Nonrevolutionary times -Reply

Tue Apr 25 09:51:23 MDT 1995

... AT this point no new model of socialism has any general
acceptance even in the tiny circles where socialism is not a dirty
word and no onne has any idea of what other strategies might work.
Solidarity, my group, works in unions and "mass" movements (women's
rights, anti-intervention, anti-racist, etc.) to build them up and
establish a credible socialist presence. We don't think this the The
Way. we don't know what The Way is......

--Justin Schwartz

This brings up two questions I have in mind lately: 1) what exactly
is the model of socialist society which we are seeking to create, and
2) how shall we get there.

Some of the readings I am doing in Ehrbar's class this quarter do
address the first question - what might a socialist society look
like? how might it be run?

For the second, I don't know the Way either, but I protest and
demonstrate, vote, donate money, not that I expect to change the
world much.  The place I see hope is when I am talking to someone and
they seem to see my point, I can feel changes in one's attitude, a
growing insight into the fact that "social problems" are a product of
capitalism, sexism and racism.  Just by living as I am,
unconventional, not invisible, being often a minority of one person
but speaking up anyway, taking the slings and arrows and bullets like
a woman, this is my first revolution.

I would also like to know more about SAfrica.  Is "strange
bedfellows" better than being left out in the cold?  Is it better
than a bloody civil war?  (better in terms of improving life and
reducing suffering for most people)

If a tiny and powerless minority such as Justin describes for US
lefties is to get anywhere, mustn't we ally with others?  Maybe
SAfrica is a useful example of many issues facing us all.

Lisa Rogers

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