scott

You are a great man of faith


A lapsed believer
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